In December 2013, the Council of Canadians congratulated the Newfoundland and Labrador government on its decision to establish a de facto moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the province. At that time, we also called on the provincial government to consider a more comprehensive, independent and unbiased review as opposed to a government-led initiative and emphasized the impact fracking had on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
Wynne and Couillard announce their conditions on the Energy East pipeline. Photo by Mark Calzavara.
The Council of Canadians is pleased that Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has agreed with the Quebec government on stringent conditions for the proposed 1.1 million barrels per day Energy East pipeline project. We see this as a sign that popular opposition to the pipeline is growing in both provinces and pushing governments to take action.
The conditions the two governments have adopted to evaluate the pipeline are:
Today thousands of people traveled from all corners of Ontario and gathered at the provincial legislation (Queens Park) to stop the cuts/closure of their local hospitals and to stop the increasing number of private clinics in the province.
A group of northern trappers is blocking a road near LaLoche, Saskatchewan to prevent oil companies access to exploration camps north of that point. LaLoche is located about 600 kilometres north of Saskatoon and about 100 kilometres east of Fort McMurray.
A media release notes, "The Dene people of Ducharme, who have made a living from the land for centuries, have found access to their trap lines blocked by security gates. ...Trappers are making a stand because for the past 6 ½ years, there has been a mad rush on mineral and oil exploration. ...The trappers are concerned that they are being ignored and driven off of their lands by oil and mineral companies, like Cenovus from Calgary, Alberta."
Guelph chapter activist Norah Chaloner.
Earlier this week, former Conservative Party staffer Michael Sona was sentenced to nine months in jail for his role in the 2011 federal election robocalls scandal. In August, Sona was found guilty of willfully preventing or endeavouring to prevent voters from casting a ballot in Guelph. Some 6,700 automated calls (robocalls) were made to non-Conservative voters in Guelph on May 2, 2011 telling them to go to a non-existent polling station.
Justice Gary Hearn also suggested there was evidence that Sona did not act alone in this crime.