Over the span of 38 years, Northern Alberta has changed from a pristine environment rich in cultural and biological diversity to a landscape resembling a war zone marked with 200-foot-deep pits and thousands of acres of destroyed boreal forests. Lakes and rivers have been contaminated and groundwater systems drained. The impact of the tar sands industry is what I am talking about. This industry has also resulted in the disruption to the Dene First Nations and their treaty rights, including the cultural disruption to the Cree and Metis communities.
Upon wrapping up the hearings, the UN officials issued a sharply-worded ruling again, pushing Canada to resolve the dispute and consult with the Lubicon people before issuing new leases or licenses on their lands. The Canadian and Albertan governments have done neither.
Canada’s military exports have more than tripled over the past seven years, a CBC News investigation has learned. Over the past seven years, Canada has exported $3.6 billion in military goods. Canada now exports more arms and military goods than it imports….
From Dylan Penner, October 26, 2007: Tonight in Ottawa we had a silent march with 50 people to expose the war profiteers, who are within walking distance of Parliament Hill, and reaping huge profits from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Indictments of these merchants of death were read by representatives of the War Resisters Support Campaign, ACT for the Earth, the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade, and Rassemblement Outaouais Contre la Guerre. The event was organized by Together Against War / Ensemble Contre la Guerre to build momentum towards the Oct 27 day of action, locally and nationally.
Canadian Peace Alliance: The Environics poll, conducted by D3 Systems in Afghanistan is being touted as “groundbreaking” research into the views of the Afghan people about the NATO occupation. The reality is that there are as many questions as answers arising from the poll results.
But when the poll is examined more carefully (it’s available at http://erg.environics.net), its findings become far less definitive. Indeed, it is not clear that they provide solace to any of the politicians now debating Canada’s Afghan mission.
Peace activists are holding anti-war protests across the country, calling on the government to end Canada’s combat operations in Afghanistan. Only a small crowd gathered at a demonstration in Fredericton, N.B. under heavy rain clouds, but organizers said their message was important. “I’m happy with the turn out,” Matthew Abbott of the Fredericton Peace Coalition told CTV Atlantic. “We can see there are a number of people in Fredericton willing to brave the bad weather to show their opinion about what’s happening in Afghanistan, despite the climate that isn’t very friendly to dissent.”
Canada helps write a generous mining code for companies in Colombia and a Coal Miners’ Union Denounces a History of Inequality at El Cerrejón
NB Power and NS Power buy coal from El Cerrejón, a huge open-pit coal mine in Colombia associated with human rights abuses.
Michael Skinner: On 18 October 2007, two thousand delegates at the national convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) decided in a nearly unanimous vote to demand the Government of Canada immediately withdraw the Canadian Forces from Afghanistan. CUPE is the largest union in Canada representing half a million Canadian workers. Later on the same day, CBC, the Globe and Mail, and La Presse released the results of a jointly-commissioned poll conducted in Afghanistan by the Canadian research firm Environics. The Environics poll indicates a large majority of Afghans want the Canadian Forces to remain in Afghanistan. Are the CUPE workers out of step with what most Afghans really want? I don’t think they are, based on my own experience listening to what some Afghan workers and intellectuals have to say about our occupation of their country. Instead, I am sceptical of the results of the Environics poll.
12 Former Army Captains: “As Army captains who served in Baghdad and beyond, we’ve seen the corruption and the sectarian division. We understand what it’s like to be stretched too thin. And we know when it’s time to get out.”