Bar Kanada – Musik from the inside!

Hello everybody

and thank u for contributing to my first show about Canadian musicians and the fantastic music constantly overflowing from this giant country.

My show “BarKanada” aired Wednesday, DEC 3rd, 10am EST, 4pm MEZ on the German community radio station Radio Tonkuhle (click on live stream). They broadcast in both live internet stream and fm license (also via cable). Find my playlist below …

I am looking forward to having new as well as established artists on my show BarKanada – for now, I am publishing one hour every first Saturday (next Jan 3rd) of the month from 11am-12pm EST, 5-6pm MEZ. Deadline is the week before.

Please send your cd to Maren Molthan, BarKanada, PO Box 71, Merrickville, ON (no paper, please – epk’s are ok). Info can be emailed to barkanada@gmail.com (ABSOLUTELY no attachments, unless we agree BEFORE your sending on an exception). Before coming to … Continue reading

United against Harper – strategic voting explained

There are a number of sites and Facebook pages I am aware of dedicated to voting strategically to prevent a Harper majority. I agree that getting the word out to as many people as possible is essential. Here’s the list I know of:

http://www.voteforenvironment.ca/
A most practical for those wishing to vote strategically. This site offers comprehensive, up-to-date riding by riding information on how to defeat Harper and his anti-environment policies. Just type in your postal code to get to your riding.

http://www.voteforclimate.ca/en/index.php
We need a government prepared to deal with global warming and pollution from fossil fuels, and ready to play a leadership role in making the world a better place. We have the power to create this government — if we work together this election.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/
At UN negotiations, Canada has been voted the WORST country in the world on climate change 3 times! Avaaz … Continue reading

zipping across H2O

18 Jul 2008 from PEACEWORK’s MySpace blog

Current mood: blissful
Category: Dreams and the Supernatural

just when you think, “oh no, that was a split second too late or too early”, feel yourself tipping over backwards already calculating whether it’s going to save damage if you jump off and where the mast is going to go, you see the horizon tilting and the board turning into an alligator under your too fast and/or slow moves with your greenhorn cut up barefoot soles – THAT is when the sail catches you and the boom pulls so hard in your fists that the chalice in your palms will disguise your formerly fragile hands within two days. Shovels, that’s what I have now. “Pull the gas in slowly now”, he yells across the water, and my body tells me to step … Continue reading

Weeds and the Suburbanites

(clicking on the title takes u 2 an interesting article about lawns)

Morning!

Somebody sent me this by email and I am smiling over the timing… I suppose, a lot of you enjoy the rain as you don’t have to water your lawn, but it makes the grass grow so fast… well, I hope you’ll find this conversation between GOD and St. Francis stimulating, too…. The photo shows my backyard. I didn’t plant much and I never ever weed it, needless to say. I did put the stone walkway in…

GOD:

Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago?
I had a perfect no-maintenance … Continue reading

ROBERT LOVELACE BEGINS HUNGER STRIKE/PAULA SHERMAN MAY GO TO JAIL

hello everybody,

from today’s Uranium news I draw the following info, please feel free to forward:

ROBERT LOVELACE BEGINS HUNGER STRIKE/PAULA SHERMAN MAY GO TO JAIL

On February 15, 2008 Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN) Spokesperson Robert Lovelace was sentenced in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Kingston to 6 months in maximum security, plus crippling fines, for peacefully protesting uranium mining in the Ardoch homeland. Chief Paula Sherman was fined $15,000 and given until today to pay the fine, failing which she will be jailed.

Lovelace, who turned 60 in jail, announced that he will begin a hunger strike tomorrow to press the government to respond to Ardoch’s request for good faith negotiations. “I do not want my children and grandchildren to have to go through what we are going through” he said. “Starting tomorrow I will consume only water in the hopes that our cry for … Continue reading

information or propaganda or: what do you mean with "nuclear renaissance"?

welcome to Maren’s press club, hope your lattes are fair traded and
hormone-free, ladies and gentlemen, but this is worth reading and
writing about it!

really quite something this issue – thought I’d forward this in
anticipation of your interest.

especially in reference to Sunday’s “Dispatches” on CBC radio one
yesterday, I couldn’t have asked for a better timing respectively, check
out # 7). I blogged on myspace about the disappointing one-sided nuclear
edition and can send that on request.

Robert Lovelace’s letter to his daughter however, deserves ALL your
attention.

Hope you can take the time.

Humbly

Maren

URANIUM NEWS
http://www.ccamu.ca

April 7, 2008

CITIZENS’ INQUIRY INTO THE IMPACTS
OF THE URANIUM CYCLE
KINGSTON SESSION
TOMORROW 1-5PM 6-9PM
Queen St. United Church
Corner of Queen and Clergy Streets

IN THIS ISSUE:

1) MINISTER OF NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND MINES REFUSES INVITATION TO
THE URANIUM CITIZENS’ INQUIRY
2) CCAMU … Continue reading

Things to do when in opposition to Uranium mining

Hello my friends,

as North Grenville will be directly affected by potential spills of exploratory drillings in Robertsville west of Perth I urge communities to organize info-sessions on the dangers of Uranium-mining so close to home and councils to pass a motion for Uranium-mining moratorium in the province of Ontario.

Speakers like John Kittle (claims go through his property) who is prepared to challenge the Province of Ontario on the constitutionality of the Mining Act in case the political road does not lead to a Moratorium on Uranium-Mining, was happy to assure participation in a potential info session.

This is not an indigenous problem, this is the multi-billion-dollar Nuclear Industry endangering aquifers and risking a radioactive Rideau where tourists won’t travel anymore and communities will glow for hundreds of thousands of years. Did you know that radioactive Radon, an invisible emission when drilling for Uranium is recognized NOW as the … Continue reading

City of Ottawa calls for Uranium-Stop

FEBRUARY 27, 2008: OTTAWA CITY COUNCIL, ALL BUT UNANIMOUSLY, PASSED THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION TODAY…

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Community and Protective Services Committee direct City Council to:

1) Petition the Province of Ontario and Premier Dalton McGuinty to initiate an immediate moratorium on uranium mineral prospecting, exploration and mining in Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa River watershed until such a time that all environmental and health issues related to uranium mining and native land claims are resolved;

2) That City of Ottawa petitions the Province of Ontario to undertake an immediate comprehensive public review of the Mining Act, 1990.

Congratulations to those who worked hard to bring this issue to the attention of the council!

this SAT Rally in Napanee to protest incarceration of Bob Lovelace

1) RALLY IN SUPPORT OF BOB LOVELACE: Napanee, this Sat., 11 a.m.
2) ARDOCH ALGONQUIN FIRST NATION PRESS RELEASE
3) AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
4) LANARK, FRONTENAC, LENNOX & ADDINGTON GREEN PARTY OF ONTARIO PRESS RELEASE
5) LETTER TO THE EDITOR
6) WHERE TO SEND DONATIONS – REMINDER
7) EVENT REMINDERS:
IAN TAMBLYN – TOMORROW: Feb 20th, National Archives, 7 p.m.
FATHEAD – This Friday, Feb 22nd, McDonald’s Corners, 7:30 p.m.
8) EVENTS: WEIGHING THE RISKS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY- TOWARD A RENEWABLE ENERGY STRATEGY FOR ONTARIO: Peterborough, Mar 7th
9) EVENTS: SONG CIRCLE AND ART SALE: NAC, Ottawa, March 8th
10) LETTER TO LEGISLATORS FROM CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS.
11) ALGONQUIN LEADER FINED, JAILED SIX MONTHS…Kingston Whig
12) LINK TO WALRUS ARTICLE
_______________________________________________________________________

1) RALLY IN SUPPORT OF BOB LOVELACE

What: Rally in Napanee

When: Saturday, February 23 from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Speakers at approx. Noon

Where: Quinte Regional … Continue reading

Algonquin jailed six months and fined 25 000

This is from Mike, Donna Dillmann’s partner. I hope every single one of you will make their outrage heard – this is our future and the future of our children Ontario politicians are in the process of fucking up meanwhile the Ontario’s judicial system just gave the indigenous people involed in the protest a big hearty kick in the butt – thanx McGuinty, but you won’t get away with that one.

Make sure to come to Napanee on Feb 23rd and express your solidarity with the heroic Algonquin leaders who won’t back down for OUR WATER, AIR and SOIL.

Hi
Thank you for your interest and, more specifically, for being in touch with Mike and/or I in regard to efforts to raise public awareness on the uranium issue. Raise public awareness we did and, in addition, while we did not (yet) convince Premier McGuinty to place a moratorium on … Continue reading

Algonquin leader fined, jailed six months

Second uranium mining protester also fined but released on ‘compassionate grounds’
Posted By Sue Yanagisawa Whig-Standard Court Reporter, posted 2 days ago

The lawyer for a uranium prospecting company, frustrated by an Algonquin-led protest that disrupted the company’s plans for test drilling north of Sharbot Lake last summer, said it gave him “no pleasure to ask for incarceration.”

Yet Neal J. Smitheman asked for exactly that this week, the maximum jail sentence possible in fact, and substantial fines against Algonquin leaders who refused to ‘purge’ contempt charges by formally promising not to interfere in the future with his client, Oakville-based Frontenac Ventures Corp.

Yesterday morning, Superior Court Justice Douglas Cunningham gave Smitheman what he had asked for.

After observing that “they have not only engaged in a full-scale occupation of the Clarendon site, they have counselled others to do so as well,” and telling those present in the courtroom that … Continue reading

Jim Harding Book tour

The absurdity consists in how all this is news again. I remember watching young German kids, a bit older than myself, just more daring, I guess, getting their chains torched off the train tracks by police who were trying to give way to a train transport of radioactive waste that a then conservative provincial government headed by a Premier without much insight in what this material was really about, decided to transport it to an inappropriate temporary storage facility in a salt stock – Gorleben, Germany. After left-wing terror had marked the 70ies, the whole opposition movement renewed with the civil disobedience of the anti nuclear demos in the 80ies. Entire families split up over the dispute, there were street fighting scenes repeatedly in the news – did nobody watch this here in Canada? Just one thing comes to mind: from the 80ties to 2000 is twenty years. That’s how … Continue reading

PUBLIC PANEL TO DEBATE CARBON TRADING & OTHER FREE-MARKET BASED MECHANISMS FOR ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE

Leading carbon trading critics, proponents to debate in Ottawa on January 25, 2008

Who:
Donna Dillman, Community Coalition Against Uranium Mining

Helena Olivas, Delphi Group

Stephen Hazell, Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada

Larry Lohmann, Author of Carbon Trading: A Critical Conversation on Climate Change, Privatization and Power, Durban Group for Climate Justice

Jutta Kill, Forests and the European Union Resource Network, Durban Group for Climate Justice

What:
A free public panel to debate the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities of carbon trading and other free-market based mechanisms for addressing climate change.

When:
19:30, January 25, 2008.

Where:
University of Ottawa, Art Building Room 026

Why:
As politicians and corporations are increasingly responding to the public’s demand for action on sustainability and climate change, certain voices and solutions are being left out of the debate. This debate will bring together critics of carbon trading with those who advocate … Continue reading

COUNCIL OF CANADIANS’ DAY OF ACTION

Day of Action: Demand a Canadian Energy Strategy on February 2, 2008

Send Stephen Harper a Mitten.

Canadians experience long, cold winter months. As the snow starts to fly, our thoughts turn to staying warm. To do that, we need energy to heat our homes. But right now, Canada does not have a national energy strategy that addresses where our energy comes from, where it is going, or the high price of environmental devastation that can come with producing it.

That is why the Council of Canadians is organizing Take Charge! A National Day of Action to Demand a Canadian Energy Strategy on Saturday, February 2, 2008.

For more information go to http://www.canadians.org/energy/action/index.html

PEACEWORK release – a lot of fun!

PEACEWORK and Bova Sound – good vibrations!

fltr:
Phillip Shaw Bova
Scott Arena
Philip Victor Bova
Maren Molthan


PEACEWORK – all together now!

fltr:
Tanya Barkhouse
Peter Woods
Phillip Shaw Bova
Scott Arena
Philip Victor Bova
Maren Molthan
Eric Hasnick (hiding)
Gale Edmunds


SHINE!

vltr:
Tanya Barkhouse
Gale Edmunds

all photos by Gord Glaze (www.commeleon.com) – he went home to get the camera and shot tons of fantastic photos, thanx so much, Gord!!!

Canada under fire for flouting federal global warming law

(Ottawa, Canada, November 29, 2007) Just days before Canadian Environment Minister John Baird leaves for the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Canada is facing a second legal challenge for missing a key deadline under global warming legislation passed into law earlier this year. The government was served late yesterday with a second Application for Judicial Review for violating the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA), the Canadian federal law that requires reductions in greenhouse gas emissions according to the Kyoto Protocol commitment.

The application was filed on behalf of Friends of the Earth Canada by Chris Paliare of the firm Paliare Roland Barristers and Ecojustice (formerly Sierra Legal). The application alleges that the federal Minister of the Environment and the Governor in Council, consisting of federal cabinet ministers, are ignoring the rule of law by failing to comply with yet another requirement of the KPIA.

The federal government was … Continue reading

PEACEWORK – choices: program details

this is what it looks like when a chocolate bar packaging falls in love with an e-string… nothing like a g-string but nonetheless pretty tempting, isn’t it?! 🙂

By the way, this exact diy cd booklet took me about ten minutes to make (it all starts with an empty Kleenex Box, but I hope to have a movie on myspace soon ?)) – wonder what the exact definition of that word is).

I donated it to CASE, and I know for a fact that one of our fans bid $ 50 on it during their fundraiser last week on Saturday 10th – he confirmed now that the organizers notified him, that he was the winning guy.

Anyway, everybody who followed our invitation, thank you very much for … Continue reading

PEACEWORK: Independent soul formation releases debut CD in Merrickville

Are you ready? Love and Peace Maren & Scott


myspace.com/peacework maren@peaceworkband.ca scott@peaceworkband.ca

Press release:

PEACEWORK: Independent soul formation releases debut CD in Merrickville

SAT 17th November 2007
doors open 8 pm

baldachin inn ballroom (www.baldachin.com)
111 st lawrence @ main
merrickville
613 269 4223

tickets @ harry mclean’s pub (same address) or from the band $ 20 includes admission and cd at door

There are ten songs on the album “choices” – containing brand new material, Scott points out: “Just To Be With You” is a song that I wrote for Maren, when we were visiting her family in Germany earlier this year. It was awesome to present it only three days later on a huge Berlin outdoor stage where one of her friends put us … Continue reading

UNDERMINING THE FUTURE: A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF MINING

With Joan Kuyek, National CO-ordinator of MiningWatch Canada, and Marilyn Crawford, Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium (CCAMU) and Co-Chair, MiningWatch Canada

Joan Newman Kuyek has been the National Co-ordinator of Mining Watch Canada – a pan-Canadian coalition of environmental, labour, social justice and Aboriginal groups – since its inception in April 1999. She has a long history as an adult educator and community development practitioner. She founded and organized two community development corporations in Sudbury, and has worked for The Church and the Economic Crisis Project of the United Church of Canada, the World Council of Churches and for the Sudbury Community Legal Clinic. In 1995, her community work was recognized with an honorary doctorate of Social Work from Laurentian University.

Marilyn Crawford has been working for the past 6 years on issues related to staking of mining claims and exploration. Her main focus has been the Ontario’s Mining Act … Continue reading

HALF OF THE UK’S REACTORS OFFLINE

Date: 25/10/2007
Author: News
The nuclear industry continues to show failings in reliability by shutting down nearly half of the UK’s reactor fleet for maintenance this week, even as the Government finalizes its consultation on a new generation of British nuclear power.

British Energy was forced to admit that seven of the UK’s 19 nuclear reactors had been shut down: five for routine maintenance, two on the discovery of internal faults.

Hartlepool and Heysham were closed due to an ‘issue with wire winding’, which could delay their reopening even further.

Former environment secretary Michael Meacher described the situation as ‘extremely worrying’.

He told the BBC that when it comes to energy delivery, ‘One needs certainty, and the nuclear industry doesn’t provide it.’

http://www.theecologist.org/news_detail.asp?content_id=1113

mdchc checking origin of form

Hello Maren,

As discussed during our telephone conversation last week, I have taken your concern to our Management Team for discussion. I wanted to determine how the form had been developed and confirm the data collection requirements of CHC’s across the province. I hope that you had the opportunity during the week to check out the Association of Ontario Community Health Centres (AOHC) website to find out more about the work of Community Health Centres in Ontario communities. The website is www.aohc.org. While CHC’s provide medical services there are
also other broader programs and initiatives provided in the community depending upon community needs.

We are reviewing our forms and checking with colleagues in other CHC’s regarding the wording, which had been taken directly from a CHC Program Evaluation User Guide provided to us. While we are required to collect the information, as are all 55 CHC’s in the province, we … Continue reading

Open letter to Merrickville’s District Clinic Health Centre

Dear Ruth,

thanx for our conversation on the phone last Wednesday (?), I think it was,..
I finally found some time to read up on things I wanted to check before critiquing your questionnaire CLIENT REGISTRATION FORM, where patients are asked to specify their race/ethnic origin, when a second question right afterwards enquires about their “country of origin” which made me think long and hard. I wanted to at least superficially research this complex which I have been able to just tonight.

Sorry for the delay. Unfortunately I haven’t found anything on the Health Canada pages, which would explain (guidelines? good practise? not really), why such question was required. And besides, Health Canada is already asking that or the like at the border:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/travel-voyage/
general/inspection/index_e.html

As I haven’t been in time yet to try on the phone, I am sending this letter also to the media staff of the health … Continue reading

NUCLEAR SMOKE AND MIRRORS FROM ALBERTA TO AUSTRALIA

Jim Harding is a retired professor of environmental and justice studies and author of the just released Canada’s Deadly Secret: Saskatchewan Uranium and the Global Nuclear System (Fernwood, 2007).

The AECL’s Advanced Candu and Bush’s Global Nuclear Partnership

By Jim Harding

A few weeks before Stephen Harper went to the APEC meeting in Australia, ready to discuss George Bush’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), the Energy Alberta Corporation (EAC) in consort with AECL announced its plan to build two Advanced Candu Reactors (ACRs) near Peace River, Alberta. Harper, EAC’s Wayne Henuset and AECL’s mandarins won’t want the public to connect the dots too quickly. Harper’s minority government might not weather a heated controversy over Canada importing nuclear wastes while having a huge unsolved nuclear waste problem of its own. That controversy erupted in the Australian election campaign after the Howard government indicated it would consider buying into Bush’s plan to … Continue reading

ANTI-URANIUM MINING BENEFIT CONCERT

SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST URANIUM MINING IN OUR COMMUNITIES

ATTEND THE CONCERT AT OSO HALL
SUNDAY OCTOBER 14TH 2PM
ADMISSION $10

THE ANTI- URANIUM TRILOGY
Three of Canada’s best know singer songwriters have each written songs with the uranium mine as their theme. Each has donated their time and talents and recorded these songs as a fundraiser for the fight against uranium mining.

TERRY TUFTS
BOREALIS RECORDING ARTIST. SIX ALBUMS, GUEST ON: TOMMY HUNTER SHOW, RITA McNEIL SHOW, PETER GZOWSKI, CCMA AWARDS, CANADA DAY–PARLIAMENT HILL

NEVILLE WELLS
CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC STAR, COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME MEMBER. FOUNDED THE OMPAH STOMP & THE FORERUNNER OF THE CANADA’S COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

FRANK MORRISON
SIX TOP TEN HITS, INCLUDING “THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT” WITH THE TOWNSMEN. TOURED WITH THE BEACH BOYS, ROY ORBISON, & OTHER GREATS. NATIONAL CTV & CBC TV/RADIO PERFORMANCES.

FEATURING THE ABOVE PERFORMERS & SPECIAL GUESTS THE FABULOUS FRONTENAC … Continue reading

Nuclear River or Bad Science?

TALK: NUCLEAR RIVER OR BAD SCIENCE?

This is your chance to come out and ask important questions!!!

THE MISSISSIPPI MILLS RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION (MMRA)
TALK: NUCLEAR RIVER OR BAD SCIENCE?
INFO: ARNIE FRANCIS arnie@istar.ca

Date/Time: Friday, October 12, 2007, 7:30 pm
Location: Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin Street, Almonte

Here’s a link to Google maps.

Cost: No admission charge – Free-will offering gratefully accepted.

This is a moderated information session which will include three perspectives as well as a chance for questions and answers. This uranium mining issue is proving to be a complicated and emotionally-charged debate in which many residents of Mississippi Mills are deeply engaged. The topic has been the subject of several news items of late. This moderated session will allow audience members to clarify their understanding of the issues and pose questions to the speakers.

Speakers:

Mr. John Kittle MSc has 2 years experience … Continue reading

DONNA DILLMAN’S HUNGER STRIKE

Donna Dillman will be proceeding with her hunger strike on Thanksgiving Monday, October 8, 2007.
It was decided yesterday that it would be beneficial to have Donna stay right at the site, outside of the gates, to draw more attention to the centre of the protest. It is important to know that Donna has not passed through the gates of the site and what she is doing is well within her legal rights, as she will be camping on the road allowance.
Some people were wondering if Donna was welcome to stay at Parliament Hill. Know that the OPP and RCMP were willing to discuss accommodating Donna and that her choice to keep the hunger strike at the protest site, in no way suggests a lack of cooperation on the part of the police. Donna is allowing for the possibility of moving her protest to Parliament Hill if needed.

NOTE … Continue reading

Legitimacy versus Legality

Bruce H. Moore is the Director of the International Land Coalition, an alliance of intergovernmental and civil-society organizations working together to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land. The ILC Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations in Rome, Italy. For more information go to

http://www.landcoalition.org/

ARTICLE BY BRUCE H. MOORE

Uranium Mining – Legitimacy versus Legality
Global demand for minerals, fuels and forest products is a daily headline around the world. On the surface, the promise of jobs and the projections of bull markets appear full of hope for workers and investors alike. However, the story below the surface may be different. Conflicts over natural resources are rising. Growing numbers of local land owners and traditional users increasingly fear that they will loose their land and resource rights to the powerful corporate forces of international mining, energy and forestry.

Extractive industries, such as Frontenac … Continue reading

THE AWAKENING IN PERTH

Time: Thursday, October 4th, 2007 6pm opening ceremony
Location: Stewart Park and the Perth Fair Grounds, Perth ON

Focused on the Future, Honoring the Past!
A Three Day Circle of All Nations Celebration of the Waterways of North America and 175th Anniversary of the Rideau Canal (Newest Unesco World Heritage Site!)
Coordinated by Merriwolf Productions

Guest speakers will cover the topic of Uranium Mining in the Frontenac and Lanark region.

October 7, 2007

3:20 PM – 3:50PM
Joan Kuyek, Mining Watch Canada
Impacts of Mining and Mineral Exploration

5:20 PM – 5:50PM
Doreen Davie, Algonquin Chief
Local Struggles to Protect Lands and Watersheds

6:20 PM – 6:30PM
Paula Sherman, Algonquin Chief
Local Struggles to Protect Lands and Watersheds

RESISTANCE IS FERTILE interviews Bob Lovelace

The following excerpt was taken for the Resistance if Fertile website. There are two recorded interviews with Bob Lovelace, elder of the Ardoch Algonquins.

Follow Up With Bob Lovelace on the Blockade of a Proposed Uranium Mine

The continuing blockade of a proposed uranium mine near Sharbot Lake is an incredibly important struggle that is getting very little media coverage. Unfortunately that’s the way it goes, and that’s one of the reasons I do this show. I spoke with retired Ardoch Algonquin chief Bob Lovelace back on August 29 (our first interview is below this one), and here we speak again to learn how things have been progressing.

As it stands most of the leaders of the blockade have warrants out for their arrest and are facing a $77 million lawsuit. Despite this, they are absolutely firm in their stance that the mine will never go through and they will … Continue reading

Tourism Minister Jim Bradley not aware of Rideau’s World Heritage Status?

Banner in front of the tents near the proposed Frontenac Ventures uranium mine

In a phone conversation with Maren Molthan, Susan Freeman, Deputy Reeve in Tay Valley Township and Councillor for Lanark County, described her latest efforts to turn the protest in the communities with uranium mining into alterations to the Ontario Mining Act. She has worked on that for years and met with Bill Mauro, parliamentary assistant to Northern Development and Mining Minister Rick Bartolucci on Tuesday, the 21st of August. Susan also talked to Jim Bradley, Minister for Tourism of Ontario. The purpose of these meetings was to attract some Ministerial attention on the treatment and consequences residents of Lanark County and Tay Valley Township face with uranium and graphite mining.

Maren Molthan: … Continue reading

Impossible disasters and nuclear plants

Want to have a look at how safe nuclear is and how reliable and transparent information is handled (or rather man-handled) in case of a disaster?

Here are some diary entries from two Greenpeace experts trying to measure radioactivity after the earthquake in Japan in July 07 – its intensity was declared impossible to occur by the plant operators.

Fun stuff!

This is a recent article on what is to do today to channel the nuclear renaissance into somewhat secure waters …

Here is a very informative article on how bad the situation in Canada was in 1989 – and now, almost two decades later, it has not changed since radiation remains for thousands of years …

Nuclear Power: Exploding the Myths

And here is an excellent background article for everyone just starting to find out about nuclear:

reprinted from Encompass Magazine, March 2001

by Gordon Edwards

Nuclear power was once portrayed as peaceful, clean, safe, cheap and abundant. It was even described as miraculous. Disney’s animated documentary film “Our Friend the Atom” promised that nuclear power could end world hunger, eliminate poverty, and bring about an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity. For decades, the Canadian Nuclear Association distributed a public-relations comic book which concluded with these words:

“NEW BOON TO MANKIND

“The benefits of nuclear radiation that we know today are nothing when compared to what we may reasonably expect in the future.

“Food may be preserved in its original fresh condition for long periods of time. Nuclear-powered ships may ply the oceans; trains may cross continents many times on only a few ounces of nuclear fuel; power reactors may … Continue reading

Silk and Steel releasing up in the Ballroom


June 23rd

7 – 9 pm

CD Release Party CREDO

The following text is from the artist’s website:

CameronStrings first CD, Credo, is now available. You can order it through Mirick’s Landing in Merrickville at (613) 269-3559. To order online please go to our EBay listiing. If you use this link, you’ll have to create your own Ebay account [if you don’t already have one] which is very easy to do, but if you don’t want to create your own EBay account then email Glen Pilon directly at glentam@sympatico.ca . If you live near Merrickville, join us for the CD Release party in the ballroom at the Baldachin Inn on Saturday June 23. See poster below for … Continue reading

Lynne Hanson plays her first Harry


Lynne Hanson is on her way to Merrickville to play for the first time (!) at Harry McLean’s

Saturday, 21st of APRIL, 9 pm.

Her songwriting and singing and the courage to put up with the Saturday-night-crowd of a small town deserves a full house, so come ye all plentiful, no matter shape and size. The following passage is from her homepage:

“A stunning collection of roots-based songs coupled with exceptional vocals and an impressive array of musicians. Every year at KVMR-FM, we’re asked to choose our Top 5 new releases for air play. Things I Miss will surely be on my list!”
– Dennis Brunnenmeyer, Nevada City Limits, KVMR-FM Radio
LATEST NEWS:
River By My Side from Things I Miss won the Blues Award … Continue reading

Low-Stompin-Roots in Merrickville

Truthful songwriters and restless picking researchers John Carroll and Mike O’Brien are back at Harry McLean’s Pub this

Saturday, April 7th, 9 pm at no cover charge.

The vibe was great when they played there in March:

Possible that the flames get higher this time even, now that the happy season is just one more snowfall away …

MODERN LIVING Black hole for male hotties

by GEORGIE BINKS (posted on the cbc homepage), freelancer in Toronto

Ever since journalists revealed they were checking out “babes” in a Chicago courtroom to fight the boredom of Conrad Black’s trial last week, a @#$%^&storm has ensued.

Writer Ian Brown devoted a number of paragraphs in a recent Globe and Mail story discussing the hotness of various female legal counsel at the former media mogul’s trial. The only lament was that Judge Amy St. Eve’s body was covered in those darned cumbersome legal robes. It’s too bad the same people designing outfits for female volleyball players can’t come up with something more enticing for female judges’ bodies, but give ’em time. (Don’t forget the whip and boots accessories.)

On the editorial pages and in conversation this week, women have lamented that despite the fact we’ve made great gains professionally, we’re still just good body parts to the … Continue reading

Make your move! Wild horses in Canada

by Maren Molthan with excerpts of the National Post

The rare breed Suffield Mustang regenerates in a small herd in the Marlboro Forest of Ontario. Meanwhile Albertans shoot the last examples of the Sundre horses with rifles. Is there a thing like “Canadian Mustangs”?!

Thump! This bunch of grass is ripped off the ground and disappears between Widowmaker’s lips. The dark brown stallion, the waves of his long mane run over his shoulder as he moves, one step, one mouthful, one step, another thump, another step, moving, always moving. The visitor’s eyes light up when Gale O’Grady explains, that this Mustang (from “mesteno”, Spanish, for “ownerless” or “stray”) has never felt anybody riding him. He must at least touch the beast now, but try to approach it. Though its muscled body … Continue reading