"We're fighting for our life, for our way of life." That's how Jerry Natanine, the mayor of the 900-person hamlet of Clyde River, describes his community's fight to stop seismic testing in Baffin Bay and the Davis Strait. Last night, supporters gathered at a public information session in Toronto to hear from Natanine along with constitutional lawyer Nader Hasan and doctoral candidate Warren Bernauer. On Monday, Hasan and Natanine will head to the Federal Court of Appeal to ask for a judicial review and overturn of the National Energy Board's decision to approve seismic testing off the coast of Baffin Island.
This morning the Council of Canadians joined with Leadnow.ca, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Defend the Coast and other allies to demand that the Harper government reopen the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station and ban increased tanker traffic through British Columbia's sensitive waterways.
They did so by delivering oil covered rocks and a petition with more than 14,000 signatures to the Port Moody constituency office of Conservative MP and Minister of Industry James Moore.
The following declaration was written by Korean and global water justice groups gathered at the Daegu Alternative Water Forum.
From April 12-14, Korean civil society organizations hosted an Alternative Water Forum in Daegu in opposition to the corporate-led World Water Forum 7 being held in the same city. One of the key concerns for the Korean Government Employees Union – the main organizers of the event — was the involvement of French multinational water corporation, Veolia. KGEU argues that Veolia used the corporate World Water Forum to cement its interests in the region (read more). The KGEU is fighting to keep water public in Korea and represents 140,000 public sector employees but has been refused legal status by the Korean government.
Photo by Harjap Grewal
More than 200 people protested against Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in Vancouver yesterday.
The Globe and Mail reports, "The protesters' signs carried slogans such as 'Human rights before trade deals'..."
The newspaper adds, "Community organizer Mustafa Alam said the protest was fuelled by what he described as Mr. Modi's discrimination against religious minorities."