CBC reports, "The Canadian government is downgrading the protection of humpback whales off the coast of B.C. under the Species at Risk Act. The move is being made as the government readies for a decision on the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, which would feed oil onto a tanker shipping route that overlaps with what environmental groups describe as 'critical habitat' for the whale."
As United States President Barack Obama begins his four-country trip to Asia in an attempt to make progress on the controversial (and faltering) Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the Council of Canadians has joined an international campaign supported by dozens of organizations to shine a light (literally) on the secretive corporate-rights pact.
If concluded, the TPP -- an ambitious agreement being pushed by the United States and including Canada and 10 other countries (Japan, Mexico, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam) -- would expand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to South America and the Pacific region, constraining democracy in the interests of multinational corporations.
The ‘Our Risk – Their Reward’ Energy East tour of six Ontario communities has just one more stop next Monday in Cornwall. What a whirlwind it has been!
Spending two days in each community, we held a series of public forums, meetings, site visits and actions. This was done in collaboration with local organizers and groups – who we’ve learned so much from throughout this process – and looked a little different for each stop.
We’ve had excellent turnouts at all events (speaking both to the hard work of organizers involved and public concern), reaching over 1200 people. Significant local media coverage and the over 1000 Our Risk – Their Reward window signs distributed ensures the message is getting even further.
The next United Nations climate summits will take place this December in Peru and next December in France (just shortly after the October 19, 2015 federal election in Canada). The New York Times editorial board writes, "If the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s most recent report is to be taken seriously, as it should be, the Paris meeting may well be the world’s last, best chance to get a grip on a problem that, absent urgent action over the next decade, could spin out of control."
How To Spot DOT-111 Trains In Your Community
Through our cities, towns, and rural communities across Canada, 1960's-era DOT-111A rail cars -which were deemed to have serious safety issues over 20 years ago- continue rumble by. These train cars which were originally used to haul nonhazardous materials such as corn syrup, now increasingly carry explosive bakkan oil, tar sands dilbit, ethenol, and a plethora of other hazardous chemicals under a toxic cloud of secrecy.