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Friday, June 19, 2009

Arctic Sovereignty act earns high praise

According to a news article written by Randy Boswell of the Canwest News service,which was published in the Friday June 10th,2009 edition of the Edmonton Journal newspaper,

"A leading Canadian expert on circumpolar politics is praising the ruling federal Conservative government in Canada for strengthening the country's control over its Arctic waters through environmental legislation that came into force last week."

This legislation extends Canadian authority over Arctic shipping by an additional 100 nautical miles (185 kilometers), beyond the current 100-mile control zone in the waters off Canada's northern coastline. Stated Canadian Government Transport Minister John Baird

"With these amendments, Canada increases its ability to protect its Arctic waters from pollution by expanding the geographic area covered under the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, which is aimed at preventing ship-source pollution, said Baird. "These measures will help to ensure environmentally responsible shipping in our Arctic waters."

My reaction to this is that it is great that the Canadian Government is going to take more responsibility for ensuring our Arctic waters are protected from pollution. I wish however, the Government had indicated how they were going to monitor this area so that other nations of the world feel obligated to ensure that the ships owned by their people are sea-worthy and in a good state of condition,to ensure that any chance of pollution to these waters is minimized. Does the Conservative Government intend to purchase ships and long-range aircraft to monitor the shipping in the Arctic, to ensure that these waters of ours are not polluted and also ensure that Canada's claim to these waters as our own is enforced?

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.