October 25, 2016

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter has written the Minister-President of Wallonia Paul Magnette to thank him for the stance he has taken with respect to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

They write, "We share your deep concern about CETA’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanisms and other ratchet clauses.  It is our understanding that the provisional amendment to the original language will not prevent corporations from challenging our governments. We have already experienced the chilling effect NAFTA ISDS challenges have placed on Canadian law-making, and worry that CETA will further the loss of governments' sovereignty (yours and ours)."

October 25, 2016

The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter is working to defend the Atlantic Ocean from oil drilling through its project, the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS). In doing so, they are raising concerns about the regulatory body, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB).

Peter Puxley, a member of the Coordinating Committee for CPONS, writes in today's Toronto Star, "Shell Oil’s Stena IceMAX drill ship, drilling for oil on March 5th, two kilometres below the surface of the Atlantic on the edge of the Scotian Shelf, was the site of what regulators euphemistically call an 'incident'. Battling unexpectedly high waves, the drill ship crew successfully secured the well and disconnected the ship from the wellhead to protect the operation. Shortly after, the riser, a 2,100 metre-long protective series of 21-inch diameter pipes, each weighing 20 tonnes, broke free of the drill ship before it moved clear of the site. The riser pipes fell to the ocean floor missing the wellhead by a mere 12 metres."

October 25, 2016

The World Council of Churches is now a blue community!

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow presented a blue community certificate to the World Council of Churches at a ceremony in Geneva earlier today.

This morning Barlow tweeted:
- The World Council of Churches in Geneva is going bottled water free and installed this public water system.

A 'blue community' is a community that adopts a framework that recognizes water as a human right, opposes bottled water, and promotes publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.

October 25, 2016

Part of the chapter's original letter to Saanich Council this past summer.

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter has convinced Saanich Council to pass a resolution in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

On September 3, Saanich News reported, "Following a presentation [by Ted Woynillowicz and Neil Mussell of the Victoria Chapter of the Council of Canadians] to Saanich council [on August 15], a motion was made by Coun. Colin Plant, and supported by council, to ask Woynillowicz and Mussell back."

That article adds, "The two will present at a special meeting, open to the public, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in Saanich council chambers. They will present to members of three Saanich advisory committees, Healthy Saanich, Planning, Transportation and Economic, and Environment and Natural Areas. The public will also have a chance to speak."

October 24, 2016

The Council of Canadians Prince Edward Island chapter hosted a talk this evening by author-activist Gordon Laxer on his book After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians.

In this book Laxer argues for the need to plan beyond the tar sands, which he refers to as the Sands. He writes, a “first step is to cap and then phase out the Sands over fifteen years [meaning by 2030], starting with the oldest projects.” And he highlights, “Canada can meet its target of reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent if it phases out Sands oil and relies instead on our slowly falling output of conventional oil and natural gas as transition carbon fuels to get Canadians to a low-carbon future run on renewables." The Leap Manifesto calls for a 100 per cent clean energy economy by 2050.