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2012-05-13  |  Janet Eaton

Two dozen rogue "delegates" disrupted the corporate-sponsored
welcome gala for the high-stakes Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
trade negotiations yesterday with a fake award ceremony and "mic
check." Other activists, meanwhile, replaced hundreds of rolls of
toilet paper (TP) throughout the conference venue with more
informative versions, and projected a message on the venue's facade.

 The first action began when a smartly-dressed man approached the
podium immediately after the gala's keynote speech by Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade
Representative and former mayor of Dallas. The man (local puppeteer David
Goodwin) introduced himself as "Git Haversall," president of the "Texas
Corporate Power Partnership," and announced he was giving Kirk and other
U.S. trade negotiators the "2012 Corporate Power Tool Award," which

2012-05-10  |  Janet Eaton


James Hansen. Dir. of NASA Goddard Institute for Space studies,  urges President Obama to deny tar sands oil additional access to Gulf Coast refining, which Canada desires in part for export markets, but also to encourage economic incentives to leave tar sands and other dirty fuels in the ground. He says If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate and civilization would be at risk..

Game Over for the Climate

Op-Ed Contributor
Game Over for the Climate
Published: May 9, 2012

GLOBAL warming isn´t a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so
troubled to read a recent interview with...

2012-05-07  |  Janet Eaton

Posted: 03 May 2012 01:53 PM PDT.  Here is the text of the letter:

Dear President Obama,

 We write in strong support of Buy American procurement policies, including the various federal programs that have been in place since the enactment of the Buy American Act in 1933 and passage by many states of similar preference policies.  We are concerned about proposals we understand are under consideration in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations that could significantly limit Buy American provisions and as a result adversely impact American jobs, workers, and manufacturers.

Under the proposed TPP framework, individual states and the federal government would be obligated to bring existing and future domestic policies into compliance with norms set forth in 26 proposed TPP chapters, including one covering government procurement policy.  Failure to conform our domestic policies to these terms would subject the United...

2012-05-06  |  John Bennett

The federal government’s war on nature and democracy means “Silence is no longer an option” for Canadians. So I’m urging you to join with Sierra Club Canada and the country’s leading environmental organizations in a national campaign to force the government to restore the environmental protection and democratic participation. The campaign aims to force the Harper government to retreat and restore the environmental protection and democratic participation it recently gutted.

We’re calling the campaign “Black Out Speak Out” (or using the Twitter Hashtag #BlackOutSpeakOut). On June 4th the websites of Sierra Club Canada, CPAWS, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Equiterre, Environmental Defense, Greenpeace, Nature Canada, Pembina, West Coast Environmental Law and WWF Canada will be blacked out to protest disastrous changes to environmental laws...

2012-05-06  |  John Bennett

This week Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent has made repeated allegations that environmental groups are “laundering money”. This is a serious charge because according to the federal government’s own website: Money laundering is the process used to disguise the source of money or assets derived from criminal activity.

This is beyond anything in my experience and is absolutely irresponsible. A cabinet minister is going around spouting serious allegations without proof and the media is repeating them without doing anything to investigate the validity of his statements.

This is McCarthyism. Period. Back in the late 40s and early 50s Senator Joe McCarthy made a career out of unfounded...

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