Showing posts from May, 2012

Tax Fairly, Spend Wisely

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Winnipeg. According to CBC news, 45% of Canadians wait until the last week before the deadline to file their tax returns. The mad pencil sharpening, digging through receipts and online filing is unlikely to generate a great deal of goodwill towards the tax collector. Perhaps this is why the Winnipeg Free Press chose April 30th to run two anti-tax View from the West Editorials… details here.

Stephen Harper and the NDP

Act Up in Saskatchewan John W. Warnock    It is a year this week since the last federal election. Active members and supporters of the New Democratic Party (NDP) celebrate this event, for their party passed the Liberals to finally become Her Majesty's Official Opposition in the House of Commons. However, others, like myself, remember that day for the fact that Stephen Harper and his Canadian Alliance/Reform Party colleagues were able to squeeze out a majority of the seats in the House of Commons. For us, it was a day of mourning. Full story here.

Forest Fires on Rampage in Northern Ontario - is This Climate Change?

Winnipeg Free Press  Timmons under state of emergency. Full story here.  (Christine Rosche/Ministry of Natural Resources/Canadian Press)

Stop the Pipeline - Join the Movement

Greenpeace Canada

Local Paper Gives Editorial Support to Citizens in the Rural Municipality of Shell River

Roblin, Manitoba - The Roblin Review in this west-central Manitoba town has come to the defense of citizens trying to get information about a new sewage lagoon their RM is planning. See editorial, below. Please also read Larry's letter-to-the-editor here.

Ottawa Appeals Court Declaration That Said it Broke Wheat Board Law

By: Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press May 23  - '12   PLT photo OTTAWA - The latest chapter in the long and bitter saga of the Canadian Wheat Board played out Wednesday in the Federal Court of Appeal. Full story here.

What Cost, the War On Weeds?

By Melody M. Bomgardner - Chemical and Engineering News PLT photo New crop traits that allow use of older herbicides may help farmers manage resistant weeds. Full story here.

Pollution in Thunderstorms is Warming the Atmosphere

Planetsave PLT photo Summer thunderstorm clouds strengthened by pollution are warming the atmosphere, says a new study by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Full story here.

The Play's the Thing to Catch Conscience of Parliament

Frances Russell - Winnipeg Free Press It's time for opposition brinksmanship in Ottawa; time for real drama to highlight Parliament's degradation. Full story here.

Scientists Lash Harper Government for Pulling Plug on Experimental Lakes Area

By: Mary Agnes Welch - Winnipeg Free Press Scientists from Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institute, and other elite research centres are condemning a decision by the Harper government to shut down a world-class freshwater research program. Details here.

Canada Asked to Address 'Reality' of Food Insecurity

May 16'12 Manitoba Co-operator UN rapporteur flags poverty, obesity, Aboriginal issues . Details here. Customers line up at a farmers'  market in Regina. PLT photo.

A Rural Municipality in Manitoba Gets Served With Freedom of Information Papers

Dear Editor, I guess only time will tell whether my local government, the RM of Shell River, will opt to build another earthen sewage lagoon, this one in the country west of Roblin, or turn to more modern technology for the treatment of human waste.          (Read earlier story here.)       A Manitoba company called Blue Diamond Technologies, Ltd., briefed the Council last week on its own, more modern system which is already treating hog waste right here in this province. Three company officials presented details of their technology to the last RM meeting. They explained they are already testing their system on sewage in the Town of Carman. They maintain their way is not only more eco-friendly but likely cheaper than a lagoon, as well. The Reeve and Councillors gave them a fair hearing and asked questions to get more information. I've certainly read and heard enough to know, I think, that there are many drawbacks with the old-style lagoons. Given this fact, and based

EARTH MEANDERS - Raping Kids and Earth

PLT does not necessarily endorse articles posted here by others. They are here for you to read - or not. =====  May 13, 2012 By Dr. Glen Barry - Ecological Internet What kind of sickos destroy children and ecosystems? Well actually, a surprising number do. Most are against both types of victimization of innocence and purity - as long as you don’t talk or do anything about it when it happens. Earth is so beautiful, so perfect in its intimate interconnectivity, as are humans in their ability to create and transcend, to pass down knowledge, love, and ecological habitat to our children. Yet we know –especially direct victims of childhood rape and ecocide – that Earth and her humanity are filled with a dark, narcissistic self-destructiveness as well. Two of the very worst evils stalking the land are those who sexually abuse children, and those who wage ecocide upon ecosystems. In fact, they are two sides of the same coin. This is going to be a deeply revealing and challeng

The Environmental Devastation Bill - The Green Party Speaks Out

(AKA the Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act - Bill C-38) Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-38. I am very sad, because this bill is the worst of all bills of this House, for two reasons. Details here.

Game Over for the Climate

By JAMES HANSEN - May 9, 2012 - New York Times  PLT photo GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening. That is why… Details here.

Welcome to the Asylum

Chris Hedges - Truthdig - May 5'12 When civilizations start to die they go insane. Details here.

"Black Out Speak Out" Campaign Launched by Environmental Groups

OTTAWA – According to a national campaign being launched… Full story here.

#BlackOutSpeakOut - A Response to Harper's War on Nature & Democracy

Submitted by John Bennett on Sun, 2012-05-06 The federal government’s war on nature and democracy means “Silence is no longer an option” for Canadians. So I’m urging you to join with… Details here.

Freedom Train Against the Northern Gateway Pipeline in Winnipeg on CBC news:

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Gutting the Fisheries Act in Canada

By: Gus Van Harten  05/3/2012 Wpg Free Press Among the Harper government's latest environmental reforms -- packed like sardines into the budget -- Canada's Fisheries Act will soon protect fish habitat only in designated waterways. Details here.  Fishing boats at Gimli, Lk. Winnipeg.

Envoironmentalism Has Failed.

by David Suzuki.  "Over the past 50 years, environmentalists have succeeded in raising awareness, changing logging practices, stopping... " Complete story here. ==== PLT: A chilling admission from a great Canadian. I'm sure your message was as hard for you to deliver as it was for us to hear, David. That you have kept fighting in the face of incredible odds over the years is what needs to be remembered here. And, just as I will not give up the battle in my own small corner, despite those odds, I just know that you will not, either! Thanks for the courage and wisdom you have already shown and for that which so many of us will be counting on in the time ahead.

Did the CCPA Get it Right?

PLT; I'm no fan of the big banks, God knows. But, listening to "The Current" on CBC Radio this morning, I began wondering whether the CCPA got it quite right in its recent report, "The Big Banks' Big Secret." Did Canada "bail out" the banks with massive aid, or was it something subtly but significantly different? Listen to the CBC podcast here as it asks the question, "Was there a secret Canadian banking bailout?," then decide for yourself. 

Budget Implementation Act is Gutting of Environmental Laws in Disguise

Elizabeth May - Leader, Green Party of Canada. Columbia Icefield - Jasper/Banff Nat'l. Parks.  Larry Powell. P in P photo. “Most of Bill C-38 has nothing to do with fiscal matters or what a budget is supposed to do.  Instead, it attacks environmental legislation, amending the Environmental Assessment Act, the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act, and repealing the Kyoto Implementation Act, along with cancelling the National Round Table on Environment and Economy,” said May. Read more here.

Life in a Toxic Town (Letter)

Wpg Free Press May 2 '12 (Fort McMurray, Alberta)....this former small northern town is perhaps the most polluted and.... Details here.

Exposures to the Pesticide Dursban, in Utero, Linked to Brain Abnormalities

Apr 30'12 San Francisco Chronicle April 30 (Bloomberg) -- Babies exposed in the womb to a commonly used insecticide have brain abnormalities after birth, according to a study that looked at children born before the U.S. limited the chemical's use. Details here. A "crop-duster" sprays Lorsban, (Dursban's "sister" chemical, sharing the same active ingredient, chlorpyrfos) on a canola crop in western Manitoba PLT photo. Please also read: "Are Pesticide Regulators on the Take?" (See chlorpyrfos reference in section headed "So Who or What is to Blame?)