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Tuesday, 15 September 2020 08:11

 

 

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The dark side of Canadian hydropower exposed in U.S. International Trade Commission investigation PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 13:01

August 2020: Developing News: 

This post is a road map to a critical ongoing investigation into the greenwashing of Canadian hydroelectricity. Topics addressed are in separate tabs accessible from the home page.

Brief and testimony from Indigenous communities and their allies are highlighted here and all materials are available directly from the ITC website by looking up Case. No. 332-574 at 

United States International Trade Commission began an investigation into renewable electricity imports including Canadian hydroelectricity. The name of the investigation is “Renewable Electricity: Potential Effects of Increased Commitments in Massachusetts.” The investigation is ongoing and NAMRA and others provided key testimony in July and August 2020 about the dark side of Canadian hydroelectricity production.

four topics, including Massachusetts’ plan to use Canadian hydroelectricity to meet “ambitious goals for seeking alternative renewable means of providing energy while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” The U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means requested the investigation in January 2020 letter. Representatives from both sides of the border are participating.

The greenwashing of this hydroelectricity was exposed in the ITC proceedings. NAMRA has asked for an investigation of fraudulent claims by hydropower promoters about the climate and greenhouse gas benefits of this dirty energy. 

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The Site C dam has become an albatross and a serious objective review is needed urgently PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 22 August 2020 11:36

 

Mauro ChiesaHarry Swain and Mike Harcourt

Mauro Chiesa has worked on project finance around the world for many banks, including the World Bank. Harry Swain chaired the Joint Review Panel on Site C and is a former deputy minister of Industry Canada. Mike Harcourt is a former premier of B.C. and former mayor of Vancouver.

Here’s an ineluctable law of nature: Project costs escalate during construction. But still, there are limits around what people should accept. For B.C.‘s Site C dam, the costs have gone from $3.5-billion, which was the estimate when the project was first touted, to the $6.9-billion quoted when the project underwent public review, to the official $10.7-billion price tag that hung until very recently. Since then, BC Hydro has discovered nasty geotechnical conditions under the powerhouse and spillways, and says their cost and schedule estimates are so broken it will take them until the fall just to produce new ones.

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1998 THE GREEN PARTY OF CANADA — THE POLITICAL CONSCIENCE OF CANADA PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 July 2020 09:35

1998 THE GREEN PARTY OF CANADA — THE POLITICAL CONSCIENCE OF CANADA

 

By Joan Russow

 

I was interested in Edward Greenspan's and Jeff Sallot's article on "Pragmatic McDonough nudges NDP to Centre" in the September 21, 1998  Globe and Mail.  In the article she is quoted as saying "protesting isn't enough, what you need to do is be part of finding the solution"..."...We want to be a political party. We don't want to be a political conscience"

The NDP has been  perceived improperly as the political conscience of Canada, and has not sufficiently protested against the destruction of the environment through the production of toxic, hazardous and atomic wastes;  against the destruction of forests and watersheds, against the arrests of citizens for protecting land including agricultural land, forest land, and land of first nations; against the maintaining of car-dependency and promotion of the fossil fuel industry; against the Canadian contribution to the development of nuclear arms through the mining of uranium; against the excessive Canadian military spending and development of arms industry; against genetically engineered foods and crops and agri-business etc..

 

Mr. Justice  Selwyn Romilly of the B.C. Supreme Court of B.C. referred to  the Green party of B.C. as the "conscience of British Columbia; The Green Party of Canada would be proud to be known as the "political conscience" of Canada.  Before real and substantive change can occur there must be "protests" to eliminate the practices and activities that have been instrumental in preventing solutions.

Solutions will only arise when we have moved away from the vested economic interest politics to the politics of public trust. The politics of public trust undertakes:

(i) . to Promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including

labour rights, health rights, and social justice;

(ii) . to Enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment;

(iii). to Achieve a state of peace, justice and security;

(iv). to Create a global structure that respects the rule of law; and

(v). to Ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, reduce

the ecological footprint and move away from the current model of

over-consumptive development

We must protest the violation of civil and political rights by all levels of government in Canada including the rights of those protesting not only at APEC but also in Clayoquot Sound, Slocan Valley, Gustafson Lake, Iperwash, Oka, Temagami so that never again will citizens be arrested for resisting environmentally unsound practices or violations of  First Nations rights.

We must protest the continued production and sale of CANDU reactors,  the mining of uranium, and the dependence on fossil fuels so that solutions can be found in developing environmental sound energy systems. 

 

We must protest the continued allocation  of about $10 billion in the military budget so that solutions can be found in disarmament and conflict prevention initiatives

We must protest against and call for the banning of Genetically engineered food and crops and transfer the money and subsidies into developing solutions in unadulterated food and organic farming.

We must protest the devolution of power to the corporations and the promotion of corporate competitiveness so that solutions can be found through transferring of  deferred taxes and corporate subsidies into ensuring the right to food, right to universal health care and preventive medicine, the right to shelter, right to work in socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, and the right to corporate-free post secondary education

We must protest the transfer to other states of Canadian produced substances and activities that contribute to environmental degradation or that cause harm to human health so that Canada can contribute not deter from solutions outside of Canada.

For too long Canada has supported practices that are harmful to human health and the environment. in the name of job creation. Rather than supporting the industries that provide socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, Governments in Canada including the NDP have tolerated, condoned, facilitated and perpetuated the cycle of error. which has resulted in and will continue to result in years of  corporate/government negligence.

Joan Russow Ph.D

National Leader of the Green Party of Canada

1 250 598-0071

 

 
1998 THE GREEN PARTY OF CANADA — THE POLITICAL CONSCIENCE OF CANADA PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 July 2020 09:27

1998 THE GREEN PARTY OF CANADA — THE POLITICAL CONSCIENCE OF CANADA

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By Joan Russow PhD

 

I was interested in Edward Greenspan's and Jeff Sallot's article on "Pragmatic McDonough nudges NDP to Centre" in the September 21, 1998  Globe and Mail.  In the article she is quoted as saying "protesting isn't enough, what you need to do is be part of finding the solution"..."...We want to be a political party. We don't want to be a political conscience"

The NDP has been  perceived improperly as the political conscience of Canada, and has not sufficiently protested against the destruction of the environment through the production of toxic, hazardous and atomic wastes;  against the destruction of forests and watersheds, against the arrests of citizens for protecting land including agricultural land, forest land, and land of first nations; against the maintaining of car-dependency and promotion of the fossil fuel industry; against the Canadian contribution to the development of nuclear arms through the mining of uranium; against the excessive Canadian military spending and development of arms industry; against genetically engineered foods and crops and agri-business etc..

 

Mr. Justice  Selwyn Romilly of the B.C. Supreme Court of B.C. referred to  the Green party of B.C. as the "conscience of British Columbia; The Green Party of Canada would be proud to be known as the "political conscience" of Canada.  Before real and substantive change can occur there must be "protests" to eliminate the practices and activities that have been instrumental in preventing solutions.

Solutions will only arise when we have moved away from the vested economic interest politics to the politics of public trust. The politics of public trust undertakes:

(i) . to Promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including

labour rights, health rights, and social justice;

(ii) . to Enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment;

(iii). to Achieve a state of peace, justice and security;

(iv). to Create a global structure that respects the rule of law; and

(v). to Ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, reduce

the ecological footprint and move away from the current model of

over-consumptive development

We must protest the violation of civil and political rights by all levels of government in Canada including the rights of those protesting not only at APEC but also in Clayoquot Sound, Slocan Valley, Gustafson Lake, Iperwash, Oka, Temagami so that never again will citizens be arrested for resisting environmentally unsound practices or violations of  First Nations rights.

We must protest the continued production and sale of CANDU reactors,  the mining of uranium, and the dependence on fossil fuels so that solutions can be found in developing environmental sound energy systems. 

 

We must protest the continued allocation  of about $10 billion in the military budget so that solutions can be found in disarmament and conflict prevention initiatives

We must protest against and call for the banning of Genetically engineered food and crops and transfer the money and subsidies into developing solutions in unadulterated food and organic farming.

We must protest the devolution of power to the corporations and the promotion of corporate competitiveness so that solutions can be found through transferring of  deferred taxes and corporate subsidies into ensuring the right to food, right to universal health care and preventive medicine, the right to shelter, right to work in socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, and the right to corporate-free post secondary education

We must protest the transfer to other states of Canadian produced substances and activities that contribute to environmental degradation or that cause harm to human health so that Canada can contribute not deter from solutions outside of Canada.

For too long Canada has supported practices that are harmful to human health and the environment. in the name of job creation. Rather than supporting the industries that provide socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, Governments in Canada including the NDP have tolerated, condoned, facilitated and perpetuated the cycle of error. which has resulted in and will continue to result in years of  corporate/government negligence.

Joan Russow Ph.D

National Leader of the Green Party of Canada

1 250 598-0071

 
First Nation Enacts Historic ʔElhdaqox Dechen Ts’edilhtan (“Sturgeon River Law”) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2020 09:32

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Bruce Power ordered to reveal prices PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 May 2020 07:50

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Bruce Power ordered to reveal prices

The Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner has ruled that Bruce Power and the Ontario Government must come clean on the cost of power from rebuilt reactors noting that “the public has a right to know what the electricity cost will be from the multi-billion Bruce NGS [Nuclear Generating Station] project as they are paying for it and will be locked into paying for it for almost 50 years.”

In her response to an appeal by Bruce Power of an earlier decision, Adjudicator Diane Smith acknowledged that the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has the power to suppress this information, but ruled that the public right to know trumped this authority.

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OPEN LETTER: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 March 2020 06:29

OPEN LETTER: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

 

Premier of Executive Council Honourable Adrian Dix Minster of Health

OPEN LETTER: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Premier Horgan and Minister Dix:

We are writing to request that immediate action be taken to compel BC Hydro to halt all construction at Site C Dam due to the risk COVID-19 now poses to vulnerable workers and nearby Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in northeast B.C.

Through UBCIC Resolution 2011-25, UBCIC highlighted the environmental dangers of the Site C Dam and pointed to the devastating effects it will have on the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights of Treaty 8 First Nations. UBCIC now calls upon the Province to recognize that the transmission of COVID-19 amongst workers is an urgent and pressing concern. BC Hydro has confirmed that 16 of its construction workers at the Site C Dam site are under self-isolation with flu like symptoms. Given the close quarters and inevitable contact points at the 1,600-worker camp, an outbreak of COVID-19 would be disastrous and with dire implications for nearby communities, including First Nation communities. We are informed that there is an extreme shortage of health services in northeast British Columbia, with virtually no hospital beds available to handle an outbreak in Fort St. John or nearby Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2020 22:13
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Canada’s Interpretation of Free Prior Informed is out of Sync with the International Interpretation PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:32
originally posted Thursday, 15 September 2017 by Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE PRINCIPLE OF OBTAINING FREE PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT As affirmed in International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Canada has an affirmative obligation to “promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and … respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.” UN treaty bodies and other diverse entities require or support the standard of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC). These include: UN General Assembly and specialized agencies, as well as regional human rights bodies. In 2011, the International Finance Corporation announced: “For projects with potential significant adverse impacts on indigenous peoples, IFC has adopted the principle of ‘Free, Prior, and Informed Consent’ informed by the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” The UN Development Programme (UNDP) “will not participate in a Project that violates the human rights of indigenous peoples as affirmed by Applicable Law and the United Nations Declaration”. UNDP added: “FPIC will be ensured on any matters that may affect the rights and interests, lands, resources, territories (whether titled or untitled to the people in question) and traditional livelihoods of the indigenous peoples concerned.” In March 2016, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recommended that Canada “fully recognize the right to free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples in its laws and policies and apply it in practice.” In particular, the Committee added that: … the State party establish effective mechanisms that enable meaningful participation of indigenous peoples in decision-making in relation to development projects being carried out on, or near, their lands or territories … [and] that the State party effectively engage indigenous peoples in the formulation of legislation that affects them. In July 2015, the UN Human Rights Committee urged Canada to “consult indigenous people … to seek their free, prior and informed consent whenever legislation and actions impact on their lands and rights” Following his visit to Canada, former Special Rapporteur James Anaya concluded: "as a general rule resource extraction should not occur on lands subject to aboriginal claims without adequate consultations with and the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned. “Anaya added: "The general rule identified here derives from the character of free, prior and informed consent as a safeguard for the internationally recognized rights of indigenous peoples that are typically affected by extractive activities that occur within their territories."
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Canadian Military Spying Activities Require More Scrutiny: Watchdog PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 April 2019 06:51

 

A committee flagged the possibility that Canadians' rights may be infringed.

 

By Jim Bronskill  

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/04/09/canadian-military-spying-activities-require-more-scrutiny-watchdog_a_23709085/

The facade of the headquarters of the Department of National Defence is pictured in Ottawa, on April 3, 2013. ADRIAN WYLD/CP

 

 

 

 
The facade of the headquarters of the Department of National Defence is pictured in Ottawa, on April 3, 2013. 
ADRIAN WYLD/CP
 
OTTAWA — A national-security watchdog has called for stricter controls on the Canadian military's spying, including the possibility of legislation spelling out when and how defence intelligence operations can take place.
 
In a report issued Tuesday, the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians said National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces have one of the largest intelligence programs in Canada, yet these operations get little outside scrutiny.
 
The committee, which examined thousands of pages and received several closed-door briefings, found that defence agencies carry out a full range of intelligence activities, collecting information through sensitive methods including technical means, human sources and investigations.
 
It says these activities entail considerable risks, including possible infringements on Canadians' rights.
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