Reuters reports that, "Western diplomats are accusing the leftist former Nicaraguan foreign minister who heads the U.N. General Assembly of hijacking an upcoming U.N. summit on the financial crisis to put capitalism on trial, an allegation his spokesman on Tuesday flatly rejected. Diplomats from the so-called Group of 20 large developed and developing economies criticized U.N. General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann and called the June 24-26 summit a 'joke,' a 'tragedy' and a 'waste of time.'"
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The Globe and Mail reports that, "Coca-Cola Co. ...is using the (Vancouver) 2010 Winter Olympics to trumpet its 'environmental call to action'..."
CBC reports that, "Nova Scotia has its first ever NDP government — and a majority government at that."
Trade campaigner Stuart Trew has noted that the Latin American Herald Tribune reports, “The London-based group (Survival International) called on oil companies operating in the region to suspend activity while Peru ‘comes to terms with the worst political violence since the Shining Path insurgency in the 1980s.’ Energy Firms with operations in Peru’s Amazon region include Anglo-French Perenco, Argentina’s PlusPetrol, Canada’s Petrolifera, Repsol YPF of Spain and Brazil’s Petrobras.”
A media release from the Stewards of the Land states that today at 10:30 am "farmers will be holding a peaceful tractor rally at Site 41 to again demonstrate their opposition to the controversial project..."
The Globe and Mail brings the sad news this afternoon that, “Private Alexandre (Pelo) Péloquin of the Vandoos, aged 20, was killed (today) during a foot patrol. …Private Péloquin is the 119th soldier killed as part of Canada's mission to Afghanistan, and the first fatality since the end of April.”
The Council of Canadians is calling for the immediate and safe withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan.
The Barrie Examiner reported this weekend that, “Meaghan Evon recently became Ontario's Minister of the Environment for a day, and she said it was ‘pretty cool.’ The 10-year-old Barrie girl was among hundreds of children in grades 5 through 8 entered a contest to 'replace' Ontario Environment Minister John Gerresten for a day and, recently, Evon got her chance. ...Evon said a career in politics would be cool, but prime minister is the job she is looking for."
The article notes, "When asked about important issues surrounding the environment, she spoke about Site 41 and said she didn't approve of the landfill. 'I think the Site 41 landfill will probably pollute the water', Evon said."
Please see below an action alert from a broad-based campaign to support Al Jazeera English in Canada:
Please take a few moments (by Monday June 8, 2009) to contact the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) to explain why you support the Al Jazeera English application to broadcast in Canada.
Reuters reports today that, "Protesters (in Peru) said 30 of their own died and the government said 22 members of their security forces perished in two days of clashes (in the Amazon jungle) over (President Alan) Garcia's drive to bring foreign companies to the rainforest to open mines and drill for oil. The bloodshed has ...threatened to derail the government's push to further open Peru to foreign investors."
"Indigenous tribes, worried they will lose control over natural resources, have protested since April seeking to force Congress to repeal new laws that encourage foreign mining and energy companies to invest billions of dollars in the rain forest."
"Indigenous groups oppose laws passed last year as Garcia moved to bring Peru's regulatory framework into compliance with a free-trade agreement with the United States."
It should also be noted that the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement was signed in May 2008, approved by the House of Commons this past week, is expected to be approved by the Senate shortly, and will come into effect this July.
Global Response has a sample letter you can send to the Peruvian government and various United Nations agencies at globalresponse.org/emailcampaigns.php?record=2318.