Fightback against Charest's "Plan Nord"

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marois spoke to a medef-sponsored meeting (that gang is a sort french national 'chamber of commerse') and basically reiterated her support for the development of the north, with a few fairly important changes, including: 'respect for the indigenous and first nations peoples living on the territory', a royalty hike on raw resources, a surtax on 'over profiting' which basically would mean something like a scaled income tax rising sharply above a certain point, a great plan to force companies to pay for government-built infrastructure.  she also put the accent on still-evolving plans to encourage value-added in quebec (refinement, processing and fabrication) and reiterated her intention to create the quebec economic development bank, somewhat to that effect.

an account here, and also i caught sometihng on rad-can but don't know where to find that.  http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-quebecoise/201...

all told, pretty predictable, but i'm nonetheless fairly optimistic that the government gets it.  not too much was said about the environmental side of it, but this wouldn't exactly have been the group to excite with that sort of talk, so i doubt it's particularly revealing.

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I've been trying to post that link for the past hour, but this f*cking babble upgrade keeps sending me the "page unavailable" message.

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No response from Marois to the protests, though.

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Le Conseil du statut de la femme craint les conséquences négatives du Plan Nord

excerpt: (google translate)

"When there are large concentrations of people in remote communities far from their social fabric, there tends to be an increase in violence against women in general," said Alexa Conradi, president of the FFQ.

 

Unionist

Thanks for that last link, Boom Boom. The full report by the Québec Federation of Women is supposed to be published today, with 14 recommendations. I'll be looking around for it.

 

Unionist

Very good report on RDI right now.

Unionist

Wow - was it ever a good report - and look what happened as a result (my translation):

[url=http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/societe/2012/10/23/005-uashat-malio... leaders of Uashat-Maliotenam bow under pressure[/url]

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The band council of the Innu community of Uashat-Maliotenam, near Sept-Îles, has suspended negotiations with the companies of the south after the broadcast of an Enquête report [Radio-Canada investigative program - the one I watched on Sunday] which revealed that it was mainly these non-Aboriginal partners who were profiting from the Plan Nord spinoffs.

The Enquête team discovered confidential agreements, confused partnerships, and complex financial scenarios which allow these companies to make huge profits by associating themselves with the Innu. In the program, the people criticized not only these "phoney" partnerships, but also their own elected officials for setting them up.

 

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Thanks for that, Unionist. I've posted it to my Facebook account.

 

Unionist

From The McGill Daily:

[url=http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2012/10/still-we-colonize/]Still we colonize[/url]

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Some assume that because it was the former Premier Jean Charest who initiated Plan Nord, it is now something of the past. Pauline Marois and her PQ government did take issue with Plan Nord, but not because of its blatant disregard for indigenous sovereignty; rather, because it was a bad deal for Quebec. The Plan is often seen as Quebec taking control of its resources. Some have proposed that Plan Nord is, therefore, only a means of colonizing the North so as to ensure the land is firmly Quebecois, should a referendum to secede transpire. The irony of a sovereigntist political party wholly overlooking indigenous sovereignty is endless.

As members of a McGill community, we play an important part in this reality. Privatization is a virus, nothing is sacred and everything is affected. The public university has sold itself to the private sector, to those whose primary purpose is the unrestrained pursuit of profit. Here, mining companies are great friends – our glorious benefactors whose belligerent greed is entirely overlooked. This happy ignorance has repercussions in which we are directly implicated.

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I believe I posted links earlier that indicated the PQ will keep Plan Nord in place but with minor changes - better royalties from resource extraction, for example.

Unionist

For sure, Boom Boom - I was just pleased to see this kind of op ed piece in the most "privileged" of anglo universities.

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Plan Nord Be Dammed! Innu reject Quebec government’s “North for all” plan

SEPT-ÎLES, QC—Marie Louise Andre Mackenzie is an 86-year-old elder from the tiny town of Schefferville, Quebec. With deep and dignified wrinkles on her face, and a large smile, Mackenzie speaks in Innu-aimun. As she speaks, her granddaughter translates her words to French.

“I will always protect my land and my language. But now our land is broken up. Schefferville is full of holes. But if I die, all will die with me,” said Mackenzie, who spoke to The Dominion in a house on the reserve of Uashat. “The impact of mining development has meant that the youth are happy because they have jobs, but they are not conscious of all they are losing.”...

http://intercontinentalcry.org/plan-nord-be-dammed-innu-reject-quebec-go...

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200 demonstrators today in Old Montréal against Plan Nord - huge police presence, demo declared "illegal" because no itinerary was provided. Another day in our home town!

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I guess when it snows everyone ignores the no masks rule. 

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kropotkin1951 wrote:

I guess when it snows everyone ignores the no masks rule. 

Haha, very observant!

Unionist

The demonstration continues today, as does the brutal police suppression.

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/02/09/plan-nord-protes... police arrest more than 30 Plan Nord protestors[/url]

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No Train without the Innu   February 11, 2013

(Sept-Îles) Innu Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam (ITUM) are ready to mount the barricades in connection with the proposed railway between Schefferville and Sept-Îles Canadian National to transport millions of tons of iron from the Plan Nord. There will be no rail without their consent, they warn.

“CN has never tried to contact us and seek our consent,” commented the head of ITUM, Georges-Ernest Grégoire. ”The company talks about his project to make the world free with key stakeholders. Since the CN does not seem to want to obtain the consent of ITUM, ITUM opposes the project. ”

The leader also criticized Gregoire CN to try to avoid an environmental assessment of the project. ITUM for it is inconceivable that a railway traverse a significant portion of Quebec and bisect its ancestral territory does not subject to environmental assessments.

Community such request the support of governments and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, associated with the CN railway project.

“All development projects in Canada, particularly megaprojects such as the CN must be comprehensive and thorough environmental assessments, enroll in the context of sustainable development, the test of social acceptability and absolutely be in compliance with the rights of indigenous peoples, “said Chief Gregory.

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Canadian National puts costly railway line in northern Quebec on ice  (dated February 9, probably an error)

MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway has put a costly railway line in northern Quebec on hold midway through a feasibility study, due in part to delays in mining projects because of low iron ore prices.

(no mention of input from the Innu)

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First Nations in Quebec threaten to take province to court

(video)

Quebec First Nations are not happy with the new legislation.

The comments come after the province passed a law that undercuts First Nations consultations around mining.

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