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October 31, 2014
Stephen Collis. Photo from CBC News video.
Stephen Collis. Photo from CBC News video.

Stephen Collis is an English literature professor at Simon Fraser University. He's also a Council of Canadians Delta-Richmond chapter activist.

He's part of a broader effort to stop Kinder Morgan from cutting trees in a Burnaby conservation area to do survey work for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The Texas-based company wants to twin an existing pipeline to boost its capacity to 890,000 barrels per day. Initially the City of Burnaby had ticketed the survey workers for cutting down trees in this public park, but a National Energy Board prohibited the city from continuing with that action. While the city fights that in the courts, area residents have stepped in to protect their public space.

October 31, 2014

After a successful event in Halifax we headed to Cornwallis, a small community of around 400, near Digby and Annapolis Royal. The evening public forum saw 130 local residents join us for a lively discussion facilitated by Hague, a nearby resident who used to work for Environment Canada. 

Cornwallis
Cornwallis

From Cornwallis, we made our way to Saint John for another public forum, stopping in Sackville New Brunswick to meet with local residents, students and professors that are at the heart of an amazing local fightback against fracking, and other social justice work.

October 31, 2014

Foytlin speaks in the Bay of Fundy community of Cornwallis, Nova Scotia on October 27. Photo by Tori Ball.

The Council of Canadians speaking tour against the TransCanada Energy East pipeline project in Atlantic Canada has featured Cherri Foytlin, a resident of south Louisiana and author of Spill It! The Truth About the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion.

October 31, 2014

Fredericton chapter activist Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy.There are growing concerns that the promised fracking moratorium in New Brunswick will exclude Penobsquis.

Council of Canadians national water campaigner Emma Lui has written, "Penobsquis is an industry town and had its first non-conventional wells drilled in 2000 and 2001. Since then, many more rounds of seismic testing have taken place and several more wells have been drilled. This coupled with potash mining has resulted in personal-use water wells drying up, health concerns, and subsidence causing damage to homes and properties (and drastically decreasing real estate values). There are currently nearly 40 wells that are being fracked in Penobsquis."

October 31, 2014
Photo: Council of Canadians Board member Leticia Adair and Barlow protest the Energy East pipeline outside the TransCanada open house in Saint John yesterday. Photo by Andrea Harden.
Council of Canadians Board member Leticia Adair and Barlow protest the Energy East pipeline outside the TransCanada open house in Saint John yesterday. Photo by Andrea Harden.

Calgary-based TransCanada filed a 30,000 page application with the National Energy Board yesterday for its controversial Energy East pipeline project. It will take time to go through all that material, but there were some interesting aspects to take note of from the media coverage of the application:

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