TOUR: Nova Scotia Offshore Drilling, Worth the Risk?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 19:00 to Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 21:30

Offshore Drilling Not Worth the Risk

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.

Event details

Halifax
When: March 20 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30)
Where: Saint Mary's University, Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey Building, 923 Robie St., Halifax, NS (Map)
Public town hall event, free, everyone welcome!
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Shelburne
When: March 21 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30)
Where: Shelburne Regional High School, 415 Woodlawn Drive, Shelburne, NS (Map)
Public town hall event, free, everyone welcome!
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Lunenburg
When: March 22 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30)
Where: Lunenburg Fire Dept, 25 Medway St., Lunenburg, NS (Map)
Public town hall event, free, everyone welcome!
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Speaker Biographies

Antonia Juhasz »

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.

Colin Sproul »

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.

Michelle Paul

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

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