September 18, 2014

CETA protest on Parliament Hill

The Council of Canadians and allies are organizing a protest against CETA on September 26 in Ottawa.

Council of Canadians trade campaigner Scott Harris writes, "On September 26, officials from Canada and the European Union will meet at a ceremony in Ottawa to officially announce that negotiations for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are finished and the text has been finalized."

September 18, 2014
Photo: The interactive forum on the Mount Polley mine disaster.
Photo: The interactive forum on the Mount Polley mine disaster.

Last Friday (September 12), the Council of Canadians and the Freshwater Alliance hosted an hour-long webcast on the Mount Polley mine tailings spill disaster in British Columbia. The on-line forum featured Jacinda Mack from Xat’sull First Nation, Amy Cook from Fair Mining BC, and Ramsey Hart from MiningWatch Canada.

Council of Canadians organizer Brigette DePape writes, "Pacific regional organizer Leila Darwish did a great job co-facilitating the webinar with Susie Porter Bopp from the Freshwater Alliance! There were over 300 people who registered, and 100+ people tuned in to watch."

September 17, 2014

The Northumberland County chapter of the Council of Canadians has taken its opposition to the Enbridge Line 9 pipeline to Brighton municipal council.

Quinte News reports, "The Northumberland chapter of the Council of Canadians warned [Brighton] council about the dangers posed by the aging pipeline. ...Brighton council wants more time to study issues surrounding the federal government decision to allow Enbridge to change the oil product it carries in pipeline 9, which runs from Sarnia to Montreal and runs through the Quinte region. ...Brighton council will discuss the issue again at its next meeting. [In addition], Pipeline 9 will [also] be discussed at Northumberland County council tomorrow."

Brighton is located about 150 kilometres east of Toronto.

Council of Canadians chapter activists in Ontario and Quebec are actively opposing Line 9.

September 17, 2014
Paul Manly filming in El Salvador
Photo: Manly filming in San Sebastian, El Salvador

Council of Canadians Board member Paul Manly arrived in San Salvador on Sunday September 14.

He writes, "I'm representing The Council of Canadians and taking part in an international delegation that is examining the situation in El Salvador. Over the next week I will be traveling throughout the country, visiting communities and hearing from individuals who have been affected by mining projects in El Salvador and the bully tactics of Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) used by mining companies. ...Investor State mechanisms have no place in so called 'Free Trade' agreements. I will be returning to Canada with evidence of how this destructive process has worked in El Salvador."

September 16, 2014

Otterburne, MB January 25th 2014

Early this morning (Sept 16) a natural gas pipeline owned by TransCanada ruptured in  Benton Harbor, Michigan causing the evacuation of over 500 people. This is the third catastrophic failure for TransCanada since January of this year.

The Berrien County Sheriff's Office issued this release around 6 a.m.: