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Mining company wants film sympathetic to Tsilhqot'in barred from public hearing

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Source: The Hook

By Andrew MacLeod March 17, 2010 04:53 pm

Taseko Mines Ltd. is seeking to prevent a federal panel reviewing its proposal for a gold and copper mine in northern British Columbia from showing a public hearing a documentary it says is biased in favour of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation, who are opposed to the project.

The Tsilhqot'in National Government had requested the film, Blue Gold: The Tsilhqot'in Fight for Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), be shown during a public hearing on Taseko's proposal, according to a message sent today to review panel participants by the panel's chair Robert Connelly.

A lawyer acting for Taseko, Keith Clark with the Vancouver firm Lang Michener, outlined the company's concerns in an e-mail to the review panel yesterday. “It is not evidence,” he wrote. “It is a propaganda film, produced to influence the opinions or behaviour of people, by providing deliberately biased content in an emotional context. By its nature, there is no opportunity for Taseko or anyone else to challenge it. When it is finished it is done. There is no one to answer questions or clarify any of the assertions.”

An e-mail distributed through the Friends of the Nemaiah Valley, one of the groups that funded the documentary directed by Susan Smitten, says Blue Gold is an important film. “It documents the voices of the Tsilhqot'in people themselves,” it said. “These voices are not filtered . . . They are the honest and deeply sincere voices of people who are defending their traditional territory.

“Taseko continues to trivialize these voices by labeling the film 'propaganda.'”

The panel intends to consider Taseko's objection during its first day of hearings in Williams Lake on March 22, Connelly wrote.


Please watch the video, Blue Gold: The Tsilhqot'in Fight for Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) from Susan Smitten on Vimeo.

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Eagle's tail feathers torn out

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BY JENNIFER WEAVER • jeweaver@thespectrum.
com • March 2, 2010

CEDAR CITY - A golden eagle was taken to Southwest Wildlife Foundation founder and raptor rehabilitator Martin Tyner Sunday afternoon by a
game warden from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources after it was hit by a car in Delta.

The adult, male eagle, estimated between 5- to 6-years-old, suffered a minor concussion and bruising but something else potentially life-threatening was also discovered in assessment of the injured bird's health - his tail feathers had been
forcibly removed.

"When we pulled the eagle out of the dog carrier it was kept in, the eagle actually had a band on it and so we know the eagle came form Montana, so while I was recording the information from the band, my wife Susan walked up and said,

'What happened to his tail?'" Tyner said. "I turned the eagle over and said, 'Oh, my God,' and every tail feather had been ripped out."

Tyner said this isn't the first eagle he has treated where the tail feathers were missing. He said there are people who prize eagle feathers more than the
life of the eagle and there is a black market for them as well. ...

To read the rest of the story please visit the following website:

 The Spectrum.com

submitted on behalf of Judy Allen


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Sharks Killed for Oil Used in Swine Flu Vaccine

Planet Earth
December 29, 2009

Vaccines being made to protect people from swine flu may not be so healthy for threatened species of sharks.

That's because millions of doses of the pandemic H1N1/09 vaccine contain a substance called squalene, which is extracted from shark livers. (Get more swine flu facts.)

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More commonly found in beauty products such as skin creams, squalene can be used to make an adjuvant, a compound that boosts the body's immune response.

The World Health Organization recommends adjuvant-based vaccines, because they allow drug makers to create doses that use less of the active component, increasing available supplies.

Olive oil, wheat germ oil, and rice bran oil also naturally contain squalene, albeit in smaller amounts. But for now squalene is primarily harvested from sharks caught by commercial fishers, especially deepwater species. (Related: "Tomato, Tobacco Plants Produce SARS Vaccine.")

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Copenhagen Climate Conference: What You Need to Know

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Christine Dell'Amore
National Geographic News
December 5, 2009
Starting Monday all eyes will be on Copenhagen, Denmark, where world leaders and climate experts will meet at the ten-day UN Climate Change Conference. Their goal: to hash out a new game plan for tackling global warming.

With more than 85 world leaders expected, the Copenhagen climate conference could be the most important world summit since the end of World War II, according to the International Institute for Environment and Development, an independent research institute based in London.

In other words, it's large, and potentially largely confusing. Read on for a breakdown of what the climate conference, nicknamed COP15, is intended to accomplish—and why many experts say there's little time left to act.

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Sea Slime Killing U.S. Seabirds

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—John Roach in Seattle, Washington

Photograph courtesy P. Chilton/COSST



sea slime-coated bird picture


October 30, 2009—Hundreds of birds—including this loon pictured on the Oregon coast in fall 2009—are washing up on the shores of the U.S. Pacific Northwest coated with a foamy sea slime, scientists say.

The slime, which comes from algae blooms in the ocean, saps the waterproofing ability of the birds' feathers, experts say.

"If you had somebody dump water on you and rub soap all over you, you'd be wet and slimy," said Jay Holcomb, executive director at the International Bird Rescue Research Center.

That's essentially what happens to the birds, after their waterproofing is compromised. "Then they have to beach themselves, because they are cold and wet."

Untold hundreds have died, succumbing to hypothermia or predators such as eagles, Holcomb added.


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