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OPEN LETTER: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 30 March 2020 06:29

OPEN LETTER: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Honourable John Horgan Premier of Executive Council
Honourable Adrian Dix
Minster of Health

OPEN LETTER: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Premier Horgan and Minister Dix:

We are writing to request that immediate action be taken to compel BC Hydro to halt all construction at Site C Dam due to the risk COVID-19 now poses to vulnerable workers and nearby Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in northeast B.C.

Through UBCIC Resolution 2011-25, UBCIC highlighted the environmental dangers of the Site C Dam and pointed to the devastating effects it will have on the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights of Treaty 8 First Nations. UBCIC now calls upon the Province to recognize that the transmission of COVID-19 amongst workers is an urgent and pressing concern. BC Hydro has confirmed that 16 of its construction workers at the Site C Dam site are under self-isolation with flu like symptoms. Given the close quarters and inevitable contact points at the 1,600-worker camp, an outbreak of COVID-19 would be disastrous and with dire implications for nearby communities, including First Nation communities. We are informed that there is an extreme shortage of health services in northeast British Columbia, with virtually no hospital beds available to handle an outbreak in Fort St. John or nearby Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

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Canada’s Interpretation of Free Prior Informed is out of Sync with the International Interpretation PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by admin   
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:32
originally posted Thursday, 15 September 2017 by Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE PRINCIPLE OF OBTAINING FREE PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT As affirmed in International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Canada has an affirmative obligation to “promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and … respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.” UN treaty bodies and other diverse entities require or support the standard of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC). These include: UN General Assembly and specialized agencies, as well as regional human rights bodies. In 2011, the International Finance Corporation announced: “For projects with potential significant adverse impacts on indigenous peoples, IFC has adopted the principle of ‘Free, Prior, and Informed Consent’ informed by the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” The UN Development Programme (UNDP) “will not participate in a Project that violates the human rights of indigenous peoples as affirmed by Applicable Law and the United Nations Declaration”. UNDP added: “FPIC will be ensured on any matters that may affect the rights and interests, lands, resources, territories (whether titled or untitled to the people in question) and traditional livelihoods of the indigenous peoples concerned.” In March 2016, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recommended that Canada “fully recognize the right to free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples in its laws and policies and apply it in practice.” In particular, the Committee added that: … the State party establish effective mechanisms that enable meaningful participation of indigenous peoples in decision-making in relation to development projects being carried out on, or near, their lands or territories … [and] that the State party effectively engage indigenous peoples in the formulation of legislation that affects them. In July 2015, the UN Human Rights Committee urged Canada to “consult indigenous people … to seek their free, prior and informed consent whenever legislation and actions impact on their lands and rights” Following his visit to Canada, former Special Rapporteur James Anaya concluded: "as a general rule resource extraction should not occur on lands subject to aboriginal claims without adequate consultations with and the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned. “Anaya added: "The general rule identified here derives from the character of free, prior and informed consent as a safeguard for the internationally recognized rights of indigenous peoples that are typically affected by extractive activities that occur within their territories."
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Trans Mountain Pipeline PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Sue Hiscocks   
Thursday, 16 January 2020 20:06

The health of our oceans is at risk. The Supreme Court is allowing the pipeline to go through because they say that it is more important to enable the provinces to do business than to protect the environment. By making such a ruling they are saying in a broader sense that business trumps the protection of the environment and have set a precedent, which will decide every environmental issue on the side of the polluters. This needs to be stopped.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2020 10:24
 
nuclear risks on rise, Canadians must fight for disarmament PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 09 August 2019 16:02
By Tamara  Lorincz
August 8, 2019
A U.S. Ohio-class nuclear-armed submarine can carry enough nuclear warheads to wipe 24 cities off the map.
TAMARA LORINCZ
 
Cities across Canada held commemorations this week to mark the 74th anniversary of the tragic atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Lantern ceremonies, peace walks and vigils for nuclear disarmament were held in Victoria, Nanaimo, Salt Spring, Castlegar, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto and Montreal.
 
There are 108 Canadian cities that are part of Mayors for Peace, an international movement for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The mayor of Hiroshima started Mayors for Peace in 1982 and today there are 7,785 member cities worldwide.
 
Montreal is an executive member of Mayors for Peace and a twin city of Hiroshima. In 1998, Hiroshima gave Montreal a peace bell, which has been placed in the city’s beautiful botanical gardens and is rung every year in a ceremony on Aug. 5.
 
Cities do not want to be targets of a nuclear weapons attack. When the Japanese cities were bombed in 1945 by the United States, they were reduced to rubble and over 200,000 people were killed. The nuclear weapons that exist today are 3,000 times more powerful and can be launched within minutes.
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A Message for Prime Minister Trudeau on his visit to Victoria on July 18, 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 24 July 2019 16:53

 

 

 

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RECALLING THAT in 1988 in the Climate Change Conference in Toronto, the participants concluded: Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequence could be second only to a global nuclear war.  the Earth’s atmosphere is changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from depositions of hazardous, toxic and atomic wastes and from wasteful fossil fuel use ... These changes represent a major threat to international security and are already having harmful consequences over many parts of the globe.... it is imperative to act now.  (Climate Change in the Conference statement, Changing Atmosphere Conference in 1988} 

 

In the Conference statement for Changing Atmosphere Conference in 1988, they called for the global community, to Reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 20% of 1988 levels by the year 2005 as an initial global goal. Clearly the industrialized nations have a responsibility to lead the way both through their national energy policies and their bilateral multilateral assistance arrangement.

 

NOTING THAT, in 2013, Canada agreed to Sustainable Development Goal 13- “Climate change presents the single biggest threat to development, and its widespread, unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable. Urgent action to combat climate change is needed

 

APPRECIATING THAT in 2015. at COP 21, Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with a global vision not a vested national interest

BEING ALARMED THAT In 2019, the IPCC have warned that there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

WELCOMING in August 4 2018, Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ statement:  We are facing a grave climate emergency. We need urgently to accelerate with Climate Action for the transformation the world needs. This is the battle of our lives. It is a battle we can win. It is a battle we must win.

 

Implementing SDG13 addressing the emergency, and achieving A global vision for Canada would be:

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2019 11:50
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