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Indigenous rights in Canada: Significant work still needed PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 11 June 2017 11:17

Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2017 2:34PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2017 8:14PM EDT

Bob Rae and Oliver MacLaren are partners at Olthuis Kleer Townshend law firm. Sarah Colgrove, Benjamin Brookwell, and Julie-Anne Pariseau are associates. The firm acts for Indigenous people across Canada

On June 1, Canada said farewell to four visiting United Nations delegates who spent ten days visiting communities across the country to learn how business impacts international human-rights standards here. Over the next year, they will write their report. Indigenous rights are sure to be front and centre.

Canada is ahead of many nations in recognizing Indigenous rights, but there remains significant work to be done. Canadian courts, governments, businesses, and civil society need to appreciate that truly free, prior, and informed consent is a critical requirement in upholding the rights of Indigenous people in international law.
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 June 2017 11:19
Defence Policy Review Unveiled on June 7: ``a waste and misuse of resources`` PDF Print E-mail
Peace News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 04:06

Funds must not be for promulgating militarism but for Addressing Climate Change, for promoting `common security, for supporting the Convention on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, and for reallocating, not increasing the military budget 


by Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project


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As The Doom’s Day clock  moves  to 2 ½ Minutes to Midnight  because of threats of climate change and nuclear arms, the discrepancy, in Canada, between funds proposed for militarism to satisfy NATO’s demands and those spent to address obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate  Change (UNFCCC) , widens. Rather than doubling the military budget to 2% of GDP, Canada should withdraw from NATO, a nuclear arms alliance that espouses nuclear policies that violate the Non-proliferation  Treaty (NPT), should  increase funds to address climate change and discharge obligations  under the UNFCCC, and should support, at the UN, a Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Arms.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 10:08
UN experts urge Canada to take tougher line on business-related rights abuses PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
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
Earth News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:29


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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
Peace News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 14 May 2017 10:53



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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.

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