Showing posts from August 29, 2015

Harper's violation of international law in Libya

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[In 2011, in direct contravention of UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1970 and 1973, highly secretive Canadian special forces were on the ground in Libya, despite the fact that any Canadian 'boots on the ground' in Libya violated UNSCR 1973, which explicitly excluded "a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory." If the situation was reversed Harper would be the first to shout 'terrorism!' *RON*]
By Yves Engler,, 28 August 2015

Since the start of the Canadian election campaign a series of posts have detailed the Harper Conservatives repeated abuse of power. The Tyee published "Harper, Serial Abuser of Power", which listed "70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law." But the widely disseminated list omitted what may be the Conservatives' most flagrant – and far-reaching –lawbreaking. In 2011 Ottawa defied UN Se…

The Harper Conservative economic disaster

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[He's put all our eggs in the tar sands basket, he has the worst economic record since WWII, we have rising levels of child poverty and homelessness under his watch, and he's constantly put the GDP above the survival of the planet. *RON*]

By Doug Carrick, Common Sense Canadian, 28 August 2015

According to Stephen Harper, the coming election offers a choice between the certainty of Conservative economic expertise on the one hand…or the risk of Liberal or New Democrat inexperience. However, a closer examination reveals a different picture. It is the Conservatives who have the shaky economic record.
All his eggs in one basket
For example, instead of diversifying the economy, Harper has put all his eggs in one basket (the tar sands). Farmers on the prairies know all about diversification. To cover the possibilities of crop failure or an unexpected drop in market price, they plant a variety of crops – wheat, canola, legumes, oats, barley, …

An Act of Genocide, Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women

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[Such a glorious piece of our history; the Canadian equivalent of Doctor Mengele. Treating Aboriginal women like meat: "Preventing indigenous women from getting pregnant was a means of limiting government responsibilities". *RON*]
By Jody Porter, CBC News / West Coast Native News, 28 August 2015

A new book is shedding light on the coercive sterilization of indigenous women in Canada in the 1970s.

An Act of Genocide, Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women was written by Karen Stote, an assistant professor of women and gender studies at Wilfred Laurier University in Ontario.

She documents 580 sterilizations of indigenous women that took place at federal hospitals between 1971 and 1974. The hospital in Moose Factory, Ont. conducted 147 of them. The Sioux Lookout, Ont. hospital is responsible for 61.

“Evidence indicates this practice was carried out by eugenically minded doctors in Ontario and northern Canada, where aboriginal wo…

Unis’tot’en stop TransCanada again

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[TransCanada says this is a public road and that the Wet’suwet’en are legally obligated to participate in meaningful consultation. The Wet’suwet’en say they have title to this land, that they will never agree to a pipeline on their land, and that it is TransCanada that has failed to engage in meaningful consultation. The RCMP are largely stuck in the middle. *RON*]
By Alicia Bridges – Smithers Interior News, posted in West Coast Native News, 28 August 2015

TransCanada reported to the RCMP today after a convoy of their workers were refused access to Wet’suwet’en land by members of a Unist’ot’en clan blockade.

Four vehicles carrying Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project workers were turned away at a checkpoint on Chisholm Road south of Houston about 11 a.m. this morning.

The checkpoint is one of two camps blocking pipeline proponents from accessing the traditional territory of the Unis’tot’en clan, which is part of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.

The TransCa…

Fracking-induced quakes in B.C. are among largest on record

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["...experts caution much is still not known about just how strong a fracking-induced earthquake could be. 'There’s a huge difference between a 4.4. and a 5. To be perfectly honest, we don’t know what the upper limit of a fracking-induced earthquake can be....' The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission did not respond to repeated requests for comment." *RON*]

Kat Sieniuc, Globe and Mail, 26 August 2015
At least two earthquakes in British Columbia over the past year – including one last week – are among the largest ever caused by natural gas fracking in North America and were both strong enough to force temporary shutdowns of operations.
But while the province’s oil and natural gas ministry as well as the shale gas industry have both played down the severity of fracking-induced quakes – insisting they are rare and present no threat to people or buildings – experts caution much is still not known about just how strong a fracking-induced eart…

B.C. Minister Bennett’s Visit Fails to Ease Alaskans’ Mining Concerns

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[They certainly know our politicians: "...promises of a strengthened dialogue and more opportunities to comment on mine applications fall far short of a growing chorus of Alaskan demands.... 'Increased involvement in the B.C permitting process is not a bad thing, but it is not a solution on its own. In other words, we stand firm for the need of an international solution under the Boundary Waters Treaty.... We are looking for very specific action to back these words up.'" *RON*]

By Judith Lavoie, DeSmog Blog, 28 August 2015
Promises of a closer relationship between B.C. and Alaska and more consultation on B.C. mine applications are a good start, but, so far, Southeast Alaska has no more guarantees that those mines will not pollute salmon-bearing rivers than before this week’s visit by B.C.’s Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett, say Alaskan fishing and conservation groups.

Bennett, accompanied by senior civil servants from the m…

Migrant crisis: Why do politicians seem unable to act?

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[Neoliberal and neoimperial concepts of international politics have unleashed monsters they now feel powerless to control. *RON*]
By Chris Morris, BBC News, 28 August 2015

"We can't cope!" is the collective cry from across Europe, as the huddled masses spill onto its shores and scramble over hastily-assembled razor wire fences.

"The numbers are too great. It's biblical!"

A little perspective, however, would not go amiss.

This may be Europe's biggest migration crisis since World War Two, but it is nothing compared to the challenges facing neighbouring countries in the Middle East.

Take a look at the numbers in Turkey. In Jordan. In Lebanon.

There are millions of people seeking shelter, in countries that have far fewer resources to help them cope.

And yet so many people want to reach the EU that the system is creaking at the seams, and the limits of European cooperation are being laid bare.

Hawaii’s Going 100 Percent Renewable, And It’s Not Using Natural Gas As A ‘Transition’

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[Again, just because our governments tell us this can't be done. *RON*]

By Samantha Page, Think Progress, 28 August 2015
One out of every eight homes in Hawaii has solar.

Hawaiian Gov. David Ige said this week he opposes plans to use liquefied natural gas as a “transitional fuel” for the island state as it moves to 100 percent renewable electricity. Ige said investment in infrastructure for LNG — or any fossil fuel — was misplaced, and he expressed doubt that there would be any monetary benefits to LNG proposals.

“LNG is a fossil fuel. LNG is imported. And any time or money spent on LNG is time and money not spent on renewable energy,” Ige told the audience at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo in Honolulu on Monday night.

The governor’s remarks are especially significant because Florida-based NextEra Energy is trying to purchase Hawaii’s major utilities. NextEra is an electric utility that also produces natural gas, which ma…