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Premier Clark abandons promise to ban cosmetic pesticides – now promises to regulate

Published on February 23, 2013 by in Home

  By Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer West Coast Environmental Law   On Wednesday, Feb 20th, the Provincial Government issued a press release stating (among other things) that it was introducing changes to BC’s Integrated Pest Management Act (hat tip to Kathryn Seeley at the Canadian Cancer Society for directing my attention to this): The proposed amendments to

 
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First Nations must answer probing questions — for their own benefit

Published on January 17, 2013 by in Home

  Stephen Harper’s change-the-problem smear of Attawapiskat finances has obviously been successful if the Isos Reid poll is to be believed. BY ANTHONY FUREY QMI AGENCY   Two wrongs seem to make a right in the topsy-turvy logic of Idle No More. That partially explains the Ipsos Reid poll just released. Sixty-three percent of Canadians want

 
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Why Theresa Spence’s struggle matters

Published on January 4, 2013 by in Home

    Michael Harris iPolitic.ca       My good friends over at CP got it wrong — or rather the editors they consulted did. Luka Rocco Magnotta was not the Newsmaker of the Year. He was just a Hannibal Lecter who slipped off the screen into real life and temporarily diverted the public’s attention for a few

 
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Why Theresa Spence’s struggle matters

Published on January 4, 2013 by in Home

  Michael Harris iPolitic.ca     My good friends over at CP got it wrong — or rather the editors they consulted did. Luka Rocco Magnotta was not the Newsmaker of the Year. He was just a Hannibal Lecter who slipped off the screen into real life and temporarily diverted the public’s attention for a few weeks last

 
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Why CFOs Need to Care About Sustainability — Now

Tyler Elm and Jim Harris Posted: 11/20/2012 11:23 am   This is the tenth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday. Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Operating Officers (COOs) are increasingly accountable for sustainability. A study by Deloitte – Sustainability: CFOs are coming to the table – found their

 
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How The Big Banks Helped Cause Hurricane Sandy

Published on November 2, 2012 by in Home

  Making ecocide a crime under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court will hold accountable governments, corporations, and financiers of actions that endanger ecosystems . An ecocide law is a game-changer that points the way to a sustainable economy and towards peace for Earth’s inhabitants. by Jessica Pieklo Care2   According to a new report by Rainforest Action Network the

 
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Stephen Harper and the triumph of the corporation state

Published on October 31, 2012 by in Home

 Didn’t we fight a war to defeat the fascists? By Frances Russell iPolitic    Stephen Harper has moved beyond being the prime minister of Canada. He’s its CEO, making Canada the first democracy to tacitly embrace global corporate governance. Canada finds itself presiding over the birth of a new Dark Age. The Age of Democracy is

 
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Action Alert: The Banana Murders

Published on October 29, 2012 by in Home

 When Canadian individuals or corporations commit human rights abuses and other criminal activity offshore, they should be held accountable by the Canadian criminal court system and tried here for their criminal activity. Fundamental justice must prevail. The Ecocide Act goes further and overcomes national escape hatches, to hold those with principal responsibility accountable in the

 
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Oil companies going unpunished for thousands of North Sea spills

Published on October 27, 2012 by in Home

  Fines issued for only seven of 4,123 oil spills since 2000, with no company having to pay more than £20,000   Leo Hickman The Guardian   Oil companies operating in the North Sea have been fined for oil spills on just seven occasions since 2000, even though 4,123 separate spills were recorded over the same period, the

 
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Nigerians’ Search for Justice from Shell Lands in US Supreme Court

Published on October 20, 2012 by in Home

It is important to realize that transnational energy and mining corporations often have much greater revenue than sovereign states. Often transnational mining companies operate under their own laws and because of their corporate ‘personhood’, are largely immune from criminal prosecution, especially in developing nations. Canadian mining companies should be held accountable under Canadian law and

 
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Government rejects key reforms for parliamentary scrutiny of spending

Published on October 20, 2012 by in Home

  By: Dean Beeby The Canadian Press     OTTAWA – The Harper government has rejected key reforms demanded by a House of Commons committee to eliminate the arcane rules that prevent MPs from properly scrutinizing billions of dollars in spending each year. In a June report, the all-party committee complained that outdated rules of Parliament

 
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Beef recall could be Harper’s Walkerton

Published on October 10, 2012 by in Home

When the neo-liberal agenda of the Harper government is divorced from government accountability, budget cuts to health inspection leads to disaster…again. Citizens might recall government’s moral mission to protect them.   by Ish Theilheimer Straight Goods News   The biggest meat recall in Canadian history is this week’s big story. Last month a couple of

 
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Canada-China investment deal deserves greater public scrutiny

Published on October 2, 2012 by in Home

 This investor proposal with China lacks reciprocity, accountability and transparency and further erodes Canada’s control over resources and the environment.  Scott Sinclair Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives    …The Canada-China deal is sometimes mistakenly referred to as a “trade agreement”.  But it is concerned exclusively with foreign investment and investor rights, not international trade.  The treaty, which

 
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BC’s former attorney general to lead grilling of Enbridge

Published on September 8, 2012 by in Home

  By The Canadian Press  The Tyee RICHMOND, B.C. — The B.C. government has hired a former attorney general to oversee the province’s grilling of Enbridge on its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project. Premier Christy Clark says Geoff Plant will lead the province’s legal team during the cross-examination of the company at the joint review panel

 
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Gulf Oil Spill 2010: U.S. Department Of Justice Accuses BP Of ‘Gross Negligence And Willful Misconduct’

Published on September 5, 2012 by in Home

With a possible price tag of $21 billion, notice that the negotiations are secret and, because this is a civil case, the corporate executives with principal responsibility are held unaccountable under existing law. They eventually will simply pay a fine–albeit a hefty one–and pass the cost on to consumers. They will be back to business

 
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