Archive for December 2011

Congolese Elections—A Step Backward

December 23, 2011

While the African Union and neighbouring countries have accepted the results of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) recently held presidential and parliamentary elections, most national and international observers have said that the results were marred by substantial electoral irregularities…

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ELCIC letter to Minister Kent re. Canada’s withdrawal from Kyoto Protocol

December 15, 2011

The Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), has written to  Minister of the Environment Peter Kent expressing her disappointment and concern over the recent decision of the government to withdraw Canada from…

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Kyoto Withdrawal Diminishes Canada

December 14, 2011

Environment Minister Peter Kent’s announcement of Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol not only tarnishes our international reputation but also betrays the efforts of the thousands of Canadians who worked long and hard for Canada to ratify the only legal…

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Building a Culture of Solidarity with Migrant Workers

December 14, 2011

A Christmas Wish to mark December 18 International Migrants Day On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrant’s Day. On 18…

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Policy Briefing Paper #30: Coal and Shale Gas Obstacles to Climate Justice

December 14, 2011

While much attention has focused on the tar sands as the fastest growing source of Canadian greenhouse gas emissions, climate justice demands that we also curb emissions from coal and shale gas. The most recent KAIROS briefing paper examines these…

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Banner Presentation & Feast Mark Qualicum Celebrations

December 13, 2011

L to R: Quilter Beulah Paugh, Qualicum Band Councillor Donna Kennedy, Qualicum Band Councillor Darlene Wells, Chief Patricia Cassidy, designer Norma Emerson, and Parksville/Qualicum KAIROS Chair Hans Kratz. In the midst of a few hundred school children, parents, and supporters,…

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Reflection for Advent 4: Midwifing Solidarity

December 13, 2011

I had a January baby (she is now almost eight!).  So I remember the December before her birth as a month of profound anticipation.  Advent for me was not symbolic, but intensely real as preparations unfolded and my hope and…

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Too Little, Too Late

December 12, 2011

By John Dillon Politicians are portraying the outcome of the Durban climate conference as a “success” because they have agreed to keep on talking in the hope of arriving at a legally binding pact by 2015 that would take effect…

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Some final reflections

December 9, 2011

It’s the end of the second week of negotiations here in Durban.  A fair number of official and civil society delegates have already returned home, as this is where political leaders are left to make final compromises.  A total of…

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Il est impératif de prendre des mesures urgentes pour améliorer les conditions de vie dans les communautés autochtones : le Canada doit respecter ses obligations en matière de droits humains

December 8, 2011

Les peuples et les personnes autochtones ont le droit au même niveau de vie et au même accès aux services gouvernementaux que tous les Canadiens. Ils ont le droit de vivre et d’élever leurs familles sur leurs propres terres et…

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Attawapiskat Joint Statement: Urgent action needed to improve living conditions in Aboriginal communities

December 8, 2011

Canada must meet its human rights obligations. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to enjoy the same standard of living and access to government services that are enjoyed by other people in Canada. They have the right to live…

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Backwards to Climate Chaos or Forwards to Climate Action?

December 8, 2011

By John Dillon Environment Minister Peter Kent wants out of the Kyoto Protocol (KP), which he describes as “ineffective and unfair because the major emerging economies [particularly China and India], still want to consider themselves … to be developing countries.”…

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Primate’s Statement: A call to action for the love of creation

December 7, 2011

“We believe that we show our respect for God’s creation by working for a climate treaty that is morally and legally binding… As people “striving to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth,…

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COP17 — From Meeting to Marching to Prayer

December 7, 2011

On Sunday, December 4th, several KAIROS partners and collaborators gathered to debrief and discuss their experiences of Durban COP17 (so far!) over lunch at the Diakonia Centre, home to the Faith Secretariat for this COP. Beyond Julia, Caroline, Ivonne, and…

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Reflection for Advent 3: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

December 5, 2011

by Jennifer Henry “to provide for those who mourn in Zion– to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.” Isaiah 64:1 61:1 The spirit…

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Rallying for Climate Justice!

December 5, 2011

Sunday, December 4 By Caroline Foster The climate justice rally was one of the highlights of my time in Durban so far.  Although mixed reports are coming in on the actual number of participants (anywhere from 3,000 to 20,000), thousands…

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COP 17: from Peoples’ Space to Conference Hall

December 3, 2011

As a first timer to a COP, I’m blown away by the cynical emphasis on offsets and the carbon markets and the resistance to REAL emission cuts.  Will the hope of Kyoto Protocol die here? At the Reducing Emissions from…

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Kairos Times: December 2011

December 2, 2011

Read the December 2011 issue.

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Attawapiskat: a hard look at the federal government’s response so far

December 2, 2011

1 December 2011 KAIROS Urgent Action Background information As of November 30, federal leaders and the Red Cross have now visited the northern Ontario Cree community of Attawapiskat, which is a step forward. The Red Cross is flying in emergency…

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Is Canada Placing Conditions on Climate Adaptation Funding?

December 2, 2011

By John Dillon Environment Minister Peter Kent maintains that Canada is refusing to commit to further greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions under the Kyoto Protocol (KP) because the KP only applies to developed countries. He says developing and emerging countries…

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Policy Briefing Paper #29: Arctic Melting Sounds the Alarm for Life on Earth

December 1, 2011

Accelerated melting of Arctic ice and permafrost is among the clearest signals that climate change is rapidly approaching a point of no return. This latest KAIROS Briefing Paper “Arctic Melting Sounds the Alarm for Life on Earth” summarizes several recent…

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Direction générale, KAIROS

December 1, 2011

Initiatives œcuméniques canadiennes pour la justice/Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, situé à Toronto, en Ontario, est à la recherche d’une personne pour combler le poste de direction générale, un poste permanent à temps plein, à partir du début de l’année 2012….

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COP17 — at the stadium

December 1, 2011

Following  November 26th’s orientation and dinner (a local favourite,  “bunny chow” – hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with curry and eaten with fingers) at the Diakonia Centre (Diakonia Council of Churches – Durban, a rather unique local council of churches…

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