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April 28, 2015

Tomorrow is a day of action to stop the Mount Polley mine from reopening.

On August 4, 2014, the dam of the tailings pond from Imperial Metals' Mount Polley gold and copper mine near Likely, British Columbia breached, releasing 10 billion litres of contaminated water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals-laden fine sand into Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake. Likely is about 600 kilometres northeast of Vancouver. According to a filing with Environment Canada in 2013, 326 tonnes of nickel, 400 tonnes of arsenic, 177 tonnes of lead and 18,400 tonnes of copper and its compounds had been dumped into the tailings pond.

April 28, 2015

Halifax-based Council of Canadians organizer Tori Ball held a Game-changers Tour event in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia this weekend.

From the event, Ball tweeted, "We can't trust politicians to come up w issues that matter to young people. We need to get on the ground." And afterwards she told us, "It was a great day on the South Shore! We had around 30 people come to the event and came up with lots of great ideas! We even had a few high school students there which was great to see."

The gathering also included presentations by Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia chairperson Michaela Sam and organizer David Etherington.

April 28, 2015

The film Fractured Land has its world premiere in Toronto today. The film is focused on the life and work of Caleb Behn, an Eh Cho Dene and Dunne-Za from the Fort Nelson First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in British Columbia, and the struggle to defend the land and water there from fracking operations.

Toronto Film Scene reports, "Thirty-one-year-old Behn has spent the past nine years studying to be a lawyer, and in the process has become one of the most outspoken and sought after speakers from the First Nations community to talk about the controversial process of fracking and how it pertains to land and water rights and conservation issues."

April 27, 2015

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A dozen Council of Canadians activists recently met with migrant detainees at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario to hear first hand their experiences with indefinite detention. What we heard moved us and reaffirmed our commitment to end this injustice. We urge all our supporters to join us in trying to stop indefinite detention by signing the End Immigration Detention petition, which can be found here.

The Council of Canadians is opposed to immigration detention, particularly indefinite detention. Immigration detention is imprisonment without charges or trial.

April 27, 2015
Barlow speaking at the United Nations
Barlow speaking at the United Nations. Photo by Meera Karunananthan.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke about harmony with nature today at a United Nations plenary session presided over by UN General Assembly president Sam Kahamba Kutesa.

Barlow tweeted this morning, "At UN General Assembly. High level panel on the rights of nature. Excellent statements from president and secretary general."

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