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How Alberta Will Fight Fracking Folk Hero Jessica Ernst

Published on January 16, 2013 by in Home

  In famous flaming water case, regulator to argue ‘no duty of care’ to landowners or groundwater.   By Andrew Nikiforuk TheTyee.ca     Alberta’s main oil and gas regulator will argue in an Alberta court this Friday that it owes “no duty of care” to protect groundwater from hydraulic fracturing and that a regulator can

 
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Destruction of the planet is spiritual crisis

Published on December 16, 2012 by in Home

  DavidColwell, letter to the editor TheWhig.com   As a new United Church minister in Prince Edward County I have struggled to comprehend why so many neighbours have set their hearts against wind turbines, and have been persuaded to oppose all forms green energy and are eager to vote against any government that promotes it.

 
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Warning to Banks: Don’t Finance Rainforest Destruction

Published on November 15, 2012 by in Home

The Ecocide Act would make those with superior responsibility in banks liable to criminal prosecution at the International Criminal Court if they financed dangerous industrial projects anywhere in the world that resulted in ecocide. by Chelsea Matthews Rainforest Action Network     Last week, RAN joined sixty environmental and social organizations, including a dozen Indonesian

 
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New Zealand: Emissions trading scheme watered down to point of ‘ecocide’

Published on November 11, 2012 by in Home

   Kennedy Graham levies the charge of moral political Ecocide By Josh Martin, November 9, 2012 idealog  A diluted Emissions Trading Scheme, which continues to exclude agricultural emissions, has passed its third reading in Parliament – resulting in calls of “ecocide” from the Greens. Green Party MP Kennedy Graham said in the end it would be

 
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Alaska to collect $255 mln for 2006 BP pipeline leaks

Published on November 9, 2012 by in Home

  By Yereth Rosen REUTERS  * Probe shows BP failed to adequately maintain pipelines * Feds blame cost-cutting mentality for incidents * Ruling ends state’s litigation against spills     ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. state of Alaska will collect $255 million related to BP Plc’s pipeline leaks and a resulting shutdown

 
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Greenpeace takes the federal government to court (again).

Published on November 6, 2012 by in Home

 It is sad when you have to sue your own government to enforce its legislation to protect endangered species. But with a government hell-bent on promoting tar sands ecocide, that’s what you have to do.    by Charles Latimer – Oceans Campaign  Greenpeace Canada          After a legal victory earlier this year for B.C.’s resident

 
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Environment minister knew about shutdown of NWT water monitoring stations, documents show

Published on October 9, 2012 by in Home

Did Peter Kent think, “They’re just a bunch of aboriginals so what’s the hurry?” How long do we have to put up with this Harper puppet?  DEAN BEEBY The Canadian Press     Prime Minister Stephen Harper sharply rebuked Environment Canada bureaucrats last year for overstepping their authority, but internal documents suggest they were just

 
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Action Alert: Petition for the dismantling of Monsanto

Published on September 26, 2012 by in Home

 This looks like ecocide; but those with superior responsibility will escape criminal prosecution because that remedy does not exist in law today in peacetime. Ironically, such protection does exist in time of war. We need an ecocide law to hold accountable in a criminal court those in government, finance, corporations and as irresponsible individuals who

 
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Canada’s National Energy Board Slammed for Kalamazoo Spill

Published on August 23, 2012 by in Home

Canada’s National Energy Board falls far short of regulating  and enforcing compliance over Enbridge’s pipeline operations handling billions of dollars worth of product. It ignored early warnings from the Auditor General and others that their oversight of the 71,000 kilometres of pipeline system was severely lacking. Where was the government’s duty of care?   Critics

 
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People dying from asbestos is not a health issue, says Canada’s Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq

Published on August 20, 2012 by in Home

The primary duty of a government is to ensure the right to life of its citizens. An ecocide law would extend that to include the right to life of Earth and its inhabitants. A Minister of Health has a special responsibility–one that Leona Aglukkaq does not appear to have accepted. Asbestos-related deaths are obviously within

 
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Killer Pensions

Published on August 17, 2012 by in Home

 The perception of Canada as a peacekeeper disappeared with the election of the Stephen Harper government. Instead Canada has embarked on a program of militarization. A motion for the establishment of a Department of Peace was rejected. While the military budget balloons, social services and environmental services have been cut, and diplomacy has been downgraded.

 
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Churches speaking out on Northern Gateway pipeline project

Published on August 7, 2012 by in Home

United Church considering motion to oppose pipeline construction   CBC News The Canadian Press     Churches across Canada say they have a religious duty to speak out on the proposed Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline. Next week, delegates at the United Church of Canada general council meeting in Ottawa are to debate a resolution that

 
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Deep time stretches our imaginations, not just our engineering prowess

Published on July 26, 2012 by in Home

By Rebecca Altman Environmental Health News One of the most human and humble things we do is to reach across generations. Conversations about deep time are taking place in community centers and kitchens across the globe, in places like Yellowknife, home to a First Nations community of Dene. Though Yellowknife’s Giant Mine has been closed

 
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Enbridge Safety Standards Not Yet ‘World Class’: Employee

Published on June 29, 2012 by in Home

Understaffing and hostile work culture contributed to US spill, operator testimony shows.   By Andrew Nikiforuk, Today, TheTyee.ca   A senior Enbridge employee has admitted to U.S. regulators investigating its $725-million bitumen spill in Michigan that the company won’t be able to achieve world class pipeline safety standards for years to come. The dramatic testimony, contained in

 
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Ministry of Natural Resources job cuts, office closures coming, province says

Published on June 29, 2012 by in Home

The province confirmed Thursday that job cuts and office closures are coming to the Ministry of Natural Resources — the same day it unveiled a plan to protect northern Ontario’s woodland caribou.   Rob Ferguson Toronto Star   Job cuts and office closures are coming to Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources as it chops $70

 
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