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the Dutch Court Decision: is a Precedent to be used in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 08:24

in Npvember 2015  I wrote

At COP 21 in Paris. Ban Ki Moon urged the negotiators to negotiate  with a global vision not with national interests (COP 21, Press, Conference, 2015)

 

A global vision  would be to address article 2 and at a minimum to immediately close the tar sands to end all subsidies for fossil fuel, to calculate the carbon budget for Canada, to divest in fossil fuels and to reinvest in renewable energy, to conserve sinks - such as old growth forests and bogs (not  just as a means to offset emissions), to strengthen conservation of  biodiversity, to avoid all false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering and biofuels which would all violate principles within the UNFCCC, promote nature-based solutions along with solar energy, wind energy, wave and geothermal and to compensate for historical  emissions, and to institute a fair and just transition for workers affected negatively by the new vision and to reduce and reallocate the military budget and transfer the funds to address climate change

 

A real global vision, however, would be time lines and targets in line with existing and emerging science such as  20% below 1990 by 2018, 30% below 1990 levels by 2019, 40% below 1990 levels by 2020, 60 % below 1990 levels by 2025, 75% below 1990 below 1990 levels by 2035 and 100% below 1990 emissions by 2040, and  reaching Decarbonization with 100% socially equitable ecologically sound renewable energy,

 

Written in Paris when I attended COP21  2015 in November 

 

In July 2015 I wrote

AnAnalysis of the Dutch Court Decision: could this be a Precedent to be used in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada?

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Posted by Joan Russow
Monday, 06 July 2015 14:06

Dutch case  should influence the commitments made by Canada to COP21 in Paris. Canada should commit to 25% below 1990 levels by 2020

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'Deeply concerning': Canada pension fund invests in US immigration detention firms PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:40

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has $5.9m of stock in firms profiting from Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ Mexico border policy

 

This story is co-published with the Documented news website and newsletter

Max Siegelbaum of Documented

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/12/canada-pension-fund-invests-in-us-immigration-detention-firms?CMP=share_btn_fb

 

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Immigrants detained at Adelanto Detention Facility in California, managed by the private GEO Group Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2018 23:19

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Foolish leaders and LNG PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 October 2018 18:12

I cannot help but reflect this morning on what foolish leaders we have at the head of Canada and BC. They are so happy and excited to announce a $40 billion LNG facility that will increase Greenhouse gases by 9 million megatonnes per year in BC per year and that includes the GHG from fracking.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2018 19:25
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EROSION OF THE PUBLIC TRUST THROUGH FUNDAMENTALISM, CORPORATISM, AND MILITARISM PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 October 2018 10:58
From thw archives 
 
EROSION OF THE PUBLIC TRUST THROUGH FUNDAMENTALISM, CORPORATISM, AND MILITARISM
 
By Joan Russow
August  2000
 
To the editor  of the Globe and Mail
 
 
Stockwell Day and the Canadian Alliance through their policies imbued with fundamentalism, corporatism and militarism will undermine the international public trust at a time when it is essential for Canada to play a leadership role in the international community.
 
 
In 1995, I wrote a book called the Charter of Obligations which compiled international obligations, commitments and expectations related to promoting the "Public Trust". This book was a content analysis of statements from the following documents: (i) international obligations incurred through the UN Charter, conventions, treaties and covenants; (ii) international commitments made through UN conference action plans, and (iii) expectations created through General Assembly resolutions. Out of this work, emerged the notion of the "Politics of Public Trust".
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2000 august Corporate Denations: Okanagan By-Election issues; Reform/Canadian Alliance and their Grassroots Corporate Donations PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 07 October 2018 08:22
 
From the Archives
2000  august  Corporate Denations: Okanagan By-Election issues; Reform/Canadian Alliance and their Grassroots Corporate Donations
 
To the editor of the Globe and Mail
 
In Merritt, B.C. during the All-Candidate debate for the by-election in Okanagan-Coquihalla, Stockwell Day was challenged about the Canadian Alliance $25,000 a table fund-raising dinner. With his poster-boy innocence he responded that he had no idea where the Canadian Alliance funding comes from. I assisted him by informing him about the categories of funders that had contributed to the Reform Party during the 1997 election.
 
After doing a content analysis of the 1997 donations declared by the Reform party {as of yet no change in the donation screen appears to be forthcoming from the Canadian Alliance} The Reform/Canadian Alliance (R/CA) claims that they are a grassroots party. I documented some of their reported "grassroots" sources of funding.
 
During the last Federal election, the Reform party received donations from the following institutions and corporations: banks and financial institutions, tobacco, coal, oil, gas, automobile, forest, chemical, mining, nuclear, arms producers, agribusiness, pharmaceutical, and of course the gun lobby. In parliament, the R/CA pointed out the correlation between donations to the Liberals and grants and contributions given to corporations through the Human Resources Department. The R/CA has, however, failed to acknowledge the correlation between funding of political parties and the formulating of the policy of political parties.
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