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UN experts urge Canada to take tougher line on business-related rights abuses PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 05 June 2017 07:31


OTTAWA / GENEVA (1 June 2017) – The United Nations Working Group on business and human rights has urged the Canadian authorities and business sector to step up their efforts to prevent and address adverse human rights impacts of business activities, both at home and abroad. 

A delegation of the expert panel also called for meaningful consultation and engagement with indigenous peoples, at the end of its first official visit to Canada
“As Canada seeks to advance the monumental task of reconciliation with indigenous communities, and create a new nation-to-nation relationship based on equal respect and dignity, the Government and businesses must integrate indigenous peoples’ rights into their policies and practices governing the exploitation of natural resources,” said human rights expert Surya Deva, vice-chairperson of the Working Group. 

Last Updated on Monday, 05 June 2017 07:45
Beachfront Nuclear Wasteland in Southern California? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:29


Don Ramey Logan/Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

San Onofre nuclear plant is adjacent to one of the most visited beaches in Southern California. Plans are afoot to store nuclear waste at this facility.

Nuclear storage plan at San Onofre beach leaves out tribal voices

Dina Gilio-Whitaker


A controversial plan to temporarily store more than three million pounds of spent nuclear fuel 100 feet from one of Southern California’s most popular beaches, San Onofre, is meeting with fierce resistance from local communities, including tribal members. The problem for the Native population is that while the formal decision-making process systematically involved a wide variety of stakeholders including local and state governments, community groups, environmentalists, academics, military, and business, education, and labor leaders, tribal governments were excluded.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 June 2017 23:39
Be wary of Vimy myth, urges author featured at peace summit PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 14 May 2017 10:53



MAY 12, 2017 10:35 PM




The Battle of Vimy Ridge has become a Canadian myth, and citizens of modern Canada should be wary of how it influences their political present, says author Jamie Swift.

Swift, co-author of The Vimy Trap, argues the battle — touted as a triumphant, seminal, founding moment for Canada — has formed a simplistic, even dangerous ethos he and co-author Ian McKay call “Vimy-ism.”

“And we argue Vimy-ism is this toxic form of military-based, Canadian patriotism,” Swift said in a telephone interview. “It’s all: ‘Canadians do great things fighting together and winning.’ We argue the reality is much more complex and nuanced.”

Swift will be a keynote speaker at the Provincial Peace and Disarmament Summit, being held Saturday at the University of Victoria.

He's a liar - Justin Trudeau / Politics Insights PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 February 2017 21:29

'He's a liar': Why the Left Coast may be writing off Justin TrudeauiPolitics Insights
British Columbians fell hard for ‘sunny ways’. Trudeau’s approach to development is changing their minds.
Michael Harris Michael HarrisThursday, February 23rd, 2017

The man sitting at the head of the table has a face that should be on money.

It is calm, etched with wrinkle lines of infinite patience, utterly immune to honeyed words. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has heard more vows than the parsons in Reno’s drive-thru wedding chapels — most of them destined to be broken by the politicians who made them. Yet behind the softness, the weary eyes suggest something else. These are undefeated eyes.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 14:16
Canada’s $7 Billion Dam Tests the Limits of State Power PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 14:54
Opponents of the Peace River dam in British Columbia gathered near the project, known as Site C.
They criticized the dam as a huge boondoggle that would cost Canadian taxpayers for years to come. CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times
BEAR FLAT, British Columbia — Rugged, remote and prized for its rare microclimate, the Peace River Valley in northeastern British Columbia is an agricultural oasis in northern Canada. Alfalfa, watermelon and barley fields sprawl across a landscape flecked by caribou tracks and seasonal trappers’ huts, which reflect the role indigenous peoples have played in this fertile land for more than 10,000 years.
But little of this abundance will be around much longer.


But little of this abundance will be around much longer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:06
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