The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment | Georgia Straight.
“This is a brief chronology of the current Conservative Canadian government’s long campaign to undermine evidence-based scientific, environmental and technical decision-making. It is a government that is beholden to big business, particularly big oil, and that makes every attempt to shape [...]
B.C. rejects Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal – British Columbia – CBC News.
The B.C. government has rejected a proposal for the Northern Gateway pipeline project, saying it fails to address the province’s environmental concerns.
The province made the announcement in its final written submission to the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel. “British [...]
NEWS: Harper wants to keep human rights out of CETA.
Embassy magazine reports, “A proposed text linking human rights to trade in a discussed Canada-European Union political agreement could lead to an eventual suspension of the much-awaited (Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) – making federal government officials uneasy, Embassy has learned. …Canadian and European [...]
Leading climate scientist: Canada’s tar sands makes climate change ‘unsolvable’ | The Raw Story.
Major international oil companies are buying off governments, according to the world’s most prominent climate scientist, Prof James Hansen. During a visit to London, he accused the Canadian government of acting as the industry’s tar sands salesman and “holding a club” over [...]
Artist finds inspiration in Canadian government’s attempt to silence her | Environment | guardian.co.uk.
“It is almost like it’s a corporation exercising extreme message control,” she said in a phone interview. “It’s as if Stephen Harper were the CEO of Canada the corporation and we were his employees and we were not allowed to step [...]
NEWS: Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now tops 400 ppm.
We’ve hit it (and surpassed the 350.org mark, of course)
The BBC reports, “Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have broken through a symbolic mark. Daily measurements of CO2 at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the [...]
Science Cuts: Ottawa Views Pure Science As ‘Cash Cow,’ Critics Say.
More details about the redirection of science research into industry (entire article at link above).
“…an analysis of more than 140,000 NSERC grants going back to before the Tories took office in 2006 reveals in stark terms how remaining federal research dollars have been [...]
forwarded by Gail. No other info available,on the Ontario Health Coalition website, so email contact is email@example.com
People’s Shadow Summit & Mass Rally to keep the Federal Government from walking away from National Public Medicare
featuring workshops, teach-in, cross-country round-up, media events Wednesday July 24 Thursday July 25 9 a.m – 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s [...]
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and whistleblowers | rabble.ca.
A new report out on Censorship, Intellectual Freedom,:
” Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has just issued a report for the year 2012-13 that should challenge our complacency. The CJFE report details how the Conservative government and its bureaucracy are muzzling scientists, putting roadblocks in [...]
Avaaz – Days to free the CBC!. (forwarded by Gail, also noted on our OHS Facebook group) please forward at will…
The new Harper budget bill is going to do something crazy — take hold of our public media and turn the CBC into a place where Harper’s cronies could control the newsroom.
This is [...]
From CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/04/22/pol-rad-can-christian-college-infrastructure-funding.html?cmp=rss
The Harper government has awarded over $20 million of its infrastructure funding to Christian colleges and universities since the launch of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program in 2009.
Some of the schools receiving federal infrastructure funds prohibit things like homosexual relationships, based on the educational institution’s moral code or religious teachings.
A new [...]
UPDATE: Chief Spence ends her hunger-strike, wins commitment to 13-point declaration.
(From COC press release): Chief Theresa Spence ended her hunger-strike this evening, 44 days after it began. What an incredible accomplishment on her part and what an inspiration she is to us all.
APTN News reports, “Spence and Manitoba Elder Raymond Robinson (who [...]
[24-Jan-13] New social movement assembly launches to take on the Harper [...]
Municipal trade-off in “end game” of Canada-EU negotiations is unacceptable, says letter from trade justice activists. [See Action opportunity at the end of this article]
The Trade Justice Network, Council of Canadians and Canadian Union of Public Employees have sent a letter to municipal leaders across Canada warning that “urgent action is necessary” to make [...]
Cry for new environment laws unites Idle No More and chiefs, but not Ottawa. Montreal Gazette
OTTAWA – If there’s one issue that unites Idle No More protesters, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and militant and moderate First Nations alike, it is the federal government’s recent changes to environmental oversight.
But the united stand among First [...]
Avaaz – Harper: Rights for First Nations now!.
Avaaz has a petition up for the meeting with Harper on Friday
Harper just passed a monster law gutting protection for nearly all lakes and rivers but Chief Theresa Spence stepped up to stop him — starting a brave hunger strike and galvanizing hundreds of thousands of people across [...]
A little more background on C-45, IdleNoMore, Chief Spence, and the effect of the budget bill, from a journalist who has recently moved back to Canada from the US:
“Tens-of-thousands of everyday people across the country .. are standing up on this Christmas eve, supporting her efforts to oppose what is unarguably a [...]
Prime Minister Harper: FIPA Isn’t Good for Canadian Businesses. | SumOfUs. Forwarded (and signed) by our board members:
Action: (especially for small business owners or concerns)
Last Friday at 5pm, Prime Minister Harper quietly approved the controversial takeover of Canadian oil giant Nexen by China’s state-owned National Offshore Oil Corporation, CNOOC — hoping to draw [...]
ACTION ALERT – Harper is Gambling with Municipalities: Cities, towns included in CETA despite widespread resistance.
COC says: “We need a strong national debate on CETA before the provinces and federal governments can take the deal any further. Our municipalities, and the rights they would lose under CETA, are fundamental to that debate. ..It’s all [...]
How are fracking and water protection affected by eliminating the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission?.
[more information from COC on dismantling transparency and environmental protection via the Omnibus - note the stats below on increasing lack of compliance by industry since 2009...]
This morning the Senate approved Bill C-45, Harper’s second omnibudget bill of the [...]