January 20, 2017

Construction underway on the Site C dam on the Peace River.

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter is co-sponsoring an upcoming public forum on the Site C dam.

The outreach for the event notes, "Join us for what promises to be a fascinating and motivating evening on February 9, 7:00- 9:00 pm at UVic's David Turpin Building, Room A120. It's time to deeply examine the costs and consequences of the Site C Dam. Our brilliant panel of speakers Dr. Harry Swain, Dr. Judith Sayers and John Gailus will outline in detail why the Site C Dam is a profoundly costly mistake and an environmental and economic white elephant. A moderated Q and A will follow the speakers' presentations. Admission by suggested $10 donation. All proceeds to the groups actively fighting to Save the Peace, Protect the Future."

January 20, 2017

Photo by TBNewsWatch

The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter and allies challenged a meeting on the Energy East pipeline yesterday.

TBNewsWatch reports, "A consultation over converting a natural gas pipeline to carry crude oil through the region collapsed within 15 minutes on Thursday evening. Protesters who opposed the Energy East Pipeline in principle disrupted the Common Voice Northwest consultation regarding what constitutes a 'significant water crossing'. The group took the stage and began making its own presentation shortly after the KBM Resources Group consultants explained their vision for the consultation."

Common Voice Northwest is an organization that includes representatives from the Northern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) and the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (NOACC). Both these groups have publicly endorsed the 1.1 million barrel per day tar sands export pipeline.

January 19, 2017

Glen Murray, Ontario's minister of the environment and climate change

Please keep up the pressure on the Ontario government with respect to bottled water takings!

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has issued a media release that highlights the Ontario government is now:

  • engaging Indigenous partners on groundwater management
  • consulting with communities and industry on changes to groundwater management practices.

While not fully there just yet, these actions are reflective of the demands made in our online action alert which calls on the government to:

  • seek the free, prior and informed consent of affected Indigenous peoples
  • prioritize community use over corporate interests for water resources in Ontario.

To date, 3,464 people have sent these demands to the Ontario government via The Council of Canadians website.

January 19, 2017

The Council of Canadians has stood with the Tsilhqot’in Nation in defence of Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) since October 2008.

We have opposed the Schedule 2 provision in the Fisheries Act (that allows the tailings from mines to be dumped into freshwater lakes designed by the federal government as 'tailings impoundment areas'), and we have spoken against both the proposed Prosperity and New Prosperity mines that would have destroyed Teztan Biny.

Over the years we helped facilitate meetings with the federal government, presented at the federal review panel hearings, posted online action alerts, expressed our solidarity in media statements, protested outside Taseko annual shareholder meetings, delivered petitions, and were interveners at the Tsilhqot’in Nation's historic Supreme Court challenge for Title on their territory.

Our Williams Lake chapter, water campaigner Meera Karunananthan and organizer Harjap Grewal were instrumental in all of this work.

January 18, 2017

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter will be standing in solidarity with the 'Women's March on Washington' at a gathering in Courtenay on January 21.

Chapter activist Alice de Wolff has posted on Facebook, "Bring your signs and banners. We don't plan to make speeches, but do bring your favourite drums, chants and songs. Word-of-mouth organizing: please let all your networks know!"

The details are here:
Comox Valley Women's Solidarity Gathering
Saturday, January 21st
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Court House Park (across from Thrifty's)
England Ave & 6th Street, Courtenay

The website for the Women's March on Washington states, "The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us - immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault - and our communities are hurting and scared."