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August 19 Canadian Medical Association Annual General meeting; negligence if inaction. PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 August 2007 00:24

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August 19 Canadian Medical Association Annual General meeting; negligence if inaction.  

PEJ news- Joan Russow - Global Compliance Research Project

The Canadian Medical Association must not only oppose any undermining of Canada’s publicly funded, not for profit, non-two tier, universally accessible health care system but also lobby for the re-adjustment of federal spending priorities, for elimination of environmentally induced diseases, and for the eradication of poverty related health problems.

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PROMOTING THE REALLOCATION OF FEDERAL SPENDING PRIORITIES

The pressure for privatization of the health care system comes from the Federal government's misplaced funding priorities. While the health of Canadian citizens has been compromised, the Federal Government continues to support increased funding for the ill-conceived invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. This increased expenditure since 2001 is part of long standing Federal government priorities in the form of subsidies to corporations such as the nuclear, chemical, agribusiness, arms, and fossil fuel dependent industries; to institutions, such as the military and its international intervention bodies (NATO, NORAD); to the “free trade” organizations (APEC, WTO, NAFTA, OECD, SPP), and to financial institutions (World Bank and IMF ).

Billions of dollars which have contributed to the compromising of the health of Canadian citizens, from the annual Federal budget must be redirected (from the departments of Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources and Transport) relocated from Department of Defence, and Foreign Affairs and realigned from the Department of Industry into promoting accessible and universal health care, into actively promoting environmentally sound practices, into instituting a fair and just transition program for affected workers and communities, and into removing poverty

Canadian governments have devolved power to corporations, and have not only permitted deregulation, privatization and voluntary compliance but also subsidized the production of substances and activities that are harmful to human health and the environment. Concurrently, in proportion to individual taxation, corporate taxation has decreased from 50% in the 1950's, and should be increased to assist in ensuring the sustainability of the publicly funded health care system

COUNTERING THE RELAXING OF STANDARDS THROUGH HARMONIZATION UNDER THE SECURITY AND PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP (SPP)

While, Canadian environmental standards, are lower in many areas than international standards, the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), through the plan to harmonize standards with the United States,will lead to a further privatization of health care system and to the further reduction of standards related to the environment, and food security. The insatiable US demand for what is described, under the SSP, as “ensuring a reliable source of energy” will result in further pressure to exploit Canadian natural resources and to overlook environment and health standards.

ADVOCATING OF ELIMINATING THE MAJOR SOCIAL DETERMINANT OF HEALTH PROBLEMS

Poverty is one of the major determinants of health problems, and, sadly, governments in Canada have failed to ensure the right to unadulterated food- without pesticides and not genetically engineered, the right to safe affordable housing, the right to safe drinking water, and the right to social security. Furthermore, Canada is obliged under the International Covenant of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights to prevent poverty through ensuring these rights. Canada has signed and ratified the International Covenant of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights but failed to include the provisions under the covenant in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The United States on the other hands has refused to ratify this covenant, and with the SPP there will be more pressure from the US to consider the entrenchment of these rights in the Canadian Constitution as a barrier to trade.

ADVANCING THE INTERDEPENDENCE OF HEALTH RELATED ISSUES

In 1992, member states, including Canada, Mexico and the United States [all currently involved with the negotiating the SPP], of the United Nations all recognized the interdependence of health, environment and poverty:

“We are confronted with the perpetuation of disparities between nations, and a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystem on which we depend for our well being.” (Agenda 21, UNCED, 1992).

And subsequently in 1994:

"the growing awareness that population, poverty, patterns of production and consumption and other threats to the environment are so closely interconnected that none of them can be considered in isolation."(Preamble, 1.5., International Conference on Population and Development, 1994)

At the Canadian Medical Association Annual General Meeting, the emphasis must be on ensuring that standards embrace the highest tenable principles, not the lowest common denominator, on demanding the necessary resources to be reallocated to the preservation of the publicly funded, universally accessible, non two-tier, not for profit health care system.

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Going Fishing This Summer? Fishing Facts You Should Know PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 July 2007 16:05

Going Fishing This Summer? Fishing Facts You Should Know

Peaceful Parks Coalition
- Many people still associate fishing with a leisurely day sitting at the edge of the dock or floating in a small boat with family and friends. But the sport fishery is an aggressive industry that has probably done as much, or more, damage to the natural aquatic system of the Great Lakes than any other industry. Please consider the following facts before picking up your fishing rod...

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 July 2007 16:05
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Colleen McCrory - In Memoriam PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 July 2007 05:20
Colleen McCrory - In Memoriam

Colleen McCrory's contributions to the preservation of both community and environment can be appreciated on a global, national and local level.    Check out some of her work on PEJ by searching for McCrory on this site.  See a tribute to her on the Sierra Club site and more about her on the Valhalla Society website.   

Colleen will be remembered  fondly by friends and colleagues in the BC Environment movement for her constant work in shedding light on forestry issues, leading the way to preserve forests in Canada.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 July 2007 05:20
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Support a Ban on Unnecessary Engine Idling in Your Community PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 June 2007 14:39
Support a Ban on Unnecessary Engine Idling in Your Community

Oak Bay Green Committee
- 10 seconds. A mere ten seconds is the amount of time Natural Resources
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2007 14:39
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An Ever-Growing Inventory of Unburied Nuclear Waste PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 June 2007 01:10
An Ever-Growing Inventory of Unburied Nuclear Waste

Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility - Dr. Gordon Edwards with introduction by Mike Wallace - Apologies for cross-posting, but the issue of the disposal of reactor waste has now become an major Canadian public policy issue. A quick check of national nuclear websites indicates a consensus that at least 30 years of "cooldown" is required before geologic disposal. I also came across this fascinating American document dated September 2006 that virtually confesses that existing American reactor waste cooling facilities are vulnerable to terrorist attack, and admits that "no technical fix will ever erase the catastrophic risk that reactor operations pose because of the intensely radioactive waste that is inherent to their production of electricity. Reactor sites will continue to be attractive targets."

http://www.neis.org/press/2006%2009%2006%20HOSS.shtml

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 June 2007 01:10
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Ocean Villain spoils World Oceans Day celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 June 2007 03:07
Ocean Villain spoils World Oceans Day celebration

TRAVEL JUST dubs Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon 'Canada's Ocean Villain of 2007"

Victoria , BC, June 7 - To draw national attention to the plight of Canada's Oceans on World Oceans Day (June 8th), the B.C.-based conservation group Travel Just declared federal Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon "Canada's Ocean Villain of 2007."

Minister Cannon approved amendments to the Canadian Shipping Act which in a recent ministerial statement were called "Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution from Shipping and Dangerous Chemicals," a name Travel just tags as a 'sextuplet-oxymoron befitting green-washed waste regulation.'

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2007 03:07
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Greenwash of Oceanic Magnitude PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 May 2007 12:33
Greenwash of Oceanic Magnitude
Christmas Arrives For Start of Canadian Cruise Ship Season

Travel Just - Victoria , B.C. - A BC-based environmental group tracking cruise ship pollution for years are declaring the long-awaited reforms to the Canadian Shipping Act (new Regulations for Prevention of Pollution from Shipping and Dangerous Chemicals) announced in Hull, P.Q today by Federal Ministers Lawrence Cannon and John Baird a "Greenwash of Oceanic Magnitude."

http://www.cruisejunkie.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2007 12:33
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CPP Supports Depleted Uranium Weapons Production PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 April 2007 04:00
CPP Supports Depleted Uranium Weapons Production

PEJ News
- While many people are aware that damage is being done overseas, most do not know the extent of it, or the degree to which Canadians and the Canadian Pension Plan are complicit in this damage.

Depleted uranium is a byproduct of nuclear reactions. When it is produced by nuclear power plants, it is considered radioactive waste. The half-life of depleted uranium is 4.46 billion years. It
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The Leak That Counts Is Emissions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 April 2007 15:24
The Leak That Counts Is Emissions
Baird
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Blowback PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2007 15:24
Blowback

PEJ
News - Blowback is the rage that happens when you trick someone and then they discover they have been tricked.   PM Harper has led everyone down the garden path.   First he bails out his struggling minority in the polls by stealing the agenda of the progressive political parties as his own.   Now Harper has done a complete turn around.   We have been taken for a ride again.  Not only is his new plan another hot air plan, the Tories are backing out on Kyoto and taking the stance again that it will cost too much.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2007 15:24
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