May 26, 2018

Emergency Rally to stop Kinder Morgan at Parliament Hill on May 22, 2018

As Kinder Morgan’s May 31 decision deadline for their Trans Mountain Expansion project approaches, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP government keep doubling down on how ardently they can support the project. This week was a continuation of this trend as Notley fiercely pushed for the pipeline in a series of tweets, speeches, and interviews.

While it's clear Kinder Morgan's project would violate Indigenous rights and our commitment to the Paris Agreement, it's often less clear that the figures used to promote the pipeline are at best misleading and at worst patently false. The oil & gas industry and the federal government of course bear much responsibility for this, but it is still particularly jarring to hear this misinformation from a premier who campaigned on environmental leadership and a promise to uphold the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

May 26, 2018

Four members of The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter celebrate at Hamilton City Hall after City Council voted to accept the Healthy Food and Beverage Action Plan that will see sales of sugary drinks and bottled water drastically reduced in city recreation facilities.

Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country:

1- Hamilton chapter celebrates city council vote to drastically reduce bottled water in city recreation facilities

May 26, 2018

The Council of Canadians were outside the Prime Minister's Office in April 2017 to call on him to stop exploratory talks on a Canada-China Free Trade Agreement.

In September 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced that there would be exploratory talks toward a Canada-China Free Trade Agreement. Three rounds of exploratory talks took place, but we've heard little since those concluded in July 2017 and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's trip to China in December 2017.

May 25, 2018

While a date has not yet been posted on the House of Commons website, it appears that Bill C-69 is headed for a Third Reading vote this fall.

CBC reports, "Far from the din of protest over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, legislation that could fundamentally change the future of Canadian energy development is taking shape in Ottawa. Bill C-69, unveiled in February, is headed back to the House of Commons after passing through the committee process, where debate heated up this week as opposition MPs argued the legislation was being rushed."

The article quotes Green Party leader Elizabeth May who says, "We're working through this bill and we know that, despite best efforts by everyone around this table, we're not going to get through a proper review."

The Council of Canadians mobilized almost 7,000 people to call on the committee to extend debate on the controversial bill.

May 25, 2018

The Council of Canadians is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop BP oil and gas drilling off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Justin Trudeau was in La Malbaie yesterday to talk about the upcoming G7 summit and defend the $605 million price tag for the two-day gathering. The Canadian Press reports that Trudeau said the event can be the perfect forum for the global leadership that is required on issues such as the environment and healthy oceans.

The Canadian Press has previously reported, "The second day of the summit, June 9, will be devoted to a special session on oceans, a key theme for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. ...Trudeau wants an in-depth discussion with an expanded group of world leaders [including the heads of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund] on the plight of the oceans... Trudeau’s oceans agenda is expected to focus on three areas: combating overfishing, reducing the dumping of harmful plastics and finding ways to help coastal states - including parts of the United States - cope with rising sea levels."