A meeting of Trans-Pacific Partnership ministers, including Canada's Ed Fast, concluded today in Singapore without the political breakthrough the 12 negotiating countries were hoping for. This is good news. Unfortunately, Washington Trade Daily is reporting that Canada and several other countries have dropped their opposition to some of the United States' most unreasonable TPP demands around intellectual property rights for patents and copyright.
The Algonquins of Barriere Lake erected a peaceful land protection camp within the ‘La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve’ to stop the unlawful logging and clear-cutting of vast tracks of land. This small Algonquin community in Quebec (~3 hours north of Ottawa) has been fighting for decades to protect sensitive cultural sites, critical wildlife habitat, and “to bring to life their vision of coexistence and environmental stewardship for future generations of natives and non-natives.”
Tomorrow (December 11) marks the one year anniversary of the start of Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence's 44-day hunger strike seeking a meeting with the Prime Minister, the Queen and First Nations leaders to address Treaty violations.
This 17-minute uncut CBC interview from Day 8 of her hunger strike reminds us of the power of her words and that moment in time.
Blog originally posted in the Not From Gasland Journal, December 9, 2013. Intro from Lee Ziesche, Grassroots Coordinator and post from Claudia Campero, Mexico Organizer:
Below is a post from Claudia Campero, an organizer living in Mexico City. Mexico is at stage many countries were in just several years ago. The government is looking to open the country up to fracking and the multi-national oil and gas companies are ready to swoop in, while a majority of the population doesn’t even know what fracking is, let alone its dangerous consequences.
It’s a tough spot to be in as an organizer. But the organizers in Mexico are not alone. Just as the organizers in the UK, Canada and Romania are not alone.
This past weekend, TransCanada Corp. began to fill the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline - known as the Gulf Coast line - with oil from Oklahoma destined for Houston, Texas and the Gulf Coast.