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November 24, 2014
Wynne and Couillard announce their conditions on the Energy East pipeline. Photo by Mark Calzavara.
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:

November 21, 2014

 

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.

 


 

 

November 21, 2014

Dene blockade

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."

November 21, 2014
Guelph chapter activist Norah Chaloner.
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.

November 21, 2014
Quebec premier Philippe Couillard     Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne
Quebec premier Philippe Couillard and Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne are expected to issue a joint statement on the Energy East pipeline today.

Opposition from the Couillard government, general public, First Nations, students and even gas companies in Quebec is deepening against the proposed 1.1 million barrels per day Energy East pipeline. And with the governments of Quebec and Ontario set to issue a joint statement on the pipeline today, there is hope that TransCanada will be dealt another setback.

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