Posts Tagged ‘canada’

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Canada Wants Technology for the Holidays! ( video available in HD )

10/11/2011

Happy Holidays! (video available in HD)

(statistics provided by canada newswire article, Nov. 2011 – vital vision)

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Canadian Environment Law Assc. Publishes Report About CETA Negative Environmental Effects

14/10/2011

Improve the Canadian and European-Union trade agreement to better protect the environment, says Canadian Environmental Law Association

TORONTO, Oct. 14, 2011 /CNW/ -Today, the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) published a report about the negative environmental effects that could result from the Canadian and European-Union trade agreement, currently in its final stages of negotiations. The proposed trade agreement is the most comprehensive trade agreement to which Canada has ever been a party. It is set to be negotiated in Ottawa from October 17 – 21; its 10th and likely final round. According to CELA’s report, if major drafting changes are not made, the ability of government, both national and local, to enact public interest environmental measures could be compromised.

TOP 10 REASONS WHY CETA IS BAD

Theresa McClenaghan, CELA’s Executive Director, says “it is critical that trade agreements to which Canada is a party are carefully drafted so that public interest environmental laws are protected. Otherwise, economic arguments can be used against enacting or enforcing strong environmental laws.”

Some of the most controversial elements potentially proposed for the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) include the unprecedented liberalization of essential public services, such as water, and the inclusion of a controversial investor-state dispute settlement clause. The narrow definition of ‘environmental laws’ and narrow exceptions for those ‘environmental laws’ from stringent liberalization provisions are also of concern. All of these proposals would restrict national and sub-national levels of Canadian government from enacting environmental laws in the public interest.

CETA is only the second time in Canadian history where parties to a trade agreement include provinces, and the first time that municipalities are bound. These cause CELA further concern because CETA, as presently drafted, will open up local regulations and policies of provinces and municipalities to direct competition and challenge from European corporations.

CETA’s impact on future economic, social, and environmental development in Canada and the EU will be considerable. For these reasons, the Canadian Environmental Law Association’s report insists that this agreement presents a critical opportunity for the inclusion of clear and strong environmental safeguards to ensure sustainable economic development in Canada and improve on environmental standards established in pre-existing trade agreements.

For the CELA analysis and drafting recommendations, see the report at
http://www.cela.ca/publications/report-environmental-impact-canadian-european-union-comprehensiveeconomic-
and-trade-ag.

For further information:Theresa McClenaghan, Canadian Environmental Law Association, 416-960-2284 ext. 219, c: (416) 662-8341

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Organic Week rolls out across Canada

13/10/2011

OTTAWA, Oct. 13, 2011 /CNW/ – Canada celebrates the second annual Organic Week from October 15-22, with hundreds of event partners and participating retailers showcasing organic products across the country.

OrganicWhether you’re a farmer, a food manufacturer or a good old-fashioned eater, you’re invited to join the organic harvest celebration: from film screenings and special menus in restaurants across the country, to community feasts and winery tours, to food-security meetings and organic tastings at farmers markets and retailers, both large and small. Find events in your area by visiting the Organic Week website: www.OrganicWeek.ca.

“Organic Week is a party we’re throwing for everyone who loves good, wholesome organic food, and who cares about the environment,” said Organic Week co-organizer Matthew Holmes, of the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA). “Today it’s easier than ever to find organic products, with the new Canada Organic logo and mandatory standards overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Organic Week is a way of raising awareness that good things grow in Canada.”

Organic Week has also organized a special contest for people wanting to share some of their best organic ideas: the Organic Breakfast Challenge is open to anyone in Canada who has a great recipe, picture, or memory of “Mom’s favourite” meal. A winner will be selected every day during Organic Week and will receive a basketful of great organic goodies and coupons from participating companies. Anyone can enter from the Organic Week website or Facebook page.

COTA and the Canadian Organic Growers are grateful for the generous donors that make Organic Week possible: Canadian Health Food Association, Earthbound Farms, Good Food Revolution, Manitoba Harvest, Mill St. Brewery, Nature’s Path Foods, Organic Meadow, Southbrook Winery, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Whole Foods Markets, Ambrosia Organic Apple Growers, Beau’s All Natural Brewing, Beretta Organics, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Front Door Organics, Grainworks Ltd., Homestead Organics, Horizon Organic Dairy, Nature’s Fare Markets, Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, Poplar Grove, Silk Soy Beverage, SunOpta, Taste of Nature, The Big Carrot and Wholesome Sweeteners.

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in Canada. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. COTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. COTA’s mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.

For further information:Matthew Holmes
(613) 482-1717

Organic Week website: www.OrganicWeek.ca
Organic Week on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/organicweek
Organic Breakfast Challenge: www.Facebook.com/organicweek
Organic Week on Twitter: www.twitter.com/organicweek
Organic Week event hashtag: #oweek

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Not Recycled! Study: Used Roofing Shingles Disposal in Niagara, Ontario – Environment Heads Buried in Landfill

12/10/2011

Had a discussion with a local roofer & scrapper from the Niagara Falls area.

The first thing he told me when he found out I am a sustainability consultant is that used roofing shingles in this area are simply buried in the landfill.

No recycle. No program. Nothing.

Since my focus recently has been looking at legislation & impacts of it across not only Ontario and Canada, but pretty much the entire globe, that I sometimes tend to forget about my own backyard.

I simply cannot overlook and ignore what this local small business owner had to say.

So this is where my daily study on simply one product, used roofing shingles and their disposal procedures in Niagara (& Ontario) begins.  The vision at the end of the day is to have secured some type of logical procedure to recycle & clean-up that which has already been compromised, namely the Walker Industries landfill here in Niagara Falls.

My discussion with this local roofer led me to his father, an 83 year old gentleman, who served on the Niagara Falls City Council and has been privy to much knowledge about the goings on in the environment of Niagara and Ontario.  This very knowledgeable, experienced man has pointed to the watershed destruction & compromise that has occurred as a result of shingle burial (combined with other un-biodegradeable junk) at the landfill site, affecting the townships surrounding it.  He spoke of having once approached the City to have an incineration technology put in to deal with it (a number of years ago) but that this had been dismissed.

Now it’s homework time.

1) Shingles: traditional ingredients; any scientific data available

2) Walker Industries: owns biggest landfill in Ontario; list of policies and procedures re: used shingles; description or copy of future plans

3) Understanding the local law, local traditions, local politics (OMG!) & their effects;

4) Research into history of environment of area and surrounding areas; any scientific data available

5) Creating a plan, proposal and/or solution; research into effective shingle recycling programs; research into potential of small business creation

The probability that these 5 first areas will expand into more is high.  Ask a question, get an answer = 100 more questions.

Please stay tuned and join me in observing, researching & perhaps even changing how one waste product, used roofing shingles, are disposed of in Niagara and Ontario.

But what do I know? 🙂

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The British Are Coming! Future Policy: Canada Cracked Open – Business, Environment, Laws

29/09/2011

One of Canadian Newswire’s headlines read: Ties Between UK & Canada Show Plenty of Potential.

It obviously points to the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy as clearly touted throughout the release, along with the interesting video attached as well. Go read and see it here, however, it pointed towards something else that seems to have surfaced in an underlying way.

A lean towards influencing students towards a future of ‘sustainable’ oil & gas. It’s no secret how the Feds want to double oil production in the next 10 years or so.

Feds want to double production. How can that be? POLICY. or (PC OILY)

The School of Public Policy website [indicated quite clearly in the background throughout the video] leads one to all the wonderful descriptions of enrolling and educating oneself to public policy and its intricacies and how to deal.  But as you delve deeper into who’s behind it, it makes one wonder how these students will be taught, and what they will believe is “for the better of the public interest” policy.

The credits listed for the professors are extensive and glare back of a more ominous tone that tends to lean towards a future of big business, oil & gas and re-affirming within the minds of these students that, as defined under the Canadian Federal Sustainable Development Act, these not so green and not so environmentally friendly types of energy, are sustainable.  Sustainability & Sustainable Development are such interesting definitions under that Act (OIL & GAS INCLUDED!!!) and carry such broad scope of argument that always out-shadows the precautionary principle, which is the only written terminology (as a definition) that eludes to the environment.

Here are the cracks. A list of the course Instructors, Lecturers & Supervisors.

SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

“Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies”

“… coauthor of a book on the regulation of natural gas pipelines in Canada, a text in industrial organization …”

“co-author, or co-editor of a number of books, including Human Rights and Social Technology: The New War on Discrimination (with T. E. Flanagan), … Current projects include Courting Controversy, a book that explores the rhetorical strategies used by courts to manage highly contentious public issues.”

“published extensively on Metis lands, Louis Riel, Native land rights and self determination, game theory and on recent political movements in Canada (such as the Reform party and the Conservative rise to power)”

or how about this choice credit:

“on the Energy Strategy Advisory Committee for the Government of Alberta; as an advisor to the Government of Canada on the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline Project; on the Canadian Academy of Engineering Energy Pathways Taskforce; on the Council of Canadian Academies Study on Hydrates; and, on the Boards of Directors of the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Alberta Energy Research Institute, the Canadian Energy Research Institute, and the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for In Situ Energy. ”

“research associate at Cornell University and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy.”

These professors are merely knowledge testers and gatherers and regurgitators.  They provide all this information back to our government.  The government in turn, gets the bigger picture. Information technology is surely one of the highest forms of power in the world.

The lean here seems to be towards, energy, economy, business, sustainability (always a questionable Act) that rings of oil & gas, amongst others and it just so happens to be in Alberta.

The question here should not be what credentials are being demonstrated, but the real lack of truly important credentials = any and all the ones that have to do with social issues. Are they any Dr. David Suzuki’s on the list? Since this blog leans more towards green & science & technology, let’s just go there.

No.

Cracked open, these students are most likely in for a future of believing that oil & gas are sustainable or in the worst case scenario, understand that in order to play the money and power game, they will regurgitate what their leaders are saying, and the best demonstration or acting skills always win.

This blogger understands that transition from forms of fuel that are truly not environmentally friendly or friendly to our health is not easily accomplished, but it is very possible.  This type of undue policy influence perpetuates a future of oil & gas, when we all know there are solutions, that many Canadians in fact have created/designed, exist.

The atmosphere that has been created, with our Federal Government cancelling the Oceans Management program a few weeks ago (see here) or kicking out 700 Environment Canada people (who cares what they think if they don’t do as “taught”) and keeping up a pretense that oil, gas & nuclear can somehow be sustained environmentally.

Again, it is very important to understand the real meanings, definitions and the actual laws that have been laid out in the Federal Sustainable Development Act. It is not quite what it seems to be.

And as far as the British tie, if you pay attention to the video, you will here many references to gas, business, economy etc.

This blogger just wanted to point out the possible one-sided influence at the school. Where students are taught. That run the future later. From Alberta.

As for the Military credit, one must consider all the activists, who only want to truly protect the environment and make non-violent civil dissent (which is absolutely necessary to the health of a society).  We are being ruled by a bunch of corporate oligarchs in cultural hegemony.

#NoKXL #NoTarSands

But what do I know?

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4 Significant Quakes Since September Started as Rare Earthquake Hits North West Territories, Canada

26/09/2011

UPDATE 5:50 pm EST – A 3.0 Magnitude earthquake has hit the Southern Yukon Territories of Canada. Click for USGS report.

A rare earthquake struck the Northwest Territories region of Canada late on Sunday confirmed by Natural Resources Canada (Details Here)

There have been 4 significant seismic events reported by Natural Resources Canada since September 2011 started, all above 4.1 in Magnitude – Natural Resources Canada.

The 5.3 magnitude earthquake, the strongest recorded in the province this year, struck at 7:02:57 PM local time (2:02:57 AM GMT Monday). The epicentre was located 137 km (85 miles) W of Wrigley, 205 km (127 miles) S of Norman Wells, and 617 km (383 miles) WNW of the provincial capital Yellowknife.

While seismic activity is not uncommon in the Northwest Territories, earthquakes exceeding 5 magnitude on the Richter Scale are rare.

It is very important to note for the past month at least, the west coast, especially BC (and California) have been suffering from swarms of quakes.  See here for details about BC area.

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Earthquake Drill in US, New Zealand, BC Canada Could Increase Chance of Surviving ‘Big One’

23/09/2011

Shakeout, Drop, Cover & Hold-On Drills Could Increase Chances of Survival

The force of nature keeps making itself apparent. A jolt here. A tremor there. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake off Vancouver Island Sept. 9, an apocalyptic earthquake in Japan six months ago.

With shaking going on all over, more people will pay attention to the B.C. Shakeout drill this Oct. 20 at exactly 10:20 a.m.

This time, they’ll join millions of others on the U.S. West Coast and New Zealand, all part of the Ring of Fire, and take part in the Drop, Cover and Hold-On drill that will increase chances of surviving the big one.

The drill takes only a minute and offers residents, businesses and agencies the opportunity to practise the recommended safety technique of dropping down beneath a table or chair and holding on to that while the shaking is going on. Running outside or standing beneath a doorway aren’t recommended.

While it takes only minutes, people are encouraged to register for the drill by visiting http://www.shakeoutbc.ca or e-mailing info@shakeoutbc.ca.

According to the Shakeout B.C. organizing committee, B.C. has one of the most active seismic faults in the world and has about 1,200 quakes a year.

People also are encouraged to review their emergency plans and supplies should a quake hit. With possible disruption of modern conveniences, people should have water and food and supplies on hand to last a few days following the quake.

A Shake Out drill already took place in January, but the date now has been changed to October so it coincides with drills in other countries.

source: mapleridge news

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