This past Friday marked the 1-yr anniversary of the RCMP raid on the 134 encampment in Rexton NB, close to the Elsipogtog First Nation. I travelled to the Memorial celebration called “One Water, One Earth: A Gathering to Honour All Protectors” organized by Kopit Lodge in the Elsipogtog Community Hall’s Teepee Building.
Healing our spirit, strengthening our resistance was the theme for the event, which included a talking circle, drumming and speeches. There was also a potluck and entertainment into the evening, and a slideshow put together of things that have happened since last year, including of Maude’s visit as well as David Suzuki’s.
Calgary-based TransCanada is facing a demand by gas companies to build hundreds of kilometres of new pipeline and another $1 billion in costs for their proposed $12 billion Energy East pipeline project. If TransCanada wins out, 3.6 million people in Ontario and Quebec will be paying higher rates to heat their homes. If consumers win, it would be a serious blow to the pipeline proposal.
The Council of Canadians has taken the position that, "To protect the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River we must ban all transport of tar sands bitumen on, under and near the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River."
Infodimanche.com reports (in French), "Despite opposition from many scientists, marine mammal experts and citizens from all over Quebec, the Conservatives and Liberals agreed to support the proposed oil terminal at Gros Cacouna [on the St. Lawrence River]. In a vote in the House of Commons that took place [Monday] night, they rejected the NDP motion to oppose it."
Last night's town hall meeting in Courtenay, BC. Photo by Mike Butler.
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke in Courtenay, British Columbia last night in defence of public health care.
Yesterday evening, Barlow tweeted:
Fabulous turnout for health care Town Hall in Courtney. BC activists rock!!! pic.twitter.com/gU88ALtqM7
— Maude Barlow (@MaudeBarlow) October 22, 2014