The Conservative government wraps virtually everything it does these days in the magic cloak of “jobs and growth.”
Trade deals, infrastructure spending, business subsidies and tax breaks for families and small businesses. Everything on the economic front gets the familiar J-and-G spin – even if there’s scant evidence these efforts generate much of either.
By Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project
Why has nothing been done about the 67 Conservative MPs who were involved in the fraudulent in-and-out scheme in the 2006 election.The scheme transferred the extra 1.3 million dollars that had been raised federally to 67 Ridings and asking them to transfer the funds back to be spent nationally but requiring the MPs to declare that the funds were spent locally . In August 2008, the Parliamentary Committee on Ethics and Access to information was investigating this scheme.
Jorge Nahuel, a spokesman for the Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén, in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region, complains that local indigenous communities were not consulted about the production of unconventional oil in their ancestral territories. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS
CAMPO MARIPE, Argentina, Nov 18 2014 (IPS)- The boom in unconventional fossil fuels has revived indigenous conflicts in southwest Argentina. Twenty-two Mapuche communities who live on top of Vaca Muerta, the geological formation where the reserves are located, complain that they were not consulted about the use of their ancestral lands, both “above and below ground.”
The as-yet unfinished exhibit area which forms part of the temporary installations that the host country has built in Lima to hold the COP 20, which runs Dec. 1-12. Credit: COP20 Peru
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 17 2014 (IPS) - This December, 195 nations plus the European Union will meet in Lima for two weeks for the crucial U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP 20. The hope in Lima is to produce the first complete draft of a new global climate agreement.
However, this is like writing a book with 195 authors. After five years of negotiations, there is only an outline of the agreement and a couple of ‘chapters’ in rough draft.
The deadline is looming: the new climate agreement to keep climate change to less than two degrees C is to be signed in Paris in December 2015.
The French government does not believe the TTIP negotiations will be concluded by the end of 2015. [Dominik "Dome"/Flickr]
Matthias Fekl, France's Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, has made it clear that France will not support the inclusion of the Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) in a potential TTIP agreement. The ISDS is a point of heated debate between the EU and the United States. EurActiv France reports.
A debate on decarbonising development has emerged in Latin America, a region where natural resources, including fossil fuels, play a heavy role in the economy. Credit: Courtesy of Guilherme/Flickr
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 14 2014 (IPS) - When the advances made towards curbing global warming are analysed in the first 12 days of December in Lima, during the 20th climate conference, Latin America will present some achievements, as well as the many challenges it faces in “decarbonising development”.
Experts consulted by IPS said that during the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the region will be able to point to progress in reducing deforestation in the Amazon jungle, especially in the Brazilian portion where forest loss was reduced 80 percent in the last decade, according to official sources.
In late October, a few days after local news cameras swarmed Detroit’s courthouse to hear closing arguments in the city’s historic bankruptcy trial, “Commander” Dale Brown cruised through the stately Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Woods in a Hummer emblazoned with the silver, interlocking-crescent-moon logo of his private security company.
: In response to today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to authorize the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal president announced that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) recognizes the authorization of the this pipeline as an act of war.
The tribe has done its part to remain peaceful in its dealing with the United States in this matter, in spite of the fact that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has yet to be properly consulted on the project, which would cross through tribal land, and the concerns brought to the Department of Interior and to the Department of State have yet to be addressed.
Reprinted in the public interest From: The Bridge News Service
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BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN CANADA
If we want a better Canada, we need more democracy. Democracy is 'government of, by, and for the people'. Not government of the corporations, but government of the people.
The corporations that control Canada are plundering our nation. To get our Canada back, we have to fight the corporations, beat them, take back our country, and fix things up.
Health Care is one example of how they treat us. Canadians are forced to wait for health care because the corporations know they have to ruin our public system before they can privatize it; and long waits are a part of the plan. As for those who suffer and die - Corporate Canada does not care. We need to regain control of our health care system - and make it work for us.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the world’s second-largest tropical forest landscape. Here, slash and burn agriculture and charcoal are the main causes of greenhouse gases emissions. Credit: Taylor Toeka Kakala/IPS
WASHINGTON, Oct 3 2014 (IPS)- Heads of state, civil society groups and the leaders of some of the world’s largest companies this week urged their peers to sign on to a landmark new global agreement aimed at halting deforestation by 2030, even as others are warning the accord is too lax.