{SisTeRLy Love}

~iF U Long-4 a lil LeViTY…

Click on a link, any link (or sub-link), to trigger the TiTTeRs ~at least a helpless convulsion or 2~ & help clear out those COBWEBS…

(worked 4 me!)

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvHXzP2SpLA

   a) http://v.gd/wHp3cy

 
 
    
 
     a) http://v.gd/1Fyj0L 
  
 
 
 
 
WARNING:  Next 9 are abusive, crass, ‘taboo’ and/or whack:  if you’re in ‘P.C.’ mode, better SAVE ‘EM 4 LATER…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
{Made with lotsa LuV 4 my bro, tall cool Andrew}
XO
 
Now check out my YT channel: http://www.youtube.com/hairasarah
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Meanwhile, back oFF~

~Westcoast Canada!

I recently received this important letter from www.WildernessCommittee.org :

No Pipelines, No Tankers, No Tar Sands!

Hi Sarah,

It seems like every week we see headlines about a new oil spill or pipeline leak somewhere in North America. The 2010 BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico made everyone aware of just how dangerous our society’s addiction to oil can be.

Despite this, our own government continues to allow big oil companies to vastly expand the system of pipelines taking tar sands crude oil to overseas markets. Here in BC’s Lower Mainland, I meet people all the time who are deeply concerned about climate change and the terrible impact of tar sands expansion. Many are aware that the tar sands are the largest industrial project in history, with pipelines expanding across the continent and little to no regard for the ecosystems and communities that lie in the infrastructure’s path.  But most people are shocked when I tell them Vancouver’s harbour is quickly becoming a key shipping terminal for tar sands crude.

Without any kind of proper public consultation [as with the HST], massive oil tankers have been allowed to pass through the narrows of the Port of Vancouver – already two tankers a week, each carrying more than three times more crude oil than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez.  Kinder Morgan has applied to expand their Trans Mountain Pipeline so they can carry far more tar sands crude to the Pacific, and plans to ship even more oil are in the works.

All over North America, people are taking action to say ‘No’ to the expansion of tar sands pipelines. A mass civil disobedience action in Washington DC has been pressuring the US government to stop approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline proposed to carry tar sands crude oil from northern Alberta to refineries in Illinois, Oklahoma and the U.S. Gulf Coast.

At the same time, here in the Lower Mainland we are taking action to spotlight and protest the tar sands pipeline in our own backyard – in North Burnaby. Back in 2007, community members had to deal with a pipeline rupture that caused oil to gush out from underneath a city street. The danger that these tankers pose is NOT worth the risk of an oil spill. On Saturday, August 27th, we held a rally outside the refinery in North Burnaby, joined by our allies at the Council of Canadians, Tanker Free BC, Streams of Justice and StopThePave.org.

Our numbers are growing.  Together, we can help turn off the taps on the tar sands, stop Enbridge, stop Kinder Morgan, stop Keystone and ban tankers from Canada’s Pacific coast.  Please join us and get involved.

Ben West | Healthy Communities Campaigner
www.WildernessCommittee.org
 
Thank you for supporting the Wilderness Committee, Canada’s largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization.  We work for the preservation of Canadian and international wilderness through research and grassroots education to achieve ecologically sustainable communities.

As a Wilderness Committee member and supporter, you are an important part of saving vital wilderness areas.  Please encourage your friends to sign up for our Action Alerts and/or help by volunteering.

If you would like to support the Wilderness Committee with a donation you can call us at (604) 683 8220.

The Athabasca Delta by Garth Lenz

Do petitions really WORK?

yup, they do!  Here’s a letter i recently received from Change.org…

Dear Sarah,Best. Week. Ever. Here’s what happened in the last seven days, because Change.org members took action:

1) Sled dogs, saved! After a hundred sled dogs were brutally massacred in British Columbia, Lost actor Ian Somerhalder created a campaign on Change.org to get the province to change its policies governing the treatment of animals. More than 67,000 people signed, and British Columbia just adopted the strongest anti-cruelty laws in all of Canada! 

2) Grand Canyon, preserved! With a uranium-mining ban about to expire in the area surrounding the famous U.S. landmark, Arizona resident Suzanne Sparling led the charge to extend it. She collected 50,000 public comments from Change.org members, and last Monday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced his support for another 20-year ban on the dangerous practice.

3) Ai Weiwei released! A petition started by more than 20 directors of the world’s most famous art museums turned into an international movement. 140,000 of us joined the campaign, and on Wednesday the Chinese dissident artist was freed. Weiwei’s manager says Change.org members were “amazing” and personally thanked you for the support that helped to lead to his release.

4) Women in Saudi Arabia are driving! Saudi women activists won 3 campaigns on Change.org this week: With your help, they got charges dropped against Manal al-Sharif, who was arrested for driving a car in a country where it’s illegal for women to do so. After two more petitions targeting Hillary Clinton and Europe’s top ambassador Catharine Ashton, both spoke out forcefully in favor of giving women the right to drive (and Hillary says she only took a public stand because of this campaign!).

5) And the Minnesota Twins make 5. To cap it all off, CBS reported on Tuesday that the Minnesota Twins will be the 5th pro baseball team to make an “It Gets Better” video to help prevent suicide by teens who are bullied for being gay. Every team that’s made a video (Twins, Red Sox, Cubs, Mariners, and Giants) has done so after a local Change.org member started a petition asking them to. As these victories add up, the cumulative effect is eroding the culture of homophobia in men’s pro sports.

We accomplished all this together, but every single campaign began when one person created a petition on Change.org.

Click here to start your own petition now.

– Patrick and the Change.org team

P.S. Here’s another amazing fact: These are just 5 of the more than 200 campaigns that Change.org members have won in 2011. If there’s something you want to change about a policy in your town, a practice by a business, or anything you care about, click here to start your own petition.

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CdN. CHaRTeR of RiGhTs… {an excerpt}

(ASSERT YouR RiGHTs!)

  

YOUR RIGHTS as a CDN. – some key exceRpTs:

 

Section 2 of the CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, our Constitution reads as follows:
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms
(a) Freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) Freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) Freedom of association
 
Section 24 (1) of the CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, reads as follows:
24. (1) Anyone whose rights or freedoms, as guaranteed by this charter, have been infringed or denied may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction to obtain such remedy, as the court considers appropriate and just in the circumstances.

 

Asserting Your Rights:  Traffic stops:
1. You only are required to give documentation for the vehicle and your driver’s license – nothing else.
2. You are not required to give any other information or answer any questions without consulting your lawyer.
3. Your vehicle cannot be searched without probable cause and you do not have to consent to any type of search.
4. If you have been arrested or detained you do not have to consent to any impoundment of your property and have the right to secure your property.
5. If you have not been told you are being detained and given a reason for this you have the right to leave.
 

Being Stopped on the Street by Police
If you are stopped by police outside your home or your car and you are not doing anything contrary to law, you are under No legal obligation to:
1. answer anyquestions as to your name and address, or
2. justify why you are where you are, or
3. produce identification or prove means of supporting yourself, or
4. go with police for further investigation or questioning UNLESS you are placed under arrest.


See Section 7 of the Charter of Rights, s 7: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of the person…”

CRIMINAL LAW – OBSTRUCT POLICE.
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE – IDENTITY – Duty to identify self.
R. v. Legault (1998) B.C.J. No. 1309, ADGN/98-970
British Columbia Supreme Court, Lamperson J. May 25, 1998
Absent some provision to the contrary, a person must only identify himself or herself to a police officer, if that police officer is in a position to arrest that person or issue some form of summons to him/her. Otherwise there is no general duty to identify oneself to a police officer. Charge of obstuction reversed

  

(Tks 2 Sask.Chaps!)

 

URGENT: BLOCK RAVEN COAL MINE

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TO:  BC Minister of the Environment
RE:  FANNY BAY RAVEN COAL MINE PROJECT

A born-and-bred British Columbian with family ties to Fanny Bay and an active interest in sound ecological/environmental initiatives, I was distressed to learn of Compliance Energy’s plans to build Raven Coal Mine in this idyllic spot.

No decision on this should be made without knowledge of the area to be affected.  Anyone unfamiliar with Fanny Bay ought to be required to bring it up on Google Maps’ ‘street view’ and navigate throughout the region – an exercise that would highlight the mind-boggling perversity of choosing Fanny Bay as the location for a coal mine.  Its tranquil setting – which has become a valuable vacation destination as well as a favoured retirement haven – could not be more UNSUITED to having a mine operating in its midst.


 Fanny Bay, BC

 

The detrimental effects of such a project on nearby/neighbouring ecosystems and environmental quality would be catastrophic and irreversible – and must be considered in assessing the viability of Raven Coal Mine. The far-reaching, well-documented dangers and health risks of coal mining – including devastating ecological, economic and social impacts – would have lasting consequences on the Comox and Alberni Valleys.

The whole Baynes Sound watershed would be adversely affected by this operation. Heavy metal leakage and acid rock drainage would threaten aquatic life and the important local aquaculture industry, which employs more than 600 residents and relies for its very existence on the health of its waters. Toxic waste substances deposited directly into the environment would impact local drinking water, salmon bearing streams and marine health. Such deleterious effects could not be mitigated or reversed. GHG’s, including the release of methane gas, would add over 80 million tonnes of polluting gases to Earth’s atmosphere – unsustainable by all accounts. To put an entire community through this amount of hardship/stress is not only unethical, but irresponsible.

Clean, sustainable alternatives to high-impact operations like coal mining must be implemented now in order to have clean air, clean water and a healthy natural environment. Allowing a coal mine to be built, armed with contemporary knowledge of coal mining’s predictable effects on our planet’s human, plant and wildlife populations, is tantamount to genocide by poisoning the land/water via what ought to be considered an obsolete process.

SARAH CHESTERMAN

For more information and/or to help influence decisions:
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GATEWAY PROJECT: BAD NEWS for BURNS BOG

Burns Bog (Maqwum) – also known as the “Lungs of the Lower Mainland” – is a huge (40 sq.km.) peat bog occupying about a quarter of Delta, BC, the largest domed peat bog on the west coast of North America. Maqwum is its indigenous name.

Burns Bog is globally unique on the basis of its chemistry, form, flora and size. Despite significant disturbances to the ecosystem – including development, extensive peat mining and fire – Burns Bog remains an important contributor to the region’s ecology and sustains a wide variety of flora and fauna, including many rare species.  Its nickname ‘the Lungs of the Lower Mainland’ refers to the bog’s role as a climate regulator, as well as its function as an effective carbon sink (absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and lowering C02 levels).  Numerous zoning codes have been enacted to protect the bog from development and retain its original state, in hopes of preservation for future generations.

According to Environment Canada and other groups, the bog ecosystem is under threat from the proposed South Fraser Perimeter Road, a new 4-lane expressway that is part of the BC Ministry of Transportation’s Gateway Program currently under construction (expected to be completed by 2013).

One of the main objectives of the Gateway Program is to reduce congestion-related idling by freeing up the traffic movement south of the Fraser River.  Although the Province’s environmental assessment projects that SFPR will reduce congestion-related pollution, overall pollution as well as truck traffic will be significantly increased. This is a deep concern for many citizens and local environmentalists pushing for a decrease in our greenhouse gas emissions.

While the SFPR does not go through the Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area, there is concern that it will adversely affect the Conservancy area and surrounding hydrology.  In response to the mitigation measures proposed by the SFPR Project, the Environmental Stewardship Branch of Environment Canada wrote that “… the changes are not sufficient to alleviate its concerns related to the impacts of the Project on Pacific Water Shrew (PWS), hydrology, aerial deposition, and ecological integrity of Burns Bog.”.*

Burns Bog has been listed as threatened by the International Mire Conservation Group because of the impacts of the SFPR.

Burns Bog Conversation Society is working to protect this globally unique ecological wonder in Delta, BC

SIGN THIS PETITION:  Burns Bog UNESCO World Heritage Site designation – HERE:
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/burnsbogunesco/)

Here’s my signature:
Name: Sarah Chesterman on May 22, 2011
Comment: This precious ecosystem must be protected! Its importance as a carbon sink and the “lungs of the Lower Mainland” have already been recognized and established, and the detrimental effects of paving it over would be catastrophical – not only for the health of all Lower Mainland residents, but for the wildlife species at risk that rely on its riches. Restoring this bog ecosystem and preserving its integrity – keeping in line with the tenets outlined in http://www.smartgrowth.bc.ca – are the only actions that serve the public’s best interests, along with addressing and shouldering our global responsibilities. Ignoring opportunities to respect the land that feeds us and become sustainable would be BC’s greatest downfall of all… “We cannot change the past but we can shape the future by our actions.”
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LINKS:
* Info from http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/
Burns Bog Conservation Society:  http://www.burnsbog.org/bog//
The Corporation of Delta’s Burns Bog site:  http://www.burnsbog.ca/

[Pics from Flemming’s Churchill Fellowship blog, http://flemmingulf.wordpress.com/]