September 16, 2014

Early this morning a natural gas pipeline owned by TransCanada ruptured in  Benton Harbor, Michigan causing the evacuation of over 500 people. This is the third catastrophic failure for TransCanada since January of this year.

The Berrien County Sheriff's Office issued this release around 6 a.m.:

September 16, 2014
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Detroit water station
Photo: Joined with folks in Detroit to raise awareness about water cut-offs by delivering 1,000 litres of water across the Canada-U.S. border., July 2014.

For some people in Detroit, this has been a long summer: camping in other people's houses, unable to cook, bathe, and flush the toilet. Since March, the city has been cutting of water services to thousands of homes that are behind in payments.

This week, Detroit's bankruptcy judge, Steven Rhodes, is scheduled to decide whether to stop the water cutoffs. Community groups, represented by lawyer Alice Jennings, have been in mediation with the representatives of the City of Detroit since September 8th to come to an agreement on the cutoffs.

September 16, 2014

People's Climate March

The New York Times editorial board has commented, "The Paris [climate summit in December 2015] may well be the world’s last, best chance to get a grip on a problem that, absent urgent action over the next decade, could spin out of control."

September 16, 2014

The Tsilhqot'in First Nation has declared a 3,120 square kilometre area of their territory a tribal park. Dasiqox Tribal Park will be a protected area for grizzly bears and spawning salmon. Large-scale mining and clear-cut logging will not be allowed within the park. Notably, the site of Taseko's proposed New Prosperity gold-copper mine is included within this park which will be officially designated on October 4.

September 15, 2014
Maude Barlow in Washington DC
Photo: Barlow speaking at World Bank protest in Washington, DC. Photo from CASJ Coalition tweet.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at a protest outside the World Bank in Washington, DC today.