Social forum leftists decry climate talks failure

Social forum leftists decry climate talks failureActivists at the World Social forum say world leaders' failure to forge a new climate change treaty in Copenhagen shows the planet's most powerful nations are incapable of setting important global policy.

Patrick Bond of South Africa's Centre for Civil Society says the outcome of December's climate change talks means that people "cannot trust the elites to generate a new world order for the climate.">>>

Haiti quake raises fears of child-eating spirits

Haiti quake raises fears of child-eating spiritsThe earthquake that shattered Haiti has unleashed fears that child-eating spirits, mythological figures entrenched in Haitian culture, are prowling homeless camps in search of young prey. The 'loup-garou,' which means 'wolf man,' is similar to werewolf legends in other parts of the world, but in Haitian folklore it is a person who is possessed by a spirit and can turn into a beast or even a dog, cat, chicken, snake or another animal to suck the blood of babies and young children.>>>

Canoe welcomes 2010 guests at Aboriginal art showcase in Pan Pacific lobby

Canoe welcomes 2010 guests at Aboriginal art showcase in Pan Pacific lobbyDozens of First Nations drummed the blessing of the Raven's Song into the territory around Canada Place on Tuesday to welcome a 12-metre canoe into the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.
Ten men were needed to help unload the 800-pound canoe from a gillnetter and carry it to Canada Place for the welcoming ceremony.
The canoe, carved out of 600-year-old cedar, is the centrepiece of an Aboriginal village called "Kla-how-ya," meaning "welcome," which will transform the hotel's atrium lobby from Feb. 12-28.>>>

Ontario announces two programs to enhance Aboriginal participation in the new green economy

Ontario announces two programs to enhance Aboriginal participation in the new green economyLast week, Ontario announced the early closure of 4 of OPG's coal-fired generating units. The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure described the announcement as the first of its 10 steps to "transition the province to electricity generated from green energy which will open investment and opportunities in Ontario's green economy." The Ministry announced steps 2 and 3 last Friday.

Indigenous Australia will be recognised: Calma

Indigenous Australia will be recognised: CalmaThe outgoing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, believes constitutional reform will formally recognise Indigenous Australia.

The Commissioner delivered his final public address at an Indigenous cultural festival in Sydney this morning.

He said he was humbled to deliver the second annual Kevin Cook lecture to mark Australia Day.>>>