May 5, 2015
Press Conference
Photo: Lynaya Astephen (far right) speaking at a Red Head and Anthony’s Cove Preservation Association media conference yesterday.

The Council of Canadians is helping to support the End of the Line march in Saint John against the Energy East pipeline on Saturday May 30 starting at 1 pm.

May 4, 2015

Maude Barlow in the Yukon

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow just spoke at a rally on the steps of the Yukon Legislative Assembly in Whitehorse.

She spoke against the Yukon Party government's decision to allow fracking in the Kotaneelee gas fields in the Liard basin in southeast Yukon. Members of the Liard First Nation spoke at the rally alongside Barlow and delivered a letter stating that the community does not approve of fracking.

The CBC news report on the rally quotes Barlow saying, "I'm here in solidarity. The Yukon has not yet started this process. I beg you — don't start it. The water here is so precious."

May 4, 2015

Dandelion festivalThe Council of Canadians has donated $500 to a Sustainable North Grenville fundraising campaign to keep the Kemptville Dandelion Festival free of sponsorship from TransCanada, the company behind the controversial 1.1 million barrels per day tar sands pipeline.

Local musicians, upon hearing that the festival had accepted money from TransCanada after its federal grant had been reduced, threatened to withdraw from the festival given the impact the pipeline would have on their community. The local environmental group Sustainable North Grenville launched a fundraising campaign on Saturday to raise $5,000 so that TransCanada's sponsorship money would not be needed.

May 4, 2015

Stephen Harper is hoping that climate change will not become an issue in the October 19 federal election.

As we approach both the election and the pivotal United Nations climate summit in Paris just weeks afterwards, CBC national affairs editor Chris Hall writes, "Jeffrey Phillips, managing director of the consulting firm Dawson Strategic, says the only way to have any real reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is to drastically scale back oil sands production, and that's not going to happen."

May 3, 2015
Artists conception of the Pacific Northwest LNG terminal on Lelu Island.
Artists conception of the Pacific Northwest LNG terminal on Lelu Island.

The Malaysian-based energy company Petronas is offering $1 billion dollars to the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation in British Columbia to secure their support for the proposed $36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert. The BC government is supporting this by offering to transfer 2,200 acres of land, valued at $108 million, to the First Nation.