September 26, 2016

Halifax-based Council of Canadians organizer Robin Tress joined a blockade this morning of the Alton Gas Storage project construction site.

The project is opposed by the Sipekne'katik First Nation and the Millbrook First Nation who highlight that it is a violation of the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1752 between the Mi’kmaq and the British Crown. That Treaty states that the Mi’kmaq "shall not be hindered from, but have free liberty of hunting and fishing as usual".

September 26, 2016

Angélica Choc and Máxima Acuña, two of the land-defenders we most deeply admire, were threatened and attacked last week at their respective homes in Guatemala and Peru. 

September 26, 2016

Council of Canadians Winnipeg chapter activist Ken Harasym joined the 'paint night' event in Winnipeg on September 23.

In terms of political context, in 2012 the Harper government gutted the former Navigable Waters Protection Act through omnibus bills. C-38 removed pipelines and power lines from provisions of the Navigable Waters Protect Act while C-45 significantly reduced the Act's scope over waterways. As a result, major pipelines and inter-provincial power lines now have the green light to cross over and under more than 31,000 lakes and 2.25 million rivers without federal scrutiny.

September 26, 2016

Liberal MPP Jeff Leal (to the right in jeans) looks at information being shared by chapter activists Roy Brady and Kathryn Langley.

The Council of Canadians Peterborough chapter had an information table at the 6th annual Purple Onion Festival in Millennium Park yesterday.

The Peterborough Examiner has reported, "The Local Food Month anchor event celebrates local produce, food security, arts, entertainment, wellness and community. As it continues to grow in its sixth year, festival organizers added three new elements for 2016, including a Craft Beer Garden, Art of the Leaf and an Eat Local Challenge Food Wall."

September 26, 2016

Bulldozer plowing gravel and dirt from a Peace River island into the river. Site C construction site, June 2015. Photo by Garth Lenz.

A United Nations (UN) monitoring mission will be examining the impact of the Site C dam on the Peace–Athabasca Delta and Wood Buffalo National Park this week.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be visiting Wood Buffalo National Park, which UNESCO designated a world heritage site in 1983, at the request of the Mikisew Cree First Nation. The Mikisew wants the park to be also listed as being under threat from various developments, including mega-projects like the Site C dam.