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In September, the UN Refugee Agency welcomed important new support committed to by government leaders from Canada, the US, and 48 other states and countries, who joined UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. Convened by President Obama in New York, the Summit was co-hosted by the US,

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Canada is less than a week away from signing a 31-year trade deal that will give Chinese companies new powers over Canadian economic and environmental policy, as well as our right to speak out about them. We should not forfeit our democratic principles in pursuit of trade expansion. Join the

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Hundreds of organizations, politicians, and high profile people darkened their websites yesterday to protest the federal government’s Bill C-38 which limits federal environmental efforts without input from the people the changes will impact the most.  In Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, and St. John’s, environmental leaders and high-profile supporters gathered and spoke

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It’s Rhododendron season in Vancouver, and there are lots of Rhodo trees around that are in full bloom.  If you like pinky red ones, check out East 7th and East 8th and McLean Street (near the Commercial & Broadway skytrain station).  VanDusen Garden’s were in gorgeous bloom last weekend, and

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Rural populations in developing countries are rapidly increasing, threatening many of the planet’s highest biodiversity regions, reports a new study by WWF called Mapping Population onto Priority Conservation Areas. The Priority Conservation Areas in the study are 10 of the 19 places that WWF has determined are priority places for conservation.

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Neil Young is going to be honored as a Humanitarian Award winner at this year’s Juno Awards, reports the Toronto Sun. He co-founded Farm Aid, a 1985 benefit concert that raised $2 million to help family farmers keep their land. He also recorded, with fellow Canadian musicians, the song Tears Are

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Using satellite images to watch for troops buildup or unusual movements is a new way of preventing humanitarian abuses, reports Radio Free Europe. They are being used to help deter any violence related to southern Sudan’s referendum between January 9th and 15th, when people are voting for or against separation. The referendum,

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“We have an empirically verifiable story that actually unites us in common cause,” Canadian Memorial United Church’s Reverend Bruce Sanguin told me recently. Our wisdom unites us and coalesces all the great religions that have ever been. The bottom line is that we are all kin with one another and

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There’s an interesting article in JOM Magazine about some Iowa State University students who went on a two week humanitarian project in Mali, Africa. Mali is one of our world’s ten poorest countries, and the students were helping a village work towards establishing the basics – a clean water supply; safe, efficient

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The World Bank Group, along with various UN organizations, is attempting to make substantial progress toward gender equality, according to a recent study conducted by Heinrich Boll Stiftung North America. The ongoing 16th round of International Development Association replenishment talks is placing a large focus on gender issues across the

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Worldwide humanitarian responses to disasters such as the Pakistan flood crisis suggest that international law does not adequately protect those who are affected by internal strife, violence and emergency. According to a Fact Sheet by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards

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There are 195 million children in our world who are malnourished, Marilyn McHarg, General Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada has told me. Malnutrition is a preventable and treatable condition. More than just the result of too little food, malnutrition occurs when people lack a diet of high-quality

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Valerie Amos, the United Nations’ new under secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, is pushing for a new strategy in order to combat the mass disasters that plague the world. As part of her major funding appeal for the ongoing Pakistan Flood crisis, Amos insisted that lessons

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Hundreds of Brazilian Indians from across the country are gathering to protest the killing of their leaders, the theft of their land for industrial projects, and other threats to their survival, reports Survival International. The August 16th to 20th rally is expected to draw around 800 Indians representing many of Brazil’s 233

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Recently, the potentially ear damaging noises of the new riot police siren (in North America) and the heavily blown vuvuzelas (at the World Cup Soccer) have been making the news.  Meanwhile, the World Health Organization estimates that nearly 300 million people, including 78 million children, worldwide suffer from moderate to

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