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.
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.
Earlier this month, Fiona McMurran from our Niagara chapter and I met with Ontario’s Environment Minister, Jim Bradley, about two proposed pipeline projects in the province- Energy East and Line 9- the forty-year-old Enbridge oil pipeline that was recently rubber stamped by the National Energy Board to carry diluted bitumen from Sarnia to Montreal and possibly beyond for export.
DOT-111 tanker cars carrying oil through Thunder Bay
Packed out Thunder Bay crowd
I came home on Sunday evening from an awesome weekend in New Brunswick learning more about fracking, meeting with allies, and being inspired by the amazing work of our chapters in the Atlantic and the incredible opposition to fracking in New Brunswick. I even had the privilege of speaking at the Voice of the People tour in Saint John on Saturday evening. But I’ll get to that in a minute.
On Friday afternoon, members of the Council of Canadians’ South Shore and St. John’s chapters, Political Director Brent Patterson, Atlantic Regional Organizer Angela Giles, and I made a stop in Elsipogtog to meet with community members there. Elsipogtog First Nation – just outside of Rexton, New Brunswick - was the hotbed of fracking opposition last fall when RCMP moved in on peaceful activists who were camped out to protect the land and water from SWN Resources fracking lans.