Cracks appear in key Maldivian commission

Out of respect to the responsibility that was entrusted to me upon my acceptance of the CoNI membership, I feel it is only right that I share these concerns with you. Today, I continue in my efforts to ensure that my concerns are included in the report”. Following international pressure the Maldives appointed the Commission of National Inquiry to investigate some of the allegations. We moved away from our past where leaders were ousted in coup d’etats and were banished afterwards. We resorted to modern systems of voting and democratic values to change our government.7 February 2012 shocked all Maldivians. The draft report, written by Judge Selvam presented to me today invalidates all that we saw and experienced on that day.There are significant gaps in the draft and does not include evidence and statements given to the Commission by many people. I believe remaining silent on the unfolding of events would be an injustice to this nation and to the people of the Maldives. A member of the Maldives Commission of National Inquiry (CoNI) has raised concerns over a draft report on the events which led to the transfer of power last February, just days before the commission is set to release its findings.In a statement made public today by the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), commission member Ahmed Saeed said that the draft report had significant gaps. Nasheed had claimed that he was forced to resign in February in order to pave the way for Waheed, who was then Vice President, to be appointed President. Ahmed Saeed said in the statement “I accepted the membership of the Commission of National Inquiry (CoNI) with full appreciation of the weight of responsibility and hope that many Maldivians placed in me to ensure an independent inquiry into the events of 7 February 2012.The people of the Maldives saw the ratification of the country’s first democratic constitution in 2008, as an opportunity to work towards reform. It was an opportunity to bring about democratic reform and to establish a people’s government. (By Easwaran Rutnam for the Colombo Gazette) read more

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Cut climate change funding for developing countries use it in Canada Wall

by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2016 12:36 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the federal government should consider cutting money intended to help developing countries tackle climate change and using it for research in Canada that could reduce global emissions.Wall wants to see the $2.6 billion Ottawa has earmarked for developing countries added to an existing $2-billion federal low-carbon economy trust.The premier says Saskatchewan has already laid the groundwork with a $1.5-billion carbon-capture facility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a coal-fired power plant.“Let’s develop the technology. We can do that here in Canada,” Wall said Tuesday after releasing a policy proposal on climate change.“We would be better to focus on developing the technologies here, where we already have those capacities, and make them available to the Third World.”Wall pointed to a report released last December at the Paris climate-change summit which said there are more than 2,400 coal-fired plants planned or under construction globally. Developing technology that can be used anywhere to reduce emissions “is the logical response if we actually want to solve the problem,” he said.But Keith Stewart of Greenpeace Canada says research shows carbon capture and storage is one of the most expensive ways to reduce emissions “and the only people who really like it are coal companies.”“Brad Wall is basically proposing to take action on climate change in the most expensive way possible,” Stewart said in an interview.“That is not conservative. That’s not good for taxpayers. That’s not good for people who are going to have to live with the impacts of climate change.”Stewart adds that Wall’s proposal to cut money from developing countries “is a slap in the face” to anyone who wants a constructive debate on fighting climate change.Wall has repeatedly criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to charge $10 per tonne of carbon starting in 2018 and increasing to $50 by 2022. He says a carbon tax would hurt the backbone of the province’s economy — energy, mining and agriculture — while having the least impact on reducing emissions.“What then are we prepared to risk for bromides and slogans and international cheerleading,” said Wall.The Pembina Institute, which does research on climate change and other energy issues, called Wall “out of step with economists and business leaders” who it said support carbon pricing.“In reality, an economy-wide carbon price is a critical tool for Saskatchewan — and for Canada — to support private-sector innovation and low-carbon economic development,” Erin Flanagan, the institute’s director of federal policy, said in a statement.But the Canadian Taxpayers Federation backs Wall, saying that a carbon tax doesn’t work and hasn’t reduced emissions in British Columbia.“We’ve got to look for better ways,” said Todd MacKay, the federation’s prairie director.“Now we still have to evaluate those better ways and make sure that they’re actually worthwhile and will work, but every moment that we spend working on a carbon tax and putting resources into a carbon tax is a moment that we’re not moving forward and helping the environment.”The policy paper calls for Saskatchewan to work with the federal government to further develop carbon-capture technology.It repeats the government’s already-stated goal of having half of Saskatchewan’s power come from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2030.The paper also says nuclear power is an essential part of the world’s future energy mix and urges the federal government to take a leading role in developing a small reactor that could be used in Canada and around the world.Wall says that’s part of the answer because it has zero emissions.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, the lone Liberal member of Parliament from Saskatchewan, said the policy paper is useful in the climate-change discussion.“As to whether or not this plan would actually get Saskatchewan to where it needs to be in terms of the issue of carbon emissions, we just don’t have enough detail yet to say,” Goodale said in Ottawa.“But we’ll look very carefully at what the premier has had to say and continue to make a number of very critical points under any arrangement we can expect to pollution pricing.” Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall during a speech on climate change to the Regina Chamber of Commerce at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Wall spoke about his concerns about the Trudeau government’s national carbon tax plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell Cut climate change funding for developing countries, use it in Canada: Wall read more

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