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."

March 17, 2017

The London chapter has 824 Facebook Likes.

Council of Canadians chapters across the country have a strong presence on Facebook.

The following chapters have Facebook pages:

Atlantic - Fredericton, Kent County, Moncton, Saint John, St. John's, Inverness County, North Shore, South Shore, PEI

Ontario-Quebec - Montreal, Centre Wellington, Guelph, Hamilton, London, Mississippi Mills, Ottawa, Quinte, South Niagara, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Windsor-Essex

Prairies-NWT - Blood Tribe, Calgary, Hinton, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Winnipeg, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Northwest Territories

Pacific - Chilliwack, Comox Valley, Golden, Kamloops, Kelowna, Mid Island, Powell River, Terrace, Vancouver-Burnaby, Victoria

Please search Facebook for these pages and Like them to receive news and analysis, as well as information about their upcoming events and activities.

March 17, 2017

Nineteen Council of Canadians chapters took part in an online conference call last night to discuss how chapters involve members in their shared work.

The Comox Valley, Vancouver, Edmonton, Quill Plains (Wynyard), Regina, Calgary, Northwest Territories, Northumberland, Hamilton, Ottawa, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Peel Region, Quinte, South Niagara, Toronto, Windsor, and Kent County chapters joined the one-hour call hosted by organizers Robin Tress and Diane Connors.

The discussion was initiated in part because more than 2,200 people said in a recent survey we conducted that they would be interested in participating in a local chapter.

The questions that were posed to facilitate a peer-exchange of practices and experiences included:

March 17, 2017

Leo Broderick

Charlottetown-based Council of Canadians vice-chairperson Leo Broderick has highlighted that water bottled in Prince Edward Island would not be allowed to leave the province under the newly released draft Water Act.

The Guardian reports, "The draft was released on Thursday. It was created after a first round of public consultations." In October 2015, Broderick presented to the PEI Environmental Advisory Committee as it gathered input for this draft Act.

Broderick has been a vocal opponent of bottled water. In September 2016, he called on the provincial government to halt Pure Island Water Ltd.'s plan to open a water bottling plant that would ultimately draw 100,000 litres a day from wells in Brookvale, PEI. He argued that groundwater belongs to everyone and that it must not be allowed to be put up for sale. The company had originally intended to export water bottled in PEI to China and Japan, but later amended its business plan to focus on eastern Canada and the New England states as their potential markets.