October 30, 2014

Harper in China

Stephen Harper will visit China next week (likely November 5-6) in advance of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing this coming November 10-11. He reportedly won't stay for the summit given his intention to be in Canada for Remembrance Day.

His visit should be seen in the context of several key issues:

October 30, 2014

Survey workers for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline evicted from Burnaby conservation area yesterday. Photo by Rising Tide - Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.

The Council of Canadians stands in solidarity with those who evicted a survey team for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline from a Burnaby conservation area yesterday.

October 30, 2014
Saint John
Photo: Barlow speaks in Saint John last night. Photo by Tori Ball.

Our speaking tour against the proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline was in Saint John, New Brunswick last night. About 200 people turned out to hear Maude Barlow, the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Andrea Harden-Donahue, energy and climate justice campaigner with the Council of Canadians, Cherri Foytlin, a resident of south Louisiana and author of Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Explosion, and Maria Recchia, the executive director of the Fundy North Fishermen's Association.

October 29, 2014

This morning, numerous health organizations across Ontario called on the provincial government to ban medical tourism. Medical tourism is the practice where health-care institutions create for-profit programs to attract patients from other countries to come to Canada for health care on a pay-for-treatment basis. 

October 29, 2014

 Environmental Defence and Greenpeace have released a new report which shows that TransCanada has been “vastly exaggerating Energy East’s ability to reduce overseas oil imports” in a “desperate attempt to justify its Energy East pipeline and tanker proposal.”

TransCanada has claimed that Eastern Canadian refineries import 86% of their crude oil from sources such as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Venezuela, and Algeria.  The refineries served by Energy East actually receive only 14.1% of their supply from those sources. Among foreign sources, the United States is the biggest supplier. Energy East would not supply Eastern Canadian refineries with tar sands oil, but would export up to 1 million barrels of unrefined oil every day.