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Monday, 27 May 2013 11:46

NO FIPPA ~ Send The Pandas Home

Come On People

The Pandas Want To Go Home

INM Send Panda Home NO FIPPA

Published in Announcements
Saturday, 11 May 2013 20:26

International Unity

Everyday thousands of Indigenous Peoples all of the World are challenged to protect all that is sacred, the land, air, water...all that is Mother Earth and every living being.  This also requires Indigenous Peoples to unite with each other Internationally and with allies.  This means we are all connected...Interpedendant and Interconnected on Mother Earth.  There is no time to wait, we need each other more than ever to TAKE A STAND for ourselves, all living, and protect ourselves from extinction.  Scientists estimate with our oceans dying due to oil industry, forestry etc...we need to rethink what "development" means...embrace "sustainability"...and accept we all need each other to exist and co-exist.

SUPPORTING THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THEIR LANDS IN THE AMAZON

WE HEAR YOU

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BLUE QUILLS FIRST NATIONS COLLEGE

MASTERS OF EDUCATION COHORT

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BRAZIL'S AMAZON RAINFOREST

Posted & Retrieved from the Support Chief Raoni Facebook Community Page

 

Letter from the courageous and inspirational Indigenous People of Brazil's Amazon Rainforest, who occupied Belo Monte for 9 days, ending today, when troops moved in to remove them."We are the people who live in the rivers where you want to build dams. We are the Munduruku, Juruna, Kayapo, Xipaya, Kuruaya, Asurini, Parakanã, Arara,fishermen and peopleswho live in riverine communities. We are Amazonian peoples and we want the forest to stand. We are Brazilians. The river and the forest are our supermarket. Our ancestors are older than Jesus Christ.

You are pointing guns at our heads. You raid our territories with war trucks and soldiers. You have made the fish disappear and you are robbing the bones of our ancestors who are buried on our lands.

You do this because you are afraid to listen to us. You are afraid to hear that we don’t want dams on our rivers, and afraid to understand why we don’t want them.

You invent stories that we are violent and that we want war. Who are the ones killing our relatives? How many white people have died in comparison to how many Indigenous people have died? You are the ones killing us, quickly or slowly. We’re dying and with each dam that is built, more of us will die. When we try to talk with you, you bring tanks, helicopters, soldiers,machineguns and stun weapons.

What we want is simple: You need to uphold the law and promote enacting legislation on free, prior and informed consent for indigenous peoples. Until that happens you need to stop all construction, studies, and police operations in the Xingu, Tapajos and Teles Pires rivers. And then you need to consult us.

We want dialogue, but you are not letting us speak. This is why we are occupying your dam-building site. You need to stop everything and simply listen to us."

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Mon, 2013-04-15 14:37ERIKA THORKELSON
 
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Experimental Lakes Founder David Schindler Says Oliver and Redford Make Canadians "Look Like a Bunch of Absolute Idiots"

 
 
 
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Once upon a time, in the beautiful land of Alberta there were magical machines that could turn sand into oil, that drew the toxins from the land and left the air and water clean and clear. It sounds like a fairy tale, but this is more or less what politicians like Premier Alison Redford and Environment Minister Joe Oliver are selling on their trips to Washington, according to scientist David Schindler.  

The founder and former director of the recently endangered Ontario Experimental Lakes Area was the keynote speaker at Carleton University’s Community Engagement Celebration on Friday. In a speech focusing on the environmental “propaganda war” Canada is facing, he said that believing in clean tar sands development is akin to believing in “magic fairies.”

“Why are people allowed to lie to the public like this? I just don’t understand this. We have to challenge them,” he said. “Obviously the people who used to challenge them, the civil servants, are no longer allowed to...READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

 

I remember sitting in a meeting in 2011 to listen to the results of an Soil Ingestion Study I was involved in and lead by Dr. Jules Blais of the University of Ottawa. Dr. Schindler and many other key scientists were present during the presentation to review the results of the study.  Anyways, after review of results, I remember, from across the table, an associate of Dr. Schindler's said, "the people need to realize the power of the treaties because it's those treaties that will save the planet" (unquote) ~ Shannon M Houle

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Published in Global News
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 18:27

SUNCOR OIL SPILL FINALLY MAKES THE NEWS

 

 
BY KAREN KLEISS, EDMONTON JOURNAL MARCH 26, 2013

 

EDMONTON - A waste-water pipe at Suncor’s oilsands plant leaked into a pond of treated water Monday, and the resulting diluted water flowed into the Athabasca River, a company official said Tuesday.

Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said a pipe froze and burst, causing a leak that was discovered by an operator during rounds, which happens each shift. The pipe was 10 centimetres in diameter.

It is not known how much waste water flowed into the pond, which contained water that had already been treated and was ready to be returned to the river.

Communities downstream from the plant were notified about the incident and tests are underway to determine if the river water has been affected. Tests results will be available in the coming days.

Both the company and government officials emphasized they are taking the incident seriously.

“We have determined that some process-affected water went into that partially frozen outfall pond and then to an approved discharge point, where it was then diluted with water that is approved for and intended for release,” Seetal said. “From there it would have flowed into the river.”

“An approved discharge point is an area approved by regulators for water to flow into the river,” Seetal said.

“Process-affected water” is water used in Suncor’s extraction and upgrading process that has not yet been treated, Seetal said.

Environment Minister Diana McQueen was not available to comment Tuesday, but press secretary Wayne Wood said the government is taking the incident “very, very seriously.

“What happened at Suncor is a good example that our system does work, that our crews are able to respond very quickly to these kinds of situations and make sure that industry is meeting its obligations,” Wood said.

“We are being very diligent in making sure that we’re open and transparent about this particular incident, and when we have the results of the water sampling delivered to us we’ll make sure that Albertans know what those results are, in particular those Albertans who are in the immediate area.”

Seetal said the leak was reported to the province about 1 p.m. Monday, but Alberta Environment spokeswoman Jessica Potter said the province learned of the incident at 1:45 p.m.

Potter said the Alberta Environment Support and Emergency Response Team (ASERT) was immediately dispatched to the site and the flow was reduced to a trickle by 2:30 p.m. The leak was fixed by 4 p.m.

The ASERT team handed the file to a regional compliance officer Monday evening. The compliance officer will review the incident and can recommend charges under Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, if he or she determines they are warranted.

Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation expressed concerns about protection of the environment in northern Alberta.

“As chief of a downstream community in the region, this type of incident is of great concern and substantiates my community’s longtime concerns of the negative and adverse impacts this industry has on our ecosystem, traditional lands and cultural rights,” Adam said in a statement.

Jennifer Grant, oilsands director at the Pembina Institute, urged the province and the company to be fully transparent about what happened and the investigation that ensued.

“This is another example of the fact that there is no energy project without risk,” Grant said. “The environmental risks of developing the oilsands needs to be backstopped by rigorous oversight and enforcement.”

Greenpeace Canada spokesman Mike Hudema said Albertans should not have to worry whether their drinking water is safe.

“Many of the chemicals in tar sands operations are known carcinogens and extremely toxic,” Hudema said. “It’s time the government stepped in and stopped these companies from operating until they can prove they can do it without impacting communities or the environment.”

 

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24 hrs after Suncor's tailing pipe burst, spilling toxic chemicals (several of which may be carcinogenic) for FOUR hours onto Alberta's landscape and waterways we still:
1) Don't have pictures of the event;
2) Don't know the chemicals that were released;
3) Don't know how much was released;
4) Don't know how the release was discovered; or
5) How close the release was to the Athabasca river

SUNCOR, Redford - time for some answers!!

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