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BURNS BOG: CANADIAN AND B.C. GOVERNMENTS IGNORE OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 July 2016 09:00

 

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Green Party of Canada  background  circulated at Burns Bog press conference Thursday, February 3, 1999 reposted jULY 1 2016

 

by Joan Russow, 

 

BURNS BOG: CANADIAN AND B.C. GOVERNMENTS IGNORE OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

 

 

 

            The proposed development of Burns Bog—a world class wetlands- is in violation of the Convention on Biological Diversity  and the Framework Convention on Climate Change which the Canadian governments at all levels have professed to endorse. The Convention on Biological Diversity  calls for the conservation of biodiversity regardless of distinctions between public/private lands or between federal/provincial jurisdiction.  The Framework Convention on Climate Change calls for the conservation of carbon sinks. The intention of the  these Conventions is  to conserve biodiversity  and carbon sinks in areas such as Burns Bog.

            Since 1992 the Federal and B.C. governments have been derelict in the exercise of their duty to seriously conserve biodiversity and carbon sinks in spite of the constant rhetoric espoused by these governments..

            On June 14, 1992, at the Rio Conference, the then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney surrounded by flowers and a sympathetic international media, in exalted terms, proclaimed to the international community Canada’s commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity. I asked him if this meant that Canada was going to ban environmentally unsound practices that destroy biodiversity. He hesitated and said “I ‘don’t want to deal with any issues. at this time and you understand exactly what I mean”

            In September 21, 1992, the Canadian Council of Energy Ministers wrote to the Hon. Barbara McDougall and expressed their support for the ratification of the Framework Convention on Climate Change.

            In November 1992, the BC government endorsed the Convention on Biological Diversity   at the cabinet level in the document,  “UNCED Follow-up Endorsement of International Conventions on Climate Change and Biological Diversity”. This document,  obtained through the Freedom of Information, states “the Convention on Biodiversity seeks to arrest the steadily increasing global extinction rates of animal and plant species and the destruction of their habitats”. The document even goes on to inflate Canada’s role at the United Nations Conference: “Canada took a high-profile leadership role on biodiversity, announcing its willingness to sign during the opening days of the summit. Many feel that this leadership was instrumental in saving the convention by convincing a number of undecided countries to sign despite US objections”

            On  November 25, 1992, at a meeting of provincial environment ministers (CCME) , in Aylmer Quebec the then B.C. Environment Minister, John Cashore moved and had passed a resolution supporting Canada’s ratification of both Conventions.

            On December 4, 1992, in B.C. close to Burns Bog,  in the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney formally ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity  and the Framework Convention on Climate Change thus binding the Canadian government to discharge its obligations under the Convention.

            Subsequent governments have been derelict in their duty to conserve biodiversity, and continually sacrifice biodiversity for the sake of short term inappropriate development. 

            In addition, Canada and B.C.  made a commitment under the Caracas Declaration in March 1992 to move away from the “island mentality” — the preserving of a token area surrounded by inappropriate development.

            The preservation of Burns Bog would also assist the Canadian government in fulfilling its obligations under RAMSAR (Convention on Wetlands of International Importance). In 1995, the international community meeting on the RAMSAR, recognized Burns Bog as being of international importance.

National Leader of the Green Party of Canada Tel: 1 250 598-0071 FAX 1 250 598-0994

 

            BURNS BOG MUST BE PRESERVED AS AN INTACT ECOSYSTEM. CITIZENS MUST NO LONGER CONDONE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE RIGHTS OF PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS TO PROTECTION OF THEIR ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE.

 

Joan Russow (PhD)

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“Disturbing the Peace: The story of the Site C dam” PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 June 2016 09:13

 

Posted on June 20, 2016 1:36 pm

 by Laila Yuile

 

 in BC LiberalsBC NDPBC PoliticsFederal politicsLaila Yuile,LNG/frackingSite CThe Environment // 14 Comments

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Since covering the Site C stories in earnest, I’ve come to highly respect the work done by DeSmog and in particular of Sarah Cox and Emma Gilchrist, whose affinity for the issues and people they cover reminds me of my own.

Last week Sarah broke the compelling news that BC Hydro is forcing the departure of Ken and Arlene Boone from the land they own, by Christmas: http://www.desmog.ca/2016/06/15/bc-hydro-tells-farmers-fighting-site-c-dam-vacate-property-christmas

 

This is Arlene standing in their incredible oat crop of 2011.Yes, she’s standing up in this photo… this is how rich the land is here.

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And this is the view they see from their bedroom window every day when they wake up.

 

BC Hydro plans to build a new highway through the part of their property that isn’t going to be flooded and if they end up expropriated, you can bet Hydro will demolish all of it during this coming winter.

 

I have always written with purpose, with intent to reveal,change or right a wrong if I can. I’m not a reporter, I’m a writer first and foremost, a story-teller who documents and shares the stories you often won’t find on your own,or reported in the mainstream news.

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“Disturbing the Peace: The story of the Site C dam” PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 09:10

 

Posted on June 20, 2016 1:36 pm by Laila Yuile

 in BC LiberalsBC NDPBC PoliticsFederal politicsLaila Yuile,LNG/frackingSite CThe Environment 

alt

Since covering the Site C stories in earnest, I’ve come to highly respect the work done by DeSmog and in particular of Sarah Cox and Emma Gilchrist, whose affinity for the issues and people they cover reminds me of my own.

Last week Sarah broke the compelling news that BC Hydro is forcing the departure of Ken and Arlene Boone from the land they own, by Christmas: http://www.desmog.ca/2016/06/15/bc-hydro-tells-farmers-fighting-site-c-dam-vacate-property-christmas

 

This is Arlene standing in their incredible oat crop of 2011.Yes, she’s standing up in this photo… this is how rich the land is here.

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SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:13

 SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT; CHIEF IAN CAMPBELL COMMENTS

Posted on June 16, 2016 by Leah Newman

NORTH VANCOUVER — Just minutes ago, the Squamish Nation filed an application in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver. See Chief Ian Campbell comments below

“The Squamish Nation is stunned that the NEB has recommended that the Kinder Morgan expansion project be approved by the federal government — without first properly consulting the Squamish Nation on the impacts of the project on its aboriginal rights and title. Nor assessing the project through a real environmental assessment process.

 As a result, the Squamish Nation has no other choice but to challenge the NEB recommendation — by going to court.

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SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:05
SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT; CHIEF IAN CAMPBELL COMMENTS Posted on June 16, 2016 by Leah Newman NORTH VANCOUVER — Just minutes ago, the Squamish Nation filed an application in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver. See Chief Ian Campbell comments below “The Squamish Nation is stunned that the NEB has recommended that the Kinder Morgan expansion project be approved by the federal government — without first properly consulting the Squamish Nation on the impacts of the project on its aboriginal rights and title. Nor assessing the project through a real environmental assessment process. As a result, the Squamish Nation has no other choice but to challenge the NEB recommendation — by going to court. To this end, on June 16, 2016 the Nation filed an application with the Federal Court of Appeal to address the breaches of the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult the Squamish Nation, to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project and the lack of procedural fairness. – In its application, the Nation is asking the court to quash the NEB decision. That it be referred back to the NEB for reconsideration. The Squamish Nation categorically rejects the NEB report. We simply can not — will not — approve it for the following reasons: – We’re stunned to learn that the NEB finds that any risk of an oil spill in Burrard Inlet is acceptable — when the risk of valuable marine habitat destruction is so high. – In its own research the NEB Board admits that the heavy oil may sink in certain circumstances and potentially fouling the shoreline of Burrard Inlet. And further, that this heavy oil may be resistant to biodegradation and cleanup. – Both Trans Mountain and Environment Canada state that additional research is needed to understand the fate and behavior of dilbit spills. The NEB does not ahve the scientific data is needs to make a decision on this project. – How can the NEB make a recommendation to approve without fully consulting the Squamish Nation on the project? A promise of further studies give us no comfort. We need to understand the impacts now before we can make an informed decision on this project. Therefore NEB is, in essence, making a recommendation to approve the project without fully taking into account our aboriginal rights and title. –This past December, Prime Minister Trudeau talked to First Nations about becoming working partners — about renewal and reconciliation. If that is true — beyond fine words and lofty rhetoric — we need the Prime Minister and his government to meet with us about saving Burrard Inlet — now.”
 
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