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November 21, 2014

Dene blockade

A group of northern trappers is blocking a road near LaLoche, Saskatchewan to prevent oil companies access to exploration camps north of that point. LaLoche is located about 600 kilometres north of Saskatoon and about 100 kilometres east of Fort McMurray.

A media release notes, "The Dene people of Ducharme, who have made a living from the land for centuries, have found access to their trap lines blocked by security gates. ...Trappers are making a stand because for the past 6 ½ years, there has been a mad rush on mineral and oil exploration. ...The trappers are concerned that they are being ignored and driven off of their lands by oil and mineral companies, like Cenovus from Calgary, Alberta."

November 21, 2014
Guelph chapter activist Norah Chaloner.
Guelph chapter activist Norah Chaloner.

Earlier this week, former Conservative Party staffer Michael Sona was sentenced to nine months in jail for his role in the 2011 federal election robocalls scandal. In August, Sona was found guilty of willfully preventing or endeavouring to prevent voters from casting a ballot in Guelph. Some 6,700 automated calls (robocalls) were made to non-Conservative voters in Guelph on May 2, 2011 telling them to go to a non-existent polling station.

Justice Gary Hearn also suggested there was evidence that Sona did not act alone in this crime.

November 21, 2014
Quebec premier Philippe Couillard     Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne
Quebec premier Philippe Couillard and Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne are expected to issue a joint statement on the Energy East pipeline today.

Opposition from the Couillard government, general public, First Nations, students and even gas companies in Quebec is deepening against the proposed 1.1 million barrels per day Energy East pipeline. And with the governments of Quebec and Ontario set to issue a joint statement on the pipeline today, there is hope that TransCanada will be dealt another setback.

November 20, 2014
DePape arrested today on Burnaby Mountain. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa/ Vancouver Observer.
DePape arrested today on Burnaby Mountain. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa/ Vancouver Observer.

The RCMP arrested 24 people on Burnaby Mountain this morning and charged them with civil contempt. They were there protesting against the 890,000 barrels per day Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline. At this hour, at least eight of those charged have been released and the others are being processed. Their court date will reportedly be in January.

November 20, 2014


Photo: (clockwise) McKenna, Corcoran, Burney, Hampson and Herman.

It is now being argued that a rejection of the 830,000 barrels per day Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would be a violation of the North American Free Trade Agreement's energy chapter.

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