No. 117 - Serving the Vision of a Sustainable Vancouver Island -
THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG
September, two airplanes flew into the World Trade Centre, killing
almost 3,000 people. Another 390 died in the planes that crashed,
and at the Pentagon. In the shock-waves that followed, Americans
bonded together around their flag, comforting each other in their
grief and shock, supported by most Canadians and Europeans.
the weeks that followed, America and its allies launched a massive
attack on Afghanistan, routing the Taliban and killing several thousand
civilians. The US military received a massive budget increase, and
we were told to prepare for a war against terrorism that might last
50 years. The grief from that day is still tangible, and most people
accept the consensus behind this new reality.
was on May 15th that the consensus started to unravel.
That was the day when it was revealed that the White House knew
as early as August 2001 that a terror attack by Bin Laden was likely,
and that Bush was lying when he claimed to have known nothing.
that admission, voices which had been ignored since September 11th
began to be heard. One belongs to Michael Ruppert, who has accumulated
evidence that the US government knew the terror attacks were coming,
and actively discouraged investigation into leads that could have
exposed the plot, and possibly prevented it.
US government received documented warnings about imminent attacks
from the German, French, Israeli, Egyptian and Indian intelligence
services. Russian intelligence warned that as many as 25 suicide
pilots were training to crash airliners into important targets during
the week of Sept 9th – and yet nothing was done.
December 2000, Delmart "Mike" Vreeland, a US naval intelligence
officer, was to deliver a pouch from Russia to a Canadian intelligence
operative who failed to show up. When he opened the pouch, he found
that it contained warnings of the pending attacks. He made urgent
attempts to alert US and Canadian officials, but was jailed in Canada
at the request of the US authorities. In March 2002, all Canadian
charges against him were dropped, and he was granted political refugee
status, fearing assassination if he returns to the US.
August 2001, FBI operatives in Minneapolis arrested a suspected
terrorist, Zacarias Moussaoui. Suspecting that he might be part
of a larger plot, they sought permission to search his laptop. For
reasons that have yet to be explained, the FBI HQ refused this until
after Sept 11th.
there are explanations. Maybe it’s just incompetence. But the pattern
also points to another, more appalling conclusion: that the US intelligence
services knew the attacks were coming, and chose not to prevent
is one thing to accuse the Bush government of stealing the 2001
election, or being influenced by the big oil companies; it is quite
another to suggest a conspiracy of this nature. For details of the
allegations, I refer you to the Online Journal, at www.onlinejournal.com,
by Mike Ruppert. If you check these out, you may see why I am thinking
this way. I hope that I am wrong.
why? The logic behind such a strategy lies in the politics of Eurasia,
which includes the last great untapped reserves in a world whose
oil supply is about to start declining. The best way to access the
oil is by pipeline across Afghanistan, which is why the US government
supported the Taliban in the past, in the hope that they would do
is evidence that the US was planning to attack Afghanistan anyway
in October, to oust the Taliban regime. To allow the terror attacks
to proceed would provide the perfect justification for a full-scale
assault on Afghanistan, as part of the larger US geopolitical policy
to gain influence in Eurasia.
this issue of EcoNews, you will find stories about the small, persistent
ways in which people are working to build a better world. In August,
the world’s leaders meet at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg with
the intention of steering our world towards greater sustainability.
So much effort is going into trying to turn the world away from
ecological and climate chaos, to build a better world.
yet at the same time, we live in this other reality, in which our
world is being dominated by people who seek power, wealth and influence,
regardless of the cost. The clash between the two sets of values,
between global sustainability and global dominance, could not be
clearer. One leads to more warfare, more hatred, and more ecological
unravelling. The other leads to sanity, cooperation, and hope.
- Guy Dauncey
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PERC THAT NO JOB SHOULD HAVE
you ever noticed the smell of "clean" garments from
the dry cleaners? You know… the one that makes you feel lightheaded?
Chances are, that’s the smell of perchloroethylene, known as PERC.
Dizziness is one of the many signs that you’ve inhaled it, along
with headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Most dry cleaners use it
as their primary treatment solution.
exposure to PERC causes cancer in laboratory animals at doses
only slightly above the legal limits in dry cleaning establishments;
compared to the general population, dry cleaners have twice the
rate of esophageal and bladder cancer (Sandra Steingraber – Living
Downstream, p 84), and an excess rate of cancer of the tongue,
intestine, lung and cervix. Spills, leaks and faulty separation
equipment have enormous consequences when PERC gets into the water
supply. The chlorine from released PERC also destroys the ozone
years ago, the CRD worked co- with the Federal government and
local cleaners to create industry regulations. Then they went
one-step further, and pre-empted the Feds by enacting them. Prior
to that we had no regulations. Sadly, the rest of Canada still
doesn’t. Henry Lee, the CRD’s Municipal Sewage Control Officer,
is very proud of their accomplishments. "The main goal has
been to create a level playing field at a higher standard for
all operators - we’re one of, if not, the first in Canada to do
so. Eventually, the Feds will likely phase PERC out altogether."
(PERC will be phased out of S. California by 2012)
ease the transition, the CRD provided operators with a guide to
the best management practices that focused on minimizing the discharge
of PERC into the sewers, benefiting the environment, consumers
and the operators. They are now discharging less, and profiting
from it. After all, PERC doesn’t come cheap, so reducing waste
is important to a dry cleaner’s bottom line.
PERC’s presence is in all our interests, with prevention being
medicine. Buy clothes that don’t need to be dry cleaned, or limit
your use of clothes that do. There are thousands of great outfits
that can be washed using biodegradable detergents in the comfort
of your own home, for less. Save money and the environment at
the same time. What a great concept. Once again, the Garden City
has a head start on the rest of Canada when it comes to environmental
initiatives. Congratulations Victoria! Hopefully, our positive
results will serve as a beacon for the rest of the country.
Family Counselling Centre
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you want to be sure of eating locally grown, organic food, there’s
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Natural Choice, Sooke 642-2495
Roberts writes: The Friends of Renewable Energy BC (FOREBC)
held a very successful public launch meeting in Victoria on May
23rd, attracting renewable energy pioneers from the
1970s, business owners, researchers, financiers, students, members
of NGOs, a municipal councillor, and concerned citizens. An e-mail
discussion list will be set up; possible projects include educating
politicians, the public and school children about renewables,
promoting a green arena and green rec centres, focusing on economically
viable projects such as solar thermal for large water users, forming
a renewable energy co-op, challenging provincial energy policy,
and forming interest groups around energy sources such as wind,
biomass, and solar. A networking picnic will be held on Sat. June
8th in Beacon Hill Park - see Green Diary.
an awful lot of work going on in preparation for the alternative,
parallel events to the G8 Superpower Summit that’s coming up on
June 26th/27th. The Victoria Mobilization
for Global Justice group is meeting every Tuesday in Fernwood
to fund-raise, prepare and plan travel (Keith Preston, 592-2118
Alberta, the Talking G8 Travelling Road Show, organized by the
Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, is doing an 11-city tour
offering a "Globalization 101" course, and discussions
on how "A Better World is Possible". The RCMP have emptied
the local jail to make room for the people they expect to arrest,
which prompts me to say that non-violence, peacefulness and good
humour are a total necessity if we want to people to listen.
Protestors who indulge their anger in violence may as well be
working for George Bush or the WTO, for the amount of harm they
do to the cause. In Italy, it is an old Fascist tactic to infiltrate
protestors with rock-throwing yahoos, to justify a police counter-assault.
The protest is essential, for without it, the corporate globalizers
would enjoy unchallenged supremacy, but we should not become like
those we protest against. For the full details, see www.g8.activist.ca
news! On May 22nd, the BC cabinet formalized interim
protection of the 20 intact rainforest valleys identified in the
Great Bear Rainforest Agreement of April 2001. In this first step
toward protection, the government established executive Orders
In Council that safeguard the valleys from logging and development
for the next 15 months. This will allow First Nations time to
complete the planning processes for their ancestral lands, and
ensure that economic opportunities for their communities are fully
explored. It also allows the Coast Information Team, an independent
team of scientists, to undertake a thorough scientific and socio-economic
analysis. Following the 15-month period, and pending approval
by First Nations, the 20 valleys will hopefully move into permanent
protection, while allowing uses that maintain ecological and cultural
values. For the latest: www.savethegreatbear.org
the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry
into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged
sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood
boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have
no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry,
infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all
of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know?
For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."
OF THE MONTH
NEW BC FOREST CODE
BC government has announced its intention to give industry even
more control over our public forests. The first step is the development
of a "results-based" code, to replace the NDP’s Forest
Practices Code. Under the new code, the responsibility to protect
the environment will shift from the government to the timber companies
themselves. The loopholes are as big as an 800-year old Douglas-fir.
Targets for the preservation of old-growth, for instance, can
be waived to build roads, ensure profitability, or ensure timber
supply. The proposed code punishes those who damage the environment
AFTER the damage has been done, rather than ensuring that it is
avoided. It is part of a package that includes privatization of
forest lands, and "working forest" legislation to increase
operational security for companies in areas with unsettled aboriginal
treaty claims. The code decreases public participation in forestry
planning, with the opportunity for public interest groups to act
as a watch dogs, and decreases public access to data and logging
plans. Adequate planning is not listed as a requirement or a "result"
of the proposed legislation. Good forest management requires good
planning, not less.
You can see the white paper at www.resultsbasedcode.ca,
and offer your thoughts.
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