September 27, 2016

The Council of Canadians PEI chapter presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade today. The committee is visiting the Atlantic provinces this week seeking input on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Chapter activist Leo Broderick tells us, "The main point I made, after saying we supported all the presentations today that opposed the TPP and for the reasons given, was that Canada should not ratify the TPP because it is very much connected to rising US militarism in Asia Pacific as the US shifts its foreign policy to Asia."

September 27, 2016

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities will be having its annual convention this September 26-30 in Victoria.

The Council of Canadians supports Resolution B31 that will be voted on either Thursday or Friday.

September 27, 2016

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow was on The National last night highlighting our opposition to Nestle water-takings.

In response to public outrage over Nestle's application to the provincial government for a 10-year permit to take 3.6 million litres a day from two wells for its bottled water plant in Aberfoyle (in southern Ontario) along with the company's plans to extract 1.6 million litres a day from a well it has just bought in Elora (located about 40 kilometres northwest of Aberfoyle), Premier Kathleen Wynne has promised a review of the bottled water industry and the $3.71 fee it pays for every million litres of water it extracts.

The National reports, "It's not enough for The Council of Canadians. The national lobby group is calling for a boycott of Nestle. 'This is a bad use of our water. Canada has a coming water crisis. People don't understand this, but they will in time. And we mustn't be letting our water be used this way', [says Barlow]."

September 27, 2016

The proposed bottling plant would be near the Brookvale Provincial Ski Park. Photo by Natalia Goodwin/ CBC News.

The Council of Canadians PEI chapter opposes plans for a bottled water plant in Brookvale, PEI.

Pure Island Waters Ltd. wants to set up a water bottling plant in Brookvale (which is located about 30 kilometres north-west of Charlottetown) that would start by extracting 84,000 litres of water per week. At full capacity, the plant would draw 100,000 litres of water per day, or about 56 litres of water per minute.

The company had planned to build three new wells - one for bottling water, another as a backup, and a third for a geothermal heating system for the plant. The province's minister of environment had said that the proposal meets all regulatory requirements and that there is no need for an environmental review.

Chapter activist Leo Broderick denounced the plans for the bottled water plant in a letter to the editor in The Guardian and in a recent meeting with the provincial minister of the environment.

September 26, 2016

I left my house this morning while the stars were still out, realizing that I couldn’t remember the last time I got up that early. I scrambled with my cup of coffee and headed for the Shubenacadie River, as I have been doing so much lately. The sun came up as we were driving, and I arrived at the Treaty Truckhouse while the water was still calm, and steaming slightly in the cool morning air. Cool is actually a gentle word – before long I put on my winter coat despite the fact that it is only September.

I went there for the closing of a four-day sacred fire held by Mi’kmaq leaders of the Alton Gas resistance, and to support elders in making specific demands of the company and the government. We moved from the truckhouse to the entrance of the work site to hold a press conference, and to wait for a response from our premier, Stephen McNeil.