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May 4, 2015

Dandelion festivalThe Council of Canadians has donated $500 to a Sustainable North Grenville fundraising campaign to keep the Kemptville Dandelion Festival free of sponsorship from TransCanada, the company behind the controversial 1.1 million barrels per day tar sands pipeline.

Local musicians, upon hearing that the festival had accepted money from TransCanada after its federal grant had been reduced, threatened to withdraw from the festival given the impact the pipeline would have on their community. The local environmental group Sustainable North Grenville launched a fundraising campaign on Saturday to raise $5,000 so that TransCanada's sponsorship money would not be needed.

May 4, 2015

Stephen Harper is hoping that climate change will not become an issue in the October 19 federal election.

As we approach both the election and the pivotal United Nations climate summit in Paris just weeks afterwards, CBC national affairs editor Chris Hall writes, "Jeffrey Phillips, managing director of the consulting firm Dawson Strategic, says the only way to have any real reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is to drastically scale back oil sands production, and that's not going to happen."

May 3, 2015
Artists conception of the Pacific Northwest LNG terminal on Lelu Island.
Artists conception of the Pacific Northwest LNG terminal on Lelu Island.

The Malaysian-based energy company Petronas is offering $1 billion dollars to the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation in British Columbia to secure their support for the proposed $36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert. The BC government is supporting this by offering to transfer 2,200 acres of land, valued at $108 million, to the First Nation.

May 3, 2015

Kamloops chapter

The Council of Canadians Kamloops chapter took part in the 40th annual walk for peace in their city yesterday.

Back in February, Kamloops News reported, "Organizer Anita Strong says it will be a celebration of the work done by local peace, social, and environmental advocates. 'It is heartening to see so many local groups supporting this year’s walk', said Strong, chair of the local chapter of the Council of Canadians. 'Many are drawn to the event to oppose the Canadian government which stubbornly continues to wage war, degrade environmental protections, and promote inequality.'"

May 3, 2015
TTIP video
"ISDS lawsuits are decided by private commercial arbitrators who are paid for each case they hear, with a clear tendency to interpret the law in favour of investors."

The international organization ATTAC has produced a 4-minute handimation video about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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