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February 26, 2015

Blue DotThe Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter supported the campaign for the City of Hamilton to ratify the Blue Dot Declaration.

The Hamilton Blue Dot Initiative Newsletter now reports, "Hamilton City Council [has] ratified its version of the Blue Dot Declaration, becoming the twenty-third community in Canada and, very significantly, the first one in Ontario to do so. ...Thanks to all of you who have helped Hamilton Blue Dot achieve such amazing success in such a short period of time!"

February 26, 2015
Chomsky smith Falls
Barlow joins Chomsky and others backing the development of co-operatives in Smiths Falls.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow is supporting the development of co-operatives in Smiths Falls, a community situated near Ottawa. This follows the small town's loss of large US-based employers like the Hershey Company, Stanley Tools and most recently the Target retail store. "An organic food co-op and other co-operative enterprises are sustainable, climate friendly and empowering," says Barlow.

February 26, 2015

The Council of Canadians encourages people to apply to participate in the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings on the Energy East pipeline before the deadline of Tuesday March 3. So far, the NEB says it has received 760 applications from people wishing to intervene in this process.

February 25, 2015
The Council of Canadians outside the White House, November 2011.
The Council of Canadians outside the White House, November 2011.

The Council of Canadians welcomes US President Barack Obama's veto of Congressional legislation to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and further encourages him to fully reject the pipeline.

February 25, 2015
Tim Duboyce
TransCanada's Tim Duboyce.

In a letter to the editor recently published in the Regina Leader-Post, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow highlighted the dangers posed by TransCanada's proposed 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East pipeline. She was responding to a Leader-Post editorial that argued Energy East would be safer than the oil by rail shipments.

Now Tim Duboyce, a Montreal-based spokesperson for TransCanada's Energy East project, has taken issue with our arguments against the pipeline. He writes in the Leader-Post, "it is imperative I address some misleading statements" in Barlow's letter to the editor.

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