September 16, 2014

People's Climate March

The New York Times editorial board has commented, "The Paris [climate summit in December 2015] may well be the world’s last, best chance to get a grip on a problem that, absent urgent action over the next decade, could spin out of control."

September 16, 2014

The Tsilhqot'in First Nation has declared a 3,120 square kilometre area of their territory a tribal park. Dasiqox Tribal Park will be a protected area for grizzly bears and spawning salmon. Large-scale mining and clear-cut logging will not be allowed within the park. Notably, the site of Taseko's proposed New Prosperity gold-copper mine is included within this park which will be officially designated on October 4.

September 15, 2014
Maude Barlow in Washington DC
Photo: Barlow speaking at World Bank protest in Washington, DC. Photo from CASJ Coalition tweet.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at a protest outside the World Bank in Washington, DC today.

September 15, 2014

Maude Barlow on FIPAThe Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) was ratified by the Harper government on Friday.

Harper went ahead with the deal despite a legal challenge by the Hupacasath First Nation which is still before the courts. Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow commented, “This is a terrible development. Once again, the Harper government is flagrantly ignoring the court system, and giving Chinese corporations and state-owned enterprises the right to sue us over our public and environmental protections."

September 15, 2014

The Montreal Gazette reports, "Speaking as president of the Montreal Metropolitan Community [a coordinating body that represents 82 communities in the region], Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre declared Friday he is not convinced Enbridge’s 9B pipeline project is safe for the region’s water supply or that Enbridge’s emergency plan is adequate in the event of an oil spill."

If it proceeds, Line 9 pipeline would allow the movement of 300,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen from Alberta's tar sands and fracked oil from North Dakota eastward to refineries Montreal. The pipeline was approved by the National Energy Board last March with 30 conditions placed on it.