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LEFT COAST NEWS - Election Special - Part I PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:44
1. National Day of Action to prevent star wars - June 12th 2. Radio discussion for feminists - June 14th 3. Castlegar All Candidates Forum 4. Vancouver All Candidates Forums 5. Victoria All Candidates Forums 6. World Federalist Meeting 7. Some Party Leaders Debate 8. Think Global Vote Local 9. More about the CRTC regulations 10. Winning one for the Tooker 11. A dream of a new government - Guy Dauncey * From: "Julius Fisher" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > New?@ www.workingtv.com after the U.S. adventure in Iraq: "Is Cuba Next?" taped June 07, 2004 at the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver featuring the Cuban Ambassador to Canada Carlos Fernandez de Cossio http://www.workingtv.com/mainp11.html * From: "johannes deviet" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > Please visit our Web site: http://www.gamblingwatch.ca * There are about 200,000 American citizens living in Canada, many of them and their children can vote in the US elections. For more information - http://ca.democratsabroad.org or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . * From: ICIS-Institute for Cooperation in Space < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > Becoming Universal Citizens:The Department of Peace, the Space Preservation Treaty, and the Revolutionary Generation by Kelly Joyce Neff http://www.magicalblend.com/library/readingroom/articles/Kelly_J_Neff.html * "WAKE-UP WITH CO-OP" MON.-WED.- FRI. 7-9 AM PT LISTEN ONLINE: http://www.coopradio.org/ LISTENER-SPONSORED CO-OP RADIO is broadcast across Canada on the Star Choice satellite system on channel 845. Co-op radio, CFRO fm is located in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Its frequency in the Vancouver area is 102.7 MHz and we are also found on various cable frequencies in most major cities throughout British Columbia. RealAudio and Program information for radio station CFRO can be found on the internet at http://www.coopradio.org Listener phone-in: Call Coop Radio on-air with your questions and comments at (604) 684-7561. -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 1. NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ON THE STAR WARS OFFENSIVE Canada Day of Action on Star Wars Missile Defence- Sat June 12 Posted on https://www.pej.org by: rycroft on Thursday, June 03, 2004 - 11:18 AM ***ANNOUNCING... Canada-wide "Wake-Up Call" Day of Action on Missile Defence - Saturday, June 12th 2004! Bring your alarm clocks...the Canadian Campaign to Oppose Missile Defence is calling for a Canada-wide "wake-up call" day of action on missile defence for Saturday, June 12, 2004. This is the last weekend before the nationally-televised debates air the following week, and it is crucial that we make this an issue. Our demand: That each political party and candidate make a commitment that if elected they will not support Canada's participation in the US missile defence program. The campaign asks that local organizations undertake activities designed to promote missile defence as an election issue. Organize a local demonstration or action: * Bring alarms clocks big and small - as many as you can - set to ring at the same time to wake up Canadians to the dangers of missile defence. Ring the church bells, honk car horns. * Hold your actions at strategic locations such as at an election campaign event, candidate office, centrally-located churches or farmers' market. * Ask the local candidate to sign a pledge to not support missile defence. Keep a score card /report card (big enough for the TV cameras). * Distribute leaflets about missile defence to voters (see resources below). * Street theatre - invite kids to test their own "missile defence" with paper missiles. * Organize a visit by "Darth Vader" from the movie Star Wars. Why are we doing these actions? * To pressure local candidates of pro-missile defence parties, * To support anti-missile defence parties or candidates, * To promote missile defence as an issue of concern with the local and national media and individual journalists through press releases, interviews, etc. * To educate voters about the dangerous impacts of missile defence such as sparking new arms races, diverting money from other security and social needs, increasing military integration with the US and the loss of Canadian independence, the diversion of NORAD from defending against more plausible dangers such as hijacked airliners, and the eventual weaponization of space. *To demand that Canadian security and defence issues are decided by accountable, elected officials with extensive public consultation - NOT the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and CEOs of weapons manufacturers. I.e.: "I didn't vote for Thomas d'Aquino, and I won't vote for missile defence." Resources: For ideas on resolutions, templates for brochures and leaflets, and other info, visit one of the following websites: Ceasefire.ca (CCOMD campaign page): http://www.ceasefire.ca/campaign Project Ploughshares: http://www.ploughsares.ca Physicians for Global Survival: http://www.pgs.ca Polaris Institute: http://www.polarisinstitute.org Vancouver Island PIRG: http://www.vipirg.ca (youth resources, too) Liu Institute: http://www.ligi.ubc.ca/simons.htm Halifax Peace Coalition: http://hfxpeace.chebucto.org/ ?chec ? la guerre: http://www.echecalaguerre.org/ Stopwar.ca (Vancouver): http://www.Stopwar.ca Canadian Peace Alliance: http://www.acp-cpa.ca/ Science for Peace: http://scienceforpeace.sa.utoronto.ca/ Kairos Canada: http://www.kairoscanada.org/ If you wish to participate, please contact: Sara Kemp, CCOMD campaign coordinator. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (613) 237-1717 x106 (Ottawa). Canadian Campaign to Oppose Missile Defence Steering Committee: Colleen Ashworth, Halifax Peace Coalition; Professor Michael Byers, Liu Institute, UBC; Stacy Chappel, VIPIRG; Martine Eloy, ?chec ? la Guerre; Debbie Grisdale, Physicians for Global Survival; Professor John Price, StopWar.ca; Steven Staples, Polaris Institute Other organizations and individuals involved include: Project Ploughshares, Saskatoon Peace Coalition, Group of 78, Simons Foundation, Science for Peace, Canadian Peace Alliance, Professor Mel Watkins, Council of Canadians, KAIROS (for resources and leaflets, see www.ceasefire.ca/campaign). ------------------------------------ Sara Kemp Coordinator, Canadian Campaign to Oppose Missile Defence (613) 237-1717 ext. 106 www.ceasefire.ca/campaign ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace, Earth & Justice News online - https://www.pej.org Subscriptions . Earth Week & Walk . Toolkit - http://pej.ca ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From: "Sara Kemp" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > (by way of Alan Rycroft < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >) -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 2. RADIO DISCUSSION ABOUT "WOMEN'S ISSUES" AND THE ELECTION On Monday June 14, Shelagh Day will be the guest on CFAX radio (1070 AM) open line at 5:35 pm to talk about women's issues and the election. The phone in number is 250-386-1165. Mostly the people who call in to CFAX morning talk shows are pretty right wing so it can be pretty infuriating at times to listen. Apparently the afternoon show is more progressive. The full CFAX schedule listing their upcoming topics is at: http://www.cfax1070.com/talk.html --- Victoria Status of Women Action Group (SWAG) <> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.pacificcoast.net/~swag 250-383-7322 (ph) 250-388-0100 (fax) Box 8484, Victoria BC, V8W 3S1 Coast Salish Territory From: "Status of Women Action Group" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 3. CASTLEGAR ALL CANDIDATES FORUM Castlegar & District Health Watch and Connected Communities are presenting an all-candidates' meeting on Monday, June 14? 7:00 p.m. Castlegar Recreation Complex, 2102-6th Avenue. All declared candidates (as of May 28) have accepted the invitation to participate. Tell your friends. Publication of this notice in church bulletins and other newsletters is encouraged and would be appreciated. Regards, Bob Jackson From: "Robert Jackson" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 4. VANCOUVER ALL CANDIDATES FORUMS Wednesday June 16, 8:15pm Vancouver East Live Debate on Co-op Radio June 12 12 - 2pm DERA All Candidates Forum [Carnegie Centre Auditorium, 401 Main] June 14 7:30pm All Candidates Forum by Stopwar.ca on independent Canadian policy; [UBC Robson Square, Rm C 300, 800 Robson] June 16 5 - 6pm All Candidates Debate sponsored by AM1320 and hosted by Ken Tung [West 73rd in Airport Square] June 16 8:15 - 8:45pm Live Co-op Radio forum featuring Libby Davies, Shirley Chan and Harvey Grigg June 19 10am - 12noon AM 1470 All Candidates Forum (Van East) LIVE at AM 1470 Studio; Hosts Ronald Leung and Fenella Sung June 23 7pm All Candidates Meeting for women candidates sponsored by Vancouver Status of Women; Hedy Fry (Liberals) Tracey Mann (Green) [Britannia Secondary Gym, 1001 Cotton] CFRO 102.7 FM Re-Elect Libby Davies 1839 Commercial Drive 604-254-2290 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.libbydavies. ca New energy. A positive choice. www.ndp.ca -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 5. VICTORIA ALL CANDIDATES FORUMS June 16 - CH News/Times Colonist - UVic, exact location TBA, free June 21 - VPIRG/Council of Canadians - UVic, exact location TBA, free June 23 - Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce - Ambrosia Cafe, $35.00 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ All candidates meeting on Peace and Security Co-sponsored by VIPIRG and Council of Canadians Thor organizers have invited all three ridings in the Vicotiria area (Esquimalt, victoria, Saanich and the Islands), but asking them to send only one representative from their party--whomever they feel is best able to represent their party on the issue of Canadian peace and security. June 21, from 7-10 pm Michel Pujol Room Student Union Building, UVic The Victoria Peace Coalition is one of several peace and justice groups participating. Each group has been asked to select a delegate who will come with one question on peace and security issues to ask the candidates. If you have a question that you would like us to consider, please email by Thursday, June 3. We will select three questions to submit and the organizers will choose one. Please attend this event and bring your friends and young voters. From: Victoria Peace Coalition < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ At the Esquimalt-Juna de Fuca all candidates meeting, ask each candidate their stand on the DND lands [See article in this e-newsletter]: Tuesday, June 22, 7:15 to 9:00 pm, Isabelle Reader Theatre, Spencer Middle School, 1026 Goldstream Ave.? There is also a Vancouver Island All-Candidates Debate on June 16, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at the David Lam Auditorium, University of Victoria. From: "WCWC Vic" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 7. WORLD FEDERALIST MEETING TOPIC: CANADIAN FOREIGN POLICY / UN REFORM Lawyer and World Federalist member Ian Waddell will talk about the International Criminal Court and the possible effect on Canadian foreign policy of a minority government. Also video highlights of a Nov. 2003 seminar on UN Reform at Seton Hall University School of Law featuring Walter Cronkite, Sir Brian Urquhart, Richard Holbrooke, legal scholars and civil society representatives. Followed by discussion and refreshments. Thursday, June 17, 2004 7:30 pm Unitarian Church Centre, 949 W.49th Ave. at Oak St., Vancouver. All welcome. Free Parking. No charge. MORE INFORMATION: Or to add your name to the meeting reminder e-mail list, contact Larry Kazdan at (604) 874-9982, or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The World Federalists of Canada -Vancouver Branch meets at this location the third Thursday of every month. The general public is cordially invited to attend. World Federalists promote the development of democratic world institutions to make and enforce world law. World Federalists of Canada - Vancouver Branch This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it URL: http://www.vcn.bc.ca/wfcvb/meetings.htm From: Larry Kazdan < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 7. SOME-OF-THE-PARTY-LEADERS DEBATE Come and see Jack Layton take on Martin and Harper!!! From 6-8 pm we will be airing the Leader's debate on tv from our campaign office at 2353 Douglas St. (Victoria) We will have pizza and a complimentary beer, juice or coffee for volunteers that come. We hope to have lots of people as we want this to be a large event. It will be a great way to boost our energy on this campaign. Please spread the word to other supportive folks. Massive Leaflet Drop (June 17 + 18 + 19) We want to have 100 volunteers over three days cover all of our primary polls with a brand new campaign leaflet we will be receiving. Please come out and join us. We will be going in teams to neighbourhoods and dropping leaflets in mailboxes and doorsteps to help secure the vote for NDP in Victoria. We would like people to call in to the campaign office (388-0311) to set up a time you can start leafletting on one or more of the days or evenings of June 17th, 18th and 19th. Thanks Again, and please excuse any double posting. Keep your eye open for more announcements. Edward From: Carolyn Yakel < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 8. THINK GLOBAL VOTE LOCAL Despite what the mainstream corporate media would have us believe, the election is not yet over. And the party leaders aren't actually running against each other - they're competing for votes with other candidates in their electoral districts. The scoop on the party leaders and their direct competition: Party leaders Jack Layton (NDP) and Jim Harris (Green Party) are both competing for the Toronto-Danforth vote. They're also up against Shelly Mayers (Canadian Action Party), Marcel Rodden (Marxist-Leninist Party), Scott Yee (Marijuana Party), Loftus Cuddy (Conservative), and Dennis Mills (Liberal). In Vancouver Quadra, Canadian Action Party leader Connie Fogal is up against Donovan Young (Marxist-Leninist), David Askew (NDP), Stephen Owen (Liberal), Stephen Rogers (Conservative), and Doug Warkentin (Green). Stephen Harper's (formerly Alliance/Reform) riding is Calgary Southwest, and he's up against Avalon Roberts (Liberal), Darcy Kraus (Green Party of Canada), Stephen James Kohut (Canadian Action Party), and Larry Heather (Christian Heritage Party). Party Leaders Paul Martin (Liberal) and Marc-Boris St-Maurice (Marijuana Party) are competing for votes in the LaSalle-?mard electoral district alongside Douglas Jack (Green Party), Rebecca Blaikie (NDP), Jean-Paul B?dard (Marxist-Leninist), Joe de Santis (Conservative), and Thierry Larriv?e (Bloc Qu?b?cois). In the Laurier region of Qu?bec, Bloc Qu?b?cois leader Gilles Duceppe competes with Dylan Perceval-Maxwell (Green Party), Pierre Albert (Conservative), Fran?ois Gr?goire (NDP), Jean-Francois Thibault (Liberal), Nicky Tanguay (Marijuana Party), and Ginette Boutet (Marxist-Leninist). Canada 2004 - http://www.nodice.ca/election2004 - lists candidates in all electoral districts, and they claim (rather colourfully and intruigingly hierarchically) to be non-partisan. from their website: Note: Canada 2004 is not affiliated with or sponsored or by any political party, candidate, entity, or organization. BQ Bloc Qu?b?cois CON Conservative Party of Canada LIB Liberal Party of Canada NDP New Democratic Party of Canada GPC Green Party of Canada MP Marijuana Party CAP Canadian Action Party M-L Marxist-Leninist Party CPC Communist Party CHP Christian Heritage Party PCP Progressive Canadian Party LPC Libertarian Party of Canada CSM Cosmopolitan Party of Canada DAD Direct Access Democracy Canada IND Independent OTH Other According to the Canada 2004 website - http://www.nodice.ca/election2004 - all the above listed political parties are recognized in this federal election. If any of them earn 2% of the collective national vote, they're eligible for $1.75 per year for each vote they receive. I've heard that people can vote during the advance voting days regardless of whether they have a good reason (a change from previous years). Elections Canada will have more information about that - 1-866-202-6565 or http://www.elections.ca. -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 9. ARE TV AND RADIO MEETING THEIR CRTC OBLIGATIONS? The following are excerpts from Guidelines for broadcast licensees sent from the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and T?l?communications Commission/Conseil del a radiodiffusion et des t?l?communications canadiennes) Broadcasting Circular 2004-460, "to all licensees of broadcasting undertakings serving Canada." Section 6 of the Speciality Services Regulations, 1990, reads as follows: "Where a licensee provides time on its service during an election period for the distribution of programs, advertisements or announcements of a partisan political character, the licensee shall allocate the time on an equitable basis to all accredited political parties and rival candidates represented in the election or referendum." From A Policy with Respect to Election Campaign Broadcasting, Public Notice CRTC 1988-142, 2 September 1988, applicable to federal and provincial general elections: "Throughout the history of broadcasting in Canada, licensees, as part of their service to the public, have been required to cover elections. Moreover, where licensees have allocated paid or free campaign time, they have been required to do so in a manner that is equitable to all political parties and rival candidates. The purpose of these requirements is to ensure the public's right to be informed of the issues involved so that it has sufficient knowledge to make an informed choice from among the various parties and candidates. This right is a quintessential [?] one for the effective functioning of a democracy, particularly at election time. The broadcaster's obligation as a trustee of the public airwaves is seldom greater than it is in respect to this exercise of the most fundamental democratic freedom. As the Commission noted in Political Broadcasting - Complaints re: free time and editorial time allocations, Circular No. 334: It is the broadcaster's duty to ensure that the public has adequate knowledge of the issues surrounding an election and the position of the parties and candidates. The broadcaster does not enjoy the position of a benevolent censor who is able to give the public only what it 'should' know. Nor is it the broadcaster's role to decide in advance which candidates are 'worthy' of broadcast time. From this right on the part of the public to have adequate knowledge to fulfill its obligations as an informed electorate, flows the obligation on the part of the broadcaster to provide equitable -- fair and just -- treatment of issues, candidates, and parties. It should be noted that 'equitable' does not necessarily mean 'equal', but, generally, all candidates and parties are entitled to some coverage that will give them the opportunity to expose their ideas to the public." (emphasis added) For more: http://www.crtc.gc.ca http://www.elections.ca Questions relating to the Broadcasting Act and Regulations can be directed to one of the following persons: Bill Howard: 819-997-5523 Sylvie Jones: 819-997-9362 Mailing Address: CRTC Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2 Questions relating to the Canada Elections Act can be directed to: Elections Canada 257 Slater Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M6 1-800-463-6868 613-993-2975 Peter S. Grant The Broadcasting Arbitrator Suite 4700 Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower Toronto, Ontario M5K 1E6 416-601-7620 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Thanks to Zeta and CFUV (http://cfuv.uvic.ca) for providing this information. -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 10. LET'S WIN ONE FOR THE TOOKER Hello friends of Tooker, For those of you who attended the memorial for Tooker in Toronto, you would've seen Mike Ford perform his original song written in honor of Tooker called Tooker: Le Monde a Bicyclette (The World on a Bicycle). The tune is posted up on our website: http://www.greenspiration.org It's an incredible song, both heart-wrenching and upbeat. It really gives a sense of Tooker's vision and contribution. If you haven't heard it yet, enjoy... It has been released on CD, with proceeds going to the Tooker Gomberg Greenspiration Fund (also see http://www.greenspiration.org for details) Thanks Mike... What an honor... -angela ----------- News Release Moxy Fruvous' Mike Ford Releases Album, Does Some Do-Gooding Wednesday June 02, 2004 @ 03:30 PM By: ChartAttack.com Staff Moxy Fruvous Mike Ford, one quarter of Canada's once famed a capella band Moxy Fruvous, is releasing his first solo album. Ford's new album, Stars Shone On Toronto, will be released this Friday. Ford's will celebrate the album's release at Toronto's Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas Street West), located in Roncesvalles Village. Stars Shone On Toronto features a collection of songs that were inspired by Ford's interest in acoustic folk music. The album consists of eight tracks, which are all based on characters, places or events in Canadian history - essentially a celebration of Canada's past and present. It also features tributes to Canada's environmental and geographical history, consisting of songs about the Oak Ridges Moraine, the effect that SUVs have on our environment and also a special track in memory of environmental and social justice activist Tooker Gomberg, who recently passed away. In a statement, Ford says, "Inspiration is the most important thing in the world. There's no lack of earth-saving ideas out there, but what's so often missing is the will to get up and act on them. I wrote a song for Tooker because I want the audiences I sing to to know about his brilliant activism, and to pass on the sparks of inspiration." The CD can be purchased for $15 through http://www.Maplemusic.com/, with $1.50 of the proceeds for each CD going to the Tooker Gomberg Greenspiration Fund, which works to support Canada's environment, a cause Gomberg was extremely active in throughout his life. For the last several years, Ford has also been educating school kids on Canada's history using his musical talents through his company, Canada In Song. "Sometimes with a song you can express some of the emotional content of a life," says Ford, "an element that's hard to find in history books and statistical data." -Stephanie Lagopoulos -- <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Eulogies and Condolences for Tooker and Stories of ecology and activism http://www.greenspiration.org <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Join our email list by emailing us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Write "subscribe" in the subject line and tell us what city/country you live in <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< From: angela bischoff < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 11. A DREAM OF NEW GOVERNMENT So, an election! The chance to elect a new government, and a leader who will steer Canada away from the global ecological meltdown we?re heading towards. Now what did I hear in that party political broadcast last night? Or was it a dream? Ah yes, it?s all coming back to me?. "My friends, and fellow Canadians, this is truly a crucial moment in the history of our world. I know that many of you are concerned about issues such as the price of gas, and the state of our healthcare system, but there is a much greater peril that faces us, not just in Canada, but throughout the world. I do not refer to the threat of terrorism, though this is connected. Nor do I refer to the crisis of AIDS, and the poverty that can be the breeding ground for both AIDS and terrorism. No, I am referring to something which threatens the very core of our civilization, and the natural world that surrounds us. I am referring to the grave global consequences that are resulting from the very means we use to grow our economies and build our wealth. In the early days of the industrial age, there seemed to be no harm in fishing the oceans, and felling the forests. It seemed like a great adventure, from which all would benefit. As a civilization, we were enthralled with the power we could obtain from fossil fuels, which could power our industries, heat our homes, and give us the freedom to travel so widely. We were enthralled by the products that modern chemistry could create, from plastics to pesticides. But we must be ruthlessly honest, if this great adventure is to continue. Most of the great forests of the world are no more. We are exhausting the oceans. We are filling our bodies and the bodies of our children with unwanted chemicals, many of which contribute to cancer and other disorders, causing our health care costs to soar. We are harvesting food from the world?s soils without rebuilding their fertility, consuming the world?s freshwater without replenishing our aquifers, and pushing our developments into the habitat of other species without regard for their future, or possible extinction. Perhaps most dangerously of all, our use of fossil fuels is pushing the global climate into dangerous instability, threatening enormous physical, personal and economic disruption. The world?s climate scientists are almost unanimous in their expressions of concern. As I stand here seeking your support to lead the government of this great country, I feel in awe at the immensity of the challenge we face, and yet confident that as Canadians, we have both the ability and the willpower to turn our civilization around, and build new foundations for the businesses and industries we depend on, based on the principles of nature, instead of the old-fashioned principles we have been following, which I might summarize, perhaps brutally, as "grab it while you can". This is a challenge we must all embrace, to build a new eco-industrial civilization in which all waste becomes food for more creation, all toxic emissions are either converted or eliminated, all energy comes from sustainable sources, and every footprint that we make upon this Earth adds to the diversity and strength of Nature, instead of depleting it. If you choose to elect me as your next Prime Minister, my party will begin immediately to tax the burden of pollution, toxins, and other unwanted "bads", using the income to reduce your personal taxes and pension contributions. We will replace the GST with a Carbon Sales tax. For very investment you make that improves the efficiency of your home or business, we will give you a 100% tax credit. For every bicycle or transit pass you buy, we will do the same. For every dollar of additional income that the government receives from the increasing price of gas, we will return it to you as a rebate on the purchase of an efficient vehicle. The world?s oil supply will not last forever, and all indications are that it will soon start to become scarce, and become much more expensive. In future, all federal funds that we dispense will be conditional on clear indications of progress towards social, ecological and economic sustainability, whether by cities, businesses, or individuals. This will be the defining principle of our government. We will close Canada?s offshore banking loopholes. We will commit 1% of our revenues to ensure that every Canadian has an affordable home. We will work with the provinces to apply 5% of all healthcare spending towards prevention. We will change our voting system so that every vote counts through a system of mixed member proportional representation. We will give the vote to every 16 year old, since they are our future. We will take these same principles to the world, and work with other nations to change the very foundations of the world?s economy. If we do these things, future generations will praise us. If we do not, they will curse us?.. and there the dream faded. Guy Dauncey From: "EcoNews" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~
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