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Peace activists cross the demilitarized zone that separates South and North Korea E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 May 2015 21:30

A group of 30 woman have crossed the demilitarized zone, which separates South and North Korea in a march for peace.

The activists made the gesture to express the hope that Korean families divided by war could some day be reconciled.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2015 21:39
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Who funded Harper's rise to power? And other questions about election financing E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 May 2015 20:00

 

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As the renowned Republican backroom operator Mark Hanna noted back in the late 19th century, "There are two things that matter in politics. One is money, and I can't remember the other."

Indeed, the fantastically wealthy Koch brothers proved in the recent U.S. congressional vote that organizing billionaires to buy elections is a lot easier than herding cats.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2015 20:06
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On the gun registry, the Tories think they can break the laws of physics E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 May 2015 17:24

 

In a special report issued last week, federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault revealed that, in March, she recommended charges be laid against the RCMP for the withholding and destroying of long-gun registry data that was part of an active access-to- information request.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2015 17:28
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The U.N. at 70: Time to Prioritise Human Rights for All, for Current and Future Generations E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 May 2015 16:55

By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is a United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 2015 (IPS) - Seventy years ago, with the founding of the United Nations, all nations reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.

The commitment to fundamental human rights that was enshrined in the United Nations Charter and later in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights lives on today in many other treaties and agreements, including the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.

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A "Martyr," a Murder, and the Making of a New Afghanistan? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 May 2015 16:52

By Ann Jones

I went to Kabul, Afghanistan, in March to see old friends.  By chance, I arrived the day after a woman had been beaten to death and burned by a mob of young men.  The world would soon come to know her name: Farkhunda.  The name means “auspicious” or “jubilant.”  She was killed in the very heart of the Afghan capital, at a popular shrine, the burial place of an unnamed warrior martyred for Islam. Years ago, I worked only a few doors away.  I knew the neighborhood well as a crossroads for travelers and traders, a market street beside the Kabul River, busy with peddlers, beggars, drug addicts, thieves, and pigeons.  It was always a dodgy neighborhood. Now, it had become a crime scene.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2015 21:54
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Port Metro wants Massey bridge higher to allow biggest LNG tankers: documents E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 May 2015 16:12

 

 

Greater cost of taller bridge will up for ‘public discussion,’ province says

 
 
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Port Metro wants Massey bridge higher to allow biggest LNG tankers: documents
 

Rendering of a proposal for a bridge over the Fraser River to replace the George Massey Tunnel.

Port Metro Vancouver wants the province to build a higher bridge when it replaces the Massey Tunnel to allow taller LNG tankers to travel up the Fraser River, according to documents obtained by an environmental group.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2015 16:15
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LNG company fined after ducks found dead in holding tank E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 May 2015 15:58

 

 

The Petronas-owned company now on federal list of offenders

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LNG company fined after ducks found dead in holding tank
 

An Alberta-based energy company owned by Malaysian LNG-giant Petronas has been ordered to pay $250,000 after dead ducks were found in an open holding tank containing toxic liquid.

Photograph by: Michael Bell , The Canadian Press

An Alberta-based energy company owned by Malaysian LNG-giant Petronas has been ordered to pay $250,000 after dead ducks were found in an open holding tank containing toxic liquid.

Progress Energy pleaded guilty in B.C. provincial court Wednesday to the 2012 offence under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, according to an Environment Canada news release that was issued late Friday.

In all, 17 Mallard ducks were found dead from exposure to condensate, a petroleum liquid hydrocarbon.

A subsequent investigation by Environment Canada found no deterrence measures were in place to prevent the birds from flying into the above-ground tank.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2015 16:07
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Fixed election date eroding campaign rules, ex-elections chief says E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 23 May 2015 07:03

'The prime minister is the champ and his people are setting the rules,' says Jean-Pierre Kingsley

By KathaStarr, CBC NewsPosted: May 23, 2015 7:00 AM E

Jean-Pierre Kingsley, former chief electoral officer,  is calling for the creation of an independent elections commissioner to oversee and organize federal leaders' debates.

Jean-Pierre Kingsley, former chief electoral officer, is calling for the creation of an independent elections commissioner to oversee and organize federal leaders' debates. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Canada's former chief electoral officer sees a new pre-campaigning style emerging thanks to Canada's first fixed-date election this fall, with recent conflict over leaders' debates just one consequence of the new system.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 May 2015 12:01
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Major Monsanto Lawsuit Completely Blacked out by Media E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 23 May 2015 06:53

By Christina Sarich
Posted on May 22, 2015Source: http://naturalsociety.com/major-monsanto-lawsuit-completely-blacked-out-by-media/

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What happens when one courageous attorney and a few citizens try to take down Monsanto? The MSM doesn’t cover it, for starters.

Efforts to publicize a class action lawsuit against Monsanto for false advertising its best-selling herbicide Roundup filed in Los Angeles County Court on April 20, 2015 have been rejected by almost every mainstream media outlet.

It’s no different than Fox, NBC, CNN, or ABC refusing to cover the DARK ACT, which would give Monsanto legal immunity and disallow states to demand GMO labeling.

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“Banning neonicotinoid pesticides will have almost no impact on corn and soy production E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 May 2015 20:32

MEDIA RELEASE / May 22, 2015

 
OTTAWA – A leaked report from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) will make banning bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides a lot easier.

An economic analysis of the use of neonicotinoids on soy and corn crops shows a very tiny benefit to a very few farmers. Corn growers in some parts of Ontario may be seeing an economic benefit of only 3.6% while soy planters see almost no benefit (0.4%). These numbers are orders of magnitude lower than the doomsday predictions of the agro-chemical industry.

Banning neonicotinoid pesticides will have almost no impact on corn and soy production, and the vast majority of farmers will actually make more money not using them,” said John Bennett, National Program Director, Sierra Club Canada Foundation.

Neonicotinoid pesticides are used indiscriminately on almost all corn and soy crops in Canada. They are applied to the seeds before planting and the poison is absorbed by all parts of the plant, including pollen and nectar. The PMRA study looked at the added cost to the farmer of using the bee-killing pesticides and compared yields and losses to calculate the cost/benefit of their use.

The chemical industry may have convinced farm organizations that they need neonicotinoids to succeed, but this study strongly suggests the true value of these pesticides has been way over stated.

“Removing neonicotinoid pesticides from the marketplace will not have a significant impact on farmers or the their incomes,” said Mr. Bennett. “It’s time to do the right thing and ban these bee-killing pesticides.”

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John Bennett, National Program Director
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
1510-1 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7
613-291-6888
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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 May 2015 06:58
 
March Against Monsanto 12:45 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 May 2015 12:01

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 12:58
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