October 13, 2015

Montreal Chapter

The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter participated in a major protest in Montreal against pipelines this weekend.

CBC reports, "Protesters marched through the streets of Montreal Saturday afternoon to denounce the Energy East and Enbridge Line 9 pipelines. Organized by the Coalition Étudiants et étudiantes contre les oléoducs, the demonstration called for an end to the transportation of fossil fuel in Quebec. ...Organizer Anthony Garoufalis-Auger said that Canadians are looking for a change in government come the Oct. 19 federal election." The Montreal Gazette adds, "The coalition is made up of 15 Quebec student groups. The group says that pursuing fossil fuel projects destroy fragile ecosystems and can contaminate drinking water with just one leak from the pipeline."

October 13, 2015

Walking with our Sisters Alberta

The 'Walking With Our Sisters' art installation is currently in Ottawa and will visit numerous other communities through to March 2019.

As noted on their website, "Walking With Our Sisters is by all accounts a massive commemorative art installation comprised of 1,763+ pairs of moccasin vamps (tops) plus 108 pairs of children’s vamps created and donated by hundreds of caring and concerned individuals to draw attention to [the injustice of missing and murdered Indigenous women and residential schools]. ...The work exists as a floor installation made up of beaded vamps arranged in a winding path formation on fabric and includes cedar boughs. Viewers remove their shoes to walk on a path of cloth alongside the vamps."

October 12, 2015

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow will launch a 12-city, 8-country speaking tour in Europe on November 1 to oppose the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision.

This tour comes at a critical juncture.

October 11, 2015


The Mexican Alliance against Fracking (La Alianza Mexicana contra el Fracking) released a video titled 'Say No to Fracking' (Di NO al fracking) yesterday. Mexico City-based Blue Planet Project organizer Claudia Campero Arena was key both in the formation of the Alliance and in the making of the video. The credits in the 5-minute video acknowledge the support of (con apoyo de) the Blue Planet Project.

October 11, 2015

Photo by Keri Pickett

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at the Omega Institute's 'Seeds of Change: Cultivating the Commons' conference in Rhinebeck, New York yesterday.

In the morning she gave a keynote address on water and then joined a panel discussion with Robert 'Skip' Backus, the chief executive officer of the Omega Institute, and author John Todd. Then in the evening Barlow participated in a panel at the Institute's 'Living In A Time of Transition' public forum with environmental activist Vandana Shiva, political activist Ralph Nader and Ojibwe activist Winona LaDuke that was moderated by Backus.

Photo by Aresh JavadiPhoto by Helmi Elisa Hunin