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Wet’suwet’en: Why Are Indigenous Rights Being Defined By An Energy Corporation? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 13 February 2020 10:08

Yellowhead Institute generates critical policy perspectives in support of First Nation jurisdiction.

Wet’suwet’e

post by Shiri Pasternak 2020-02-07

In Treaties, Rights and Title

AN UNSIGNED AGREEMENT

 

between a Wet’suwet’en First Nation and Coastal GasLink along with financial documents obtained by Yellowhead Institute provide reinforcement to Yellowhead’s assessment of the ways these private contracts can dramatically undermine First Nation rights and jurisdiction.

The Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) and other documents were drafted in 2016, two years before the first payments were made to the First Nation. Because official agreements are not available to the public due to confidentiality clauses, these documents provide a valuable record of Coastal GasLink’s negotiating objectives.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2020 14:42
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Absolutely Unacceptable: if US may Resume Nuclear Explosive Testing PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 25 May 2020 10:18

  

 

For immediate release: May 25, 2020

 

Absolutely Unacceptable: Resumed Nuclear Explosive Testing

 

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons on May 23 unanimously adopted a statement condemning recent reports of White House discussions to resume nuclear weapons testing.  As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Abolition 2000 had to take the unprecedented step of holding its AGM online, allowing participants from some 40 countries to join.

The statement (full text below) warns that resumed US testing of nuclear weapons would inevitably lead to resumption of testing by other nations.  Such testing would, in any case, be in contravention of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, signed by the United Stated in 1996, yet pending entry-into-force.

John Burroughs, Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, and one of the statement's drafters said, "Testing of nuclear weapons evokes nuclear apocalypse, as in the days of US-Soviet brinksmanship. It must not be resumed. At the same time, we must recognize that the capabilities for apocalypse remain in place, and are being maintained and improved in the absence of nuclear explosive testing. This too must be brought to an end."

Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2020 10:24
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Avocado boom wreaks havoc on Latin America’s environment PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 21 December 2019 14:23

Avocado consumption surges in China but more cultivation means deforestation and drought in Latin America

SEE FULL ARTICLE  AT https://dialogochino.net/12287-avocado-boom-wreaks-havoc-on-latin-americas-environment/

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Alejandra Cuéllar November 13, 2018

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avocado deforestation

image: Kevin Brown

 

“In Chile you have breakfast, lunch and you dream about avocado, but living in China it wasn’t easy to find,” says Camila Kemeny, a Chilean English teacher who lives in the eastern city of Hefei. “Lately I’ve been seeing more avocados, so I’m happy, because I’m always looking for them like crazy,” she added.

 

In recent years, imports of the “butter fruit”, as it is known in China, have exploded. Almost all come from Latin America. In 2017, China imported more than 32 thousand tonnes of avocado, 22% more than the previous year.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2020 18:58
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B.C. Civil Liberties Association to release CSIS papers on environmental groups Social Sharing PDF Print E-mail
Letters to Editor
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 July 2019 03:16

BCCLA complained to the Security Intelligence Review Committee in 2014

The Canadian Press · Posted: Jul 07, 2019 5:57 PM PT | Last Updated: 10 hours ago

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-civil-liberties-association-to-release-csis-papers-on-environmental-groups-1.5203323

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Demonstrators block a road during a protest in the streets following the federal government's approval of the Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline in Vancouver, B.C., on June 17, 2014. (Reuters)

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is set to release what it calls a "trove" of heavily redacted documents disclosed by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service on Monday morning.

They concern the BCCLA's allegation that CSIS was monitoring the organizing activities and peaceful protests of Indigenous groups and environmentalists who were opposed to the now-defunct Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2019 22:50
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