March 18, 2017

Speed River

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter and allies will be calling on Liberal MP Lloyd Longfield to take action to protect lakes and rivers.

Guelph Today reports, "Next week, on Wednesday, Mar. 22, three organizations will come together and take a stand on the issue of water protection in Guelph and across Canada. The event is part of World Water Day. A crowd will gather in the park, 1765 Gordon St. (across the river from The Boathouse) at 4 p.m. Some words will be said at the gathering, a group photograph will be taken, and participants will be asked to sign a message that will be delivered to Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield. The message is a demand for stronger federal water protection measures."

The article adds, "The Council of Canadians, Wellington Water Watchers, and the Guelph/Wellington Coalition for Social Justice are hosting the World Water Day gathering."

The photo will be taken at the confluence of the Speed and Eramosa rivers.

March 18, 2017

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley, Mid Island, Victoria, Williams Lake and Kamloops chapters will be hosting Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow for a five-community Boiling Point tour next month.

Barlow will be in Comox (April 6), Nanaimo (April 7), Victoria (April 8), Williams Lake (April 10), and Kamloops (April 11).

Barlow will be speaking about her most recent book Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis at these public meetings.

She says, "My book is a cry from the heart. It is time to abandon our erroneous beliefs that Canada has unlimited supplies of water, that Canadians have taken care of this water heritage or that we still have lots of time to do so. We need a strong, national plan of action based on a new water ethic that puts water protection and water justice at the heart of all our policies and laws. The path forward is clear, if not simple."

March 18, 2017

The Council of Canadians Brandon/Westman chapter will be asking Brandon City Council to designate the city as blue community on March 20.

The Brandon Sun reports, "Brandon City Council will hear a presentation on Monday on becoming a 'blue community', from the local Council of Canadians chapter. The Blue Communities Project encourages communities to adopt a water commons framework by recognizing water and sanitation as human rights; banning or phasing out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities/events; and promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services."

The first item on the Brandon City Council agenda for Monday says:
That the presentation by Heather Doty, Brigette DePape and Scott Blyth on behalf of the Brandon/Westman Chapter of the Council of Canadians with respect to the designation of the City of Brandon as a Blue Community be received."

March 17, 2017

The University of Winnipeg Students Association hosted a fantastic event on the Line 3 pipeline on March 11th. It featured inspiring speakers Winona Laduke, environmentalist and economist from Honor the Earth, as well as Joelle Pastora Sala and Allison Fenske, counsel to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs regarding Line 3 Judicial Review. Line 3 is an export pipeline proposed by Enbridge which would run from Hardisty, Alberta through Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the States. Drawing mostly from these wonderful presentations, we can gather 10 key points about the Line 3 pipeline.

Line 3

The problem with Line 3

1. Instead of Trump’s pipeline plans, let’s imagine the Sitting Bull Plan from the Chief at Standing Rock

What would the Sitting Bull Plan look like? Winona Laduke encourages us: “Let us put our minds together for the future of our children”.

March 17, 2017

London chapter: "Some of those who attended our meeting last night at which Vanessa Gray spoke on Environmental Racism in Canada."

The Council of Canadians London chapter hosted a public forum last night featuring Vanessa Gray speaking on 'Environmental Racism in Canada: The Frontline Reality'.

The promotion for the public forum had noted, "Vanessa Gray is a 24 year-old Anishinaabe kwe from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located in Canada's Chemical Valley. Vanessa has been working with community members to bring awareness to the health issues resulting from her reserve's toxic surroundings. She is an organizer with the group Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP)."

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow has stated, "The Aamjiwnaang First Nation is surrounded on three sides by toxic-belching industries and on the fourth by a Michigan coal plant. They are grappling with high levels of cancer, headaches, numbness and many other ailments that have brought them international attention in the last decade."