Wednesday, 13 June 2012

pipe dreams + puppets: omnibus bill

Haida 2: A message to Stephen Harper

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (source

NDP MP Jasbir Sandhu

Extended discussion: democracy, demonization of environment

 Haida Raid


Haida Raid 2: A message to Stephen Harper
Published on Jun 7, 2012 by
The land of Haida Gwaii is threatened by the building of a giant pipeline and the arrival of oil tankers. Two brothers take matters into their own hands to find a solution, and end up getting some supernatural help from Raven.
Director: Ken Leslie
Story idea: Jaalen Edenshaw, Jason Alsop

By Resolution 2012-21, the UBCIC Chiefs Council strongly opposes the omnibus Bill C-38, including its erosion of environmental protections to serve the interests of industry while ignoring Aboriginal Title, Rights, and Treaty Rights, and the unilateral imposition of the proposed Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012. The UBCIC Chiefs Council calls on the Federal Government to immediately halt and abandon Bill C-38, and demands that the Federal Government work to separate the changes proposed in Bill C-38 by issue (e.g. 2012 Budget, Fisheries Act changes, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act changes, etc.) and then engage in appropriate and meaningful consultation with First Nations.
We advise you that we will continue working with like-minded organizations to strongly oppose Bill C-38. We implore you to stop Bill C-38 from proceeding.
~OPEN LETTER: Union of BC Indian Chiefs' Opposition to Bill C-38
Read in full:

Published on May 15, 2012 by
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-38, the omnibus budget bill of more than 420 pages. Not only is the bill's content an affront to the democratic process, but also in the way in which the government intends to ram it through without proper examination. The Conservatives know it is inappropriate to make so many sweeping changes to so many different areas in a budget bill.
They know it is inappropriate to include a series of previously unannounced measures in a budget bill, like the measures that contribute to a less transparent and more secretive environment, including a massive gutting of the powers of the Auditor General. They know it is inappropriate to give themselves the power to change employment insurance rules without the approval of Parliament. They know it is inappropriate to gut environmental protection and rewrite Canada's fisheries laws in a budget bill. But they do not care.

More Q & A: Answering the Minister's three questions:
Is the Life Cycle Approach a useful technique for integrating economic and environmental costs so as to recognize the real value of environmental goods and services?
Yes, it is. ...
Is there a way to advance a Life Cycle Approach to environmental stewardship in Canada that supports economic competitiveness?
Yes, there are several ways. ...

What would be the implications of applying this kind of approach? The NRT sees many benefits for Canada from applying life cycle approaches generally to sustainable development and to particular issues.  ...

UN publication : Life Cycle Approaches [pdf]

Haida Raid
Uploaded by on Apr 26, 2007
A very short demo video showing our two puppets on a mission...


Whose puppet are you?

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