For the first time, this report uses industry information to arrive at a conservative estimate of what the overall leakage from the tar sands tailings ponds is today, and also what it would likely be if proposed projects go ahead.
The results are staggering.
Already, the ponds are leaking over 11 million litres a day of contaminated water into the environment, which is equivalent to over 4 billion litres a year â€“ enough to fill the Toronto Rogers Centre (formerly the SkyDome) two and a half times.
And, should proposed projects go ahead on schedule, by 2012 this annual leakage rate would increase five-fold to 72 million litres a day, or over 25 billion litres a year â€“ enough to fill the Skydome over 16 times
by Norman Solomon
Sunday morning, before dawn, I read in the New York Times that â€œthe Pentagon is planning to add more than 20,000 troops to Afghanistanâ€ within the next 18 months â€” â€œraising American force levels to about 58,000â€³ in that country. Then I scraped ice off a windshield and drove to the C-SPAN studios, where a picture window showed a serene daybreak over the Capitol dome.
While I was on C-SPANâ€™s â€œWashington Journalâ€ for a live interview, the program aired some rarely seen footage with the voices of two courageous politicians who challenged the warfare state.
So, on Sunday morning, viewers across the country saw Barbara Lee speaking on the House floor three days after 9/11 â€” just before she became the only member of Congress to vote against the presidentâ€™s green-light resolution to begin the U.S. military attack on Afghanistan.
by Ira Chernus
Not too wide, however. In his first hundred days, Roosevelt made it clear that he -- like Obama -- considered himself a reformer, but distinctly not a radical. He certainly didn't intend to use the economic crisis of 1932 to create a society of full economic equality and social justice. He just wanted to make sure that every American had at least a bare minimum of economic security.
by Mike Ferner
The Army Times reported on September 30 that a combat brigade, about 4,000 troops, which could be called on for â€œcivil unrest and crowd control,â€ had been assigned inside the United States for the first time since Reconstruction.
Civil libertarians reacted immediately, noting the Posse Comitatus Act prohibits federal military personnel from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States. Peace activists condemned the decision as well. â€œIt is a sad day for America when our government is preparing to protect itself by using the military on its own citizens,â€ Michael McPhearson, Director of Veterans For Peace, said in response to the news.
And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good goings-on around the south island in the coming week, and to keep us posted on the State of the Shelter Emergency currently unfolding on Victoria's streets. Janine Bandcroft in the second segment.
And; I'll visit some of the past week's stories as posted on my website, Pacific Free Press.com. But first up, Jon Elmer and a greater lack of confidence in Canada's global policy positions.
by David Orchard
Over the next seven weeks, we will see a wave of propaganda and mobilization, amply funded, from the Conservative Party attacking the opposition leaders. This spending will take place outside the election writ period and thus, like the attacks on Liberal leader StÃ©phane Dion over the past two years, will be subject to no spending limits whatsoever.
by C. L. Cook
Outgoing Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert calls last week's violent settler attacks against Palestinian civilians remininscent of a pogrom. The Thursday attacks in the West Bank city of Hebron were expected following an Israeli military eviction of squatters claiming a Palestinian building last week.
"As a Jew, I was ashamed at the scenes of Jews opening fire at innocent Arabs in Hebron. There is no other definition than the term 'pogrom' to describe what I have seen. We are the sons of a nation who know what is meant by a pogrom, and I am using the word only after deep reflection."
Three days ago, Israeli air strikes killed two teenage Palestinian boys, while Israel increases its criminal siege into the Gaza Strip.
Aboriginal people are divided on the issue. Some say they've always rounded up wild horses and they need the money from selling them. But do the taxpayers of the province and the nation want to pay them to do that?
by Danny Schechter
It has taken a while for the stars to align and the truth to come dripping down. Now we know who caused the financial crisis: GOD DID IT. Just as Jerry Falwell saw a divine hand behind 9/11, our golden boy icon of Capitalism By My Rules, Mr. â€œYouâ€™re firedâ€ Donald Trump, has now unearthed the secret, blaming the recession on the ONE above.
The Donald came up with this conspiracyâ€”along with the not totally unreasonable assertion that the banks engineered the disasterâ€”in a lawsuit filing offering a reason for not paying on a big construction loan from a German Bank for a skyscraper he was building in Chicago. He cites an Act of God -- â€œunlikely events,â€ clause in his contract to justify not paying.
by Mike Whitney
On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper suspended Canada's parliament to avoid a challenge from opposition parties that were planning to oust him from power. The 3-party coalition--the Liberals, the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois---decided to remove Harper because of his strong opposition to a stimulus package that was designed to minimize the effects of the financial crisis. They also opposed his "proposed elimination of subsidies for political parties, a three-year ban on the right of civil servants to strike, and limits on the ability of women to sue for pay equity." Governor General Michaelle Jean helped Harper to hang on by using her constitutional authority to close the legislature for seven weeks. Now the country is in a furor.
Harper is a far right conservative ideologue who served as president of the National Citizens Coalition (NCC), a conservative think-tank and advocacy group. The organization opposes national healthcare but supports privitization and tax cuts. It has 40,000 members but the names are kept confidential. It's motto is "more freedom with less government."
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