September 26, 2016

I left my house this morning while the stars were still out, realizing that I couldn’t remember the last time I got up that early. I scrambled with my cup of coffee and headed for the Shubenacadie River, as I have been doing so much lately. The sun came up as we were driving, and I arrived at the Treaty Truckhouse while the water was still calm, and steaming slightly in the cool morning air. Cool is actually a gentle word – before long I put on my winter coat despite the fact that it is only September.

I went there for the closing of a four-day sacred fire held by Mi’kmaq leaders of the Alton Gas resistance, and to support elders in making specific demands of the company and the government. We moved from the truckhouse to the entrance of the work site to hold a press conference, and to wait for a response from our premier, Stephen McNeil.

September 26, 2016

Dr. Paula Tippett

CHSJ reports, "Dr. Paula Tippett with the Council of Canadians in Saint John recently addressed members of the select committee on climate change with her concerns surrounding the Energy East Pipeline."

Dr. Tippett is a retired family doctor from Saint John. She has a BSc. from McGill, an M.D. from Dalhousie University, and a Masters in Public Health (Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences) from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She practiced family medicine in east Saint John for over 25 years.

September 26, 2016

Barlow and members of the Centre Wellington chapter

The Council of Canadians Centre Wellington chapter is calling on the Township of Centre Wellington to pass a resolution expressing its opposition to Nestle's application to test water at the Middlebrook Well.

The Facebook promotion for tonight's effort highlights, "Show your support for and its delegation to township council to ask for a resolution regarding its position on the Permit To Take Water at the Middlebrook Well near Elora."

In her new book Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow writes, "Nestle is currently seeking approval to take over another well at Middlebrook, near Elora, and extract 1.6 million litres of groundwater a day to be trucked to its plant, a move fiercely opposed by local residents and a new group called Save Our Water that formed to fight the company."

September 26, 2016

Saint John chapter activist Leticia Adair

The Council of Canadians Saint John chapter presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade today. The committee is visiting the Atlantic provinces this week seeking input on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Chapter activists Leticia Adair (who is a registered nurse) and Paul Tippett (who is a family physician) told the committee that the TPP would have negative consequences for public health care and food safety policies in Canada.

Adair highlighted, "Your Committee has been briefed by Health Canada that acknowledged what health economists, academics and activists had been saying for some time: drug costs will rise under pending trade deals like the TPP. ...If the TPP is ratified, many more Canadians will be experiencing these higher costs and these will represent a significant financial burden relative to their income level. And some additional individuals will be faced with the difficult choice between putting food on the table and taking necessary medications."

September 26, 2016

Halifax-based Council of Canadians organizer Robin Tress joined a blockade this morning of the Alton Gas Storage project construction site.

The project is opposed by the Sipekne'katik First Nation and the Millbrook First Nation who highlight that it is a violation of the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1752 between the Mi’kmaq and the British Crown. That Treaty states that the Mi’kmaq "shall not be hindered from, but have free liberty of hunting and fishing as usual".