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Martyn Brown: Justin Trudeau declares war on British Columbia PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 03 February 2018 16:23

2:38 PM Georgia Strait

Martyn Brown: Justin Trudeau declares war on British Columbia"

Alberta premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's alliance on pipelines could cause federal Liberal fortunes to crash in B.C.

"That pipeline is going to get built," Justin Trudeau on Edmonton’s CHED radio.

"We will stand by our decision. We will ensure that the Kinder Morgan pipeline gets built."

With that, Canada’s prime minister has declared war on British Columbia’s efforts to stop that widely unwanted project, which our provincial government has taken new actions to frustrate, further to its other announced and ongoing efforts.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 21:11
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Canada's ill-conceived trade in Canadian hormone treated beef and genetically modified organisms. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 12:54

 

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In Peter Cook's article in the Globe and Mail September 24, 1997,  "Genetically modified food fads" he referred to an appeal launched by the European Union against a ruling in favour of Canada. Canada had filed a complaint with the World Trade organization about the European Union's banning of  Canadian beef that contains hormones.

 

Citizens in Canada are becoming more and more outraged  about what might be imposed on Canada as a result of trade agreements. Canadian citizens must be equally outraged by the government of Canada's action, in the name of trade,  to undermine high standards in Europe. People still remember "safe tested" Thalidomide, DDT, CFCs, PCBs, Dioxin and others. .Peter Cook referred to European concerns about genetically engineered Canadian Canola, and hormone administered beef as being from "anxiety-ridden consumers" and that Canada will have to urge "their European counterparts to show leadership rather than constantly pandering to popular fears".

 

True leadership would be a willingness to act in the public good, and for Canada to accede not only to the will of the European community but also to the will of Canadians who are justifiably concerned about the safety of these processes and products.

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Wood Buffalo, Canada's biggest national park, listed among world's most threatened The Canadian Press PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:09

Wood Buffalo, Canada's biggest national park, listed among world's most threatened


An aerial view of Fort Chipewyan, Alta., is shown on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. Fort Chipewyan, on the boundary of Wood Buffalo National Park, is home to many members of the Mikisew Cree who echo the concerns of an international group of scientists who say the park is under significant threat from development. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntoshAn aerial view of Fort Chipewyan, Alta., is shown on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. Fort Chipewyan, on the boundary of Wood Buffalo National Park, is home to many members of the Mikisew Cree who echo the concerns of an international group of scientists who say the park is under significant threat from development. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
 

EDMONTON — One of the world’s largest groups of conservation scientists says Canada’s biggest national park is among the most threatened World Heritage Sites in North America.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary, is significantly threatened by hydroelectric and oilsands development.

“This is quite embarrassing,” said Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, many of whose members live alongside the park.

“It’s not looking good for Canada avoiding an endangered listing for Wood Buffalo.”

Wood Buffalo is a vast stretch of grassland, forest, wetland and lakes. Its 45,000 square kilometres contain one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas, uncountable flocks of waterfowl and songbirds, as well as ecological cycles and relationships that remain in their natural state.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:13
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Ban ‘neonic’ pesticides. Our food supplies are at risk PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:40

By JEAN-MARC BONMATINCONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL - SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Dr. Jean-Marc Bonmatin is vice-chair of the international Task Force on Systemic Pesticides as(TFSP) and a research scientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research

The science of pesticide development and regulation is complex, so let's put things simply: Human beings rely on food to survive. Much of that food comes from insect-pollinated plants. Modern agriculture relies on pesticides to grow that food.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 22:52
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Study links fish farms to spread of antibiotic resistance JOHN MCPHEE THE CHRONICLE HERALD Published September 3, 2017 - 4:09pm Last Updated September 4, 2017 - 7:02am PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 23:01
 

JOHN MCPHEE THE CHRONICLE HERALD 

 

September 4 2017
 

A fish farm worker inspects a salmon for sea lice. (THE CHRONICLE HERALD / File)  

A fish farm worker inspects a salmon for sea lice. (THE CHRONICLE HERALD / File) 

New research that finds a possible link between fish farms and the spread of antibiotic resistance doesn’t surprise marine biologist Inka Milewski.

“Anytime you have animals grown in very concentrated conditions in these intensive livestock operations, whether it’s pigs or chickens, or in this case, fish, you’re going to have the potential for disease problems,” Milewski said in an interview Sunday from her home in the Miramichi in New Brunswick.

“The solution to a lot of these problems is to put antibiotics into the feed. And so it should come as no surprise to anyone that they have found antibiotic resistance associated with fish farms.”

The study released last week by Jing Wang of Dalian University of Technology in China concluded that genes for antibiotic resistance are getting into ocean sediments through fish food.

Millions of tonnes of fishmeal are used in fish farms every year, much of it sinking uneaten to the ocean floor, a news release on the study said.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 September 2017 19:07
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Action on Geoengineering PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Sue Hiscocks   
Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:02

 

The recent release of the documentary "Frankenskies" shows the effects of geoengineering on our weather, environment and health. It adds another dimension and critical factor in climate change.  Nano-particles of aluminum, barium and strontium regularly sprayed to seed clouds are only part of the problem.  They cause respiratory illness, increase alzheimer's* likely, pollute water and land and accelerate forest fires burning intensity.

This documentary (one and a half hrs.long) traces the sources, delivery and parties profiting from this globally and can be seen online and should be mandatory viewing for both decision-makers and the public.

According to Elana Freeland, author of "Chemtrails, HAARP and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth" Geo-engineering and environmental warfare are prohibited by the ENMOD Convention at the UN in 1994".The underlying objective appears to be 'Whoever controls the weather, controls the world'.

We are all affected by this illegal activity.  A moratorium on geo-engineering and inquiry into it is warranted now.

*Dr. Russell Blaylock: "Chemtrails, Nano-aluminumm, and Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Effects" - Epoch Times article Nov. 2012.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:07
 
Rachel Notley's Pipeline Throwdown Will Never Win Over B.C. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 20:31

by Chris Genovali - Huffington post 

The Alberta premier's audacious guarantee seems intemperate at best.

"Mark my words, that pipeline will be built," vows Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

With multiple lawsuits before the courts, including one by Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and an anti-Trans Mountain provincial government taking power in British Columbia, Notley's audacious guarantee seems intemperate at best. However, if Notley's intention was to harden opposition in B.C. to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion, she certainly accomplished that. Notley's inflammatory "mark my words" throwdown, coupled with her hectoring and lecturing that Kinder Morgan's oil sands pipeline and supertanker mega-project is in the best interests of British Columbians, will never win hearts or minds in B.C.

What Notley clearly does not understand is that many British Columbians consider the Salish Sea and its Southern Resident killer whales as priceless and irreplaceable; a worth immeasurable in monetary terms.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 August 2017 00:51
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METHANE LEAKS POSE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY RISK AT ALBERTA’S ABANDONED WELLS PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 17:42

 

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Hundreds of abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta are leaking methane at rates high enough to pose local health and even explosion risks, Andrew Nikiforuk asserts in The Tyee, citing a previously unreleased study by the Alberta Energy Regulator.

“Based on the testing of just 338 wells,” Nikiforuk writes, “the study estimated that 17,000 out of 170,000 abandoned wells in rural Alberta are leaking methane, and that leaks at 3,400 wells could pose a risk to the public.” In addition to being toxic to people and flammable in sufficient concentration, methane is a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide on a short time horizon.

The Alberta regulator’s study closely examined 335 wells close to houses, airports, businesses, and other surface development. It “found that 36 were leaking methane,” Nikiforuk says. “Nine of those were leaking at a level that Alberta Health says poses a risk of neurological damage to nearby residents. Six wells that exceeded the emergency evacuation threshold of 10,000 ppm were outside buildings. Three other hazardous wells had ‘methane leakage inside buildings.’”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 17:46
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Beachfront Nuclear Wasteland in Southern California? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:29

 

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San Onofre nuclear plant is adjacent to one of the most visited beaches in Southern California. Plans are afoot to store nuclear waste at this facility.

Nuclear storage plan at San Onofre beach leaves out tribal voices

Dina Gilio-Whitaker

 

A controversial plan to temporarily store more than three million pounds of spent nuclear fuel 100 feet from one of Southern California’s most popular beaches, San Onofre, is meeting with fierce resistance from local communities, including tribal members. The problem for the Native population is that while the formal decision-making process systematically involved a wide variety of stakeholders including local and state governments, community groups, environmentalists, academics, military, and business, education, and labor leaders, tribal governments were excluded.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 June 2017 23:39
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Tsilhqot'in First Nation says no to mineral exploration by Amarc Resources on its Ike prospect PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:32

 

BY DERRICK PENNERSeptember 20, 2016 3:54 PMPDThttp://vancouversun.com/business/local-business/is-ike-thenext-battleground-between-first-nations-and resourcedevelopment

The Ike deposit of Amarc Resources Ltd. Looking over the deposit to the Northwest. AMARC R.

SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINTAbove the tree line on a mountain in the Southern Interior is a spot most people have never heard of, but is increasingly the centre of attention for a mining exploration company and communities of the Tsilhqot’inIt is a mineral claim being prospected by the Vancouver-headquartered company Amarc Resources Ltd. And the property is already spoken of in glowing terms for resembling the mineralization that formed the basis of Teck Resources Ltd.’s mighty Highland Valley copper mine.

However, the property known as Ike is also in the last place that the Tsilhqot’in communities want a mine.

The location is above the watersheds of the Taseko and Chilcotin rivers and not that distant from Fish Lake (known to the Tsilhqot’in as Teztan Biny), where the First Nation fought a decades-long battle against the Prosperity and then New Prosperity mine proposals of Taseko Mines Ltd.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2016 06:57
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