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Treaty Negotiations under microscope: FNS political executive to appear before Standing Senate Committee

Treaty Negotiations under microscope: FNS political executive to appear before Standing Senate Committee

The political executive of the First Nations Summit are travelling to Ottawa this week to provide testimony on the state of Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.

Grand Chief Edward John, Chief Doug White and Dan Smith will appear before the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples on Wednesday February 15th to provide a First Nations perspective on the negotiations process in BC.

Approval of Jasper development ignores public outcry

Approval of Jasper development ignores public outcry

Banff, Alberta– Over the objections of almost 200,000 citizens, the federal government has approved the proposed “Brewster Glacier Discovery Walk” in Jasper National Park. Conservation organizations fear that the beauty and integrity of Jasper National Park are being surrendered to commercial interests, opening the door for more for-profit businesses to capitalize on the splendour of Canada’s most loved and protected landscapes.

Don’t frack with our water, say majority of Canadians in new poll

Don’t frack with our water, say majority of Canadians in new poll

The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, is facing mounting opposition across the country. A new Environics Research poll commissioned by the Council of Canadians has found that 62% of Canadians support “a moratorium on all fracking for natural gas until all the federal environmental reviews are complete”.

Bow down Canadians, corporations are king

Bow down Canadians, corporations are king

Two recent stories out of Ottawa underline the ongoing political and economic assault on ordinary Canadians. More Canadians are now working for low wages than at any time in decades, continuing a trend that began in the early 1990s, and Stephen Harper has announced major changes to retirement benefits — including delaying Old Age Security (OAS) eligibility to age 67.

Local MP Atamanenko slams Harper's Old Age Security review

Local MP Atamanenko slams Harper's Old Age Security review

Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior, is angered by the Harper government's recent announcement that the Conservatives are looking at making changes to the Old Age Security pension. The government claims that the present system is becoming unsustainable because of the aging demographics of Canadians. Harper's surprise plan included a proposal to raise the age a person can start to collect OAS from 65 to 67.

Ecojustice asks pipeline panel to affirm its impartiality in the face of government interference

Ecojustice asks pipeline panel to affirm its impartiality in the face of government interference

Ecojustice is calling on regulators overseeing public hearings on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project to investigate and comment on whether remarks made by the Government of Canada in recent weeks have damaged the integrity of what is supposed to be a fair and objective process.

“Comments made in recent weeks by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver have cast a dark shadow over what is supposed to be a fair and open process, independent of politics,” said Devon Page, Ecojustice executive director.

Stephen Harper and the Big Oil Party of Canada

Stephen Harper and the Big Oil Party of Canada

Where will you be and what will you be doing when the first giant oil tanker, (there will be two plying the waters every three days) carrying over 200,000 gallons of tar sands goop diluted with solvent, spills its load into the pristine waters of the northern BC coast?

MP Pension Reform Needed, say Greens

Green Party leader, Elizabeth May

The Green Party of Canada is in full agreement that reform is needed for Member of Parliament pension plans. 

“Examining how best to reform pensions of MPs is completely in line with what I’ve been calling for in terms of greater financial accountability from our elected representatives,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May. 

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke dies from injuries

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke lost her battle nine days after crashing at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah, dying Thursday at the age of 29.
Burke was injured Jan. 10 while training at a personal sponsor event at the Park City Mountain resort.

The native of Squamish, B.C. fell during a training session at a personal sponsor event and was airlifted to a hospital in Salt Lake City.

“Our hearts go out to Sarah's husband Rory and her entire family, Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge said in a statement.

Greens say Health Canada failed to reveal radioactivity in rainwater

Green Party leader, Elizabeth May

The Green Party of Canada said despite public concern over fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Health Canada failed to report higher than normal radioactive iodine levels in rainwater. 

The Greens have been calling for Canada to increase transparency around possible radioactive contamination in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

“We were worried that this important information would not reach the public and unfortunately, it looks as if we were right,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich Gulf Islands in a written press release.

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