Building Civil Society PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Saturday, 06 September 2008

This Making the Links Radio program features with Siapha Kamara by Don Kossick. Siapha Kamarais a major leader in civil society analysis and activism in Africa. It is an engaging interview for those interested in internationalism, impact of globalization and building civil society in Africa. Siapha Kamarais recently spoke at the CCEDNET national conference in Canada.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 September 2008 )
Seed Variety Control PDF Print E-mail
Food and Agriculture
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Seed is of the utmost importance to farmers.

This is a special broadcast on how the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations will be changed to accommodate the interests of private concerns and the transnational corporations who are pursuing genetically engineered seed production.

In this special Making the Links program we talk to Terry Boehm, farm activist  and National Farmers  Union leader, about what these changes in  seed variety registration will mean for farm communities and the organic farm movement in Canada.

The Saskatchewan  Organic Directorate states, "The availability of high quality seed free from contamination by GMO varieties and seed that is certified organic or eligible for use in certified organic seed propagation is  fundamental requirement for organic grain faming in Canada. The proposed Seed Variety regulation threatens quality, access, public accountability, and the buyers right to unbiased information about seed."

This is an urgent issue. The changes in the Seed Variety Registration are in the process of being enacted.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2008 )
GSU on the Line PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 July 2008

GSUThis program - Voices on the Line - features members of the Grain Services Union who are locked out by Viterra.

Viterra is what used to be the Saskatchewn Wheat Pool. They are now the largest grain handler in Canada.

Viterra pushed the workers into a lock out thinking that they were be a push over. When listening to their voices on the line you'll see that the workers are capable of taking on this multi national corporate entity.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 July 2008 )
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug: Defending the Land and Resisting Ontario's Colonial Mining Act PDF Print E-mail
Indigenous Issues
Sunday, 22 June 2008

Teepee in Queen's ParkThis program features an the story of Kitchenumahykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation, an Ojibwa/Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario, who have been fighting against mining development on their lands by a Toronto based company, Platinex. The Ontario Mining Act prioritizes mining exploration over Aboriginal rights. The Act, passed in 1873, was developed at a time when picks and shovels were used for mining. Based on a free entry system, it allows exploration activities, including felling trees, blasting and drilling, trenching and the construction of temporary roads and shelters, without any public consultation or environmental assessment. On March 17th, 2008, six members of the KI First Nation – Chief Donny Morris, Deputy Chief Jack McKay, councilors Sam McKay, Darryl Sainnawap, Cecilia Begg, and band member Bruce Sakakeep - were sentenced to six months in jail after ignoring an injunction to allow Platinex to start drilling on their traditional territory.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 June 2008 )
The Most Destructive Project on Earth: The Canadian Tar Sands PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 June 2008

Tar Sands Report - Environmental Defense

"Because of their sheer scale, all Canadians are affected by the Tar Sands, no matter where they live.

If you live downstream, your water is being polluted and your fish and wildlife may be dangerous to eat. If you live in Saskatchewan you are a victim of acid rain. If you live in BC, "supertankers" may soon be plying your shoreline carrying Tar Sands oil to Asia. If you live in Ontario, you are exposed to harmful emissions from the refining of Tar Sands Oil. And the impacts do not stop at Canada's border – US refineries are re-tooling to handle the dirty oil from Alberta.

With the Tar Sands, Canada has become the world's dirty energy superpower.

Environmental Defence's report highlights the environmental and human health effects of the Tar Sands. And, outlines what the federal government should do to clean it up."

 -Environmental Defense

In this program Making the Links Radio's Don Kossick discusses the environmental impact of the tar sands with Matt Price and Peter Dillon. Peter Dillon is a scientist looking at the impact of the acid rain from the tar sands.  Matt Price works with Environmental Defence and was co-author of the report Canada's Toxic Tar Sands: The Most Destructive Project on Earth.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 13 June 2008 )
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