October 1, 2014

Northwest Territories premier Bob McLeod is in Washington, DC promoting a proposed 100,000 barrel-per-day 'Arctic Gateway' pipeline, a 2,400 kilometres long pipeline from the tar sands of northern Alberta through the Mackenzie Valley to the port of Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean.

The Canadian Press reports, "With pipeline plans facing opposition in the West [Northern Gateway, Trans Mountain], the East [Energy East], and the South [Keystone XL], a Canadian premier is in the U.S. this week promoting an alternate route for exporting oil: the North. ...McLeod has promoted the plan in meetings with Exxon Mobil, the American Petroleum Institute, Canadian diplomats, and in appearances before two Washington think-tanks with numerous members of the Obama administration in attendance."

September 30, 2014

Nurses water rally

The Council of Canadians has expressed profound disappointment on the ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes against issuing a six-month restraining order against water disconnections in Detroit. An estimated 24,000 people have had their water shut-off in that city this year and that number is now increasing by about 400 people a day.

In early September, the Council of Canadians had written Judge Rhodes to say, "We understand that you will be ruling on the Temporary Restraining Order on the water shutoffs... and are writing to urge you to place an injunction on the shut-offs in order to respect the human right to water and sanitation."

September 30, 2014

Steven Shrybman in TorontoOn Monday, the Council of Canadians participated in coordinated media conferences in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax to express concern about the future of public health care in Canada as the British Columbia government seeks an out of court settlement with Dr. Brian Day. Last Friday, Council of Canadians Board member Leo Broderick spoke at a similar media conference in Charlottetown.

September 29, 2014

Yves FortierThank you to the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) for its letter to the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) objecting to the appointment of Yves Fortier to head the investigation into the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) gathering information about groups opposed to the Harper government's energy policies.

September 29, 2014

Paul Manly: El Salvador's struggle for democratic authority

I spent ten days in El Salvador this September representing the Council of Canadians on an international delegation examining metallic mining and how it affects communities. During the trip several events highlighted El Salvador's struggle to remain a truly democratic and independent nation.