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Archive for June 1st, 2007

Best day ever

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Today this blog got 179 views. This is the highest total since it started. Thank you.

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June 1, 2007 at 3:47 pm

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The NDP pushes Harper government to act on climate change

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I would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on our efforts to get movement on climate change from the Harper Conservative government. We all know that the clock is ticking on the need to take action on the environment. Yet, despite pleas from everyday Canadians and environment groups, Stephen Harper refuses to act. On May 29, Parliament voted 155-121 to pass an NDP motion directing the Prime Minister to bring C-30 forward for debate and a final vote. Last fall, the NDP sent the Conservatives’ inadequate Clean Air Act to a special committee, where opposition parties worked for months to re-write it. Rewritten and renamed, the Clean Air and Climate Change Act (Bill C-30) is a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions immediately and put Canada on track to honour our Kyoto commitments. Every day Stephen Harper delays is a wasted opportunity to slow the momentum of catastrophic climate change. You can help. Contact Stephen Harper and remind him that by showing contempt for this minority Parliament he is also showing total disrespect for the very principles he claims to have meaning for him.I reminded the Prime Minister that as Opposition Leader he once challenged former Prime Minister Martin to accept a motion adopted in Parliament and said, “The Prime Minister has the moral responsibility to respect the will of the House”. (Hansard, April 13, 2005) Now, Prime Minister Harper should pay attention to his own words and bring this historic bill back to the House of Commons for a vote.

Looking forward, whether it’s on climate change, child care, prescription drugs, takeovers by foreign companies, or the war in Afghanistan the federal NDP is working on the issues that everyday Canadians care about. You can find out more about our work at or by subscribing to our e-mail bulletin at

Again, I appreciate your interest in protecting our environment. I encourage you to pass along this email to anyone who may be interested.

All the best.


Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth) >
Leader, Canada’s New Democrats

Written by Stephen Rees

June 1, 2007 at 3:41 pm

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Video released of BBC’s Johnston

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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Video released of BBC’s Johnston

A video has appeared on the internet showing the first pictures of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston since his abduction in Gaza on 12 March.

It is said to have been posted by the Army of Islam, the group that says it is holding the reporter.

I hope that you noticed the box in the sidebar. This is just to keep you up to date on what is happening. Essentially, nothing.

Written by Stephen Rees

June 1, 2007 at 7:30 am

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ESC can reduce accident fatalities

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ESC can reduce accident fatalities

Last year the US Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that ESC prevents:- 40 per cent of single vehicle crashes;

– 43 per cent of fatal vehicle crashes; and

– 77 to 80 per cent of fatal vehicle rollovers.

I didn’t know that. I am pretty sure I haven’t got it since it is not a standard feature. What I cannot understand having read this article is why not, and why we have to wait so many years before it is.

Glen Nicholson is a lawyer in Prince George. He discovered electronic stability control while helping a friend choose a new car for winter driving conditions. Since then he has campaigned tirelessly to raise public awareness of ESC.

Written by Stephen Rees

June 1, 2007 at 7:11 am

Posted in Road safety