Protect communities, fisheries, tourism and climate from Big Oil
BP, the same company responsible for the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon disaster that spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil, has been approved to drill exploratory wells off the coast of Nova Scotia as early as this spring (2018).
March 20 to 22, the Council of Canadians is hosting a series of public events exposing the risks of offshore drilling Nova Scotian waters. Antonia Juhasz, investigative journalist, energy analyst and author of Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill will speak to the causes and consequences of the largest offshore drilling oil spill in world history. Colin Sproul, fifth generation lobster fisherman and spokesperson for the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association will address the threat drilling and a spill presents to good jobs in fisheries. There will be updates on the status of BP’s application, ongoing work led by local groups, the potential impacts on our climate, and ways people can get involved.
Antonia is a leading energy analyst, author, and investigative journalist specializing in oil. An award-winning writer, her articles appear in Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, CNN.com, The Nation, Ms., The Advocate, and many more.
Antonia is the author of Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill (Wiley 2011), a searing look at the human face of BP’s disaster the Gulf. An in-depth investigation into the causes and consequences of the largest offshore drilling oil spill in world history. It uncovers the public policy choices that enabled the disaster to take place and the obstacles that have prevented the best policy responses from occurring. Black Tide includes first-hand interviews with key actors in government, industry, and advocacy organizations. Juhasz reports from the front lines where she was embedded in those communities most impacted by the disaster. “These remarkable stories—of loss, heroism, and culpability—are a vivid reminder that this catastrophe will be with us for decades,” Naomi Klein. “Masterfully report,” Ms. Magazine. “Both engaging and informative,” Mother Jones. Full biography available here.
Colin is a fisherman, father and successful entrepreneur with deep roots in Annapolis County. He has a proven track record at the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association where he serves as a board director and spokesperson.
Colin is a licenced sea Captain with more than 20 years of experience and he’s a graduate of NSCC and RCC Institute of Technology. Colin’s work as an industry representative has led him to the Legislature and Parliament Hill where he advocates for sustainable use of natural resources and economic viability in rural Nova Scotia. This has connected Colin to Canada’s most respected environmental groups and marine regulators who value his views on ocean protection and economic growth. Colin’s work surrounding tidal energy development receives national attention and has been featured on programs like The Current, Land and Sea and Global National as well as publications like the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.
Michelle Paul will join our Halifax town hall. Michelle is a Mi'kmaq activist and treaty rights holder and has been involved with Idle No More, the Treaty Truckhouse and Alton Gas resistance. Michelle will speak to the importance of the land and the water to Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island.
Peter Puxley will join our Lunenburg and Shelburne town halls. Peter is an economist, former CBC journalist, and a policy researcher who finds it difficult to retire from tilting at windmills. His South Shore roots go back to the American Revolution.
MC’s for the public townhalls:
- John Davis, Clean Ocean Action Committee director and founding member, fisherman, teacher, Scotia Fundy coordinator for the Maritime Fisherman’s Union.
- Angela Giles, Regional Organizer, Council of Canadians
- Marilyn Keddy, Council of Canadians South Shore Chapter and coordinating member of the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia. As a retired social worker and political activist Marilyn spends many hours volunteering in community organizations working on social justice issues.
- Marion Moore, Council of Canadians South Shore Chapter and coordinating member of the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia.
- Robin Tress, Regional Organizing Assistant, Council of Canadians