May 28, 2016

Photo by Rachel Tetrault.

Council of Canadians organizer Brigette DePape attempted to hand out leaflets opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the Liberal party biennial convention now taking place in Winnipeg.

While DePape was stopped quickly by security inside the RBC Convention Centre, she did manage to give a leaflet to Maryanne Kampouris, the National Policy Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada. Kampouris has previously stated that her role within the party is to, "Hold open discussions on the policy process, summarize proposals and ask for clear direction within 3-4 months of the biennial."

May 28, 2016

Photo by Murray Bush.

Council of Canadians activists protested at the Imperial Metals annual shareholders meeting in Richmond yesterday morning.

Imperial Metals is the Vancouver-based company responsible for the Mount Polley mine tailings pond dam failure in August 2014 that spilled about 25 million cubic metres of water laden with arsenic, lead and copper into nearby waterways and lakes in Secwepemc Territory in central British Columbia. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has stated, "Like the Exxon Valdez, Mount Polley will be synonymous with one of the most disastrous environmental events in British Columbia." The mine has resumed its operations, notably with the provincial government in March granting the company permission to discharge further untreated mine site runoff into Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake until July 31.

May 27, 2016

The Fredericton chapter highlights lack of social licence for fracking at release of commission report, February 26, 2016.

New Brunswick-based Council of Canadians chapter activists have long demanded a ban on fracking in their province and today they received some good news.

CBC reports, "Energy Minister Donald Arseneault says the New Brunswick government will indefinitely extend the province's moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The energy minister made the announcement on Friday in Fredericton. It was in response to the February report from the Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing. Arseneault said the shale gas industry still has not met the conditions necessary to lift the moratorium. 'We have been clear that we would not allow this activity to go forward unless our five conditions were met', Arseneault said in a statement."

This morning the Fredericton chapter posted on its Facebook page, "Victory for the people!"

May 27, 2016

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter is opposing a proposed public-private partnership (P3) in the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD).

On May 21, at a popular annual street market in Cumberland, the chapter handed out CVRD Residents for Accountable Sewage information flyers on the issue.

The chapter has blogged, "In collaboration with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), information flyers were distributed encouraging residents to vote no to a 30 year contract with an unknown private corporation in an upcoming referendum on a much needed local wastewater system. Information was provided on the concerns around corporate control of wastewater systems, as well as options that could be considered."