January 20, 2007

Jan. 20, 2007: #2

Kyoto, The Science and the Scientists, Native Input, Funding, Special Arrangements and More

Much is omitted from the following but the tentacles and (usually taxpayer) money are ... as expected. If not immediately evident, keep checking. this is just a group of excerpts but, to me, they are instructive.

Frost Hits the Rhubarb May 28 - June 3, 2006


May 29, 06 #2: Kyoto, Scientists & Data

Project Green would have cost $12 billion by 2012, with much of that money being spent outside Canada.

computer models

caused by solar radiation rather than human pollution.

The U.N.'s IPCC Third Assessment Report concluded that the rate of sea level rise has not accelerated

60 Scientists: Open Kyoto to debate -- An open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

SEPP News Release: More Than 15,000 Scientists [two-thirds with advanced academic degrees] Protest Kyoto Accord; Speak Out Against Global Warming Myth -- signed "a Petition against the climate accord concluded in Kyoto (Japan) in December 1997. "

In signing the Petition within a period of less than six weeks, the 15,000 basic and applied scientists -- an unprecedented number for this kind of document -- also expressed their profound skepticism about the science underlying the Kyoto Accord. The atmospheric data simply do not support the elaborate computer-driven climate models that are being cited by the United Nations and other promoters of the Accord as "proof" of a major future warming.

The contributors and reviewers of the 1996 report by the UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) actually number less than 2000, and only a small fraction -- who were never polled -- can claim to be climate scientists. [This relates to who were consulted -- e.g. NRTEE ... more below]

May 29, 06 #1: Propaganda, Kyoto, Activists, NRTEE, Global Justice

Climate Change, the Networks, NRTEE National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy

Background: I had posted this: May 23-06: UN, Rights, Activists Networks' $$$ -- Sheila Watt-Cloutier was part of that illustrious group who travelled with ex-Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on her Inuit Circumpolar Tour -- "May 23-06: UN, Rights, Activists Networks' $$$ United Nations & Rights, Activists, Funding, Networks: Here we go again" -- I think these are also activism related: FHTR May 18, 2005 and FHTR May 14, 2006

Within a day or two of my post on ex-GG Adrienne Clarkson's Circumpolar Tour with information on those who were invited along, including Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference, the G&M published Sheila Watt-Cloutier's article on Kyoto.

Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier made claims for the Liberals' Kyoto plan and against the Conservatives' approach

Inuit land claims ... and the NRTEE: National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy

NRTEE National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, Northern Quebec, "oversaw the administration of the Inuit land-claims body established under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement as Corporate Secretary of Makivik from 1995 to 1998."

[....] She champions ... traditional ecological knowledge ...

"Offering a safe haven for discussion"? Is that the purpose of the NRTEE: National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy?

the promotion of key energy technologies.

Economic Instruments for Long-term Reductions in Energy-based Carbon Emissions – State of the Debate report, released in August 2005

Didn't we used to call "economic instruments" taxpayer funding? Just which "key energy technologies" were planned

NRTEE: National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy

Were these appointees? What were the criteria for inclusion? [ .... worth re-reading]

NRTEE Members Note at the bottom, the webpage Date created: 1994-04-28


Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) [The Olympics -- many contracts for the Olympics and construction between Vancouver and Whistler]

Stephen Kakfwi ... Deh Cho [more below on the Deh Cho]

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference [As an Inuit social worker and one involved in treaty negotiations, what background makes her views on climate change important for this roundtable? She would have anecdotal and personal background but .... perhaps political connections?]

Iqaluit, Nunavut [more below]

... Suncor Energy Inc. [... Suncor received taxpayer money for some environment-related research or other work. -- See the Update Jan. 20, 07 for Frost Hits the Rhubarb Jan. 16, 2007: Into a black hole


2007/01/jan-16-2007-into-black-hole_16.html ]

Watt-Cloutier ... Inter- American Commission on Human Rights .... by connecting climate change to human rights, .... There are some cases where they can refer to the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, but that court, based in Costa Rica ....

TIKSI, Russia ....

Sheila Watt-Cloutier
The discovery of vast petroleum fields in the Barents and Kara Seas ....

Earth Justice Org funded by FJC.org -- Hidden Funding Sources?

FJC: A Foundation of Donor Advised Funds

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) [NRDC "Donate and help save the planet" -- www.nrdc.org -- very interesting]

Earthjustice .... They helped form a sister group in Canada, the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, and have built a partnership with Ecojuris, a group in Russia.

Earthjustice = Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund [in Canada, anyway, it appears]

"List of international organizations" -- worth checking and bookmarking, as well.

This is an alphabetical list of international organizations and non-governmental organizations with the country or region in which their main or international office is based

Inuit Circumpolar Conference ... represents 155,000 Inuit scattered across Canada, Greenland, Russia and the United States has enlisted lawyers and movie stars like Jakd Gyllenhaal and Salma Hayek to dral attention to its imperiled traditions.

It is worth checking NGO's -- Advocacy Groups, the UN & 'right to protect'

Non-governmental organizations -- "NGOs are not legal entities under international law, like states are."

A non-governmental organization (NGO) is an organization that is not part of a government and was not founded by states. NGOs are therefore typically independent of governments. .... many NGOs now prefer the term private voluntary organization (PVO) or Private Development Organization (PDO).

Six nations with poor human rights records were among those elected to the new Human Rights Council on Tuesday. read more ........ China, Cuba, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan,

.... NGO accountability, human rights, labor rights, social and environmental justice issues." ]

[....] While in 1946, only 41 NGOs had consultative status with the ECOSOC, by 2003 this number had risen to 2,350.

In March 2000 report on United Nations Reform priorities, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan wrote in favor of international humanitarian intervention, arguing that the international community has a 'right to protect' [What might that entail?]

Responsibility to Protect - Engaging Civil Society R2PCS. The project, which is a collaboration of the WFM and Canadian government, aims to bring NGOs into lockstep with the principles outlined under the original R2P project.

Dubai Courts The International Aid Industry
05.13.2006 - The Economist reports on the plushest of new homes for the international aid industry. ....

Alphabetical list of international organizations and non-governmental organizations with the country or region in which their main or international office is based. Some organizations have no country listing. -- of interest

The Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) is not listed, though Earthjustice is.

Some Canadians receive special treatment. Is there more than doing good to some of this? Does this help them?

Memory Lane: How do the above and what is below fit together? Do they?

Reference here: Deh Cho June 2, 06: TGIF


Ottawa offers land deal to only First Nation offside with pipeline project -- Deh Cho


OTTAWA (CP) - The federal government hopes cash and land will lure the only native group challenging a $7-billion proposed pipeline that could fuel prosperity in the Western Arctic.

Christy Blatchford: A tragic failure of the legal system -- Re: Natives and legal system -- special treatment -- sentencing circles [June 3, 2006] , Globe and Mail, 3rd Jun 2006, 13:14 GMT (INSIDER Edition subscribers only)

Referenced here -- or here


[.... Prison] and other officials were side-tracked by considering ... human rights above their duties to the public.

Where have I heard that before? Oh yes, in the Vancouver edition of the globe and mail [sic] June 3rd. Christie Blatchford discussing the tragic failure of the legal system regarding Robert Linklater's most recent conviction of first degree murder. Without even learning of his extensive criminal past, the jury only took 6 hours to deliberate the guilt of this 24 year old man.

The tragedy of this case lays in the fact this young man was serving a conditional sentence for murdering a Toronto woman Mariana Ivancicevic, he stabbed her and left her in a grimy stairwell to die. He was only weeks into serving his conditional sentence for attempted murder when he accomplished Mariana's murder. As Jadranka Daniele, the younger sister of Mariana stated "Had the court not let him out of jail, Mariana would still be alive today."

The preciding [sic] Judge who determined the conditional sentencing of Robert Linklater took his Cree heritage and biography of being an abuse victim himself into account. [Was there any oral history there?]

Judge Laforme stated, "On the one hand it is my view that Mr.Linklater stands before this court as yet another representative of the aboriginal community of Canada who is a symbol of addressing the effects of aboriginal history-and not the cause." On the other hand, he said, "Mr. Linklater is a repeat offender who has been convicted of a serious violent offence."

Judge LaForme decided in the end his "Greater duty was to remedy the crisis of drastic overrepresentation of aboriginals in Canadian prisons, and he was bound by the supreme court to find creative, sensitive and novel solutions for offenders such as Linklater." ....

There was no link because I had read it in a paper copy but there is more and a reference to Blatchford's article -- on conditional sentencing.

39th Parliament, 1st Session
On Amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada
(Conditional Sentences)
Bill C-9
Presented by
October 11, 2006

[Search:] History of the Conditional Sentence [.... details and more references]


Aboriginal Initiatives Branch (1999), Facts and Figures: Demographic Overview of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and Aboriginal Offenders in federal Corrections, Correctional Services Canada.

Blatchford, Christie (2006) “A Tragic Failure of the Legal System” Globe & Mail 3 June 2006, pp. A1 & A9. [....]

Frost Hits the Rhubarb June 18 - 22, 2006 -- original article here

26 arrested in Quebec drug bust , April 20, 2006


OTTAWA - Twenty-six people, including 14 members of an Algonquin reserve 130 kilometres north of Ottawa, have been charged in Quebec's biggest drug bust this year. Police Chief Gordon McGregor of the Kitigan Zibi reserve said yesterday that 14 Algonquins allegedly controlled an organized-crime business exporting marijuana, hashish and Ecstasy to the United States -- and they were the same people who had earlier filed complaints against local police. [. . . . ]

Search: made false allegations against police officers , 126 drug and weapons offences

Frost Hits the Rhubarb July 17 - 22, 2006


Search: SCOC & Mi'kmaq-Crown Land

SCOC = Supreme Court of Canada

Frost Hits the Rhubarb June 18 - 22, 2006

Search: Accountability act would infringe on rights , Darcey on April 18, 2006 in Aboriginal Issues , sniffing socialist glue


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