Post by windspeaker on Jan 13, 2012 18:32:49 GMT -8
Truth and Reconciliation Commission is facing funding and bureaucratic problems Volume: 29 | Issue: 9 | Year: 2011
THE MONTREAL GAZETTE REPORTS that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is facing funding and bureaucratic problems that may prevent them from reaching their goals. The commission is looking for more cash, is having difficulty accessing historical records from government departments, is encountering bureaucratic delays in hiring staff, and, now, the national research centre the TRC is mandated to create may not become a reality.
“It now seems likely that the Commission’s budget will not allow the Commission to fund the creation of a National Research Centre,” wrote TRC Chair Murray Sinclair in his 2010/2011 performance report. “The requirement to create an entire federal department, subject to and accountable for the complete range of federal government statutes, regulations, policies, directives and guidelines, with a very limited staffing complement and with significant budget limitations, has posed considerable challenges.”
The Gazette says Opposition MPs are “worried about the commission’s future considering the Conservatives are searching for five- to 10-per-cent cuts across the federal government.”
Residential school commission struggling to complete its mission - November 21, 2011
Teachers and students at the Red Deer Industrial Institute, a residential school for First Nations children. The federal commission examining the destructive legacy of the schools is running short of money and resources, according to a new report. Photograph by: United Church of Canada Archives, edmontonjournal.com
Post by Attawapiskat on Jan 16, 2012 20:33:09 GMT -8
Dealing with comments about Attawapiskat Posted on November 30, 2011
I still intend to get a series of posts out clarifying issues like First Nations housing, health-care, education and so on, but I have a confession. I haven’t been staying away from the comments sections of articles about Attawapiskat.
I know. It’s not healthy. There are so many racist rants and outright ignorant responses that it can bog you down. Where do you even begin, when the people making these comments do not seem to understand even the bare minimum about the subject?
Well, I try to answer questions with facts. Here are some of those facts, if you’re interested.
New federal regulations regarding coal-fired electricity generation will not come into effect until 2015, but we were assured by statements made by former Minister of Environment Jim Prentice that in the meantime, non-compliant coal plants would not be expedited: "We will guard against any rush to build non-compliant coal plants in the interim."
The new line-up - Friday, August 6, 2010 10:37am So John Baird fills Jay Hill’s spot as government house leader, Chuck Strahl fills Baird’s spot at Transport and John Duncan fills Strahl’s spot at Indian Affairs. www2.macleans.ca/2010/08/06/the-new-line-up/
Canada's coal industry pressured feds to weaken regulations, records say April 21, 2012
OTTAWA - Environment Canada weakened a draft version of regulations to crack down on pollution from coal-fired power plants following pressure from the industry, newly-released federal records have revealed.
Briefing notes prepared by the department in September said the proposed regulations offered the equivalent of an 18-month deferral on enforcement of the regulations "because of the interventions made by ATCO," an Alberta-based energy company.
The regulations, if finalized, are slated to come into force by July 1, 2015, but ATCO was seeking the deferral "to the end of 2016," to protect its existing "Battle River 3" generating unit.
Post by rona ambrose06 on Apr 29, 2012 12:53:46 GMT -8
April 20, 2006. 'Tushingham was just about to give a presentation on the science behind his novel Hotter Than Hell at the National Press Club. Released last November with little fanfare, it’s about the Earth becoming so hot from climate change that America and Canada are at war over water ...
'Officially, Environment Minister Rona Ambrose’s office told Tushingham not to attend because he was billed as a government speaker. But an ad for the April 13 Newsmaker Luncheon billed Tushingham as an Ottawa environmental scientist, as does the back of his book.
Perhaps more telling is the fact that on the same day Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn issued a release stating 15 programs related to the Kyoto Protocol will be eliminated. Says Margaris, "When we asked why [Tushingham's presentation] was shut down, the minister said it was ‘bad timing.’ But how were we supposed to know that the government was going to make an announcement that they were cutting 80 per cent of Kyoto programs?"' hour.ca/2006/04/20/catch-a-fire/
David Anderson - August 3, 1999 to July 19, 2004 Stéphane Dion - July 20, 2004 to February 5, 2006 Rona Ambrose - February 6, 2006 to January 3, 2007 John Baird - January 4, 2007 to October 29, 2008 Jim Prentice - October 30, 2008 to November 5, 2010 John Baird - November 7, 2010 to January 3, 2011 Peter Kent - January 4, 2011 to present
Post by rona ambrose06 on Apr 29, 2012 13:01:20 GMT -8
Logging in B.C.
Environmental Groups Take Minister Rona Ambrose to Court for Refusing to Protect Spotted Owl For Immediate Release: September 20th, 2006
Vancouver, British Columbia ~ Five of Canada’s most respected environmental groups are headed back to federal court to challenge Environment Minister Rona Ambrose’s refusal to protect Canada’s most endangered bird, the Northern spotted owl, under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The groups have filed an application for a judicial review into the Minister’s decision and are seeking a court order to overturn it.
On August 16, 2006, Canada’s Minister of the Environment, Rona Ambrose announced her refusal to apply SARA to protect the spotted owl, saying she did not believe the bird faced an “imminent” threat to its survival. Government scientists now confirm that only 17 spotted owls remain in British Columbia, the only place in Canada where they are found.
“We’re down to 17 spotted owls. When is the federal government going to act?” commented Dr. Faisal Moola, science director with the David Suzuki Foundation. “We’re running out of time.”
The spotted owl population has plummeted by over 80% in the last 10 years. The main cause is the continued logging of BC’s old forests where the owls and 22 other species at risk live.
The Tsilhqot’in Nation wants the BC Government to explain why an area it deemed too sensitive for a lodge expansion in 2004 is now okay for an open-pit mine which the TNG says will destroy lakes, streams and devastate 35 square kilometres of wilderness.
Harper Government Continues Unrelenting Assault Against Aboriginal Title, Rights & Treaty Rights May 01, 2012 at 07:19 AM
News Release. May 1, 2012 (Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver-Canada, May 1, 2012) On April 26, 2012 the Federal Government introduced Bill C-38, the Budget Implementation Act to the House which proposes to drastically weaken the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Fisheries Act and other important legislation which work together to safeguard and protect the environment.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, stated "It is clear that Harper’s agenda and priorities are the fast-tracking of resource development projects such as the Northern Gateway Enbridge project, expansion of the Kinder-Morgan pipeline and the Taseko Mines Ltd‘s New Prosperity Mine at the expense of the surrounding watersheds. It is simply repugnant and reprehensible for the Harper Government to shamelessly pander to industry in what should be independent processes and ultimately hold a veto or grant their industry cronies a second chance for any project if an independent review panel conclusions are not the desired conclusions"
"This bill and its erosion of environmental protections represent a blatant dismissal of Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty Rights resulting in greater uncertainty for industry investments. The Harper Government cannot legislate itself out of its duties to consult and accommodate Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty Rights," said Grand Chief Phillip. "Removing and weakening these environmental laws will only create greater political unity and solidarity on the ground as more and more British Columbians realize that once corporate third party interests are granted or expanded; those industry interests are protected at the expense of the environmental values that we all share to the great detriment of all future generations."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, (250) 490-5314 The UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
Post by jim pattison on May 18, 2012 16:16:26 GMT -8
Eyewitness to Murder: Irene Favel, survivor of Muscowequan Catholic residential school in Lestock, Saskatchewan, describes seeing a newborn baby thrown alive into a furnace at that school by a priest in 1944.
Love and Death in the Valley is Reverend Kevin Annett's biographical work, which recounts his gradual uncovering of the evidence of genocide and mass murder in his Church's "Indian Residential Schools" on Canada's West Coast.
Hidden from History: Upper Canada Rebellion 1837. Republic of Kanata. Trials for murder. Hamilton Police. William Lyon Mackenzie (March 12, 1795 – August 28, 1861). William Lyon Mackenzie King, PC, OM, CMG (December 17, 1874 – July 22, 1950). Deliver Us From Evil, the movie
Post by grassy narrows on Jun 4, 2012 7:46:18 GMT -8
Mercury poisoning effects linger at Grassy Narrows Last Updated: Jun 4, 2012 10:30 AM ET
First Nations people from Grassy Narrows, Ont., continue to suffer the effects of mercury poisoning more than 40 years after commercial fishing was closed, a new report shows.
The report will be released today in Toronto, outlining the long-term effects on people who lived along the Wabigoon-English River system in northwestern Ontario, where mercury-laden slimicides were used to help strip logs for processing in a Dryden pulp-and-paper mill. www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/06/04/grassy-narrows-mercury.html
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Grassy Narrows mothers invite McGuinty to fish fry at Queen’s Park - June 1, 2012 freegrassy.org/2606-2/ _____________________________
Polluted water, poisoned people Dr. Masazumi Harada
Japanese doctor and world-renowned mercury poisoning specialist Dr. Masazumi Harada visited Grassy Narrows First Nation in March 2010 to test community members for mercury poinsoning. He had been visiting the community to administer tests since the 1970s.
Residents of Grassy Narrows First Nation are awaiting results of their latest mercury poisoning tests by a Japanese doctor.
About a year ago, Dr. Masazumi Harada made his final trip from Japan to the Grassy Narrows, 90 kilometres northeast of Kenora, to test community members.
Harada, a specialist in such work, had tested for the effects of mercury poisoning in the Ojibwe community since the 1970s.
The previous decade, mercury from a Dryden paper mill polluted the English-Wabigoon river system, which flows through Grassy Narrows and its traditional lands. The mill dumped 20,000 pounds of mercury into the water over a span of nearly 10 years.
Post by grassy narrows on Jun 5, 2012 20:41:52 GMT -8
Two Ontario First Nations still plagued by mercury poisoning: report The Canadian Press – Mon, 4 Jun, 2012
TORONTO - Two First Nations communities devastated by mercury poisoning nearly 50 years ago are still feeling the impacts from the metal toxins in one of their key water supplies, a world-renowned expert suggested.
Japanese doctor Masazumi Harada, who earned honours from the United Nations for his research into severe mercury poisoning known as Minamata disease, has produced a report saying similar conditions are still prevailing on the Grassy Narrows and White Dog First Nations near Dryden, Ont.
The two communities were ravaged by mercury poisoning starting in the 1960's when a local paper mill began dumping toxins into the English-Wabigoon River. Estimates suggest the Dryden Chemical Company mill deposited 10 tonnes of neurotoxins into the system between 1962 and 1970.
Harada made numerous visits to the communities as an expansion of research assessing the impact of mercury on fishing communities in Japan.
His most recent visit in 2010 yielded a report which was released in his home country last year and made available in English on Monday.
Harada found that of the 160 Grassy Narrows and White Dog residents he examined, 59 per cent were showing signs of ongoing mercury poisoning. Symptoms ranged from tunnel vision and loss of co-ordination to tremors and seizures.
Of those showing signs of poisoning, Harada said 39 per cent had symptoms severe enough to merit a diagnosis of Minamata disease.
Mercury exposure was prevalent even among those who had been born after the mill was barred from dumping its waste into the river in 1970, the report said. Of those between the ages of 21 and 41, 44 per cent showed signs of mercury poisoning.
The 2010 report was the latest in a series of studies Harada had conducted in the communities since his first visit in 1975, when he found residents of Grassy Narrows had internal mercury levels three times above the Health Canada limit.
People living in White Dog fared even worse, with levels more than seven times above the national guidelines.
For Grassy Narrows resident Judy Da Silva, Harada's more recent findings come as little surprise.
For years, she said, she has witnessed friends and family members struggling with the symptoms associated with Minamata disease.
The condition has even wormed its way into a new generation, she said, adding she was personally galvanized into action after witnessing the births of numerous babies with brain cancer and other birth defects.
"That kind of gave me a red alert, kind of like when you're in a lull or asleep and all of a sudden something shocking happens," Da Silva said in a telephone interview.
"That's what first alarmed me ... there's still something here."
Da Silva said the community struggles daily with the fallout from the toxin dump. The English-Wabigoon River and the fish that live there are still highly contaminated, she said, adding local residents have been deprived of a key natural resource for decades.
Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister agreed, saying clearcutting on reservation land has further tainted the local ecosystem.
The community has fought several high-profile battles to preserve the forests on its territory, picketing the provincial legislature on one occasion and successfully taking a junior gold mining company to court on another in an effort to halt development on its land.
"While our people suffer, Ontario has made plans to continue the destruction of our culture, livelihood, and health through another decade of logging in our forest against our will," Fobister said in a statement.
Fobister called on the Ontario government to apologize for the previous contamination, as well as put an end to logging on reservation land.
He also called for Health Canada to implement stricter mercury guidelines and fund an independent environmental monitoring centre on the reserve.
Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kathleen Wynne acknowledged ongoing environmental concerns in the area, adding the report could pave the way for a dialog between the province and the First Nation.
"Well, there's a consumption advisory on the fish still. What that says to me is that probably the fish shouldn't be eaten and I understand that it's painful to people in the community who want to eat that fish," Wynne said.
The subject was also raised in Ottawa when NDP aboriginal health critic Carol Hughes challenged previous assertions from the federal government about environmental conditions in the area.
In 2010, Greg Rickford, parliamentary secretary to the minister of aboriginal affairs, said the English-Wabigoon river system had been significantly cleaned up and was currently yielding untainted fish.
Rickford struck a more muted tone on Monday.
"The health and well-being of First Nations is a top priority for our government," he said.
"We continue to work with the Mercury Disability Board and the government of Ontario to support the work of the board in addressing the issue of mercury contamination."
Taseko rejects aboriginal spirituality in mine review Last Updated: May 1, 2012 11:21 AM PT
In a letter dated Nov. 23, Russell Hallbauer makes several suggestions on how to ensure the panel appears fair and balanced as it considers Taseko's gold and copper mine proposal near Williams Lake, B.C.
Those suggestions include:
* Not appointing an aboriginal member to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency review panel. * Not starting hearings with drumming or aboriginal prayer ceremonies, something Taseko says is inappropriate. * Not considering spirituality of a place as an aboriginal right.
The second environmental review process for Taseko's Prosperity Mine began receiving public comment in January...
Simpson says the company is dismissing those concerns by making a distinction between "spiritual" and "cultural" that doesn't exist for aboriginal peoples.
"There's no differentiation for First Nations between culture and heritage and their spirituality. Their relationship with the land base is spiritual. So if the federal government does listen to Taseko's private lobbying, then I think that the panel process will be challenged right from the start."
B.C. Commission finds no fault with Oct. 2010 Taseko stock plunge - Thursday , 12 May 2011 In February of this year Taseko submitted a revised Prosperity proposal to the federal government which the company said "greatly reduces environmental impacts, preserves Fish Lake and its aquatics, and enables all mine operations and related components to be contained within one single watershed, a beneficial feature of the original design." www.mineweb.com/mineweb/view/mineweb/en/page72068?oid=126878&sn=Detail
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Sept 17, 2013 8:24:45 GMT -8
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Nov 17, 2013 13:35:49 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:04:49 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:07:32 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:10:43 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:12:01 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:15:47 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:18:07 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:19:23 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:22:51 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:24:23 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:26:34 GMT -8
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