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Federal Threats to Free Speech: 1984 in 2013

By John Bennett 

If you felt I was reaching last week when I connected recent attacks on environmental groups & charities and the close relationship between Ethical Oil and the federal government, read this lump of coal from Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

Sierra Club Canada is named in the error-riddled piece about environmental charities. Most disturbing part is this nugget: “these outfits are heavily financed political arms of their American cousins and are actively engaging in partisan political activities”.... Read more »

Canada’s pesticide regulators want to know your thoughts about saving bees (LAST CHANCE)

By John Bennett

As you likely know by now, millions and millions of bees and other life-sustaining insect pollinators are being killed-off by neonicotinoid pesticides.

Dr. Peter Kevan is a professor in biology at the University of Guelph and a member of the Ontario Beehealth Working Group. Here’s what he recently had to say in his address to the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority:

“We have a situation with neonicotinoids now which is an exact parallel with the previous situation with DDTs...where there was broad scale use over the entire landscape, and where this poison was everywhere.... It is my feeling that we're in for a kick in the back side as neonicotinoids are being spread over huge areas of farmland… Neonicotinoids could be a disaster waiting to happen.... Read more »

ALERT: THIS IS NOT A CALL TO ACTION. DO NOT CALL FOR CHANGE OR CONTACT YOUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE...

Blog by John Bennett

I was on CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti last week talking about the chilling revelations the Canadian government was spying on us and other environmental groups. I find it a great irony that police forces resort to spying on groups like us because we make a point of being very public about our plans.... Read more »

How do we honour our heroes today?

Almost every day I walk past the national war memorial here in Ottawa. I nod my head and say thanks. I’m not honouring war; I’m honouring commitment to a higher purpose.

Walking by Parliament Hill I shake my head in disgust and think of Nero fiddling.

The 19th session of the global negotiations on climate change (COP19) is getting underway today in Warsaw, Poland, a city that experienced the worst of the Second World War. As a person who has worked on finding climate change solutions since before COP1, it makes me want to cry.

The Prime Minister described the Kyoto Protocol as a “socialist plot to drain the wealth from developed countries”.

Many Canadians today argue we don’t need to take serious action on climate change because ‘we’re so small our actions would be meaningless’. Our forefathers didn’t think like that when they looked out on the world and saw a distant threat.... Read more »

Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog First Nation deserve more than a dawn police raid

Last Thursday, the RCMP launched a military style raid on a peaceful, though illegal, blockade of a compound containing “thumper” seismic testing trucks (used to search for the presence oil/natural gas below the surface). These thumper trucks have been operating on the territory of the Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog First Nation in search of fracking opportunities.

The Mi'kmaq have objected to the presence of SWN—a Houston, Texas-based energy company—due to absence of consultation. This goes back several months when they first began protests against SWN trespassing on their territory.

On Friday, Sierra Club Canada issued a short press release containing a graphic linking the police action to the federal government’s “Economic Action Plan”.... Read more »

            

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