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September 27, 2016

The Trudeau government has approved the Pacific NorthWest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in British Columbia.

The export facility is now set to be constructed on Lax U'u'la (Lelu Island) on Lax Kw’alaams First Nation territory. The project is being led by the Malaysian state-owned company Petronas, with minority shareholders including Sinopec, the Indian Oil Corporation, and PetroleumBrunei. It would receive fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory in northeastern BC via TransCanada's Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project pipeline.

In November 2015, Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Yahaan wrote Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal environment minister Catherine McKenna, "We ask that you respect the decision of our nation to say no to this project. We ask that you work with First Nations to find projects that are truly responsible and sustainable, and that do not threaten the very resources and landscapes that define us all."

September 27, 2016

The Council of Canadians PEI chapter presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade today. The committee is visiting the Atlantic provinces this week seeking input on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Chapter activist Leo Broderick tells us, "The main point I made, after saying we supported all the presentations today that opposed the TPP and for the reasons given, was that Canada should not ratify the TPP because it is very much connected to rising US militarism in Asia Pacific as the US shifts its foreign policy to Asia."

September 27, 2016

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities will be having its annual convention this September 26-30 in Victoria.

The Council of Canadians supports Resolution B31 that will be voted on either Thursday or Friday.

September 27, 2016

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow was on The National last night highlighting our opposition to Nestle water-takings.

In response to public outrage over Nestle's application to the provincial government for a 10-year permit to take 3.6 million litres a day from two wells for its bottled water plant in Aberfoyle (in southern Ontario) along with the company's plans to extract 1.6 million litres a day from a well it has just bought in Elora (located about 40 kilometres northwest of Aberfoyle), Premier Kathleen Wynne has promised a review of the bottled water industry and the $3.71 fee it pays for every million litres of water it extracts.

The National reports, "It's not enough for The Council of Canadians. The national lobby group is calling for a boycott of Nestle. 'This is a bad use of our water. Canada has a coming water crisis. People don't understand this, but they will in time. And we mustn't be letting our water be used this way', [says Barlow]."

September 27, 2016

The proposed bottling plant would be near the Brookvale Provincial Ski Park. Photo by Natalia Goodwin/ CBC News.

The Council of Canadians PEI chapter opposes plans for a bottled water plant in Brookvale, PEI.

Pure Island Waters Ltd. wants to set up a water bottling plant in Brookvale (which is located about 30 kilometres north-west of Charlottetown) that would start by extracting 84,000 litres of water per week. At full capacity, the plant would draw 100,000 litres of water per day, or about 56 litres of water per minute.

The company had planned to build three new wells - one for bottling water, another as a backup, and a third for a geothermal heating system for the plant. The province's minister of environment had said that the proposal meets all regulatory requirements and that there is no need for an environmental review.

Chapter activist Leo Broderick denounced the plans for the bottled water plant in a letter to the editor in The Guardian and in a recent meeting with the provincial minister of the environment.

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