Friday, 5 June 2009

Manitoba's Minister of Conservation and the Clean Environment Commission Muzzle the Voice of the People ... Democracy is Not Being Served!

Press Release - Concerned Citizens of the Valley.
NDP Conservation Minister Stan Struthers and the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) have agreed to restrict the ability of the public to ask questions and cross examine the government and the Louisiana Pacific Corporation at the upcoming CEC investigation into the "LP's" plant at Minnitonis, Manitoba (Photo by Larry)
shutting down of the pollution controls at the company's OSB mill in the Swan River Valley.

The Terms of Reference from the Minister to the CEC called for an investigation and a public meeting. This process would allow the CEC panel members to question or cross examine any presenters, such as the government or LP consultants, but it would not allow the public to do this. Further, it is not known whether the public can bring forward as presenters their expert, knowledgeable spokespersons to identify the many contradictions and perceptual screens that confuse the whole issue.

The government needs to change its Terms of Reference to say that the CEC "investigation" be instead a democratically conducted Public Hearing, for all the facts to be revealed.

“We Canadians deserve the same level of protection from harmful emissions that this corporation affords its own citizens in the USA.”
Concerned Citizens of the Valley

For more information: Maggie Romak - 734-9064
Iris Jonsson - 734-2807
Dan Soprovich - 734-3054
COMMENT: Hey great blog!
Thanks, Chris.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

A Remarkable Commencement Address - by Paul Hawken

University of Portland, May 3rd, 2009 - by Paul Hawken
Courtesy of Common Dreams
For full address, just click on headline.

Paul Hawken, (l.) author and actor.

Ag Groups from Canada & Other Countries Push Back Against Biotech Wheat

Manitoba Co-Operator
Staff - 6/2/2009
To read full story, just click on headline...

Sunday, 31 May 2009

American Honey Bee Numbers Still Dwindling

Courtesy Science News

Honey Bee Colony Losses In U.S. Almost 30 Percent From All Causes From September 2008 To April 2009
Click on headline for more.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Home Depot 's Green Image is Laid Bare. It's a Sham!

By Gary Hughes, AlterNet. Posted May 27, 2009.
The endangered wilderness. Courtesy of "International Rivers."
Home Depot is associated with an environmentally destructive project in South America.
Just click on headline to read full story.

Climate Change Already Causes 300,000 Deaths Yearly

Courtesy of the Huffington Post.

MEERA SELVA | May 29, 2009| AP

Monday, 25 May 2009

Climate change summit hijacked by biggest polluters, critics claim

* Terry Macalister
*, Sunday 24 May 2009 20.25 BST

A vital meeting in Copenhagen this weekend that will help shape the agenda for the most important climate change talks since the Kyoto protocol has been hijacked by some of the biggest polluters in the world, critics claimed today. Read more....

Agrochemicals speed the spread of deadly parasites

CLIMATE&CAPITALISM A "crop-duster" applies chemicals to a crop in Manitoba, Canada. A PinP photo. Even low concentr...