February 8, 2016

In a news article late this afternoon, CBC indicates that the financial terms between the City of Saint John and the private consortium who won the contract to upgrade the city's water delivery system were settled just last week. The finalized documents will be discussed at the Saint John Council meeting tonight.

The CBC article states, "The deal will see a consortium of private companies under the umbrella of Port City Water Partners, which will design, finance, build and then operate the city's water treatment system for 30 years.

February 8, 2016


There is a growing wall of Indigenous opposition to the Energy East pipeline.

In May 2014, the Globe and Mail reported, "Some 70 First Nations leaders met in Winnipeg recently to plan a strategy they hope will block TransCanada’s ambitious plan to ship more than 1 million barrels a day of crude from Western Canada to refiners and export terminals in the East..." La Presse added (in French), "The meeting brought together activists and citizens, but the presence of grand chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs [AMC] represents 'a growing sense of unity' among First Nations against the project, according to Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Environmental Network."

February 8, 2016
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Photo: Council of Canadians organizers Angela Giles and Tori Ball joined the picket line on Jan. 25. Twitter photo @rrose84

The Council of Canadians stands in solidarity with the Halifax Typographical Union.

On Feb. 1, the Canadian Press reported, "The 61 editorial staff have been off the job since Jan. 23. The union is striking against a list of contract concessions which Herald management says are needed to cope with economic challenges affecting the North American newspaper industry. Among a host of proposed changes, the newspaper wants to reduce wages, lengthen working hours, and alter future pension benefits. The union has said it would remain a union 'in name only' if it agrees to more than 1,232 changes to the existing contract."

February 8, 2016

The Council of Canadians was proud to help support a ground-breaking Indigenous Peoples Meeting on Climate Change on January 24-26 on Treaty 6 Territory in Edmonton, Alberta.

Members and leaders of nations from around the country were brought together, and filled a hotel conference room to share and hear stories, to learn from each other about climate change impacts and ways forward, and to contribute to the development of an Indigenous Peoples climate change position paper and action plan. Topics of the conference included climate change policy, community successes, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Indigenous food and energy security/sovereignty, and many other inter-related topics brought up through stories and presentations.

February 8, 2016
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The Council of Canadians supported the Wolastoq Nation's rejection of the Energy East pipeline at today's media conference. Photo by Mark D'Arcy.

The Wolastoq Grand Council issued a statement this morning on protecting their non-ceded homeland from the Energy East pipeline.

The statement declares, "As members of the Wolastoq Grand Council we unanimously oppose the Energy East Pipeline Project in order to protect our non-ceded homeland and waterways, our traditional and cultural connection to our lands, waterways, and air. The Wolastoq Grand Council has serious concerns for the safety and protection of the animals, fish, birds, insects, plants and tree life that sustains our Wolastoq Nation."