September 16, 2017

On May 16, 2017 AWARE News Network reported, "William Shotyk, right, addresses Tiny Township Council. Vickie Monague of Beausoleil First Nation, known for her role in stopping Dump Site 41, is at left, live streaming the presentation."

The community group 'Friends of Waverly Uplands' says, "There will be a public meeting held by Dufferin Aggregates on Tuesday September 19 [at the Wyebridge Community Centre at 6:00 pm] in regards to protecting French's Hill, the recharge area for the Alliston Aquifer which supplies gold standard water to [the communities of Tiny, Springwater and Tay Township in southern Ontario]."

Their outreach for this meeting warns, "Dufferin staff have confirmed that they’ve purchased the Beamish Quarry. Dufferin also confirmed that they were going ahead with the water taking permit to wash gravel, and will be taking asphalt and other construction material into the site. There will be no concrete pad or other ground barrier for this material to prevent groundwater contamination."

And they highlight, "This could be another Site 41!"

September 16, 2017

The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter joined a protest on September 8 calling on Desjardins Credit Union to not invest in tar sands pipelines, including the Energy East pipeline. The credit union already has a $145 million investment in the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. The credit union is expected to make its decision by September 29.

Council of Canadians chapters take action for social, economic and environmental justice. Here is a snapshot of some of their recent activities:

1- Hamilton, South Niagara & Guelph chapters join with allies to protest Line 10 pipeline
2- Chilliwack chapter at massive march in Vancouver vs Kinder Morgan pipeline
3- Montreal chapter calls on Desjardins credit union to divest from tar sands pipelines
4- Victoria chapter endorses letter to Trudeau backing climate-friendly transportation investments
5- Winnipeg chapter activist in Ottawa for Climate Action Network's ClimaCon convergence, Sept. 27

September 16, 2017

Photo by Ute Schmid Jones

The Council of Canadians has been opposing the tripling of the existing 63,000 barrel per day Enbridge Line 10 heavy crude pipeline since November 2015.

Yesterday, the Hamilton, South Niagara and Guelph chapters took part in the 'Rally Against Line 10 Tar Sands Pipeline in Hamilton!' at the corner of Homestead and Upper James, Mount Hope, Hamilton.

Chapter activists Don McLean, Fiona McMurran, Kathie Clark, Mary Love, Paul Costello, Timothy Healey, and Ruth Pickering were there.

As noted on the Calgary-based transnational Enbridge corporation website, "Line 10 is a 143-kilometre export pipeline that carries oil from Enbridge’s Westover Terminal in Hamilton, Ontario to West Seneca, a suburb of Buffalo, New York. From there, the oil travels via the Kiantone Pipeline to Warren, Pennsylvania, where it is refined into gasoline, diesel, propane, butane, asphalt and other petroleum products."

September 15, 2017

The United Nations says, "In some makeshift sites around Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area, humanitarian agencies have built tube wells that provide a much-needed source of drinking water for undocumented Rohingya living outside the official camps. ©UNHCR/Saiful Huq Omi"

Up to 400,000 Rohingyas have fled the state of Rakhine in Myanmar/Burma for neighbouring Bangladesh since August 25. That's in addition to the 400,000 Rohingya refugees who had fled earlier from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

The Independent explains, "Rohingya Muslims face widespread persecution in Buddhist-majority Burma, where the recent violence has driven hundreds of thousands to seek refuge overseas. ...Members of the ethnic group are commonly referred to as 'Bengalis' by many in Burma who insist they migrated illegally from Bangladesh."

September 15, 2017

The Council of Canadians Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter took part in a 4-week campaign this past March-April that successfully stopped a provincial cut of almost $5 million to the province's public library system.

Council of Canadians chapters are celebrating at least 18 significant wins achieved during the first nine months of 2017!

These WINS! include: