August 29, 2014
Photo: A meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council.
Photo: A meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council.

Barrie McKenna writes in the Globe and Mail today that, "Traditionally, the real power in the EU rests with the EU council, which is made up of the 28 EU heads of government. ...Experts doubt the Parliament would defy the will of the council. Doing so would effectively take the 'union' out of the EU." He then quotes a researcher from the right-wing C.D. Howe Institute who says, "It would be quite a coup for the European Parliament to go against what has been carefully negotiated collectively, and agreed to, by the 28 EU governments."

August 28, 2014

The Council of Canadians welcomes the recommendations by an independent panel on fracking in Nova Scotia.

Global News reports, "An independent review panel has released a report saying hydraulic fracturing — better known as 'fracking' — might be viable for Nova Scotia in the future, but for now it shouldn’t be allowed. The report, compiled by a panel led by Cape Breton University president David Wheeler, says more research needs to be conducted before it is allowed to continue."

The Council of Canadians encouraged members of the public to make written submissions to the review through our action alert Let's keep Nova Scotia frack-free, and other mobilizations led by our Atlantic organizing staff Angela Giles and Tori Ball and our chapters in that province.

August 28, 2014

Seat distribution in the European Parliament by groups.While the Conservative majority in Canada's House of Commons may be backing CETA (along with the Liberals and perhaps the New Democrats), there is conversely possibly a majority in the 751-member European Parliament opposing the deal.

Reuters reports, "EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multibillion-dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union – a blueprint for a much bigger EU-U.S. deal – because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty." This is the controversial investor-state dispute settlement provision that Germany, Europe's largest economy, has also objected to along with France.

August 28, 2014

The fight against fracking, fracked gas pipelines and LNG terminals is heating up in BC.  Resistance is on the rise - communities across BC are mobilizing to take a stand against a fractured future and oppose Premier Clark’s dangerous and dirty LNG pipedreams.

Liquefied natural gas, also known as LNG, is anything but natural. It is fracked gas that has to be turned into liquid by super cooling the gas to -163C so it can be exported via some of the largest  tankers in the world.  There are upwards of 6 northern and 6 southern corridor pipelines proposed to connect the fracked gas fields of the northeast to the proposed LNG export terminals and tankers on the west coast. At some point in the future, these fracked gas pipelines could be converted to carry oil. Click here to view map of the many proposed pipelines and LNG terminals. 

August 28, 2014

TransCanada and Energy East advocates like to talk a lot about the jobs that would be generated by the project. But they don't want to talk about the jobs a spill would threaten.

The New Brunswick ocean sector generates $1.1 billion in direct and spin-off gross domestic product (GDP), along with 25,500 full-time equivalent jobs, and $950 million in earned income(source: joint  federal and NB government report on estimates of economic impacts of the NB Ocean Sector 2003-2008).

The seafood industry (fishing, aquaculture and seafood process) makes the biggest contribution to both GPD (44% of ocean related GDP) and employment (representing 36% of ocean related employment). Tourism isn’t far behind, securing 16% of ocean related GDP and 27 of employment.