April 16, 2014

Photo: Darwish and DePape.
Photo: Darwish and DePape.

The Nelson Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Kootenays for a Pipeline-Free B.C., and the Kootenay Direct Action Community are organizing a full-day non-violent direct action (NVDA) training workshop on Saturday May 3 at the Oxygen Arts Centre in Nelson, British Columbia.

The training features our Vancouver-based organizing staff Leila Darwish and Brigette DePape, along with Randy Janzen, an instructor in the peace studies program at Selkirk College.

April 16, 2014

CBC reports, "A coalition of social justice and environmental organizations is encouraging people to demand an environmental assessment of a new fracking proposal in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories. Husky Energy is applying for permits to drill and frack up to four horizontal wells in the Sahtu by 2018. Alternatives North, Ecology North and the Council of Canadians are calling on people to write the Sahtu Land and Water Board, urging it to order an environmental assessment. A month ago, a petition was presented to the territorial government calling on it to order environmental assessments for hydraulic fracturing projects. It was signed by 790 people."

April 16, 2014
Photo: The chapter was an active member of the Burning Issues coalition against the incinerator.
Photo: The chapter was an active member of the Burning Issues coalition against the incinerator.

Council of Canadians activist Paul Manly writes, "Congratulations to all of the Mid Island Council of Canadians chapter members and everyone in the community who stepped up for the fight against the proposed garbage incinerator (for Metro Vancouver garbage) in Nanaimo. We won! ...A bunch of us were lined up to speak Monday night and didn't even make it to the podium before the council voted unanimously to tell Metro Vancouver to forget it. ...Thanks for helping with the banners, the march, the meetings, the petitions, the letters and the phone calls."

April 15, 2014

The TD Bank has released a report on the financial implications of climate change on the Canadian economy. The Toronto Star reports, "Monday’s report detailed the Canadian perspective on increasingly frequent natural catastrophes — the average number per year has doubled over the past three decades — and how by 2020 they will sap an estimated $5 billion from the economy." By 2050, the cost rises to $21-$43 billion per year.

April 14, 2014

Maude Barlow will be in Bobcaygeon on April 19th,  at the Lakeview Arts Barn for an Earth Week Event to speak about protecting our water, fighting for our planet and the ‘Dewdney Quarry’ proposal.