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 Oil Sands  Propaganda

Quoted from the AAEV:( Environmental Voters Party of Canada) : “Harper intends to make toothless most of the legal and regulatory framework that protects Canada’s environment and animals. The Species at Risk Act, the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the National Energy Board, all these and more are being gutted, hamstrung, neutered to give Harper-friendly industries unfettered license to degrade, to destroy, to kill the environment and animals. All to fuel their reckless drive for profit – and damn the cost!”

In a message from Director, Liz White:

 

“The Harper Conservatives have declared war on environmental charities.  They’ve threatened them with the Canada Revenue Agency persecuting them and revoking their charitable status if they speak out honestly and accurately about Canada’s most environmentally destructive industries.  It’s for this reason that Dr. David Suzuki was forced to resign from his own foundation.  It was the only way he could be free to speak out.”

 

“The Minister at the Canada Revenue Agency which the Conservatives will use to persecute environmental charities is none other than Gail Shea, the former Fisheries Minister who waged war on harp seals and grey seals with deceit, bogus science, and baseless slander against animal protection groups.  She’ll relish persecuting green charities.”

We continue to be inundated with high cost television ads touting the benefits of continued Oil Sands development and expansion. Our tax dollars fuel the placement of this advertisement.  We continue to have our own Canadian researchers allegedly gagged when new findings need to be revealed to the public.

We continue to bathed in propaganda…..what we are not bathed in are facts….

As a concerned Environmentalist I strongly suggest that the sites below be visited.

http://oilsandstruth.org/

http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/tar-sands/publications/tar-sands-environmental-justice-health

http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2012/11/the-alberta-tar-sands-and-first-nations-health/

To quote a recent article in the Northern Journal, one of the best publications, at least in my opinion, that comes out of Canada’s Arctic region and which has no fear of presenting the truth to its readers:

“Fish deformities in Alberta,US linked to oil pollution: scientist”

Excerpts are taken from the article written by Meagan Wohlberg in the Northern Journal, Vol.36 No.48

“Renowned scientist David Schindler says deformities found on fish in the Athabasca River..are remarkably similar to those found on fish in the Gulfs of Mexico and Alaska following devastating oil spills.”

Schindler, a scientist with the University of Alberta, helped to link ‘carcinogenic contaminants found in the nearby snowpack in northeastern Alberta’ to the ‘oilsands upgraders’.

Schindler stated in his letter to Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment and Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, according to the Northern Journal:

“Given the parallels in the cases from various locations, it seems likely that some chemical or suite of chemicals in crude oil is causing the malformations.”  Here he is referring to the “remarkable similarities” (abnormalities) found on the fish found in the Athabasca River as well as in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe and as well in the Gulf of Alaska after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  Deformities in fish found in the Great Lakes within the areas where there is heavy industrialization also points at the poisonous effect of industrial waste contaminants .

Schindler has also requested that the outdoor lab  (The Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario (ELA) be kept open as it is under threat of closure due to the decision of the Federal Government to cut the $2M yearly funding it receives.  The only outdoor lab of its kind in the world, has been shut down temporarily in March, while the Feds are looking for ‘a new group to take it over’ according to the Northern Journal.

According to Schindler, Environment Canada scientists do a very good job of monitoring the river, however, as Mr. Schindler also states “it will be impossible to determine which chemicals are responsible for the malformations in the complex chemical soup downstream of oilsands mining.”

These PAH’s : “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, alkylated derivatives or closely related dibenzothiphenes” are “suspected or known to cause cancer, mutations or deformities in embryos  and are linked to immune suppression.”

Bloggers Notations:

With the gutting of Environmental Protection in Canada, our waterways and land, our environment period, is now suffering the consequences.  Open Season on the Traditional Way of Life for First Nations, and the overall Canadian environment/heritage  appears to have been declared and the legacy to be left for future generations is at best questionable.

http://acfnchallenge.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/for-immediate-release-fort-chipewyan-community-alarmed-two-deformed-and-lesion-covered-fish-caught-in-lake-athabasca/

THE FIGHT TO SAVE OUR HERITAGE, OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR CANADA!!!

IN THE NEWS:

NORTHERN JOURNAL www.srj.ca

“Norway church backs Dene Oilsands fight”…”Bishop, Sami Parliament ask Statoil to pull out of Alberta”

by Meagan Wohlberg

Excerpt:  ” A prominent bishop in Norway is the latest luminary to throw some weight behind Francois Paulette’s campaign against the oil sands, which took the Dene elder from Smith’s Landing First Nation on a tour of the Scandinavian country this month”……”all 12 bishops of the Church of Norway have joined opposition to Canada’s oil sands in solidarity with Canada’s indigenous peoples.”

“ACFN heads to Shell AGM in Netherlands

by Meagan Wohlberg

Excerpt:  ” Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is sending a representative to the Hague in the Netherlands this week to confront shareholders of oil sands company Royal Dutch Shell at their annual general meeting May 22.”…”The First Nation is adamantly rejecting Shell’s two future oilsands project proposals, the Jackpine mine expansion and Pierre River mine.”

“Majority of oilsands companies foreign-owned – Report hits back at attack on ‘foreign funded environmentalists’

By Meagan Wohlberg

Excerpt:  “A report by environmental group ForestEthics Advocacy shows that 71 percent of all oil sands production is owned by foreign companies.”

Bloggers Note:  Co-founder of ForestEthics, Tzeporah Berman, is quoted in this article as saying “With the majority of profits from the tar sands operations flowing to foreign companies, we need to ask in whose interest is the Government of Canada under Prime Minister Harper serving?”

15 oil companies were looked at in the review, nine have headquarters in Canada and ForestEthics found that over 50% of all nine of these headquartered in Canada are actually owned by foreign interests.

Excerpt:  ” The study also found that over (51.1 percent) of all oil and gas operating revenue in Canada went to foreign entities, such as China.  According to Skuce, Canada is quickly becoming China’s “resource colony.””

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Ecologist Craig Downer speaks out against using PZP in the Pryors

http://protectmustangs.org/?p=4178

Protect Mustangs’ Advisory Board member offers holistic management based on Reserve Design as opposed immunocontraceptives approved by the EPA as pesticides 

Please click the above LINK in order to read Craig’s full letter

Thank you.

Please also take this PLEDGE.  Thank you.

http://www.causes.com/actions/1706663-raise-public-awareness-of-the-genocide-being-committed-upon-americas-last-remaining-wild-horses-burros

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Tundra Voices

Keystone XL: Oil Sands Health Concerns Rise Downstream Of Expanding Extraction

Posted: 04/27/2013 9:18 am EDT  |  Updated: 04/27/2013 4:02 pm EDT

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/27/keystone-xl-oil-sands-health_n_3164615.html?utm_hp_ref=green

Excerpt:

“Now, you can’t drink water from the river. It’s too dangerous,” Ladouceur told The Huffington Post, taking a break from chopping wood. “We’re seeing deformed fish, which I’d never seen in my whole entire years. And something in that water is killing the muskrats.”

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Pichou has been in a shelter which is in a pitiful condition and technically shut down . He has been there for OVER one year. He spends hours and hours alone; just a volunteer a couple of times a week to feed him and clean his kennel.  A few words from Pichou:  Hi, have you ever felt you got the blame for something that was not totally your fault? Hmmm, I think I have. I am stuck in a shelter which they say is in a pitiful condition. I’m told I look ‘great and seem friendly” but that I am unpredictable because my story has taken a toll on me. Boy, do I ever want out of this shelter to be given a chance to show them! My friend Rosa got out the other day. I am so happy for her as she was stressed as well and had stopped eating due to something they called ‘depression’. I think I may have it because I am stressed being here. If I could go on walks, outings, see different things, meet people, go to obedience classes and be trained by an experienced / professional so I could improve my behaviour, boy, that would be my dream. Could you please make my dream come true?  I could be trained to know food doesn’t have to be guarded as it wouldn’t be taken away from me by other dogs or people. I am not good with cats as I have a high prey drive and not good with children. Could you take me to a new owner or rescue that could help to what they call “rehabilitate” me, where I could go for walks and outings, see more people and scenery on a regular basis, someone to trust and love . Boy that is my dream and I keep dreaming it!  

Picho 1 Pichou 2

 

A few words from his volunteer: Pichou deserves a chance. He has been in this awful shelter far too long, since November 2011. When you factor in the long hours spent alone, minimal people contact, no outings, walks, exercise, regular routine, nothing different to see, no-one to trust or love him, plus the fact that he gets minimum time to be fed and clean his cage, it’s no wonder he is unstable and doesn’t trust or respect new people. Only one person has worked with him, trying different things. Its a trust issue for Pichou, he has no one he can trust, no one who truly loves him and shows him love and respect.  Its sad to know from one volunteer who saw him over a year ago, that he was at that time, he was the happiest dog to be rescued. Now one year later, with other dogs coming and going, some who he got along with and some not, the isolation, it has all taken a toll on him. He needs a miracle to find the right person to work with him as he is not trustworthy in his present state. Miracles do happen, right? Pichou’s history helps to understand why he is who he is now. He needs someone with whom he can learn to trust again. We desperately need to find this special person which is why we are knocking at your door. Let us know if you want to meet Pichou. That might help you make the decision. PLEASE!  Post, email, FB, share with everyone you know. That special person is out there. Pichou is special – lets help them meet each other.  Do not hesitate to contact me for any information you may need or question you may have regarding dear Pichou.  please contact alexiapearce@rogers.com

 

 

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Being off on Wednesday and Friday afternoons is now something that I enjoy.  It allows me extra time to spend with family (Mom and the furballs).  It also allows me to spend more time with LOKI and any of his friends that accompany him.
 
Sarg and Loki were here quite awhile Friday.  I heard my boys barking while they were outside and looking out my back window, poor Sarg had gotten trapped in some very deep snow in the ravine behind my home and he could not get out.

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      Loki was with him, and was trying to help lift him by using his nose and head.  The more Sarg struggled the deeper he sank and Loki was very upset.  Sarg is about 14 years old.  Sarg looked exhausted.   The snow remains up to my own waist in that area.

Sarg

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     I hurried and got dressed to go out back to help while mom gently coaxed Sarg and Loki thru my bedroom window.

  By the time I got outside, both Loki and Sarg were in my driveway.  Loki had managed to get Sarg out.  The love and loyalty these two have for each other is a lesson to all of humanity.
 
  I took out fresh water and chunks of rollover for them both.  Sarg had a long drink and I could tell he was tired out.  I gave a little rollover to him and he laid with his head on my lap while Loki ate.  I was outside with them almost an hour.

   While LOKI lounged in my driveway, April 2013 latest 042keeping a watchful eye on his buddy, Sarg stretched out on my deck when I went inside and LOKI stayed with him.   He would not leave is friend and I made frequent trips back outside myself.

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They were here about 2 1/2 hours together.  I was so scared for Sarg, at that age he could have had a heart attack.

Needless to say I now keep a very watchful eye on that area near my backyard.

Truly these two beautiful animals have bonded in a way that is priceless.  The younger LOKI being so diligent and concerned with the welfare of his elder friend and companion.

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Calgary muzzles artists critical of tar sands

by Rob Maguire on April 17, 2013

http://artthreat.net/2013/04/calgary-artists-oil-free-coast/

President Obama Slams Climate Deniers on Twitter

http://desmogblog.com/2013/04/25/president-obama-slams-climate-deniers-twitter

Fracking Our National Parks: America’s Best Idea Threatened By Oil and Gas Addiction

http://desmogblog.com/2013/04/27/fracking-our-national-parks-america-s-best-idea-threatened-american-oil-and-gas-addiction

Breaking: Enbridge Pipeline Spills in Minnesota (Updates original)

http://desmogblog.com/2013/04/24/another-pipeline-leak-enbridge-alberta-clipper-line-67-leaking-tar-sands-bitumen

 

Animal Justice Canada wants the chicken killer artist to be charged

http://www.examiner.com/article/animal-justice-canada-wants-the-chicken-killer-artist-to-be-charged

Obama Moves to Block Horse Slaughter

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/business/obama-moves-to-block-slaughter-of-horses-for-meat.html?_r=2&

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Good News from the EU has come in.

Attempts to overturn the EU ban on Canadian Commercial Seal Products have been on going and the Canadian Government has spent millions in their pro-slaughter campaigns as well as we all know.

EU SealsThere is a huge difference between Inuit who hunt seals to provide food for their families and who DO NOT waste any part of the seals that are killed humanely and the Commercial Sealers who club seal pups and often skin them alive for the sole purpose of profit.

The debate has raged on for decades and despite the World Wide Protests  the Canadian Government has allowed this mass and horrific slaughter to continue despite the fact that the EU banned the importation of seal products obtained in this manner some time ago.

We have all seen the horrific pictures and videos published by major Animal Welfare Groups around the world.

Well, this time, there are no graphic and bloody pictures to include in this post.  Instead, please click on the Press Release to the left and read some good news for a change.

Anyone wishing a complete copy of the Judgement can contact me, and I will try to send via email to you.

Below is an Excerpt contained in the EU Judgment:

JUDGMENT OF THE GENERAL COURT (Seventh Chamber)

25 April 2013 (*)

(Trade in seal products – Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 – Detailed rules for implementation – Regulation (EU) No 737/2010 – Prohibition on placing such products on the market – Exception in favour of Inuit communities – Plea of illegality – Legal basis – Subsidiarity – Proportionality – Misuse of powers )

Judgment

 Facts, procedure and forms of order sought

1        On 16 September 2009, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 on trade in seal products (OJ 2009 L 286, p. 36) (‘the basic regulation’), which, according to Article 1 thereof, has as its purpose the establishment of harmonised rules concerning the placing on the market of seal products.

2        Article 3(1) of the basic regulation provides:

‘The placing on the market of seal products shall be allowed only where the seal products result from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities and contribute to their subsistence. These conditions shall apply at the time or point of import for imported products.’

3        Recital 14 in the preamble to the basic regulation states in that regard that the fundamental economic and social interests of Inuit communities engaged in the hunting of seals as a means to ensure their subsistence should not be adversely affected. According to that recital, the hunt is an integral part of the culture and identity of the members of the Inuit society, and as such is recognised by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Therefore, the placing on the market of seal products which result from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities and which contribute to their subsistence should be allowed.

4        It follows from Article 3(4) and Article 5(3) of the basic regulation that measures for, inter alia, the implementation of the authorisation in favour of Inuit communities have to be adopted by the European Commission.

5        Article 8 of the basic regulation provides that, although that regulation is to enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, Article 3 is to apply from 20 August 2010.

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38      Similarly, recitals 4 and 5 in the preamble to the basic regulation state that ‘[t]he hunting of seals has led to expressions of serious concerns by members of the public and governments sensitive to animal welfare considerations’ because of the suffering caused to those animals when they were killed and skinned, and that it was. ‘[i]n response to concerns of citizens and consumers about … animal welfare … and the possible presence on the market of products obtained from animals killed and skinned in a way that causes … suffering, [that] several Member States [had] adopted or intend[ed] to adopt legislation regulating trade in seal products by prohibiting the import and production of such products, while no restrictions [were] placed on trade in these products in other Member States’.

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42      Moreover, it should be noted that the protection of animal welfare is a legitimate objective in the public interest, the importance of which was reflected, in particular, in the adoption by the Member States of the Protocol on the protection and welfare of animals, annexed to the EC Treaty (OJ 1997 C 340, p. 110). Moreover, the Court has held on a number of occasions that the interests of the Union include the health and protection of animals (judgment of 10 September 2009 in Case C‑100/08 Commission v Belgium, not published in the ECR, paragraph 91).

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