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The Common Sense Canadian home page: Life on Peace River threatened by dam

Peace Valley resident Caroline Beam describes life on the river and the myriad wildlife threatened by proposed Site C Dam. “Living as close to the Peace River as a home can legally get, my family watches a daily nature show that few people realize exists. I would like to share with you a snapshot of . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Life on Peace River threatened by dam

The Common Sense Canadian home page: 11 Reasons to Divest from Fossil Fuels

There is a robust debate happening in university halls, around religious congregations, and at individual kitchen tables nationwide. The driving question: Should we divest from the fossil fuel industry? The next 20 years will be unlike the last 50 years. We are entering a stage of discontinuity thanks to ecological and economic change. We are . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: 11 Reasons to Divest from Fossil Fuels

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Video: Kinder Morgan, Coal Ports could turn Vancouver into ‘Carbon Corridor’

Check out this new video from the Wilderness Committee and Vancouver filmmaker Dan Pierce, titled “Save the Salish Sea”. The 5 min film details the vision to transform Vancouver into a “carbon corridor” to export fossil fuels to new markets. Says Wilderness Committee Climate Campaigner Eoin Madden, “This is the most important place in the . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Video: Kinder Morgan, Coal Ports could turn Vancouver into ‘Carbon Corridor’

The Common Sense Canadian home page: First Nations Slam Harper Government’s Legal Argument for Canada-China Trade Deal

Last week the Federal Court of Canada heard oral arguments from the Hupacasath First Nation and the Harper Government on Hupacasath’s legal action regarding the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA). In response to First Nations concerns of infringement on their inherent Aboriginal Title and Rights and lack of consultation the Hupacasath First . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: First Nations Slam Harper Government’s Legal Argument for Canada-China Trade Deal

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Canada’s Energy Strategy: Not Just a Federal-Provincial Issue

Last month, three Canadian premiers provided a public update on interprovincial efforts to develop a national energy strategy. While their update on the Council of the Federation’s plans opened a needed window on the negotiations, missing from public discussions so far is any reference to the stakes – and potential roles – for municipalities in . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Canada’s Energy Strategy: Not Just a Federal-Provincial Issue

The Common Sense Canadian home page: New Report: Canada-EU Trade Agreement Threatens Fracking Bans

The Council of Canadians, along with the Transnational Institute and Corporate Europe Observatory, released a report this week examining the threat that a proposed Canada-EU free trade deal would have on a community’s ability to implement fracking regulations and fracking bans on both sides of the Atlantic. Canada began negotiations with Europe on the Comprehensive . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: New Report: Canada-EU Trade Agreement Threatens Fracking Bans

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Concerns Raised About Metro Vancouver’s Plan to Turn Drinking Water into Hydro Power

Metro Vancouver is quite far along in a proposal to harness hydro power from our drinking water spillways at the Capilano reservoir’s Cleveland Dam and also at the Seymour reservoir. Although at first glance it might seem like a good idea, this plan introduces a new and potentially competing factor affecting the allocation of our . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Concerns Raised About Metro Vancouver’s Plan to Turn Drinking Water into Hydro Power

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Top 10 Reasons to Save Howe Sound’s McNab Creek from a Gravel Mine

In beautiful Howe Sound on the Sunshine Coast we have the beginning of yet another environmental travesty, where there has been no public consultation and which has had virtually no coverage in the mainstream media. If permitted to go ahead, Burnco Rock Products will build an aggregate mine in the midst of the McNab Valley . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Top 10 Reasons to Save Howe Sound’s McNab Creek from a Gravel Mine

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Clark Misses the Mark with 5-Point Criteria for Enbridge

The competition has been tight, but I think Christy Clark has finally won the prize for the Canadian Leader most out of touch with her constituents. On her new 5-point criteria regarding the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project, she strikes out on 4 out of the 5 points…Clark insists we must have “world-leading marine oil spill . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Clark Misses the Mark with 5-Point Criteria for Enbridge

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Government Pushes Raven Coal Mine to Next Stage, Comox Valley Residents Remain Defiant

Despite widespread public concern and opposition, and the lack of a social license being granted by the residents of the Comox Valley and Port Alberni, the EA process continues to move forward. However, the huge public outcry over the coal mine proposal is growing louder every day and the communities impacted by the Raven Mine . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Government Pushes Raven Coal Mine to Next Stage, Comox Valley Residents Remain Defiant

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Kinder Morgan Plan to Twin Pipeline Triggers Community Concern in Wake of Sumas Mountain Oil Spill

Less than two months after a major oil spill at Kinder Morgan’s Sumas Mountain tank farm, the company announced plans to twin their existing trans mountain infrastructure. The most recent rupture of January 24th leaked approximately 110,000 liters of crude oil, raising major concern from local residents with regards to health and environmental effects…Over the . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Kinder Morgan Plan to Twin Pipeline Triggers Community Concern in Wake of Sumas Mountain Oil Spill

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Veteran North Coast Fisherman Warns of Serious Navigational Risks to Supertankers

John Brajcich and his family have been fishing the north and central coast of BC since the 1930’s, providing them with intimate knowledge of its many navigational hazards. Here, Mr. Brajcich outlines his concerns about proposed supertanker traffic through these waters: “This route would be extremely dangerous to tanker traffic. Using the Otter Pass route, . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Veteran North Coast Fisherman Warns of Serious Navigational Risks to Supertankers

The Common Sense Canadian home page: The Myth About Pipeline Jobs and the True Ownership of the Alberta Tar Sands

As many economists have pointed out, and our PM who claims to be an economist refuses to hear, every petro-state has an inflated value to their currency. We already know that we are not doing as well in the export field because our dollar is high in comparison the US dollar, and products such as . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: The Myth About Pipeline Jobs and the True Ownership of the Alberta Tar Sands

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Cross Border Deal’s Grave Threats to Canadian Food Security

Will Canadians see higher levels of pesticide and herbicide residues on our vegetables and fruits as American standards are adopted? Will we see a proliferation of GMO crops which are dangerous to human and animal health? Will more GMO foods begin hitting our dinner plates? Will Canadians see toxic but FDA-approved Gulf Coast seafood, or . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Cross Border Deal’s Grave Threats to Canadian Food Security

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Is Canada Dropping the Ball on Sustainable Waste Management?

Once upon a time North American waste activists looked to Canada for cutting edge moves towards sustainable waste management. Looking back we remember the ban on incineration by the Ontario NDP; the blue box program; the pay-by bag systems; EPR in Vancouver; Ottawa’s Take it Back program; Toronto’s declaration of a Zero Waste program . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Is Canada Dropping the Ball on Sustainable Waste Management?

The Common Sense Canadian home page: US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Plan’s Orwellian Transportaion Pact

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of three articles by Nelle Maxey examining the wide-ranging ramifications for the Canadian public, economy and environment of the new Canada-US Border Security Deal and its ancillary agreements.

With my first article on this topic I set the background for Canada’s new trade deal with the US . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Plan’s Orwellian Transportaion Pact

The Common Sense Canadian home page: US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Plan’s Orwellian Transportation Pact

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of three articles by Nelle Maxey examining the wide-ranging ramifications for the Canadian public, economy and environment of the new Canada-US Border Security Deal and its ancillary agreements.

With my first article on this topic I set the background for Canada’s new trade deal with the US . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Plan’s Orwellian Transportation Pact

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Border Security Deal’s Ugly Twin Carries Major Energy and Environmental Implications for Canada

Harper’s government officially announced in recent weeks a new Border Security deal with the US. However, little press space was given to the ugly twin of this deal – the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and their “Joint Action Plan”. The RCC was set up to “streamline” regulations in four economic sectors engaged . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Border Security Deal’s Ugly Twin Carries Major Energy and Environmental Implications for Canada

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Border Security Deal’s Ugly Twin Carries Major Energy and Environmental Implications for Canada

Harper’s government officially announced in recent weeks a new Border Security deal with the US. However, little press space was given to the ugly twin of this deal – the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and their “Joint Action Plan”. The RCC was set up to “streamline” regulations in four economic sectors engaged . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Border Security Deal’s Ugly Twin Carries Major Energy and Environmental Implications for Canada

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Comox Valley Ready for Civil Disobedience as "Insane" Raven Coal Mine Review Pushed Forward

A little over two years ago we held a town hall meeting in Fanny Bay, where a standing room only crowd discussed the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project. It was at this meeting that concerned citizens formed CoalWatch Comox Valley. The events over the past two years have revealed many interesting . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Comox Valley Ready for Civil Disobedience as "Insane" Raven Coal Mine Review Pushed Forward

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Comox Valley Ready for Civil Disobedience as "Insane" Raven Coal Mine Review Pushed Forward

A little over two years ago we held a town hall meeting in Fanny Bay, where a standing room only crowd discussed the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project. It was at this meeting that concerned citizens formed CoalWatch Comox Valley. The events over the past two years have revealed many interesting . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Comox Valley Ready for Civil Disobedience as "Insane" Raven Coal Mine Review Pushed Forward

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Tsilhqot’in Justice Prevails…For Now

It was a day of polarities to be sure. Whether it was planned or coincidence (though many First Nations will tell you there are no coincidences), December 2nd began with Taseko Mines Ltd. (TML) president and CEO Russell Hallbauer beaming with approval at the pro-mining speech given by Minister of Energy and Mines, Rich . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Tsilhqot’in Justice Prevails…For Now

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Tsilhqot’in Justice Prevails…For Now

It was a day of polarities to be sure. Whether it was planned or coincidence (though many First Nations will tell you there are no coincidences), December 2nd began with Taseko Mines Ltd. (TML) president and CEO Russell Hallbauer beaming with approval at the pro-mining speech given by Minister of Energy and Mines, Rich . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Tsilhqot’in Justice Prevails…For Now

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Why Culture Matters: Prosperity Mine’s Impacts on the People and Land of the Nemaiah Valley

Editor’s Note: In the wake of two major developments regarding the highly controversial proposed Prosperity Mine – the Harper Government’s decision to provide Taseko Mines a new environmental review for an alternate version of the project and the BC go… . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian home page: Why Culture Matters: Prosperity Mine’s Impacts on the People and Land of the Nemaiah Valley

antigonemagazine.wordpress.com: “Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.”

These postcards were sent by the Young Women Leaders Program, a mentoring program sponsored by the UCF Women’s Studies Program. YWLP originated at the University of Virginia, and UCF launched the program in the Orlando community. YWLP promotes middle school girls’ leadership abilities, pairing collegiate women with middle school girls.

What . . . → Read More: antigonemagazine.wordpress.com: “Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.”