April 30, 2016

Chapter activist Ted Woynillowicz stands behind Shawnigan Lake area director Sonia Furstenau at yesterday's protest. Source: CHEK News.

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter was at a protest at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt yesterday calling on the federal defence minister to help them defend the right to water.

CHEK News reports, "Shawnigan Lake Residents are hoping the Department of National Defence [DND] will stop dumping contaminated soil above Shawnigan Lake. In March, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled the controversial Stebbings Road site can’t be used as a landfill. But six contracts — responsible for 106,000 tonnes of waste — can be fulfilled and the vast majority of the tainted soil is coming from DND." Shawnigan Lake area director Sonia Furstenau says, “We’re asking the defence minister to help us defend our watershed."

The article adds, "Defence minister Harjit Sajjan says he was recently made aware of the situation and will look into it."

April 29, 2016

The City of Edmundston, New Brunswick has passed a resolution expressing concern about the Energy East pipeline and the impact it could have on the city's source of drinking water. The resolution states, "The City of Edmundston continues to protect the integrity of its current drinking water source and thus must oppose all routes of the pipeline crossing the Iroquois River basin as a whole, including the part situated in Quebec."

April 29, 2016

In Part 1 we ended with the question: So what (or who) is driving this Liberal government to follow the Harper governments path in championing trade deals that are not in the interest of the country and why is this government evading its responsibilities to improve health of Canadians?

We know the TPP was negotiated with asymmetric secrecy, away from the public and behind closed doors. Sham ‘consultations’ aside (i.e. waiting for the US congress to make a decision and wanting to present the auspices of public input), this deal has been driven by industry. Specifically the major force behind this deal is the pharmaceutical industry, or ‘big pharma’ as it is colloquially known.  While media attention, especially in Canada, tend to focus on the ‘big oil’s’ role in influencing government policies, behind the scenes the pharmaceutical industry and their lobby make all others look like bit players.

April 29, 2016

Blog by Gerard Di Trolio

Ottawa is already the landfill capital of Canada, and more may be on the way.

April 29, 2016

Well over 300 Ottawa Centre residents packed a room last night to participate in Environment and Climate Minister Catherine McKenna's climate change consultation. The public townhall is part of new initiative launched by the federal government encouraging people to 'have our say' on climate change.

There is no doubt of the appetite for public consultation towards a national climate plan.

I had RSVP'ed on Monday and wound up getting an email yesterday afternoon suggesting I was too late to participate in one of the official group discussions, but could attend in 'overflow.' I know others who wanted to participate but sent in their request after Monday and received a reponse saying the event was at capacity, and they would be contacted were there another townhall held, so who knows how many others may have attended (note: there absolutely should be!).