September 17, 2014
Paul Manly filming in El Salvador
Photo: Manly filming in San Sebastian, El Salvador

Council of Canadians Board member Paul Manly arrived in San Salvador on Sunday September 14.

He writes, "I'm representing The Council of Canadians and taking part in an international delegation that is examining the situation in El Salvador. Over the next week I will be traveling throughout the country, visiting communities and hearing from individuals who have been affected by mining projects in El Salvador and the bully tactics of Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) used by mining companies. ...Investor State mechanisms have no place in so called 'Free Trade' agreements. I will be returning to Canada with evidence of how this destructive process has worked in El Salvador."

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.