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July 22, 2014
Photo: In October 2013, about 100 people gathered at Bala Falls to express their opposition to the hydro project. Photo by Sandy Currie.
Photo: In October 2013, about 100 people gathered at Bala Falls to express their opposition to the hydro project. Photo by Sandy Currie.

An Ontario court's ruling is a setback for the commons.

July 21, 2014

McLaughlin Ridge

The Port Alberni chapter of the Council of Canadians along with the Ancient Forest Alliance, Greenpeace Canada, Sierra Club of BC, Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society, Wilderness Committee, the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada union and others have called on Island Timberlands and the BC government to immediately cease and desist from logging the endangered old-growth forests of McLaughlin Ridge, one Canada’s most ecologically significant old-growth forests near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island.

July 21, 2014

This past weekend Council of Canadians Winnipeg Chapter member Linda Goosen joined other allies at Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.  This Ojibwa or Ontario Saulteaux First Nation community is located in the Eastman Region of Manitoba and the Kenora District of Ontario (Treaty 3). Marking 100 years since their land was flooded, the people of Shoal Lake 40 invited friends and allies to come and listen to their stories.  Linda was kind enough to type up her experience to help educate more people about this unacceptable situation. 

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July 18, 2014

Earlier this week Angela and I were able to attend a media conference and voice our support for the Innu-Malecite-Mi’gmaq Alliance for the Protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence's call for a 12-year moratorium. The Alliance has asked for an integrated environmental assessment to take place before drilling is allowed. Leaders of these nations brought forward the point that little is known about the possible effects of oil and gas projects within the Gulf's unique and fragile ecosystem. "The Gulf is a highly productive body of water and the diversity is very rich. No one can tell what effect a blowout like that of the Deepwater Horizon accident can have on the food chain," said Chief Claude Jeanotte of the Mi'kmaq community of Gespeg in Quebec.

July 17, 2014

For the second time this week, work has been shut down on Enbridge’s Line 9.  Today individuals from Six Nations, the Council of Canadians and other allies interrupted an ‘integrity dig’.

Individuals involved asked workers to leave, asserting that the land is Haudenosaunee territory guaranteed under the Haldimand deed, and that Enbridge’s workers were present without consent or consultation. 

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