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Earth Walk for Peace and the Planet PDF Print E-mail
Earth News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 19:10

Saturday, April 25, 11:00 am
Gather at the Legislature Lawns
Victoria, Coast Salish territory

Join the parade led by Samba du Soleil to Centennial Square, for live music including Marimba Mufaro, speakers and festivities! Bring your banners, signs, flags and flowers. Drums, noisemakers, puppets and people younger and older are welcome and encouraged to participate!
Together, let's proclaim our commitment to a peaceful world that respects ecological systems and the communities they sustain!
All Welcome! 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2015 19:12
John Baird gets job with mining giant that got government subsidies when he was a minister PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 29 March 2015 06:56

John Baird, who resigned last month as Minister of Foreign Affairs, has landed a job as an advisor with Barrick Gold, a corporation that received subsidies for its mining operations from the government during the time Baird was in the Cabinet.

The announcement shortly after Minister Baird became the minister that Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) was ‘partnering’ with Barrick Gold in Peru, where the mining company was facing growing protests from the locals, while slashing funds long standing foreign aid groups caused astir three years ago.

US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program PDF Print E-mail
Peace News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:37

Obama revenge for Netanyahu's Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel's top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move.

First Publish: 3/25/2015, 8:00 PM


Dimona nuclear reactor circa 1960s
Dimona nuclear reactor circa 1960s
National Security Archive/Flash 90

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:41
Local 10-year-old declares the right to a healthy environment PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 13 February 2015 11:40

Local 10-year-old declares the right to a healthy envirnment

Rupert Yakelashek, 10, wants the City of Victoria to stand up as a leader in declaring the right to a healthy environment. - Don Denton photo
Rupert Yakelashek, 10, wants the City of Victoria to stand up as a leader in declaring the right to a healthy environment.
— Image Credit: Don Denton Photo

A local kid is making it his priority to ensure the citizens of Victoria have the right to a healthy environment.

Rupert Yakelashek, 10, went to David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour in Victoria in November, where he was inspired to bring about environmental change in Victoria.

[Suzuki] said that Canada had fallen behind in the environmental race and that many countries have environmental rights, but not Canada,” said Yakelashek.

During the municipal election, Yakelashek brought letters to each of the candidates in Victoria asking them to support a declaration for the right to a healthy environment.

He made a lasting impression on Coun. Jeremy Loveday in particular.

He really stuck with me as one of the people that stood out from my time campaigning,” said Loveday. “I think it’s a great step for the city to make a strong statement in favour of the environment and for future generations.”

The declaration states multiple environmental rights of humans, such as the right to breathe clean air, the right to drink clean water, the right to consume safe food and the right to participate in decision-making that will affect the environment.

The declaration also states that the City of Victoria should take cost-effective measures to prevent the degradation of the environment and protect the health of its citizens.

Loveday put forward a motion, endorsed by Coun. Ben Isitt and Mayor Lisa Helps, to adopt the declaration.

Yakelashek is going to City Hall on Thursday night (Dec. 18) to bring his message directly to council and relay to it and the public why it is an important initiative to support. There will be a rallyimmediately prior to the meeting at 6:45 p.m. at the Pandora Avenue entrance to city hall.

If humans are harming the environment, we’re directly harming ourselves,” said Yakelashek.

While it is a declaration and not a bylaw, Loveday said supporting it at the municipal level is the first step.

The plan is to have municipalities recognize the right to a healthy environment in declarative statements, and then from there get provinces to make the same statements,” said Loveday.

Eventually the rights could get passed at the constitutional level. More than 100 other countries in the world already have the right to a healthy environment in their constitutions.

Victoria would be a leader in it as we’d be the first city on Vancouver Island and the sixth city across Canada to sign on,” said Loveday, adding the declaration lines up with the city’s official community plan and could be used as a reference for future projects.

I think it’s important for Victoria because we’re the capital of British Columbia,” said Yakelashek. “Victoria is considered the leader of British Columbia and is a great influence.”

Supporting this declaration is a strong statement for the environment moving forward, said Loveday.

If we don’t protect our environment, it’s future generations that are [going to] pay the price for that.”

Pacific herring stocks are shadows of their former abundance. But the Canadian government wants to reopen fishing off British Columbia. PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:26

Fighting Over Herring­the Little Fish That Feeds Multitudes
By Craig Welch

National Geographic
Picture of pacific herring swimming in a large ball for safety




Pacific herring in British Columbia, Canada, come near shore in massive schools every spring to spawn.

Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Creative

The Pacific herring­an oily, silvery, schooling fish­is rarely high on the list of marine animals people fret about.

But for the second straight year, the Canadian government has ignited a skirmish in British Columbia by moving to let fishing nets scoop up spawning herring, despite objections from scientists, Native people, and even commercial fishing groups.

"Last year it almost got to a war­locals were geared up to block fishing boats in port," said Tony Pitcher, a fisheries scientist with the University of British Columbia. "There were more police on the dock than there were local people."

This unusual battle is part of a global debate about the future of some of the oceans' most important fish: the abundant schools of sardines, squid, smelt, anchovies, and herring that serve as forage for larger animals in the sea.

Scientists like Pitcher argue that too few governments take into account the essential role these forage fish play in marine systems before deciding how many of them can be caught.

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