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December 22, 2014

Patagonia without dams!

The people of Chile won a massive environmental victory when the Chilean government announced this past June that it would reject the HidroAysén mega-dam project on the Baker and Pascua rivers in the southern Chilean region of Patagonia. The project had been approved just three years earlier in 2011, but concerted pressure from the people eventually defeated the dam.

December 22, 2014
Our trading partners in Thailand. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/ EPA.
Our trading partners in Thailand. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/ EPA.

This past May, the Royal Thai Armed Forces, led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, seized power in a coup d'état. The military dissolved the elected government and Senate, General Prayuth became the prime minister, the judicial branch was ordered to operate under the government's directives, and political gatherings were banned.

December 21, 2014
The Dene checkpoint continues on Highway 955.
The Dene checkpoint continues on Highway 955.

A group of Dene trappers is maintaining a presence on the side of Highway 955 near La Loche, Saskatchewan to highlight the impact of oil and mineral exploration on the land their people have lived from for centuries. La Loche is located in Treaty 8 territory about 600 kilometres north of Saskatoon and about 100 kilometres east of Fort McMurray.

On November 22, the trappers set up a peaceful blockade on the highway to stop vehicles from companies that are drilling for minerals, oil or uranium and disrupting their trapping area. Their stated intention was to hold the blockade until Christmas or beyond.

December 21, 2014

Photo by John Hilary

More than 3,000 people rallied against the proposed United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) 'free trade' deal in Brussels on Friday. The protest, organized by the Alliance D19-20, surrounded a summit of EU leaders with people and farm tractors.

December 20, 2014

The Nadleh Whut’en First Nation and the Nak’azdli First Nation have filed for a judicial review of the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office's approval of TransCanada Corp.'s 675-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline to the proposed LNG Canada liquefied natural gas terminal in Kitimat.

The documents filed with the B.C. Supreme Court state, "Simply put, the [Environmental Assessment Office] carried out an environmental assessment that was deficient from the outset and ignored the Nations’ objections in that regard. Impacts in relation to aboriginal title, rights and interests were not properly assessed. No meaningful consultation occurred.”

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