AAFN spokesperson sentenced to prison over Sharbot Lake uranium mining blockage

February 18, 2008

This is a Press Release about the recent prison sentence given an Ardoch Algonquin First Nation protester involved in the dispute with Frontenac Ventures over uranium mining at Sharbot Lake just north of Kingston:


BOB LOVELACE TO SERVE SIX MONTHS IN JAIL: Press release: Christian Peacemaker Teams Canada

Where Is The Justice?
Kingston, Ontario
February 15, 2008

Kingston Regional Police took Bob Lovelace away from the courthouse in handcuffs this morning to serve a six month sentence on a contempt of court charge handed down by Justice Douglas Cunningham. Lovelace, age fifty-nine, is an ex-chief and spokesperson for the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN). He is also father to seven children and an instructor at Queen’s University and Sir Sandford Fleming Community College. Justice Cunningham imposed a fine of $25,000 on Lovelace and $10,000 on his community.

Lovelace said “I am in a dilemma. I want to obey Canadian law but Algonquin law instructs me that I must preserve Creation. I must follow Algonquin law.” Judge Cunningham in his sentencing said, “There can only be one law – the law of Canada as expressed in this court.”

Co-chief Paula Sherman and Honorary Chief Harold Perry agreed to abide by the terms of an injunction which forbids them from blocking Frontenac Ventures Ltd from drilling test holes on the site or encouraging others to do so. In this way they avoided Bob Lovelace’s fate. “I want to be with Bob” said Harold “but my community does not want me to do this”. Perry is age seventy-eight and has heart problems while Paula Sherman is a single parent.

Earlier in the hearing Chief Doreen Davis and Earl Badour of the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation agreed to abide by the terms of the injunction of September 27, 2007. They must reappear in court on March 18, 2008.

Chris Reid, lawyer for AAFN, noted that there were other options available to the involved parties which would have prevented this outcome. The Province of Ontario could have removed the claimed land from the lands available to be staked and explored. Further, he observed “The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that all provinces have a duty to consult with First Nations who have even a weak claim on land before they permit any development. Ontario has not consulted with any Algonquin band about this claim”.

Ardoch Algonquin First Nation is a federally-unrecognized community and so does not receive funding from any government. They urgently need support for costs related to these trials. They are asking supporters to please send donations, made out to: “Chris Reid, in trust for the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation” at the address below:

Christopher M. Reid
Barrister & Solicitor
154 Monarch Park Ave.
Toronto, ON M4J 4R6
Tel: (416) 466-9928
Fax: (416) 466-1852

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Uranium mine will be safe, company tells Labrador community

December 1, 2007

More uranium mining in Canada, this time on Inuit lands. ‘Our mine will be safe’, says the company. Why do I have a problem believing them? How can any uranium mining company guarantee that their operations will pose no health risks and cause no contamination of water and lands? The Inuit of Labrador are right to be concerned:

Inuit leaders in Labrador are hearing different opinions about the effects of a proposed uranium mine near the coastal community of Postville.

Mining company Aurora Energy Resources brought its case for the mine to Nunatsiavut government members this week. It wants to have the mine operating by 2014.

Some Inuit have expressed worries about the mine contaminating the land, and the government is considering a ban on uranium mining.

Read rest of this CBC article here.


Greenhouse effect on Venus/Quebec & Kyoto/Global warming and world’s poor

November 29, 2007

RUNAWAY GREENHOUSE EFFECT TURNED VENUS INTO OVEN, SCIENTISTS SAY

The first data from the planetary probe Venus Express is helping scientists shape the story of how a young planet with everything needed to support life became instead a sulphurous, baking hell.

FULL STORY:

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/11/28/tech-venus-climate.html

QUEBEC TO STAND UP FOR KYOTO EVEN IF OTTAWA WON’T

Quebec has distanced itself from the Harper government’s anti-Kyoto stance and will voice its dissent at an international climate-change summit next week, the government said.

FULL STORY:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2007/11/28/qc-kyoto1128.html

GLOBAL WARMING WILL HAVE ‘MOST SEVERE’ EFFECT ON WORLD’S POOR: UN REPORT

Wealthy countries must provide at least $86 billion US to the world’s poor by 2015 to help them cope with the floods, droughts, disease and other negative effects from global warming, a new UN report says.

FULL STORY:

http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2007/11/27/climate-report.html

HEALTH NEWS:

PEDOPHILES HAVE LESS BRAIN WHITE MATTER: TORONTO STUDY

Pedophiles have significantly different brains than people without the condition, indicates new research, suggesting pedophilia may have physical causes.

FULL STORY:

http://www.cbc.ca/story/health/national/2007/11/28/pedophiles-study.html


50 FEMA mobile homes headed to California

November 7, 2007

This article was written by a Native sister in the U.S. for the Native American Times. It’s about FEMA mobile homes, trailers, and formaldehyde:

FEMA confirmed to Native American Times yesterday that 50 mobile homes from storage areas in Hope, Arkansas are on their way to aid fire victims in California. Raging wildfires have left hundreds homeless with estimates for total losses being in the millions of dollars. President Bush has declared this a disaster area in order for federal funding and relief efforts to begin flowing into the devastated areas.

FEMA has not confirmed yet whether they are sending the trailers to the La Jolla or the Rincon Indian Reservations in California that were devastated by the fires.

Read rest of this article: “50 FEMA Mobile Homes Headed to California“.


“Sicko” DVD

November 1, 2007

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Toronto: Cancer crusade press conference and rally

September 15, 2007
CARP PRESS CONFERENCE AND RALLY AT QUEEN’S PARK
TUESDAY, SEPT. 18 – 10.30 AM

CARP is working with a grass-roots citizens group, the Ontario Citizens Cancer Coalition, to make an election issue out of Ontario’s shocking record on funding cancer drugs and PET scans:

  • SECOND WORST among all Canadian provinces, in fully funding access to newer intravenous cancer drugs
  • WORST among all Canadian provinces, in funding access to PET scans


We’re already running radio commercials, and we’ve made this issue the highlight of our NoMoreWaiting web site (www.nomorewaiting.info).

We’ve also sent a letter to all three party leaders, demanding a commitment to bring Ontario to parity with BC, the leader in funding of cancer drugs, and to parity with Quebec, the leader in funding of PET scans. We hope to use the fact that there’s a provincial election set for October 10, as a means of pressuring politicians to take action.

To give our campaign wider publicity, we’re staging a press conference and rally at the Ontario legislature building, Queen’s Park, Toronto, on Tuesday, September 18 at 10.30 a.m.

We need your support! We’re encouraging all CARP members in and near the GTA to join us at this important event, and to bring as many friends and family as possible. Click here to get all the details of how you can participate.

The more people we have at the event, the more press coverage we’ll get – and the stronger our position will be with the politicians.

Thanks for giving this your attention!


An important note to our readers outside Toronto


You’re receiving this special alert edition of CARP Action Online because our subscriber database does not enable us to identify which subscribers live in Ontario or in Toronto. We therefore have to e-mail the announcement to everyone in our subscriber list. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Even if you live outside Ontario, however, you may still find the issue to be an important one.

The latest issue of CARP Action Online went out only a few days ago, but we’ve already had over 1,200 responses to our survey, which dealt with funding access to drugs. So far the results show our readers think this is a critical issue:

  • 88% strongly or somewhat agree that access to the newer drugs is going to be a major health issue going forward
  • 75% strongly or somewhat agree  that they rely on their province’s drug benefit program to help them get access to the drugs they need
  • 52% strongly or somewhat agree that they are not satisfied with their own province’s drug benefit plan
  • 94% strongly or somewhat agree that all Canadians should have the same access


So even if the Ontario record, and the results of the Ontario election, do not affect you directly, we hope you will still be interested in seeing what CARP is doing with this issue. Depending on how our campaign goes in Ontario – and, in particular, our ability to gain public attention and support during an election campaign – we may learn valuable lessons that we can apply in other provinces. We certainly welcome your ideas and comments!


No More Waiting
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VIDEO | Military Sexual Violence: Command Rape

September 8, 2007

VIDEO | Military Sexual Violence: Command Rape

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090707A.shtml

Sara Rich, the mother of Suzanne Swift, sat down with Truthout’s Geoffrey Millard to discuss the command rape her daughter experienced while stationed in Iraq during 2004-2005. Sara is joined by retired Army Colonel Ann Wright, who provides contextual insight into the military.

Two More NY Cops Die of 9/11-Related Cancer

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090707B.shtml

Larry Celona, of the New York Post, reports, “Two more cops have died of 9/11-related lung cancer, according to their families.”

Paul Krugman | Time to Take a Stand

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090707C.shtml

Paul Krugman reports for The New York Times: “Here’s what will definitely happen when Gen. David Petraeus testifies before Congress next week: he’ll assert that the surge has reduced violence in Iraq – as long as you don’t count Sunnis killed by Sunnis, Shiites killed by Shiites, Iraqis killed by car bombs and people shot in the front of the head. Here’s what I’m afraid will happen: Democrats will look at Gen. Petraeus’s uniform and medals and fall into their usual cringe.”

Scott Ritter | Reporting From Baghdad

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090707D.shtml

Scott Ritter writes for Truthdig: “Iraq has become a prestige destination for every aspiring journalist or struggling anchor, determined to get ‘the big story.’ The most recent manifestation of this syndrome is CBS News anchor Katie Couric, who earlier this week traveled to Iraq.”