December 19, 2014
Brady on CHEX-TV
Brady on CHEX-TV.

Peterborough Health Coalition chairperson (and Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter activist) Roy Brady says the community needs more control over the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) given a $57 million discrepancy in its books.

While the hospital is referring to this an accounting error, the money was placed in a restricted account over the past three years when it was to have been used for operational expenses. The hospital went public with the issue earlier this week, just after its chief executive officer, director of communications, director of corporate services and chief transformational officer all left their positions for undisclosed reasons. The hospital says it will be strengthening its internal financial controls.

December 18, 2014
We Care
Council of Canadians organizers Aleah Loney and Chris Gallaway.

The Council of Canadians Edmonton office has joined the We Care campaign calling for a national inquiry on murdered and missing Indigenous women.

December 18, 2014

Communities are celebrating three victories against fracking this week. Quebec, New York and New Brunswick all rejected fracking after years of opposition from communities calling for the protection of community health and the environment.

The Montreal Gazette reported, “Premier Philippe Couillard closed the door on shale gas development in Quebec after an environmental review said its risks outweighed the economic benefits.”

December 18, 2014

The Enbridge Line 4 pipeline, a 796,000 barrels per day pipeline from Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, has spilled 1,350 barrels of oil at a pumping station in Regina.

Council of Canadians Regina chapter activist Jim Elliott says, "It only took 2 minutes and 26 seconds to spill 1,350 barrels of oil in the latest spill in Regina."

Enbridge's Line 1 to 4 pipelines converge at Lake Superior and from there join with Line 5 which goes around the northern shore of Lake Michigan (and under the Straits of Mackinac) and Line 6 which goes around the southern shore of the lake.

It is not clear at this point how long Line 4 will be shut down because of the leak which is now under investigation. Enbridge said in June that it was building a connection between Line 4 and Line 67 so that barrels could be diverted to Line 67 during a prolonged disruption. Line 67 also runs from Alberta to Wisconsin.

December 18, 2014

Ken KavanaghCouncil of Canadians St. John's chapter activist Ken Kavanagh is calling for public hearings on the Canada-European Union 'free trade' deal in light of the tension between Newfoundland and Labrador premier Paul Davis and prime minister Stephen Harper over a promised $400 million fisheries fund.