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An inspiration for First Nations: Journey of Nishiyuu

By Sarah Hales-Reid

After over two months and 1600 kilometres (approx. 994 miles) of walking, the journey of Nishiyuu  – a Cree word meaning “the people” – reached Canada’s Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, on Monday, March 25. That same day, Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, formally welcomed eight First Nation communities into Canada’s First Nations Land Management regime. Co-incidence? or a recognition that Canada must satisfy some of the growing demands of its aboriginal peoples.
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President Obama’s All-Of-The-Above Strategy, Have We Been Listening?

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.  But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it.” – President Barack Obama’s inaugural address

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The seemingly renewed dedication to sustainable energy, that the President expressed in his inaugural address, inspired many environmentalists. A little over a month ago, somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000 converged on Washington to voice their opposition to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. San Diego has its own event in  Mission Bay Park, where Mayor Filner and others addressed a crowd of +500. President Obama, meanwhile, played golf.  If President Obama was for sustainable energy, that must mean he is against fossil fuels right? – Only he has never said that.

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San Diego: Don’t Mess with Enterprise Zones

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Yesterday, Councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and Mark Kersey spoke out against a proposal to roll back a program that utilizes business growth and hiring economically disadvantaged Californians. The San Diego Regional Enterprise Zone has a 15-year business tax credit program for portions of the City of San Diego, significant portions of the City of Chula Vista and the City of National City. Businesses within this area receive substantial tax breaks, and other incentives, for hiring low income individuals. This program has played a key role in marketing San Diego as a desirable location for businesses since 2006. Continue reading San Diego: Don’t Mess with Enterprise Zones

Wash reusable Grocery Bags, it could save your life

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Studies, in both the US and Canada, have found that reusable grocery bags are often a health hazard because most shoppers do not wash them after they return home. As the bags are repeatedly exposed to raw meat and vegetables, they often contain potentially harmful bacteria.
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Gregory Landfill: It is time we listened

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1An editorial, written in defense of the proposed Gregory Landfill, recently complained that “the Pala decided to claim the entire mountain is a sacred site.” I sometimes wonder how much people who make comments like that know of their own ancestry? Without resorting to a genealogist, can they tell us where their paternal great, great grandfather lived? How about their maternal great, great, grandmother? Continue reading Gregory Landfill: It is time we listened

The Fast that Inspired “Idle No More” is Over

By Roy L Hales

The 44-day-long fast of Chief Theresa Spence and elder Raymond Robinson is over. They did not start the “Idle No More” movement, which is so closely associated with their names. It began as a reaction to the Harper Government’s Bills C-38 and C-45 which, according to the Canadian Awareness network, made it easier for the Canadian government to control reserve land and reduce the environmental protection of millions of lakes and rivers. Chief Theresa Spence came to the forefront on December 11, when she pitched a tipi in the nation’s capital. Continue reading The Fast that Inspired “Idle No More” is Over

Global Day of Action, Solidarity and Resurgence

By Sarah Hales-Reid

With drums, round dance and prayers supporters of the ”Idle No More” movement met in Downtown San Diego, on January 1, in a demonstration of solidarity with the movement that has spread across North America and beyond. According to the San Diego Free Press about 75-100 people attended and, “It was a good, multicultural, cross section of San Diego humanity. All coming together to respect Native treaties, rights and ways.”(01/07/2013) Indigenous peoples, environmentalists and allies alike have been organizing flash mobs, peaceful protests and dance circles.
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