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October 21, 2014
'Barlow talking about how essential our public health care is, it is about people's lives.' Photo by Michael Butler.
'Barlow talking about how essential our public health care is, it is about people's lives.' Photo by Michael Butler.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke about the need to defend and expand public health care to a full house in Campbell River, British Columbia last night. The public event also featured Paul Moist, the president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Lois Jarvis from Citizens For Quality Health Care.

October 21, 2014
Pimicikamak occupation of the Jenpeg dam
Pimicikamak occupation of the Jenpeg dam

Last Wednesday (October 15), more than 100 people from the Cross Lake First Nation (Pimicikamak Cree Nation), located north of Lake Winnipeg, occupied the grounds of the Jenpeg hydro-dam. Chief Catherine Merrick said the First Nation is taking control of its traditional territory and evicting Manitoba Hydro.

APTN reports, "A small group has been occupying the grounds of the Jenpeg Generating Station since late September, but over the past two days hundreds have joined in. The station is located near the Cree community of Cross Lake, over 700 km north of Winnipeg."

October 21, 2014

On September 30, Nova Scotia energy minister Andrew Younger introduced amendments to the Petroleum Resources Act in order to ban high-volume fracking.

The Chronicle-Herald reports, "The definition of high-volume fracking would be developed with regulations, said Younger. It would cover the same practices outlined in the former NDP government’s moratorium on fracking. ...The moratorium [could only] be lifted following debate in the legislature, said Younger." The Financial Post adds, "The minister says the government won’t consider lifting the ban until the it is convinced fracking can be done safely under a set of stringent new rules and regulations."

October 21, 2014

TransCanada is organizing several 'open houses' in Saskatchewan to promote their 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East tar sands pipeline. These events have taken place in Burstall (October 15) and Cabri (October 16) and are scheduled for Whitewood (tonight), Moose Jaw (October 22) and White City (October 23).

October 20, 2014

Brigette DePape

On October 17, Council of Canadians organizer Brigette DePape spoke at a rally outside the Petronas office on West Hastings Street in Vancouver. The Malaysian company is seeking to build an export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility on Lelu Island in northwestern British Columbia. Their terminal could be operational by 2018 and would be serviced by the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline. The chiefs of the Gitxsan house of Luutkudziiwus have already said that pipeline cannot go through its territory.

The rally also fell on the one year anniversary of the RCMP raid on the Mi'kmaq blockade against fracking in Elsipogtog.

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