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."

May 27, 2016

The drill ship Stena IceMax has been contracted by Shell to do exploratory drilling offshore of Nova Scotia.

The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter is encouraging people to join their campaign to protect offshore Nova Scotia.

In October 2015, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board granted approval to Shell to drill two oil wells on the edge of the Scotian Shelf, a geological formation located southwest of Nova Scotia.

CBC reported, "The board authorized a Shell drilling plan in the Shelburne Basin, which is about 250 kilometres southwest of Shelburne. Initially, the plan had a 21-day timeframe to contain subsea blowouts, but the approved plan was shortened to between 12 and 13 days. Environmental groups say that timeline is too long and falls short of the U.S. requirement of 24 hours for drilling in the waters off Alaska."

May 27, 2016

Village Market Day in Cumberland

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter highlighted key issues of concern at Village Market Day in Cumberland on May 21.

A local website notes, "This annual street market and spring celebration is a fantastic venue for local merchants, artists, artisans, crafters and creators, community groups, home based businesses, musicians & performers of all sorts to share their wares, show off their goods or tell their stories! Live music and hands on art projects are all part of the fun! Community non profits receive a special rate to share their stories and projects. A special invitation is extended to artists, experimentors and community organizations to bring an Elevate vibe to the Village streets."

A Comox Valley chapter blog notes three key issues they highlighted that day: