November 26, 2015
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In May 2014, a ship with 600,000 barrels of tar sands bitumen from northern Alberta arrived at the Repsol refinery in Bilbao, Spain. It was the first shipment of tar sands crude to arrive in Europe. While that is distressing, the Natural Resources Defense Council has projected that Europe could be receiving 700,000 barrels of tar sands bitumen a day by 2020.

That's in part because of anticipated pipeline capacity and because the Canadian government lobbied heavily against the European Fuel Quality Directive, a modest climate measure that required fuel suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector by 6 per cent by 2020. Part of the plan was to assign specific carbon intensities to different types of oil, with tar sands and fracked oil obviously having higher values.

November 26, 2015

Canada’s natural resources minister Jim Carr.The Council of Canadians has joined with numerous others to call on the Trudeau government to halt the National Energy Board (NEB) reviews of the TransCanada Energy East pipeline and the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline projects.

The Energy East pipeline would move 1.1 million barrels of oil per day, generate about 32 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, enable a 39 per cent increase in tar sands production from 2012 levels, and cross 961 waterways. It has also been estimated that the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion would result in about 270 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over a 35-year period.

November 26, 2015

Tracey MitchellCouncil of Canadians Saskatoon chapter activist Tracey Mitchell says it's time to end subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.

Canada provides US $2.74 billion a year in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. About 60 per cent of that comes from the federal government, with the rest coming from the provinces (including Saskatchewan). An additional US $2.7 billion a year is provided through Export Development Canada, which is wholly owned by the federal government. On the campaign trail this past July, Justin Trudeau vowed to fulfill a G20 pledge (that Canada signed on to in 2009) to phase-out subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, but did not provide a specific timeline on when he would do so.

November 25, 2015

Maude at forum in Karlsruhe

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at a public forum in Karlsruhe, Germany today on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision.

A media release states (in German), "The alternative Nobel Prize winner Maude Barlow will be in Karlsruhe for a public discussion ahead of the Paris summit on climate change." It highlights a panel discussion with her, Bishop Prof. Dr. Jochen Cornelius-Bundschuh, MEP Sven Giegold, and Gabor Paál, chief science editor at the SWR radio. The forum took place in the atrium of the Evangelical Supreme Ecclesiastical Council in Karlsruhe.


At the public forum, Council of Canadians trade campaigner tweeted:

November 25, 2015

Council of Canadians protest the loss of the Health Accord at the Council of the Federations, 2015

November 16, 2015
Hon. Dr. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health
House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Philpott,

On behalf of the Council of Canadians, please allow me to congratulate you on your appointment as Canada’s new Minister of Health. We look forward to working with you to strengthen our public health care system and to take advantage of this important opportunity to build a more equitable medicare system in Canada. As the 19th century German doctor Rudolph Virchow recognized even then, “If medicine is really to accomplish its great task, it must intervene in political and social life.”