March 28, 2017

The Council of Canadians Quinte chapter is concerned by the impact of a sunken barge on Picton's drinking water.

Picton, an unincorporated community in Prince Edward County, is located about 200 kilometres east of Toronto.

Quinte News now reports, "Prince Edward County has declared a state of emergency after contaminates from a partially submerged barge at Picton Terminals seeped into the town’s water intake supply system Tuesday [March 28]. Mayor Robert Quaiff declared the water emergency Tuesday night stating at 4:30 p.m. the contaminates entered the Picton intake protection Zone 1."

March 28, 2017

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners says it has placed oil in a section of the Dakota Access pipeline under Lake Oahe, a reservoir of the Missouri River, upstream from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

The Associated Press reports, "American Indian tribes fighting the Dakota Access pipeline said Tuesday that the pumping of oil into the pipe under their water source is a blow, but it doesn't end their legal battle. Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier said Sioux tribes in the Dakotas still believe they ultimately will persuade a judge to shut down the pipeline that they maintain threatens cultural sites, drinking water and religion."

Natural Gas Intel notes, "[U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia] Judge James Boasberg still must act on cross complaints between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a summary judgment request."

March 28, 2017

A one-million cubic metre nuclear waste dump could be built one-kilometre from the Ottawa River.

The Council of Canadians expresses its solidarity with local groups opposed to the plan for a radioactive waste disposal facility on the Ottawa River and support the call for a public meeting in Arnprior to discuss the proposal.

The Arnprior Chronicle-Guide reports, "Mounting opposition to a proposed radioactive waste site has Arnprior council calling for a public meeting."

It adds, "Groups such as the Council of Canadians, Ottawa Riverkeeper, Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area, and Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association are concerned that a nuclear waste disposal facility near Chalk River would prove hazardous to a water source for more than 1 million people downriver."

March 28, 2017

The Council of Canadians St. John's chapter is co-sponsoring a Democracy Alert public forum on electoral reform.

The outreach for the event notes, "Democracy Alert is a Newfoundland & Labrador based group that is committed to strengthening our democracy through education, engagement, and electoral reform. On March 31st we will be holding a public forum to discuss how we currently elect our government and what changes could be made. The forum will include a series of short presentations on electoral reform both federally, and provincially, and an overview of the benefits of proportional representation. The presentations will be followed by a round table discussion and a question & answer session where participants will have the opportunity to offer their input on electoral reform."

March 28, 2017

Finance Minister Bill Morneau

The Canadian Press reports, "Canada can do more with less foreign aid spending, says Finance Minister Bill Morneau, and that includes relying on a new profit-driven financial lending institution to help fight poverty in poor countries. Morneau’s recent federal budget drew widespread criticism from international development and anti-poverty organizations because it did not contain an increase in foreign aid."

The article adds, "Morneau is touting a new anti-poverty tool — a so-called development finance institution, which will lend money to private companies to help them pay for projects to reduce poverty in the developing world. The previous Conservative government proposed the idea in its final 2015 budget, and Morneau brought it to life with a $300-million investment that will get it up and running under Export Development Canada."