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I think it’s time to go camping

July 13, 2010

Everything all the time should be the motto of this century. My inbox on two mail accounts are full of unread things that probably need a response. I, like most people, am getting too much information. I think it’s time to go camping. Time to ignore Facebook, Rss feeds, alerts, texts, tweets, and email; and time to talk to people, get drunk, play some music, and wake up in clothes that smell like camp smoke.

Out there, in the bush, it’s easy to believe there is nothing wrong with the world but the people inhabiting it.

The Truth and Reconciliation Committee is off to a bad start. It was off to a bad start from the get go. Handing out money and refusing to prosecute bad people for their individual and heinous crimes is barely compensation.

Now, research director John Milloy has quit the post. The problems began when he openly criticised the church for what appears like a failure to cooperate, and was quoted in the Trent Arthur saying:

They’re afraid of lawsuits under the Charter of Rights, for example. The Catholics are especially wary. They might say, ‘If we give you the documents, John, and they’re the diary of priest so-and-so and this opens him up to liability’-because he was buggering boys in the basement and that sort of thing-‘and he sues us (the church) we’re in all sorts of trouble.’ This is the reason they weren’t giving us the documents in the first place, because the documents prove they were not treating children in the way they should have been treated. They’re just scared shitless. LINK

The whole TRC debacle is summed up in this LINK, a Globe and Mail article. It reveals that the process is already a year behind schedule and there have already been a number of staff changes. It’s a big project.

Yet, on the positive side of things 40,000 people showed up for the first stage of the TRC national event. People are beginning to talk about it, and that is a good thing. Here’s a great article about it, LINK

Land Claims

A joint deal between the Cree and Inuit sounds like a great deal for both parties.

The agreement gives the James Bay Cree the ancestral right to manage land and harvest wildlife from an area known as the Eeyou Marine Region, which covers 61,000 square kilometres of James Bay and southern Hudson Bay.

Parts of that area overlap with Nunavut, including islands that will be jointly owned by the Cree and Inuit. LINK

RBC has also taken a lead step in including First Nations on environmental assessments. RBC is one of the largest financiers of the tar sands. LINK

Taseko versus the Tsilhqot’in First Nation

Taseko might look unstoppable, but wait here’s come a heavy contender, Council of Canadians. The Council of Canadians is a citizens’ organization that advocates for progressive policies on behalf of its members across the country. Founded in 1985 to oppose the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the Council concentrates its advocacy around the core issues of fair trade, public health care and the right to water, but has recently focused on what it calls the deep integration of Canada with the United States.

The report outlines serious and legitimate concerns of long term impact of the mine, including the creation of toxic tailings impoundment areas that the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, the Council of Canadians, expert scientists and others in the community presented to the federal panel in the spring,” says Maude Barlow, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “The federal government would be wise to heed the findings and shut down this mine proposal entirely or face huge resistance in BC and across Canada.

Their PR can be found here, LINK

Tsilhqot’in National Government denounces BC Minister of Mines’ call for “development at any cost”

Tsilhqot’in is standing up for what is right, their rights. This case has nothing to do with dividing Canada. It has everything to do with respecting each other’s rights.

That’s what is in my inbox. And I think it’s time to disconnect. I’m sure by the time I get back nothing will have changed. BTW, I’ll be reading Conrad’s Nostromo.

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