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3 New Year’s resolutions: ecological sanity, social justice, and governance for health

January 1st, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on 3 New Year’s resolutions: ecological sanity, social justice, and governance for health)

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picture 663pfr banner workingDr. Trevor Hancock takes a look at the determinants of health in the context of Canadian life in 2016, focusing on sustainability, equity and governance for health

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The ‘father of Cascadia’ has mapped the woven depth and breadth of the bioregion

May 5th, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on The ‘father of Cascadia’ has mapped the woven depth and breadth of the bioregion)

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pfr banner workingEvery place, as with every person, has its own story to tell. For “A place is a story that happens many times,” as the Oregon writer Kim Stafford reminds us. [Cascadia Institute]

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Paul Manly on El Salvador’s struggle with a Canadian-Australian mining giant

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Paul Manly on El Salvador’s struggle with a Canadian-Australian mining giant)

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Nanaimo filmmaker Paul Manly has been visiting communities and hearing from individuals affected by mining projects in El Salvador and the tactics of Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) used by mining companies

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On September 10, 2014, dozens of organizations from Canada, El Salvador and around the world confronted Canadian-Australian mining company Oceana Gold, whose subsidiary is suing the nation of El Salvador for $301 million (USD). El Salvador’s offence was refusing to a grant a permit to a gold mine that would contaminate 60 per cent of the population’s drinking water.

The Council of Canadians, the Latin American Solidarity Network, the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network and others planned to descend on the company’s Toronto headquarters to present a letter from people affected by the decision. The letter demands that the company withdraw the lawsuit.

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Mount Polley disaster may portend more of the same as mining activity is on the rise

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Mount Polley disaster may portend more of the same as mining activity is on the rise)

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B.C. New Democrats say citizens living near the Mount Polley disaster are facing fall rains and winter setting in without even knowing what the plans are for the massive cleanup effort that is needed

Sub NDP MLAs visit Mount Polley I“The scale is hard to imagine,” wrote Peter Moskowitz at Vice.com, “…gray sludge, several feet deep, gushing with the force of a fire hose through streams and forest—coating everything in its path with ashy gunk. What happened on [August 4, 2014] might have been one of North America’s worst environmental disasters in decades, yet the news barely made it past the Canadian border.”

A breach in the Mount Polley mine tailings dam released water and mine tailings into pristine Quesnel Lake. The spill has been called one of the biggest environmental disasters in modern Canadian history. But now, it seems, just over a month later, that news about Mount Polley is barely making it to British Columbians, let alone any farther.

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