New Brunswick now has a Progressive Conservative government in place, under the leadership of pro-fracking and pro-Energy East pipeline Blaine Higgs. Despite having a minority government, they were able to have secure support from the three MLA’s from the People’s Alliance of NB to pass the speech from the throne and have the confidence of the legislature. So the roller coaster of provincial politics seems to have stabilized for the time being, and instead has shifted to the hot topic of fracking or shale gas.
The Victoria Chapter supporting postal workers and the right to strike.
Kamloops Chapter presenting an award to Gisela Ruckert in honour of Fair Vote Kamloops.
On December 2nd, Rachel Notley announced her government will cut oil production by 325,000 barrels per day in early 2019. She cited the measure as a solution to Alberta’s oil price differential, which her government says is costing Alberta $80 million a day. (It is worth noting this number, from a Scotiabank report, has been called into question for incorrectly assuming every barrel Alberta exports is exposed to maximum losses from higher transportation costs.)
- Husky spilled a lot of oil offshore Newfoundland that will never be recovered.
- There is a clear failure in regulation of offshore drilling; even the government of Newfoundland and Labrador admitted that following the spill.
- This spill, caused by a company cutting corners in favour of profits and a regulatory system unable to enforce regulation that could keep people and fisheries safe, demonstrates that profits are being prioritized over people and the environment.
On November 16th, Husky Energy spilled 250,000 litres of oil 350 km offshore Newfoundland and Labrador - the largest offshore oil spill in Canada’s history. The sea state conditions included 8.4m (28ft) waves, which made it not only impossible to get to the source of the leak (a subsea connector), but also impossible to contain the spill on the surface. Over two weeks on, it has been deemed “impossible to clean up”.
Guelph Chapter at the SAY NO TO NESTLE RALLY, Aberfoyle Plant, November 24. Learn more and take action!
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