May 29, 2016

The Council of Canadians Centre Wellington and Guelph chapters - in collaboration with Wellington Water Watchers - marched together today against Nestle water takings.

This morning, the CBC reported, "The Wellington Water Watchers don't want Nestlé to be able to continue bottling water at the plant in Aberfoyle, so they're walking en masse to demonstrate. On Sunday, May 29 the group plans a Water Walk in Guelph to show their opposition to Nestlé's renewal bid in Aberfoyle. ...To demonstrate their passion for water, [group Board member Robert] Case said that there will be water songs, a toast to water, as well as a water blessing at the event. Case said the blessing is partially coming from their First Nations partners who want to recognise water as a sacred thing."

This afternoon, the Centre Wellington chapter tweeted:
- Off to Walk for #Water! #stopNestle @CouncilofCDNs @wwaterwatchers
- Guelph&CW @CouncilofCDNs Chapters in solidarity w/ @wwaterwatchers & @saveourwaterca at Walk for #Water #StopNestle

May 29, 2016

The site of the proposed mega-playstructure at Mooney's Bay Park on the Rideau River.

There are concerns that a proposed public-private partnership (P3) mega-playstructure could pollute the Rideau River, a federally protected waterway.

The City of Ottawa has agreed to a 4,600-square metre mega-playstructure in Mooney's Bay Park, which is situated in Ottawa South. The City is also providing Sinking Ship Entertainment, a Toronto-based for-profit entertainment company, with $1 million of public money for this project. The construction of the playstructure will be featured on a reality TV show called Giver.

May 29, 2016

Montreal-based Council of Canadians trade campaigner Sujata Dey is at the #TTIPalarm Festival in Amsterdam today.

The Facebook promotion for the event says, "The Big #TTIPalarm Festival is the first of its kind. A gathering of good people with art, lectures, workshops and delicious TTIP-free food, coming together to resist the unfair trade agreements threatening democracy. Together we will learn about the kind of trade that contributes to a sustainable world, and how we can defend ourselves against TTIP and CETA. With leading figures from the international Stop TTIP movement like John Hilary and Nick Dearden, and concerned Dutch celebrities and music!"

May 29, 2016

Will Rachel Notley and Brian Mason take action to protect water from fracking?

The Council of Canadians helped to establish the Alberta Fracking Resource & Action Coalition (ABFRAC), a network of organizations and individuals concerned about fracking in their province.

Now two member of ABFRAC are calling on the Alberta NDP to act on their past statements on fracking.

In August 2012, then-NDP environment critic Rachel Notley expressed concern about fracking, the five million cubic meters of water the province had approved for it in 2011, and called for an independent scientific review of fracking. She stated, "If we don't get a better ... understanding of what's safe for Albertans, we run the risk of doing some really long-term damage. In Alberta, we have no regulation — at all — that specifically covers fracking activity. [Questions need to be answered before] we start holus-bolus giving out water to the fracking industry without knowing the safety that needs to come along with that."

May 28, 2016

Photo by @NSShadesofGreen

The Council of Canadians participated in a highway protest today against the Alton Natural Gas Storage LP proposal.

The company, a subsidiary of Calgary-based AltaGas Ltd., has proposed creating storage facilities for natural gas by drilling three wells in underground salt caverns near the rural community of Alton, which is about 75 kilometres north of Halifax. The idea is that the wells would be used to store natural gas to hedge against higher natural gas prices in the winter. The project would include two 12-kilometre pipelines. One would be used to pump water from the Shubenacadie River estuary to flush the salt out of the caverns (to make way for the gas to be stored) and the other for transporting the resulting salt brine mixture into storage ponds that would be built beside an estuary in Fort Ellis (and then discharged back into the river).