May 24, 2016

Chapter activist Ann Pohl in the Mi'kmaki Water Walk, May 21.

The Council of Canadians Kent County chapter participated in Mi'kmaki Water Walk 2016 this past weekend.

Kent County chapter activist Ann Pohl took part in the walk on May 21.

As noted on their Facebook page, "Mi'kmaki Water Walk 2016, plans to walk in 7 Mi'kmaq Districts to raise awareness and protect our Mother Earth and waters for our future generations." The walk for the Shubenacadie River in Sipekne'katik district started on Saturday May 14 at the mouth of the Shubenacadie River in Maitland, Nova Scotia and concluded on May 21 where the Shubenacadie River flows into the Grand Lake at Oakfield Provincial Park.

The Shubenacadie River is threatened by the Alton Natural Gas Storage LP proposal.

The Council of Canadians has been helping to oppose a plan by the company to store natural gas near the rural community of Alton, which is situated about 75 kilometres north of Halifax.

May 24, 2016

Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor Vaughn Schofield reads the Speech from the Throne, May 17. Photo by Mark Taylor/Canadian Press.

The Council of Canadians Saskatoon chapter is supporting the broad-based call for Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall to clarify his position on climate change.

May 23, 2016

Trudeau and Abe at their first meeting at the time of the APEC summit in Manila, November 2015. Photo by AP.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo tomorrow.

The Canadian Press reports, "Japan is expected to tout the benefits for Canada of the TPP, a huge, 12-country treaty that would deepen trade connections across the Asia-Pacific region." CTV notes, "Benoit Hardy-Chartrand, Asia-Pacific Expert at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, said that if ratified, the TPP could benefit the Canadian mining and oil industry [in Asia]."

Japan clearly wants the TPP to be ratified.

May 23, 2016

Photo by Adrian Wyld/ Canadian Press.

The Trudeau government faces a number of key decisions in the latter half of 2016.

Their current level of public support is undeniable. A Forum Research Inc. poll conducted earlier this month found that 48 per cent of Canadians think the country is moving in "the right direction". The poll also found that 52 per cent would vote Liberal if an election were held today. And CBC has reported, "The last quarter of polling, including all polls conducted and published over the last three months, has been positive for the Liberals. They have averaged 46.6 per cent support, a gain of 7.1 points over where they stood on election night."

But the Trudeau government will need to decide this December on the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain export pipeline.

May 23, 2016

The Council of Canadians Terrace chapter.

The Council of Canadians Terrace chapter opposes Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) developments in northern British Columbia.

In a letter to the editor published in the Terrace Standard, the chapter lists numerous reasons for this including: