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Burns Bog Conservation Society Petitions Federal Government E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:53

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

 

We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, draw the attention of the House to the following:

 

Whereas, there are species at risk on the lands owned by MK Delta Lands Group (7007 Highway 91, 7969 Highway 91 Connector, 7949 104 Street, 10770 72nd Avenue, et al, Delta, British Columbia) and Pineland Peat (5224-88 Street, Delta, British Columbia).

 

Whereas, these species at risk include: the Red-listed Dim Skipper Butterfly, the Red-listed Pacific Water Shrew, Red-listed Trowbridge’s Shrew, the Red-listed Sandhill crane and Red-listed Southern Red-backed vole. Red-listed Black-Crowned Night Heron, the Red-listed Olympic shrew, the Blue-listed Autumn Meadowhawk, the Blue-listed Northern Red-legged frog, Blue-listed Barn Owl, Blue-listed Western Screech Owl, Blue-listed Green Heron and the Blue-listed Black Swift are either resident or migrate to these areas annually.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:58
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In Pitch-Perfect Retort, New Zealand PM Told Trump: 'No One Marched When I Was Elected' E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 17 November 2017 17:30
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The new leader was among the New Zealanders who marched against Trump in January—and she didn't back down when the two recently met for the first time

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U.S. President Donald Trump and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a group photo last week with fellow APEC leaders in Da Nang, Vietnam. (Photo: EPA)

New Zealand's progressive new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern strongly rejected President Donald Trump's assessment of her recent rise to power, according to her account of their first in-person meeting at the East Asia Summit last week.

After Trump said Ardern's win had "upset" many New Zealanders, the Labor Party leader remarked that "nobody marched" in response to her victory, as millions did all over the globe when Trump was inaugurated in January.

Ardern offered a full account of her meeting with Trump to New Zealand's Newsroom:

I was waiting to walk out to be introduced at the East Asia Summit gala dinner, where we all paraded and while we were waiting, Trump in jest patted the person next to him on the shoulder, pointed at me and said, 'This lady caused a lot of upset in her country,' talking about the election.

I said, 'Well, you know, only maybe 40 per cent,' then he said it again and I said, 'You know,' laughing, 'no one marched when I was elected.'

Last Updated on Friday, 17 November 2017 17:35
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Norway sued over Arctic oil exploration plans E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 08:39

The case, led by Greenpeace, claims Norwegian government has violated constitutional right to a healthy environment and contravenes Paris agreement

By the Guardian Environment

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/14/norway-sued-over-arctic-oil-exploration-plans

Greenpeace activists hold banners during a protest next to Statoil’s Songa Enabler oil rig in the Barents sea, Norway, July 2017

 

 

 Greenpeace activists hold banners during a protest next to Statoil’s Songa Enabler oil rig in the Barents sea, Norway, July 2017. Photograph: Will Rose/Greenpeace/Reuters

 

 

The Norwegian government is being sued by climate activists over a decision to open up areas of the Arctic Ocean for oil exploration, a move they say endangers the lives of existing and future generations.

The plaintiffs, led by environmental organisations Greenpeace and Youth and Nature, will on Tuesday claim that the Norwegian government has violated a constitutional environmental law which guarantees citizens’ rights to a healthy environment.

The law, known as Section 112, states: “Everyone has the right to an environment that safeguards their health and to nature where production ability and diversity are preserved. Natural resources must be managed from a long-term and versatile consideration which also upholds this right for future generations.”

“We have for years tried to stop the expansion of Norway’s oil extraction, from both local and global considerations,” said Truls Gulowsen, head of Greenpeace Norway. “As far as granting concessions for the Arctic is concerned, not only have our objections been ignored and overrun, but the state has also paid no heed to the guidelines from their own appointed advisers, such as the polar institute and the environment agency, who both recommended that the majority of concessions in this area be turned down.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 08:51
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The heat is on over Site C, says Horgan, as consultations begin E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:18

 

The fate of the Site C hydroelectric dam will be the focus of intense scrutiny this week as cabinet ministers travel north for consultations.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:25
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Urgent! Request from Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:49

 

Forwarded at the request of the Gathering Our Voices Society / Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Warriors
 
It's Time! Please invite your kayaking friends.
 
The brave Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Cleansing Our Waters warriors occupying Marine Harvest's Midsummer Island farm have requested that all willing and able kayakers make their way with boats to Alert Bay as swiftly as possible to standby and assist in the prevention of the restocking of the farm with young Atlantic Salmon. Marine Harvest will attempt to begin restocking as early as Monday. The first main action is most likely to take place Tuesday morning.
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:53
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Pope Francis, in change from predecessors, condemns nuclear arsenals for deterrence E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 06:59
 
 
 
By Philip Pullella, Reuters, Nov 10 2017
 
 
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis appeared to harden the Catholic Church’s teaching against nuclear weapons on Friday, saying countries should not stockpile them even for the purpose of deterrence.
 

His remarks, at the start of a disarmament conference that brought 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners to the Vatican, appeared to go further than previous popes. They have said that while nuclear weapons should never be used, holding arsenals solely to deter other countries from using them could be morally acceptable as a step toward achieving a nuclear-free world. 

Addressing the group in the 16th century frescoed Clementine Hall of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Francis spoke of “the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects of any employment of nuclear devices”.

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COP23; to implement the Paris Agreement; the Systemic Constraints must be overcome E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 09 November 2017 03:38

Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project 

At COP 21, Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with

a global vision not with national vested interests (a paraphrase of statement at 

Cop21 press conference)

A global vision  would be to address article 2 of the UNFCCC and at a

minimum the following: (i) to immediately end all subsidies for fossil fuel, 

(ii) to calculate the carbon budget for each state,(iii) to divest in fossil fuels

 and to reinvest and invest in renewable energy, (iv) to conserve sinks

-such as old growth forests and bogs, to strengthen conservation of  biodiversity,

 (v) to abandon false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering and biofuels

which would all violate principles within the UNFCCC

 (vi) to compensate for historical emissions, and (vi) to institute a fair and just

transition for workers affected negatively by the new vision. (vii) to promote nature

based solutions and socially equitable and environmentally sound energy such as solar,

wind, tidal, and geothermal, (viii) end the exemption for miitary contribution to

greenhouse gas emissions, and (ix) reallocate the military budget and transfer the funds to address climate change

Last Updated on Friday, 10 November 2017 18:26
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ACTIVISTS OPPOSED TO KINDER MORGAN'S PIPELINE EXPANSION TO RUN TRAINING SESSIONS FOR PROTESTERS E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 14:46

Just the beginning': anti-pipeline protesters vow 'rise of resistance'

Activists opposed to Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion to run training sessions for protesters

CBC News Posted: Oct 30, 2017 2:28 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 30, 2017 2:29 PM PT

People who were arrested at a protest against energy giant Kinder Morgan are saying what happened this weekend is just the beginning of mass civil disobedience.

On Saturday, protesters gathered both on the water and on land near Kinder Morgan's Westbridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., to voice their opposition to the planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. 

  • 5 arrested for mischief following Kinder Morgan protest

More than 60 boats linked together in front of the tanker route that connects with the terminal. 

Police arrested five of the protesters. They have now been charged with criminal mischief. 

Anti-Kinder Morgan protesters hold news conference after arrests

Karen Mahon (centre-left) and Saeed Nagyb (centre-right) are two of five people arrested on Oct. 28, 2017 and charged with mischief for their roles in a protest against Kinder Morgan. Chief Bob Chamberlin with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (far left) is also opposed to the pipeline. (Christer Waara/CBC )

On Monday, four of the five held a news conference in Vancouver, vowing to ramp up their efforts. 

Protester Liam Fox says he believes it is his duty to stand in the way of the construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. 

"We don't really have any other option. This pipeline has to be stopped," Fox said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 November 2017 19:55
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Heiltsuk First Nation to sue Kirby Corporation over 2016 diesel spill E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 14:07

As reported in Coast Mountain News, this month marks the one-year anniversary of the October 13 oil spill in Bella Bella, British Columbia. With the community’s recovery efforts undermined by government and Kirby Corporation’s refusal to take responsibility for the spill and to cooperate in its aftermath, the nation says it has no option but to turn to the courts.

“The oil spill continues to be a catastrophic injury to our food sources, culture, and economy,” says Heiltsuk Tribal Council Chief Councillor, Marilyn Slett. “Thanks to Kirby Corporation and the governments of British Columbia and Canada, our community’s road to recovery keeps getting longer and longer.”

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The Nathan E. Stewart articulated tug/barge was southbound from Alaska when it ran aground at Edge Reef near Athlone Island on Oct. 13, 2016. (Photo Credit: Western Canada Marine Response Corporation)

Kirby Corporation and government have kept information secret about what occurred on October 13, 2016 when the Nathan E. Stewart grounded, sank and spilled oil into Gale Pass. The Heiltsuk Tribal Council made numerous separate requests for information to the polluter (Kirby Corporation) and various government agencies, including Transport Canada, the Transportation Safety Board, and the Canadian Coast Guard. Those requests were largely denied or ignored.

The Nation claims this secrecy and lack of collaboration has continued throughout the post-spill recovery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 November 2017 20:06
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understanding civil resistance and songs of resistance E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:33

Wednesday, Nov. 22 @ 7:30 pm

Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street

Join & Share on Facebook

You're invited to Songs of Resistance, a night of music and solidarity, featuring radical troubadour David Rovics with a special appearance by Swedish artist Elona Planman. 

Tickets available in advance for $15 at: songs of resistance David Rovics in concert tickets or $20 at the door. No one turned away.  Don't miss the discussion prior to the concert, starting at 6:30 pm, on the topic "Understanding Civil Resistance".

Please help spread the word & see you on November 22nd!!

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 November 2017 19:42
 
United Nations Day October 24; Time for Canada to sign and ratify the Treaty on the prohibition of Nuclear Weapons E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 06:31

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

 

nuclear weapons blast explosion test operation plumbbob priscillaA 37-kiloton blast known as "Priscilla" explodes during an Operation Plumbbob nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site on June 24, 1957. The device was detonated from a balloon.

 

 

 

 

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, ...

 In June 2017, I attended the UN negotiations on the Treaty. Canada was absent

 

The Canadian Government demonstrated dereliction of duty when the it  refused to sign the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons that undertakes never under any circumstances to:

 

(a) Develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices;

 (b) Transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly or indirectly;

 (c) Receive the transfer of or control over nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices directly or indirectly;

 (d) Use or threaten to use nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices;

 (e) Assist, encourage or induce, in any way, anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Treaty;

(g) Allow any stationing, installation or deployment of any nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices in its territory or at any place under its jurisdiction or control.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 07:05
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