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October 20, 2014

The Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians is calling on all mayoral candidates in Hamilton to support the three principles of the Blue Communities project:

1. A declaration that water is a human right.

2. Banning bottled water at municipal events and facilities.

3. Declaring that Council is committed to publicly owned and operated water and wastewater facilities and services.

Hamilton has a terrible history with water privatization. Voters going to the polls on October 27 should be able to vote for a mayor who recognizes water as a human right, who promotes publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services, and who would ban the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events.

October 20, 2014
Photo by MiningWatch Romania.
Photo by MiningWatch Romania.

Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold, the company behind the open pit Skouries gold-copper mine set to open next year in the Halkidiki peninsula of northern Greece, is pursuing a destructive mine in Romania. Furthermore, it was doing so even as major protests were being waged against the Rosia Montana gold-silver mine there.

The gold-silver mine in Certejul de Sus proposed by Deva Gold (partly owned by Eldorado Gold) would be located in the Apuseni Mountains, cover 450 hectares of land (of which 187 hectares are forest), and produce 26,000 tonnes of cyanide over its expected 16 years of operation.

October 20, 2014

UN experts tour Detroit neighbourhoods on Sunday. Photo by Michigan Welfare Rights Organization.
UN experts tour Detroit neighbourhoods on Sunday. Photo by Michigan Welfare Rights Organization.

On June 18, the Blue Planet Project, the Detroit People’s Water Board, the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Food & Water Watch submitted a report to Catarina de Albuquerque, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to drinking water and sanitation, urging her to take immediate action to help restore water services to the thousands of Detroit residents who had their water turned of by the city and to stop further service disconnections in Detroit.

October 20, 2014

Municipal elections will take place in Thunder Bay and across Ontario on October 27.

Our Thunder Bay chapter says, "In order to bring the issue [of the Energy East pipeline] to the table in the municipal election, we asked all of the candidates for their position on the [pipeline] so that electors could add this to their understanding of what each candidate stands for."

October 20, 2014

Calgary-based TransCanada has experienced a further setback in its plans to build a marine terminal in the St. Lawrence River for its Energy East pipeline. They want a terminal on the eastern shore of the St. Lawrence River to load supertankers with 700,000 to 1.1 million barrels of tar sands bitumen for export. The terminal would be located in a habitat critical for the endangered beluga whale.

The first setback for the company came in late September when Quebec Superior Court judge Claudine Roy placed a temporary injunction on exploratory work after the David Suzuki Foundation, Nature Quebec, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Quebec Centre for Environmental Law successfully argued that the Quebec environment ministry had given its approval for this work without properly considering the impact on the beluga whales in the area.

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