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‘A beautiful day' for environmentalists Shale gas, Gentilly both get the chop PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 21 September 2012 09:58

A woman holds a sign during a protest against the shale gas industry in Montreal on Saturday, June 18, 2011.

A woman holds a sign during a protest against the shale gas industry in Montreal on Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Photograph by: Dario Ayala , Montreal Gazette

Organic champagne anyone?

Environmental activists were celebrating Thursday as Quebec’s new government gave an unambiguous thumbs-down to the shale gas industry in the morning and confirmed its intention to quickly shut down the Gentilly-2 nuclear plant in the afternoon.

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Top 10 Facts About the Alberta Oil Sands PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Monday, 17 September 2012 19:13

Top 10 Facts About the Alberta Oil Sands

http://www.desmogblog.com/top-10-facts-canada-alberta-oil-sands-information 

 


Tar sands mining. Photo: National Geographic

plus national geographic video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb2dB2H7j_o

 

Top 10 Facts About the Alberta Oil Sands

http://www.desmogblog.com/top-10-facts-canada-alberta-oil-sands-information

 

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StoppingLine 9: Communities mobilize for Ontario's tar sands battle PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:14

StoppingLine 9: Communities mobilize for Ontario's tar sands battle

| September 11, 2012 http://rabble.ca/news/2012/09/enbridge-line-9-other-other-pipeline

 

Photo: Ashely Manness and Vanessa Gray

 

The Northern Gateway pipeline might be dead in the water for now, but Enbridge's Line 9 could be pumping tar sands through Ontario soon (more here and here).

Tar sands are already being refined at an estimated rate of 225,000 barrels/day in Sarnia, Ontario's chemical valley, termed the most polluted place on earth by the National Geographic Society. For local First Nations, Enbridge continues a pattern of ignoring, marginalizing, and tokenizing community concerns. In the history of 'Canada' this is nothing new and neither is the action communities are taking to protect their lands.

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Genetically engineered Pigs and Potatoes: when will GE technology in food production finally be banned PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 March 2010 01:06
Genetically engineered Pigs and Potatoes: when will GE technology in food production finally be banned
- Joan Russow - Global Compliance Research Project

Canwest media has reported: "Genetically engineered pigs are one step closer to becoming meat on Canadian kitchen tables with the federal government poised to declare that they do not harm the environment.Canwest News Service has learned Environment Canada has determined that Yorkshire pigs developed at the University of Guelph are not toxic to the environment under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The official declaration will be made on Saturday."  

And also it has been reported that  BASF's genetically modified Amflora potato,  which contains genes that are resistant to antibiotics has just been approved by the European Commission,

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Climate Action Network undermines strong resolve of developing states PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 30 January 2010 01:41
Climate Action Network undermines strong resolve of developing states

On January 29 CLimate Action Network sent the following to  Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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Mid Canada Line Ceanup Isn PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 July 2009 14:34
PEJ News - Ahniwanika - The Province of Ontario announced last month that is finally going to clean up a stretch of radar sites that have been leaching toxic compounds into the environment for the past 40 years. The radar sites were a part of the
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GM Bailout: Maximizing Manufacturing Footprint Eclipses Ecological Footprint PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 June 2009 21:28

2009 June 2

GM Bailout: Maximizing Manufacturing Footprint Eclipses Ecological Footprint

PEJ News - Joan Russow - Global Compliance Research Project - In 1996, every member state of the United Nations made a commitment to “reduce the Ecological Footprint” .In 2000, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) along with the Canadian Auto Workers adopted the principle of fair and just transition. Inherent in this principle, is the recognition that certain industries that impact on human health and the environment will become obsolete, and that there must be in place a fair and just transition for workers in those industries that have and must become sunsetted. Now, CAW is calling for “maximizing the Manufacturing Footprint”

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At this moment when the global community is facing an economic crisis there is an opportunity to seriously implement the fair and just transition Fair and just transition away from activities that are harmful to the environment and to human health must finally be implemented. Since the emergence of concern about the environment in the 1970s, many union members anticipated that there would be the phasing out of industries for environmental reasons, and they began advancing the principle of fair and just transition. At several international Conference, including the World Summit on Sustainable Development , members of the international labour movement were lobbying for the implementation of this principle.

This principle envisions an extremely important role for government. This role does not involve bailing out industries that perpetuate practices that are harmful to human health and the environment, but in phasing out these harmful industries and in funding the labour movement in its transition. In Canada, this principle must be implemented in the transportation industries.

FROM REDUCING THE ECOLOGIICAL FOOTPRINT: APPLICATION OF THE FAIR AND JUST TRANSITION PRINCIPLE

The Auto Industry
Unfortunately, rather than implementing the Fair and Just Transition Principle in the Auto industry, governments have chosen to bail out General Motors which will continue to produce cars and trucks emitting greenhouse gases in contravention of the UN Framework on Climate change. The government should have funded and instituted a fair and just transition to the production of socially equitable and environmentally sound public transportation, along with automobiles that function with zero greenhouse gas emissions.

For labour, the principle will protect workers who are displaced as a result of the transition to socially equitable and environmental sound practices and technologies. The principle, however, is not just reactive but also proactive.

In 1997, the CAW recognized the eventual necessity of just transition:

In the CAW 1997 Statement on Transportation, the union stated: "we either get out in front and lead the technology in a way that benefits our membership or we try to retard new developments and see them push our members out the door."
This principle was reinforced over the years, including in 2001:

“For environmentalists, the great promise of just transition is not just reduced opposition to new environmental controls but positive moves towards greener jobs in a greener society. Delores Broten, for example, believes that just transition will benefit the environment chiefly because it involves anticipating the need to shift workers from unsustainable jobs to more ecologically sensitive ones. Broten is executive director of Reach for Unbleached!” (cited in Mae Burrows, June, 2001 edition of Alternatives magazine).

“Just transition programs are best considered as a package of initiatives resting on two central principles. The first is acceptance that workers, who are displaced by demands for environmental improvements mandated by society, have a right to educational and retraining programs, alternative employment at an equivalent level, or compensation. The second is that the desired transition is to jobs that serve long-term ecological and community sustainability and are therefore more secure as well as more broadly beneficial.” (Mae Burrows, CAW ibid)

TO MAXIMIZING THE MANUFACTURING FOOTPRINT

On June 1, 2009, Ken Lewenza, the president of the Canadian Auto Workers turned the principle of “footprint” upside down, when he stated at a press conference on the bailout of General Motors that now we must “maximize the manufacturing footprint".


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The One Thousand Dollar Naysayer Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009 08:23

The One Thousand Dollar Naysayer Challenge

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After over one year of advocating for safer food in Canada, and after one year of virtually total silence from the Mainstream media (CBC, CTV, TVO), Politicians (up to and including Stephen Harper), Grocers (Loblaws, Sobeys, Food Basics, M&M Meat Shops) Farm Organizations (OFA, CFFO, NFU), Canadian Cattlemen, Ontario Cattlemen, Canadian Organic Growers, University of Guelph,..........(the list goes on and on) on the issues I have raised, I have come to the following conclusion:
 


http://cowbossatwscc.blogspot.com
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T'Sou-ke First Nation Innovation and Demonstration Solar Project PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 29 March 2009 14:35

T'Sou-ke First Nation Innovation and Demonstration Solar Project: Harnessing the Sun to Produce Clean Renewable Energy and Economic Self-Sufficiency, Sooke, BC

PEJ News - Rycroft - In a spectacular marriage of traditional values and state of the art technology, the T'Sou-ke First Nation on Vancouver Island has already become BC's most-solar-powered intensive community. As the first phase of a five-year plan designed to end the community's dependence on fossil fuels, the T'Sou-ke Nation is installing solar panels to pre heat hot water and photovoltaic panels to create clean electricity to power potentially large savings as hydro prices spike. In the process the Nation is creating much-needed skills in a new fast growing industry.

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Canadian Throne Speech Claimed Nuclear Energy A Proven Technology PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 November 2008 05:09

2008 November 20

Canadian Throne Speech Claimed Nuclear Energy A Proven Technology

PEJ News ­- Joan Russow - Global Compliance Research Project - In the Throne Speech the minority Conservative government declared not only that nuclear energy is a proven technology but also that nuclear energy would be part of their clean energy program. Ever since there has been concern about climate change, the nuclear industry has used "nukespeak" and the seductive devices, strategies and syndromes to delude and distort through linguistic devices.

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