November 27, 2015

PEI chapter

Buy nothing fridayThe Council of Canadians Prince Edward Island chapter is marking Buy Nothing Day with several events.

Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against consumerism which generally takes place on 'Black Friday' (one of the busiest shopping days in the United States and the equivalent to Boxing Day in Canada) and the following Saturday. This year that would be today (Nov. 27) and Saturday (Nov. 28).

The PEI chapter's Facebook page notes it will be holding a "SINGALONG @ Timothy's with Tony the Troubadour 7pm Friday, DISPLAY @ Charlottetown Farmer's Market 9-2pm Saturday".

November 27, 2015
Estimate of electoral reform impact
Estimates of the results of the 2015 federal election with the implementation of proportional representation and a preferential ballot. (Éric Grenier) Chart: Source CBC News.

The Council of Canadians is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to implement proportional representation in time for the October 21, 2019 federal election. The Liberal platform this past election promised to review reforms to our current voting system, including ranked ballots and proportional representation. We are opposed to the ranked ballot system.

November 26, 2015

Quill Plains forumThe Council of Canadians Quill Plains chapter held a public forum on the uranium industry in Muenster, Saskatchewan on Nov. 7.

Chapter activists Elaine Hughes and Margaret Lewis tell us, "It didn't take long for those attending D'Arcy Hande's presentation, 'Pinehouse: company town, Cameco town' to start shaking their heads in disbelief as he gave an overview of how, over the last thirty years, the small northern Saskatchewan community of Pinehouse and its residents have come under the domination of the uranium industry." Hande is a retired archivist and historian who has keenly followed the uranium industry’s activity in Saskatchewan. He is also a long-time opponent of the promotion of nuclear power as sustainable energy.

The panel also included Fred Pederson, resident of Pinehouse for forty-one years, a founding member of the Committee for Future Generations and a relentless critic of the uranium/nuclear industry, and John Smerek, Pinehouse businessman and anti-nuclear activist. The forum was moderated by Lewis.

November 26, 2015
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Stop the Trojan treaty – Brussels 04/02/15 Friends of the Earth Europe/Lode Saidane under a Creative Commons Licence

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.