May 24, 2016

Ben Gotschall and Mark D'Arcy in Chipman. Photo by Angela Giles.

The Council of Canadians was in Chipman, New Brunswick tonight to help build grassroots opposition to the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Our panel of speakers featured Peace and Friendship Alliance member Alma Brooks, Nebraska rancher and Keystone XL pipeline opponent Ben Gotschall, and Fredericton-based Council of Canadians campaigner Mark D'Arcy.

The proposed Energy East pipeline would transport 1.1 million barrels of bitumen a day from the tar sands in northern Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick. It would involve the construction of 1,400 kilometres of new pipeline in New Brunswick and cross 280 waterways in the province. The drinking water in Edmundston, Saint Leonard, Saint Anne de Madawaska, Grand Falls, Cambridge Narrows, Hampton, Fredericton and Saint John would all be put at risk by an Energy East pipeline spill. If Energy East were approved, it would more than double (from 115 to 281) the number of oil supertankers in the Bay of Fundy each year.

May 24, 2016

If you haven’t been following the ongoing saga of ‘Canadian’ drug company Valeant Pharmaceuticals, you probably aren’t alone.   While news stories over the past year found their bombastic villain in pharma-bro Martin Shkreli (and fairly so), it could be argued that his price gouging model is based of Valeant.

May 24, 2016

South Niagara chapter activist Fiona McMurran with Maude Barlow.

Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter activist Fiona McMurran presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade earlier this month in Toronto.

On May 13, the Committee was at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel to solicit input on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

In response to criticism that the public has had very limited access to these 'public hearings', the committee has begun to allocate two-minutes of time to individual speakers during the last hour of each of the one-day hearings in a session they have framed as "spontaneous presentations".

McMurran made very good use of the limited time provided her.

May 24, 2016

Chapter activist Ann Pohl in the Mi'kmaki Water Walk, May 21.

The Council of Canadians Kent County chapter participated in Mi'kmaki Water Walk 2016 this past weekend.

Kent County chapter activist Ann Pohl took part in the walk on May 21.

As noted on their Facebook page, "Mi'kmaki Water Walk 2016, plans to walk in 7 Mi'kmaq Districts to raise awareness and protect our Mother Earth and waters for our future generations." The walk for the Shubenacadie River in Sipekne'katik district started on Saturday May 14 at the mouth of the Shubenacadie River in Maitland, Nova Scotia and concluded on May 21 where the Shubenacadie River flows into the Grand Lake at Oakfield Provincial Park.

The Shubenacadie River is threatened by the Alton Natural Gas Storage LP proposal.

The Council of Canadians has been helping to oppose a plan by the company to store natural gas near the rural community of Alton, which is situated about 75 kilometres north of Halifax.

May 24, 2016

Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor Vaughn Schofield reads the Speech from the Throne, May 17. Photo by Mark Taylor/Canadian Press.

The Council of Canadians Saskatoon chapter is supporting the broad-based call for Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall to clarify his position on climate change.