March 22, 2017

Council of Canadians activist Ken Kavanagh

Newfoundland and Labrador-based Council of Canadians Board member Ken Kavanagh was on CBC Radio on Monday (March 20) speaking in opposition to the loss of minimum processing requirements (MPRs) under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Kavanagh says, "In terms of Newfoundland's history, we keep talking about no more give-aways, [but] I see this as the biggest give away of all because we're giving up on a constitutional right. When we joined Canada the federal government took over management of the stocks and apparently we're supposed to be in control of the processing sector. And what we're doing now by giving up the MPRs is we're giving up a very strong aspect of that processing responsibility."

March 22, 2017

Chapter activist Mary Cowper-Smith

The Council of Canadians P.E.I. chapter welcomes the proposed ban on the export of bottled water from P.E.I. noted in the province's draft Water Act.

In a letter to the editor, chapter activist Mary Cowper-Smith writes, "With World Water Day being celebrated today, March 22, I am heartened to see that the draft Water Act released last week would make it illegal to export bottled water from P.E.I. The supply of fresh water around the world is disappearing and many parts of the world already face severe water shortages. Exporting P.E.I.’s precious fresh water is indeed a mistake."

March 22, 2017

Chapter activists Sheila Nabigon-Howlett and Roy Brady at a No Casino Peterborough protest.

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter opposes the construction of a casino to be located near Harper Park, a beautiful 150-acre natural park in the southwest corner of the city.

Peterborough Field Naturalists have noted, "Harper Park and its adjacent major open space lands contain a diversity of habitat types and are therefore the most ecologically significant lands within Peterborough, with high biodiversity and a high percentage of native plant species. Harper Park’s size provides habitat for area-sensitive birds and mammals not normally found within city limits such as Sharp-Shinned Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Snowshoe Hare and Woodland Jumping Mouse."

March 22, 2017

Special to the Globe and Mail, March 21, 2017

This week, three Yukon First Nations and two conservation groups are at the Supreme Court of Canada, fighting to protect one of the planet’s most pristine watersheds – the Peel River Watershed. The case will have significant ramifications for First Nations rights and consultations.

The Peel is not yet a household name, but it is an ecological treasure.

I travelled to the Yukon a few years ago. The territory is known for gold, but it is rich in water, from clear lakes to the blue-green rush of the Yukon River. Walking along the river’s edge in Whitehorse, I felt the depth of history in a place where people have been living for thousands of years.

March 22, 2017

BC Premier Christy Clark

The Vancouver Sun reports, "[, Dogwood Initiative, and Leadnow] have identified $771,168 in donations to the BC Liberals from Kinder Morgan and related companies based on Elections B.C. records. The figure could be higher if lobbyists associated with the project also made donations under their names."

That article also highlights, "In February, Democracy Watch and PIPE UP Network filed a court challenge to overturn the provincial government’s Kinder Morgan decision [to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline] due to alleged conflicts of interest between [Premier Christy Clark] and project proponents, who have given $560,000 in political contributions over six years to the Liberal party."

Justin Trudeau's Liberal government approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in November 2016, while Clark's Liberal government gave its approval in January 2017 after a financial deal was reached in which the company will pay the province a minimum of $25-million per year over the 20-year lifespan of the deal.