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Climate Change Agreement PDF Print E-mail
Environment
Sunday, 23 December 2007

In a massive U-turn in the 11th hour of extended international climate change negotiations  in Bali, the Harper government finally dropped its opposition to 2020 emissions targets among Kyoto countries, and a climate change agreement was reached.

Over 110,000 people came together over the last 4 days of the talks and added their voices to a wave of popular outrage - supporting the ads that ran in Canadian papers and at the conference in Bali, calling Harper and Canadian MPs, and building the strength of the petitions, events, banners, and marches at the summit. And it all worked!

Lots of factors helped make this happen, especially a strong resolve and pressure from other countries. In teaming up with people around the globe to save our climate - including over 600,000 other Avaaz members who pushed their governments - we've defended Canada's proud tradition of doing the right thing in the world. The struggle is far from over, but this victory is a significant first step.

 
Stop the Climate-Wrecking at Bali PDF Print E-mail
Environment
Thursday, 13 December 2007
Climate negotiations in Bali are in crisis. Things were looking good till now: near-consensus on a delicate deal, including 2020 targets for rich countries, in return for which China and the developing world would do their part over time. IPCC scientists have said such targets are needed to prevent catastrophe. But Japan, the US and Canada are banding together to wreck the deal, and the rest of the world is starting to waver...

We can't let three stubborn governments throw away the planet's future. We have until the end of Friday to do everything we can. Please sign our emergency global petition below -- we'll deliver it through stunts at the summit, a full-page ad in the Financial Times in Asia, and directly to country delegates to stiffen their nerve against any bad compromise. Add your name to the campaign below now!
 
"We call urgently for the US, Canada and Japan to stop blocking serious 2020 targets for emissions reductions, and for the rest of the world to refuse to accept anything less."
 
Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 December 2007 )
 
Canada Sabotaging Climate Talks PDF Print E-mail
Environment
Tuesday, 11 December 2007

The federal government has taken its deceit and manipulation to new heights in reference to climate change. I am a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation to Bali, Indonesia for the United Nations Climate Change Conference and I just witnessed a shameful event. This evening the Canadian government was scheduled to present their climate change policy, but the opportunity was wasted.  Instead, our government was conspicuously absent and duped their audience into sitting through a completely different presentation. Although Environment Minister John Baird was scheduled to speak, he skipped out shortly after stopping by in his flip flops, failing to say anything at all about Canada's climate change policy titled "Turning the Corner."  The Canadian government refuses to listen to Canadians or world opinion on climate change, and I am alarmed at what's around the corner. 

-Rosa Kouri

Right now, a major UN summit in Bali has just a few days left to hammer out an agreement on stopping catastrophic climate change. But instead of helping out, Canada is actually sabotaging the UN talks! On Saturday, experts gave us the global "fossil" award for being the worst country in the world on climate change. 

There's still a few days left to save Canada's reputation -- and the climate -- but we need a massive democratic roar to remind our Prime Minister what Canada is all about, and stop him from blocking the world at Bali. Click below to sign the Avaaz.org petition, which will be featured in an advertising campaign across Canada this week calling for the government to heed public opinion. It is Avaaz's goal to get 25,000 people to sign in just 3 days before the ads run. 

http://www.avaaz.org/en/another_canadian_climate_crime/4.php

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Donna Dillman's Hunger Strike PDF Print E-mail
Environment
Monday, 10 December 2007

Environmentalists, friends, and family of Donna Dillman are asking people to send e-mails, faxes, or -- better yet -- phone calls to the office of Premier Dalton McGuinty of Ontario asking him to declare a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining in Eastern Ontario.

A grandmother and an altogether extraordinary person, Donna Dillman has been on a n extraordinary hunger strike to call attention to the need for a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining in Eastern Ontario, asserting a full public inquiry into the long-term health and environmental implications is necessary.

Donna has not had food for over 60 days now, and she is promising to escalate her hunger strike, going to "water only" on Tuesday, December 11th if the premier does not respond.

Her protest coincides with three-month blockade by Algonquins near Sharbot Lake, Ontario, to prevent uranium exploration on lands which are traditionally theirs.


You can contact the Premier at:
Premier Dalton McGuinty
Queen's Park, Rm 281,
Main Legislative Building
Toronto ON M7A 1A4

      Tel   416-325-1941
      Fax  416-325-3745

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Last Updated ( Monday, 10 December 2007 )
 
Real Story Behind Medical Isotopes PDF Print E-mail
Environment
Monday, 10 December 2007
The isotope question is a complicated one.

It is important to realize that isotopes were being used for diagnosis and therapy long before the discovery of nuclear fission, and that even after the discovery of fission cyclotrons and other types of particle accelerators were widely used to produce isotopes for medical and scientific research purposes.  


But AECL has deliberately worked over the years to create a market for specialized isotopes that are produced in nuclear reactors, chiefly cobalt-60 and molybdenum-99. 
Last Updated ( Monday, 10 December 2007 )
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