TILMA: Interprovincial Trade Deal Ties the Hands of Government PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Sunday, 07 January 2007

Canada’s most ideologically right-wing provincial governments have joined forces in an agreement that erodes their own powers—and now they are trying to sell other provinces on the deal. Ellen Gould argues that the rest of Canada would be well-advised to reject the deal as an attack on their very right to govern.

On a CBC radio show in October, British Columbia’s Minister of Economic Development Colin Hansen and Alberta’s Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Gary Mar boasted about how Saskatchewan was keen to sign on to TILMA, the BC/Alberta Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement. This agreement, which goes far beyond existing trade agreements, was signed by British Columbia and Alberta in April, 2006, after zero consultation with the general public. The agreement will come into effect in April, 2007.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 February 2007 )
Nuclear Power No Answer to Climate Change According to Pembina Institute PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 December 2006
A major study of the environmental impacts, risks and sustainability of nuclear energy in Canada published on Dec 14th by the Pembina Institute concludes that nuclear power offers no solution to the climate change crisist

Nuclear Power in Canada: An Examination of Risks, Impacts and Sustainability finds that nuclear power, like other non-renewable energy sources, is associated with severe environmental impacts. These impacts include:

  • The generation of large amounts of radioactive and hazardous wastes at each stage of the nuclear energy production process. These wastes will require care over thousands of years for safety, health, environmental and security reasons.
  • Severe impacts on surface and groundwater water quality through the discharge of radioactive and toxic pollutants. Effluent from uranium mines and mills has been found by Health Canada and Environment Canada to be a "toxic" substance for the purposes of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
  • Releases to the air of smog and acid rain causing, radioactive and hazardous pollutants in addition to greenhouse gases.

The report concludes that no other energy source combines the generation of as wide a range of conventional pollutants and waste streams - including heavy metals, smog- and acid-rain-precursors and greenhouse gases - with the generation of large volumes of radioactive wastes that will require care and management over hundreds of thousands of years.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 January 2007 )
Democracy and the Canadian Wheat Board PDF Print E-mail
Food and Agriculture
Saturday, 16 December 2006
Hopefully, the latest Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) election results, that signaled once again a majority of farmers want an orderly marketing system run by farmers, will tell Prime Minister Harper to cease and desist in destroying the board.
The anti CWB campaign, assisted by the Prime Minister and Minister Chuck Strahl, has shown just how hollow the belief in accountable and responsible government is when you are in power.
The message to preserve and protect the CWB has to go beyond farmers. Urban people have a stake in this as well. If the CWB goes we will be looking at an estimated loss to the prairie economy of one half billion dollars a year. This is money that when circulated helps both rural and urban Canada to survive and prosper.
All citizens on the prairies - urban and rural - have to tell the Prime Minister, Chuck Strahl and the conservative MPs that we are not prepared to take that kind of loss that undermines the democracy and economy of rural and urban communities.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 January 2007 )
Organic Farmers Appeal Lower Court Decision in GMO Contamination Lawsuit PDF Print E-mail
Food and Agriculture
Monday, 11 December 2006

Saskatchewan organic farmers are appealing the lower court decision on their lawsuit against biotech companies Monsanto and Bayer CropScience. The organic farmers wanted to hold these companies liable for losses suffered due to Genetically-Modified canola contamination of organic crops. But an earlier lower court decision had ruled that organic farmers did not meet the criteria of a class -- and were thus not able to have one case proceed on behalf of all Saskatchewan organic farmers to collectively sue the companies.

On Monday December 11, 2006 the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal will begin hearing the certified organic farmers of Saskatchewan's arguments as they seek to overturn the lower court decision that denied them class certification. An organic farmer, Larry Hoffman stated "We have sustained significant losses as organic farmers. We need to convince the Court of that, and that we should be certified as a class action so we can pursue our case against the companies."

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 March 2007 )
Oaxaca Appeal for Radio Equipment PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Oaxaca Nov 29th More Images

We are developing a Radio Solidarity Oaxaca network across Canada  to maintain, strengthen and expand a peoples radio capability in Oaxaca. We are  pulling together  resources to provide an alternative broadcasting source to the blocked site. Immediate pledges of support would be really appreciated.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 January 2007 )
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