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February 8, 2016

ChopraThe Council of Canadians is helping to organize a speaking tour for Dr. Shiv Chopra to Vancouver, Chilliwack, Comox Valley, Nanaimo and Victoria/Cowichan Valley this spring. He will be speaking on the relationship between the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH, also referred to as BGH and rBST), an artificial growth hormone developed by Monsanto to increase milk output from dairy cows.

February 7, 2016
Terrace chapter
Council of Canadians Terrace chapter.

The Council of Canadians Terrace chapter applauds the Lake Babine Nation for its biomass clean energy project.

As noted on their website, "The Lake Babine Nation are the unconquered Indigenous Peoples of our vast traditional territory located in present day British Columbia. The Creator gave us our territory to enjoy, to manage and to protect. We, the first inhabitants, have lived in our territory since time immemorial. We have and continue to exercise jurisdiction and ownership (title and rights) of our territory and governance with our citizens."

February 6, 2016

Renewables

Could the promised $60 billion in federal infrastructure spending over the next ten years help us achieve the goal of limiting global warming to under 1.5 degrees Celsius? Yes, if it is invested in sustainable energy projects and climate jobs; no if it's spent on bigger highways and carbon-intensive projects like the Energy East and Trans Mountain pipelines are approved. Is the political will there to translate the promise of "sunny ways" into solar power and a 100 per cent clean economy by 2050?

During the last federal election, the Liberals promised to "make the New Building Canada Fund more focused." They said, "By providing significant, separate investments in public transit, social infrastructure and green infrastructure, we will enable the New Building Canada Fund to make greater investments in Canada’s roads, bridges, transportation corridors, ports and border gateways, helping Canada’s manufacturers get their goods to market. We will also make the fund more transparent, by providing clearer project criteria, alongside faster approval processes."

February 5, 2016

BC Premier Christy Clark and the BC government were in Ottawa on February 4, 2016 pushing the federal government to approve the Petronas-led proposal for an LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) terminal on Lelu Island (also known as Lax U'u'la), even though the people of Lax Kw'alaams and their hereditary leaders have said no.

The BC government is completely disregarding the hereditary leadership of the Gitwilgyoots, and the dozens of hereditary leaders from neighbouring Indigenous nations who are standing with the Lax Kw'alaams community and who signed the Lelu Island Declaration against LNG. Continuing to push LNG despite the Lelu Island Declaration and Lax Kw’alaam’s unanimous vote opposing the LNG proposal goes against the numerous Supreme Court rulings that show that the true title holders of the land are the hereditary leaders, and they are saying no to Petronas' PNW LNG project on Lelu Island!

February 5, 2016
Site C camp
Photo: Marilyn Belak (right) and Ken and Arlene Boon (left-to-right) at the Site C camp, Jan. 25.

Dawson Creek, BC-based Council of Canadians supporter Marilyn Belak visited Treaty 8 territory on Jan. 25 to express solidarity with Indigenous and allied land defenders opposing the Site C dam.

Site C is a proposed 60-metre high, 1,050-metre-long earth-filled dam and hydroelectric generation station on the Peace River between the communities of Hudson's Hope and Taylor on Treaty 8 territory in northeastern British Columbia. It would create an 83-kilometre-long reservoir and flood about 5,550 hectares of agricultural land southwest of Fort St. John. It would also submerge 78 First Nations heritage sites, including burial grounds and places of cultural and spiritual significance. Logging and land clearing for the dam began this summer, without consent from Treaty 8, but major construction on the dam is not yet underway.

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