October 25, 2016

Photo by Caroline Lubbe-D'Arcy.

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter hosted a talk by Gordon Laxer this evening on his book After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians.

Fredericton chapter activist Caroline Lubbe-D'Arcy tells us there were about 50-60 people at the public forum.

During Laxer's talk, Lubbe-D'Arcy tweeted:

October 25, 2016

Young workers turn their backs on Trudeau today.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given "his strongest indication yet" that he will ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to Bloomberg News.

Earlier today, Trudeau stated, "It’s difficult to imagine a world where Canada would turn its back on three of its top five trading partners. We established very clearly during the campaign that we’re a pro-trade party."

He made the comment at the Canadian Labour Congress' National Young Workers' Summit in Ottawa. He was presumably referring to the United States, Japan and Mexico as three signatory countries to the TPP. And as noted in his comment today, Trudeau did say the Liberals are a pro-free trade party during the last federal election.

October 25, 2016

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter has written the Minister-President of Wallonia Paul Magnette to thank him for the stance he has taken with respect to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

They write, "We share your deep concern about CETA’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanisms and other ratchet clauses.  It is our understanding that the provisional amendment to the original language will not prevent corporations from challenging our governments. We have already experienced the chilling effect NAFTA ISDS challenges have placed on Canadian law-making, and worry that CETA will further the loss of governments' sovereignty (yours and ours)."

October 25, 2016

The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter is working to defend the Atlantic Ocean from oil drilling through its project, the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS). In doing so, they are raising concerns about the regulatory body, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB).

Peter Puxley, a member of the Coordinating Committee for CPONS, writes in today's Toronto Star, "Shell Oil’s Stena IceMAX drill ship, drilling for oil on March 5th, two kilometres below the surface of the Atlantic on the edge of the Scotian Shelf, was the site of what regulators euphemistically call an 'incident'. Battling unexpectedly high waves, the drill ship crew successfully secured the well and disconnected the ship from the wellhead to protect the operation. Shortly after, the riser, a 2,100 metre-long protective series of 21-inch diameter pipes, each weighing 20 tonnes, broke free of the drill ship before it moved clear of the site. The riser pipes fell to the ocean floor missing the wellhead by a mere 12 metres."

October 25, 2016

The World Council of Churches is now a blue community!

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow presented a blue community certificate to the World Council of Churches at a ceremony in Geneva earlier today.

This morning Barlow tweeted:
- The World Council of Churches in Geneva is going bottled water free and installed this public water system.

A 'blue community' is a community that adopts a framework that recognizes water as a human right, opposes bottled water, and promotes publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.