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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