2014 brought months of protests and direct action against the Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline when the company decided to attempt to do borehole test drilling on Burnaby Mountain. Well its a new year, and with it comes yey another people vs the pipeline confrontation for Kinder Morgan!
The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter supported the campaign for the City of Hamilton to ratify the Blue Dot Declaration.
The Hamilton Blue Dot Initiative Newsletter now reports, "Hamilton City Council [has] ratified its version of the Blue Dot Declaration, becoming the twenty-third community in Canada and, very significantly, the first one in Ontario to do so. ...Thanks to all of you who have helped Hamilton Blue Dot achieve such amazing success in such a short period of time!"
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow is supporting the development of co-operatives in Smiths Falls, a community situated near Ottawa. This follows the small town's loss of large US-based employers like the Hershey Company, Stanley Tools and most recently the Target retail store. "An organic food co-op and other co-operative enterprises are sustainable, climate friendly and empowering," says Barlow.
The Council of Canadians encourages people to apply to participate in the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings on the Energy East pipeline before the deadline of Tuesday March 3. So far, the NEB says it has received 760 applications from people wishing to intervene in this process.
The Council of Canadians outside the White House, November 2011.
The Council of Canadians welcomes US President Barack Obama's veto of Congressional legislation to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and further encourages him to fully reject the pipeline.