How to become an environmentalist

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

June 22, 2011
… environmentalism isn’t a profession or discipline; it’s a way of seeing our place in the world. It’s recognizing that we live on a planet where everything, including us, is exquisitely interconnected with and interdependent on everything else… n seeing a world of interconnections, we understand that people are at the heart of a global ecocrisis and that genuine sustainability means also dealing with issues of hunger and poverty, of inequity and lack of justice, of terrorism, genocide, and war, because so long as these issues confront humanity, sustainability will be a low priority.

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T.O., Manitoba push debit cards for welfare recipients

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

May 30, 2011
In Toronto, thousands of welfare recipients without bank accounts could get debit cards if the city is successful in finding a card provider. Officials are hoping the city council will approve a plan to solicit bids from banks and card issuers as early as July. Proponents say the cards are cheaper than issuing paper cheques and help recipients avoid excessive fees charged at payday advance lenders. Critics say the cards give government a way to track how welfare dollars are spent and single out beneficiaries to store clerks.

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Genome studies lead to unexpected results [determinants of health]

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

April 13, 2011
…more than 700 studies examining over 80 different diseases have all come up with similar results… that many genes may have a tiny influence but none can be considered the major factor underlying the condition… Billions of dollars have been and are being spent on… the search for major genetic determinants of disease. It’s time to accept the reality that they won’t be found and that we must instead turn to the challenge of addressing the more important contributors to human disease: malnutrition, lack of exercise, and polluted air, water, and soil.

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Top court rejects Quebec’s call for cash [expanded welfare services]

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

March 3, 2011
Quebec began court action against the federal government in 1996, asking the Federal Court of Canada to force the feds to send more money to Quebec City for social service programs in schools, programs to help people with disabilities and programs geared at juvenile delinquents. It took 12 years to have the case heard and get a first judgment. The Federal Court, and then the Federal Court of Appeal, ruled against Quebec… the court found that the expanded welfare services Quebec wanted money for did not have an “anti-poverty purpose.”

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NDP pushes anti-poverty plan

Friday, June 18th, 2010

June 16, 2010
The bill would establish a poverty elimination commissioner to hold the government accountable, Martin said. “There will be benchmarks, there will be significant accountability measures in there, reporting back to Parliament and to the people of Canada in it,” he said. Poverty costs the Canadian economy $90 billion a year, which makes it a prosperity issue, said Rob Rainer, executive director of Canada Without Poverty.

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