An Italian judge has ordered the shutdown of a coal-fired power plant that has been blamed for at least 442 deaths. Public prosecutors had argued that pollution from the plant in Italy’s Liguria region had caused the premature deaths and between 1,700 – 2,000 cases of heart and lung disease.
On Tuesday, police followed the judge’s orders and shut down the two 330-Megawatt coal-fired units of the Vado Ligure plant. Francantonio Granero, the chief prosecutor in Savona, the government seat in Liguria, indicated in a February interview with United Press International that he was investigating the plant and its operators, (Read more…)
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because it’s been a terribly, terribly busy day for me. It will also be short because this paper is so damned irrelevant that only two things are worth talking about. One is the editorial; the other is a letter to the editor.
The editorial is a smug, arrogant, and ignorant one appearing in a paper which has constantly lied to us about its subject.
Fracking, it seems is “a good deal for Canada and for the world. WE SAY: time to move the debate from risk to benefit”
People who say different have “no evidence to the contrary.”
Well, (Read more…)
by: Canadian Human Rights Commission | Press Release
OTTAWA, March 4, 2014 – Fear of retaliation is among the top reasons why Aboriginal women in Canada won’t come forward when they experience discrimination, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) says in its Annual Report, tabled in Parliament today.
The report presents key findings from a series of roundtable discussions the CHRC held with Aboriginal women from across Canada in 2013. During the discussions, the women were invited to share their experiences. Many of their stories cited the complexity of the human rights complaint process, language barriers, lack of awareness, (Read more…)
Shorter (or paraphrased) Lisa Thompson: People mention ‘Walkerton’ as if it were a bad thing. Don’t they understand the benefits of killing off the weak?
A Colorado District Court judge ruled last week that a five year ban on hydraulic fracturing that citizens of Broomfield approved on the city’s November, 2013 local ballot is valid and can go into effect. Broomfield is one of five Colorado cities that have brought local ballot initiatives to regulate fracking activity within their borders. The others are Lafayette, Boulder, Longmont and Fort Collins. The razor-thin election results on Broomfield’s anti-fracking measure, Question 300, led to a recount which concluded the measure passed by a margin of just 20 votes out of more than 20,000 cast. The (Read more…)
Back in January, three judges in Washington, D.C.’s US Court of Appeals made a game-changing legal decision in the case of Verizon v. FCC, that would allow giant telecom conglomerates to block or slow down any content they want on their networks.
I’m glad this fear – if there ever was anyone in Quebec fearing it- was cleared up by her:
An independent Quebec would open its arms to tourists from Canada. That’s the message from Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois as sovereignty continues to be a prominent issue in the Quebec election campaign.Marois said today that Quebecers will still be able to go see the Rockies and Prince Edward Island and that Canadians from there will still be able to visit Quebec.
She’s trying to reassure soft nationalists that Canada won’t ban an independent Quebec’s people from being tourists, and (Read more…)
I’d like to think that the Parti Québécois’ “coup” in getting Pierre-Karl Péladeau to run in the upcoming provincial election will backfire because people will be just too put off by the way the PQ has sold out all its progressive values in bringing him in.
Last night I was on Montreal’s West Island in a thoroughly Anglophone area where people were looking for ways to protest the choice. They would have voted against the PQ anyway, but now they’re wondering if cancelling their cable and internet service through Péladeau’s Videotron would have any effect.
Of course, workers (Read more…)
Yesterdays repost below prompted the gears turning. A few of my own basic rules went very well with the drawing posted a few days earlier.
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…a board position, by the by, that he refuses to resign.
And, while we’re on the subject, what was he paid to lobby for bigger profits for big telcos?
Last month, a doctor from Northern Alberta asked a group of U.S. Senators to “keep up the pressure” on the Canadian government about an “ongoing tragedy” he has witnessed firsthand: a health crisis provoked by tar sands development.
Dr. John O’Connor doesn’t just claim that the Canadian government is willfully ignoring the impacts of the tar sands on the environment and human health—drastically higher incidence of some rare cancers linked to contaminants released into the air and water by tar sands development, for instance—he claims that in their blind rush to make Canada an energy superpower, Canadian offiicals have (Read more…)
The changes to Canada’s federal elections proposed in the Fair Elections Act (Bill C-23), threaten to “seriously damage the fairness and transparency of federal elections and diminish Canadians’ political participation,” according to a collective of 160 Canadian professors. The group, comprised of academics specializing in “the principles and institutions of constitutional democracy,” released an open letter Tuesday requesting the federal government “heed calls for wider consultation in vetting this Bill.”
“Beyond our specific concerns about the Bill’s provisions (see below), we are alarmed at the lack of due process in drafting the Bill and in rushing it through Parliament. (Read more…)
Me: Hey, look, Twitter’s down.
Colleague Aaron: Yeah, I know. And I can’t even tweet about it.
Expect big salmon numbers this summer. The Fraser sockeye run may be as high as 70 million. Yes, 70. And the most important sport angling species, chinook and coho, seem to be on the same meteoric route in 2014.
Fraser sockeye numbers peaked in the early 1970s and then declined, most particularly in the 20 year period from 1990 to 2009. This was the year the Cohen Commission was sent in to figure out why only 1.6 million sockeye returned to the Fraser, and just as it was getting rolling, 2010 returned more than 28.3 million Fraser sockeye (Read more…)
For a number of years I toiled in the oil industry as an engineer, and not infrequently lessons I learned from my engineering experience return to inform me in other contexts. Recently I have been thinking of the global economy in such terms, and it fails miserably to pass the test of good engineering.
When an engineer designs a bridge he doesn’t simply design the supports to meet the
Who should we be supporting as Ukraine and Russia get in a tussle?
A Rob Ford re-election victory in October would be the best thing possible for Canadian democracy. What better way to show our voting system is joke than to have an international laughing stock put back in office against the will of voters?
Fact is Ford is a largely-harmless buffoon considering the mayor of a city does not have absolute corrupt power unlike a prime minister or premier with a fake majority.
If people want to think of real pain, just imagine the Cons coming back to power for another decade in 2017 after bringing down an opposition minority (Read more…)
Thirty years of free-market reforms have caused debt and inequality to soar, hollowed out the middle class, hobbled income mobility and produced a global economic meltdown we have yet to recover from. So what’s the best way to turn things around? More free-market reforms, of course!
In 2010, Paul Krugman debunked the claim that a US-South Korea free trade deal would “create jobs” and fuel a recovery from the 2009 recession. Who is he? An expert in international trade for which he won a Nobel Prize in economics.
Four years later he turned out to be right. But who needs (Read more…)
Your news links for today:
Péladeau’s move into political spotlight casts doubt on Ottawa’s wireless ambitions – National Post Facts vs FUD: Roam Mobility vs Rogers – HowardForums
Not Recommended For You is a new website that is a reaction to all the other websites that recommend content based on what you do. Google tailors your search results so they are different than your friend’s and other websites track what you do on their sites to drive you to click more. Not Recommended For You is the opposite of that, it’s like walking through the library and discovering random books.
We’re big fans of the Internet, but not always the biggest fans of its recommendations. Our browsing history – what we’ve clicked, liked, watched or listened to – (Read more…)
I am not against free trade per se, it has its benefits in expanding markets and bringing our world together. When people are trading with each other and making money, they are much less likely to wage war on each other. However, we should not uncritically accept free trade deals. We must be cognizant of national sovereignty and jobs.
Harper is travelling to South Korea to seal a free trade deal with them, it would be Canada’s first free trade deal with an Asia-Pacific country. There are some potential benefits to this deal – in particular for Canada’s agricultural exports (Read more…)