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October 24, 2014

On October 6, the National Energy Board ordered Enbridge not to restart its Line 9 pipeline until further notice. In a letter to Enbridge, the NEB noted “only 6 of the 104 Major Water Crossings identified by Enbridge to date appear to have valves installed within 1 km on both sides of the water crossing” as required by regulations. 

October 24, 2014
Farha and de Albuquerque in Detroit. Photo by AP.
Farha and de Albuquerque in Detroit. Photo by AP.

On June 18, the Blue Planet Project and its allies submitted a report to Catarina de Albuquerque, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to drinking water and sanitation, urging her to take action to help restore water services to the thousands of Detroit residents who had their water turned off by the city due to unpaid bills and to stop further service disconnections.

October 24, 2014
Lac Saint-Pierre is under threat from Suncor tar sands supertankers.
Lac Saint-Pierre is under threat from Suncor tar sands supertankers.

On October 15, we highlighted in a campaign blog a brief reference in a Le Devoir article that supertankers carrying tar sands bitumen were now travelling through Lac Saint-Pierre, a World Biosphere Reserve recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

October 24, 2014
Yesterday's Generation for the Nation rally in Winnipeg. Photo by Paul S. Graham.
Yesterday's Generation for the Nation rally in Winnipeg. Photo by Paul S. Graham.

The Council of Canadians Winnipeg chapter was present at a rally outside Manitoba Hydro yesterday in support of the Pimicikamak occupation of the Jenpeg dam.

October 23, 2014
Prentice and Gallant meet to promote the Energy East pipeline.
Prentice and Gallant meet to promote the Energy East pipeline.

On the eve of a Council of Canadians speaking tour in New Brunswick in opposition to the Energy East pipeline, that province's premier visited Alberta for four days to promote the controversial pipeline project and has even gone as far as suggesting two export pipelines - one for oil, one for gas - should be built.

On Monday, New Brunswick premier Brian Gallant met with Alberta premier Jim Prentice and on Tuesday he met with top executives at TransCanada, the company behind both the Energy East pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline to the United States. He is now back in New Brunswick.

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