September 23, 2014

In June we celebrated Red Deer City Council voting 4-3 against a proposed gravel pit in central Alberta that the Council of Canadians Red Deer chapter has long opposed given its likely impact on an alluvial aquifer.

But we knew that city council's rejection of the quarry would be appealed by the backer of the gravel pit. Ipick reported, "Wendell Miller, of 6M Holdings, will make his case before the county’s subdivision and development appeal board at Red Deer County Centre on July 10."

The ruling has now been made and Council of Canadians activist Ken Collier tells us that the company's appeal has been denied!

September 23, 2014

I'm still recovering from a pretty incredible experience this past weekend at the People's Climate March.

With a last count of 400,000 people strong, it indeed was the largest climate march in history, and one of the largest social movement moments in years.

September 23, 2014

At least 20 chapters participated in People's Climate March related actions this past weekend. As highlighted by Council of Canadians climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue, those chapters included Campbell River, Powell River, Mid Island/ Nanaimo, Nelson, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Peterborough, South Niagara, Hamilton, York University, Guelph, Brant, Montreal, Fredericton, Inverness County, Halifax, South Shore and Charlottetown.

September 23, 2014

Monday's march from Battery Park near the waterfront to the financial district of New York and the sit-in near Wall Street was high energy and powerful. Acknowledging the connection between capitalism, big corporations and climate change is an important part of an effective movement for climate justice and that statement was made loudly and clearly today.

September 23, 2014

The Council of Canadians opposes the planned shipment of tar sands bitumen by tanker on the St. Lawrence River next week.

For the past three months Suncor has been transporting diluted bitumen from the tar sands in northern Alberta to a storage facility at Sorel-Tracy, which is located at the confluence of the Richelieu River and the St. Lawrence River just east of Montreal.

Their plan is to continue to transport oil by rail to this port and to fill 20 to 30 tankers a year that would travel on the St. Lawrence River to export markets.

On Sunday September 21, the 250-metre long, 44 metre-side Minerva Gloria arrived at Sorel-Tracy. It will be the first oil tanker to carry diluted bitumen from the tar sands on the St. Lawrence River. CBC reports, "Only a year ago, ships wider than 32 metres weren’t allowed in that part of the St. Lawrence River, but the federal government increased the allowable size in December 2013."