May 2, 2016

Photo: St. John's chapter activist Erika Steeves holds banner at the anti-austerity march on April 29.

The Council of Canadians St. John's chapter is in the midst of massive and growing mobilizations against the provincial government's austerity budget.

The Independent reports, "On Friday [April 29] more than a thousand people united in Corner Brook, Wabush, Forteau and St. John’s in a province-wide day of action against austerity. With more actions planned in other communities in the coming days and weeks, and with a growing number of ad hoc anti-austerity groups and coalitions forming to organize many of them, the public response to the Liberal government’s budget has morphed into a movement and shows no sign of slowing down."

May 1, 2016

Water disconnections in Detroit are set to resume today.

The Detroit News reports, "Hundreds lined up outside the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s East Side Customer Service Center Saturday in a last-minute effort to avoid having their water service shut off. The water department is scheduled to start shutting off service Sunday to customers who owe money, and Saturday’s 'Stay Connected to DWSD Water Fair' offered an opportunity to avoid disconnections by entering into a payment plan with the utility, spokeswoman Linda Clark said. ...Clark said about 23,000 people owe money to the department. The average amount owed: $663."

The Associated Press adds, "The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has said it will start shutting off service Sunday on delinquent residential accounts not on plans." Last month, the Detroit News reported, "The program of residential shut-offs was suspended in the winter and will continue when weather warms. Since the campaign began in 2014, the city has conducted about 50,000 shut-offs."

April 30, 2016

Russ Girling

The Chief Executive Officer of TransCanada, the company behind the proposed Energy East pipeline, says new emission measures are not needed.

The Canadian Press reports, "Russ Girling, CEO of TransCanada Corp., said he believes new federal requirements that take into account upstream emissions when reviewing pipelines are not needed. Oil and natural gas projects are already subject to vigorous regulation, Girling said, adding that the regulatory process for pipelines should focus on safety and spill response rather than issues he said aren't germane to pipeline development. ...Girling added that he hopes efforts by the Alberta and federal governments to cap and lower emissions will help reduce the 'noise' around the issue as it relates to pipelines."

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."