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South Shore Chapter petition heard in NS legislature!

The South Shore chapter has launched the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS), and is immediately making waves.

Painting was donated by artist Christopher Walker to the South Shore chapter to help with fundraising. 

Today CPONS’ petition calling for the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) to be overhauled was tabled in the NS Legislature by Chester-St Margaret’s MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse.

The Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia collected over 800 signatures for a petition that reads:

“We petition the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia to instruct the Government of Nova Scotia to initiate steps to reform the appointment and decision-making processes of the CNSOPB, so that Nova Scotians’ socio-economic interests, as well as the health of the offshore fisheries and marine life are not at risk as a result of offshore drilling activity.”

When MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse read the petition, she named chapter activists Marion Moore, Marilyn Keddy, and Connie Duchene, who brought the petition forward, and thanked the Council of Canadians for its ongoing work to improve democratic processes like the CNSOPB, the Environmental Assessment process, and electoral processes. 

Unfortunately the Legislature doesn’t allow photos to be taken indoors, but we were all delighted to have the petition accepted and to be recognized as forces of change in Nova Scotia!

For more information on the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia, please visit the Facebook page, read past blogs, or their recent op-ed in the Toronto Star.