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70 years after the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Canada’s gift to Japan E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 26 July 2015 20:21

By Theresa Wolfwood

British pilot Leonard Cheshire, on board the plane with that bomb dropped on Nagasaki, described the bombing as, “Obscene in its greedy clawing at the earth, swelling as if with its regurgitation of all the life that it had consumed.”(PHOTO: The mushroom cloud resulting from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rose 18 km into the air.)

 

200,000 people died immediately & within days of these bombings; 70 years later people continue to die from the radiation effects of these toxic bombs. Canada was complicit in this tragedy and continues to be complicit in nuclear weapons production.

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House passes anti-GMO labeling law E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 July 2015 17:27

By Reuters

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/23/house-passes-anti-gmo-labeling-law.htmlThursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 7:13 PM ET

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a hotly debated measure that blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont.

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Summer of discontent: Mega-project protests loom across B.C. E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 July 2015 11:56

Major resource development schemes, from pipelines to the Site C dam, have many people ready to stand up and be counted

 
BY CHERYL CHAN, THE PROVINCE JULY 23, 2015
 

/www. theprovince.com/technology/Summer+discontent+Mega+project+pro.

 
Summer of discontent: Mega-project protests loom across B.C.
 

Amid protests trying to stop work by Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain last fall, dozens of people were arrested.

 

A number of major resource development projects in the works in B.C. are facing near-unprecedented levels of opposition from groups vowing the projects will never get off the ground.

Mega-project pipelines and LNG plants are touted to bring windfalls of jobs and riches to the province, but they have also triggered disobedience and dissent.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 11:59
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‘Dereliction of Duty’: Chair of Site C Panel on B.C.’s Failure to Investigate Alternatives to Mega Dam E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:32

By Emma Gilchrist • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 08:16

http://www.desmog.ca/2015/03/11/dereliction-duty-chair-site-c-panel-b-c-s-failure-investigate-alternatives-mega-dam

Harry Swain, chair of Site C panel

Part 1 of DeSmog Canada’s exclusive sit-down interview with Harry Swain, the man who chaired the panel tasked with reviewing BC Hydro’s Site C dam, sparked a firestorm of activity on Tuesday.

Energy Minister Bill Bennett responded to Swain’s critique in the Globe and Mail, the B.C. NDP issued a statement on Swain’s comments and an environmental law expert called the statements “unprecedented.”

Martin Olszynskian assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, said Swain’s comments are extremely rare.  

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that a panel member has spoken about a previous report in this manner,” Olszynski, an expert in environmental assessment, said. “To my knowledge, it’s unprecedented.”

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Feminist disappears from public history under Harper government E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 07:22

Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine, has been quietly removed from a national honour.

Therese Casgrain was president of the League for Women's Rights in Quebec from 1929 to 1942.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Therese Casgrain was president of the League for Women's Rights in Quebec from 1929 to 1942.

 

Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, to be replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister’s banner.

The Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award was started in 1982 by the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau.

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Calls Mount for “Bold” Climate Deal in Paris E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:06

By Kitty Stapp

NEW YORK, Jul 21 2015 (IPS) - A diverse coalition of 24 leading British scientific institutions has issued a communique urging strong and immediate government action at the U.N. climate change conference set for Paris in December.

Nicholas Stern, a former chief economist of the World Bank and president of the British Academy, has called for a strong international climate agreement in Paris this year. Credit: public domain

Nicholas Stern, a former chief economist of the World Bank and president of the British Academy, has called for a strong international climate agreement in Paris this year. Credit: public domain

The statement, issued Tuesday, points to overwhelming evidence that if humanity is to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to two degrees C, the world economy must transition to zero-carbon by early in the second half of the century.

Climate economist Lord Nicholas Stern, president of the British Academy, one of the signers, said it “demonstrates the strength of the agreement among the UK’s research institutions about the risks created by rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

“Our research community has for many decades been at the forefront of efforts to expand our understanding and knowledge of the causes and potential consequences of climate change,” he said.

“While some of our politicians and newspapers continue to embrace irrational and reckless denial of the risks of climate change, the UK’s leading research institutions are united in recognising the unequivocal evidence that human activities are driving climate change.”

Other signatories include the British Ecological Society, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Meteorological Society and the Wellcome Trust.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:49
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Arctic nations to bar fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the north pole E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 20 July 2015 11:23

Eight member states including US, Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark sign accord to protect central Arctic Ocean from commercial fishing

 

The Chukchi sea near Shishmaref, Alaska, is part of the Arctic Ocean.

 The Chukchi sea near Shishmaref, Alaska, is part of the Arctic Ocean. Photograph: Andrew  Burton/Getty Images

The United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement on Thursday to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the north pole.

The accord, also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Canada, Norway and Denmark, is a response to global warming, which is melting sea ice in the central Arctic Ocean, an area the size of the Mediterranean. The deal had been delayed by more than a year by tensions over Ukraine.

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GMO study finds 'indications of harmful and adverse effects' E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 17 July 2015 10:37

Nafeez Ahmed

July 2015

 

A store of probably GMO soya in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Márcio Garoni via Flickr (CC BY-NC).
A store of probably GMO soya in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Márcio Garoni via Flickr (CC BY-NC).

A new biosafety report for the Norwegian Environment Agency says GM foods cannot be declared safe due to major gaps in the science, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indeed research clearly indicates harmful and adverse impacts to both health and environment. But Monsanto insists that GMOs are just as safe as, or even safer than, conventional crops.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 09:44
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Civilian Killings? West Literally Gets Away With Murder E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 17 July 2015 07:49

By Thalif Deen

Plumes of smoke rise into the evening Afghan sky as Allied air support brings an end to Operation Glacier 4 in February 2007. Operation Glacier 4 was a deliberate action against Taliban Forces in the district of Garmsir by Royal Marines of 42 Commando in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Credit: Sean Clee/OGL license


Plumes of smoke rise into the evening Afghan sky as Allied air support brings an end to Operation Glacier 4 in February 2007. Operation Glacier 4 was a deliberate action against Taliban Forces in the district of Garmsir by Royal Marines of 42 Commando in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Credit: Sean Clee/OGL license

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 16 2015 (IPS) 

http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/07/civilian-killings-west-literally-gets-away-with-murder/-

The United Nations continues to come under heavy fire for singling out mostly non-Western states for human rights violations while ignoring the misdeeds of Western nations or big powers.

 

As part of its annual ritual, the U.N. Third Committee, which deals with human rights issues, has religiously adopted country-specific resolutions every year, mostly critical of nations like Iran, Syria, Cuba and North Korea for their infractions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 19:21
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Nestlé faces renewed criticism as B.C. drought continues E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 10 July 2015 11:43

Companies like Nestlé will pay $2.25 to bottle a million litres of water starting in 2016

By On the Coast, CBC News Posted: Jul 10, 2015 5:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jul 10, 2015 9:03 AM PT

 Starting in 2016, Nestle will have to pay $2.25 per million litres to extract water in B.C.

Starting in 2016, Nestle will have to pay $2.25 per million litres to extract water in B.C. (CBC)

Criticism against Nestlé is picking up momentum once again as drought plagues B.C., wildfires rage in parts of the south coast, and residents are facing water restrictions.

Nestlé Waters Canada bottles roughly 265 million litres of water from B.C. every year.

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The Overarching Theme and Themes of the SDGs should be based on international law, legal precedents and peremptory norms E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 10 July 2015 08:43

By Joan Russow  PhD Global Compliance research Project

If states comply with these many instruments, the global community will have more respect for the rule of international law, and more faith in the United Nations, including for the compliance with and implementation of the SDGs. Credit: UN Photo/Joao Araujo Pinto

If states comply with these many instruments, the global community will have more respect for the rule of international law, and more faith in the United Nations, including for the compliance with and implementation of the SDGs.

Credit: UN Photo/Joao Araujo Pinto Project  from http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/04/the-u-n-at-70-a-time-for-compliance/

 

1 June 2015   The Co-chairs of the SDGS  affirmed that the overarching Theme would be  “Transforming the world: realizing the post-2015 development agenda” and that there would be six themes for the interactive dialogues during the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda (25-27 September, 2015).

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?page=view&nr=139&type=230&menu=2059

Co-chairs,however,  then stated a caveat;

“we wish to emphasize that it has no formal or legal status, and in no way establishes a precedent. It is intended purely to assist in preparations for the Summit and participation in the interactive dialogues.”

To realize what would be needed to transform the world, the member states could both discuss how best both to enact the necessary legislation to strengthen the rule of international law, to prohibit practices and action, that impede the positive transformation of the world, and secure the transfer of funds from the activities that undermine the SDGS.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 09:23
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