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Joan Russow is running for Oak Bay Council E-mail
Posted by Administrator   
Saturday, 25 October 2014 14:43

photo by Janine Bancroft from the rally for thr teachers




I am committed to helping implement the Oak Bay Official Community Plan to reflect social equity and sound environmental and heritage values.

I am concerned, however, about how some sections might be interpreted and implemented. 


Such as the following;

A major goal of the OCP is to increase housing options to improve affordability and access to housing. This begins with supporting a growth rate up to 1 percent and using infill development to increase density. A subsection of the OCP focuses on affordable (page 30)


 "There are some challenges related to infill housing in established neighbourhoods. One of these is the potential loss of vegetation and tree canopy associated with additional housing on a property." (Page 74)


After I stepped down as leader of the Green Party of Canada, in 2001,I have been lobbying for compliance with international law in areas of peace, human rights, social justice and the environment. 


I feel , however, that Oak Bay is at a crosswords:


Oak Bay's character and identity must take precedence over amalgamation


Oak Bay's heritage buildings must be preserved not demolished or moved elsewhere


Oak Bay's natural environment must be valued not destroyed through densification


Oak Bay streets must  embrace alternative means of tranportation, not succumb to increased car dependency from increased growth


 In the face of a number of changes in the Oak Bay community plan, there is an imperative to set up an Advisory Design Committee or an Advisory Planning Committee should be established  to guide projects so that new projects respect the established character of Oak Bay’s different neighbourhoods.




I will strive to make Oak Bay become a "green leader" in integrating  ecology, heritage, affordable housing, and a vibrant local economy within existing structural and ecological  footprints, and  I would  support the proposal that the CRD seek the designation of a UN  Biosphere Reserve and become worthy of this designation. 


If elected, I will serve Oak Bay as a full time Councillor."


I can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Twitter: @drjoanrussow

Enclosed is my background and platform.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 17:16
Posted by Administrator   
Saturday, 18 October 2014 14:49
Reprinted in the public interest From:  The Bridge News Service
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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.  
New Global Declaration “Insufficient” to Tackle Deforestation E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 15:14


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

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.

Kevin Taylor Salmon people pray for sacred fish to return to historic home E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 15:08

Northwest tribes urge US and Canada to revise Columbia River Treaty to allow safe passage for salmon crossing dams

KETTLE FALLS, Wash. — Along a rocky shore where his ancestors gathered for millennia at once thundering but now flooded rapids, Richard Armstrong stepped into the Columbia River to pray.

With eyes closed, Armstrong, a member of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, pounded a rhythm on a small hide drum and prayed and sang in a Salish-language dialect. His prayers urged the U.S. and Canada to renegotiate the Columbia River Treaty, which has cut salmon off from this stretch of water.

For thousands of years, Native people had gathered at these falls to spear and net the leaping fish. Armstrong is a descendant of the last salmon chief who regulated the bustling fishery.

Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington Out of Eurasia? The Future of a Beijing-Moscow-Berlin Alliance E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:57

By Pepe Escobar  http://www.tomdispatch.com/contact/

A specter haunts the fast-aging “New American Century”: the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance. Let’s call it the BMB.

Its likelihood is being seriously discussed at the highest levels in Beijing and Moscow, and viewed with interest in Berlin, New Delhi, and Tehran. But don’t mention it inside Washington’s Beltway or at NATO headquarters in Brussels. There, the star of the show today and tomorrow is the new Osama bin Laden: Caliph Ibrahim, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive, self-appointed beheading prophet of a new mini-state and movement that has provided an acronym feast -- ISIS/ISIL/IS -- for hysterics in Washington and elsewhere. 

Widespread Use and Frequent Detection of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Wetlands of Canada's Prairie Pothole Region E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 04 October 2014 10:41
  • By Anson R. Main,John V. Headley, Kerry M. Peru, Allan J. Cessna, Christy A. Morrissey mail
  • Published: March 26, 2014
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092821 ArticleAbout the AuthorsMetrics

24 Jun 2014: The PLOS ONE Staff (2014) Correction: Widespread Use and Frequent Detection of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Wetlands of Canada's Prairie Pothole Region. PLoS ONE 9(6): e101400. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101400 | View correction

Neonicotinoids currently dominate the insecticide market as seed treatments on Canada's major Prairie crops (e.g., canola). The potential impact to ecologically significant wetlands in this dominantly agro-environment has largely been overlooked while the distribution of use, incidence and level of contamination remains unreported. We modelled the spatial distribution of neonicotinoid use across the three Prairie Provinces in combination with temporal assessments of water and sediment concentrations in wetlands to measure four active ingredients (clothianidin, thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and acetamiprid). From 2009 to 2012, neonicotinoid use was increasing; by 2012, applications covered an estimated ~11 million hectares (44% of Prairie cropland) with >216,000 kg of active ingredients. Thiamethoxam, followed by clothianidin, were the dominant seed treatments by mass and area. Areas of high neonicotinoid use were identified as high density canola or soybean production. Water sampled four times from 136 wetlands (spring, summer, fall 2012 and spring 2013) across four rural municipalities in Saskatchewan similarly revealed clothianidin and thiamethoxam in the majority of samples. In spring 2012 prior to seeding, 36% of wetlands contained at least one neonicotinoid. Detections increased to 62% in summer 2012, declined to 16% in fall, and increased to 91% the following spring 2013 after ice-off. Peak concentrations were recorded during summer 2012 for both thiamethoxam (range:
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:53
A Change in the Climate The Climate Movement Steps Up E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:46

ByTodd Gitlin - As the globe warms so does the climate movement

Less than two weeks have passed and yet it isn’t too early to say it: the People’s Climate March changed the social map -- many maps, in fact, since hundreds of smaller marches took place in 162 countries. That march in New York City,spectacular as it may have been with its 400,000 participants, joyous as it was, moving as it was (slow-moving, actually, since it filled more than a mile’s worth of wide avenues and countless side streets), was no simple spectacle for a day. It represented the upwelling of something that matters so much more: a genuine global climate movement.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 20:33
Arms Trade Treaty Gains Momentum with 50th Ratification E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 04:40

ByJoel Jaege

State parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) are obligated under international law to assess their exports of conventional weapons to determine whether there is a danger that they will be used to fuel conflict. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS

State parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) are obligated under international law to assess their exports of conventional weapons to determine whether there is a danger that they will be used to fuel conflict. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 28 2014 (IPS) - With state support moving at an unprecedented pace, the Arms Trade Treaty will enter into force on Dec. 24, 2014, only 18 months after it was opened for signature.

Eight states – Argentina, the Bahamas, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Saint Lucia, Portugal, Senegal and Uruguay – ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at a special event at the United Nations this past Thursday, Sep. 25, pushing the number of states parties up to 53.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014 14:23
"indefensible attack" on Indigenous rights at UN meeting E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:01

by Jenny Uechi



Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation at Peoples' Climate March, ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York. Photo by Zack Embree.

First Nations groups are expressing outrage at the Canadian government's stance toward Indigenous rights, expressed at a United Nations forum on Indigenous rights.

"It is deeply concerning...that Canada continues to embarrass itself on the world stage," Assembly of First Nations interim chief Ghislain Picard said. "These actions are not consistent with our much-needed work toward reconciliation between First Nations and the crown." 

The Canadian government posted an official statement earlier this week, criticizing the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Outcome document and voicing disagreement about Indigenous people's rights around consent, which it said could be misconstrued as a veto.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014 14:49
Danger in the fields E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 27 September 2014 13:35

Dario Aranda
Pagina12, 23 June 2014
English translation of the Spanish original by Google/GMWatch

A report by the Ministry of Health in Cordoba on deaths from cancerous tumours shows that the highest rate of deaths occur in areas where GM crops and agro-chemicals are used. The rate is double the national average.

Fixed election date in October 2015 must not be changed to cover up Duffy’s potentially devastating testimony E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:37


By Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Project


The Harper government evaded the investigation, by the Parliamentary Committee on Ethics and Access to Information, into the fraudulent in-and out funding scheme; the Harper government prorogued parliament to avoid an investigation into Canadian complicity in torturing Afghani prisoners; and the Harper government again prorogued Parliament, to prevent the Opposition from forming a coalition. The then Governor General succumbed to his requests. Prior to the 2011 election there was a serious oil spill; this event was covered up and only revealed after the election
The Fixed election date in October 15 must not be changed to cover up Duffy’s potential devastating testimony.  



Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:06
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