November 30, 2015
Maude Barlow at Lake Huron
Maude Barlow asks you to defend Lake Huron by e-mailing the environment minister and expressing your opposition to the proposed nuclear waste dump.

The Council of Canadians has been calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject a plan to bury 200,000 cubic metres of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste near Lake Huron.

Now the news tells us that the Trudeau government will decide on a nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron on March 1, 2016.

November 30, 2015
The Line 3 route in Canada
The Line 3 route in Canada

What is the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline?

Bloomberg has reported, "Enbridge is focusing on expanding 'low-cost, incremental' projects like twinning existing pipelines to provide producers with new transportation capacity as they struggle with low crude prices, [Enbridge chief executive officer Al] Monaco told investors last month. The company’s $7.5-billion Line 3 replacement is the largest project."

Sun Media has noted, "Enbridge has several proposals in the works, including the replacement of most of the Line 3 pipeline between the existing Hardisty Terminal and Gretna, MB, consisting of 1,073 kilometers."

November 30, 2015

100% Possible March in Ottawa

This past weekend, on the eve of the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, 34 Council of Canadians chapters mobilized to say that a 100% clean economy is 100% possible by 2050. This mobilization included the Ottawa, Peterborough and Montreal chapters who took part in the 25,000 person march in Ottawa to Parliament Hill.

We are now hearing these reports:

November 30, 2015
Saint John  Screening in Saint John yesterday
Screening in Saint John yesterday

Six Council of Canadians chapters screened the Avi Lewis & Naomi Klein film 'This Changes Everything' yesterday.

The Golden chapter screened the film at Jita's Café. Chapter activist Kuljit Jaswal told us - just after the film started last night - that "It's going well. We have a room full of people. Our MLA is here!"

Terrace Chapter
Screening in Terrace yesterday

The Terrace chapter posted on their Facebook page, "Over 50 people attended the Terrace premiere of 'This Changes Everything' sponsored by the Terrace chapter of the Council of Canadians at the University of Northern British Columbia. Do your part to become an agent for climate salvation."

November 28, 2015
Maude Barlow
Maude Barlow makes a convincing case against CETA, at the Austrian Parliament earlier this month.

Given the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was 'approved in principle' in October 2013 and the subject of a quasi-signing ceremony on Parliament Hill in September 2014, one might wonder what has happened to the agreement fourteen months after negotiations on it were completed.

Officially, the text is being legally scrubbed and then translated before it goes to ratification votes.

Normally, that should maybe take several months, not more than a year to do.