February 10, 2018

The Council of Canadians is calling for justice for Colten Boushie of the Red Pheasant First Nation on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatchewan.

Yesterday evening an all-white jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of killing 22-year-old Boushie in August 2016.

CBC reports, "After the verdict was read out and people left the courtroom in shock, many members of the Boushie family went into a private room on the second floor of the courthouse. Loud sobbing and screams - including 'Colten! Colten! Colten!' - could be heard through the door."

That article adds, "Bobby Cameron, the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, expressed deep skepticism about Stanley's assertion that the gun he was holding accidentally went off, killing Boushie. Stanley testified during the trial and said he did not mean to shoot anyone. He said the handgun he was holding accidentally went off, shooting Boushie in the head. Expert witnesses testified the pistol was functioning normally and the handgun could only be fired by pulling the trigger."

February 9, 2018

The Liberal government introduced Bill C-69 yesterday that made sweeping changes to Canada’s water, environmental and energy legislation. The long-awaited bill includes amendments on the Navigation Protection Act (NPA), now named the Canadian Navigable Waters Act (CNWA), which was sandwiched in the 412 page bill.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Transport Canada stated that all navigable waters were protected. But the amendments fall short of what Indigenous nations, environmental groups, residents and other organizations called for during the Standing Committee review which included restoring protections on all lakes and rivers and obtaining free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous nations.

A closer look at the bill shows pipelines and power lines are still exempt from the act and raises questions about whether the act protects all waterways from dam projects.

February 9, 2018

The Council of Canadians Mid-Island chapter joined with allies at Trudeau's recent town hall meeting in Nanaimo 'to protest the destructive environmental policies of the Trudeau Liberal government' notably the Kinder Morgan pipeline!

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

February 9, 2018

Environment minister Catherine McKenna speaking on Bill C-69 yesterday.

During the October 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party pledged, "We will make environmental assessments credible again." Bill C-69, tabled by environment minister Catherine McKenna yesterday, fails to keep that promise. The government's 451-page omnibus bill misses the mark of undoing the damage done by the Harper government's C-38 and C-45 omnibus bills.

February 8, 2018

Environment minister Catherine McKenna speaks to reporters this morning about the provisions in the new Act.

This morning, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna tabled the much anticipated Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

It's a long title and at 351 pages of text and 26 pages of 'explanatory notes', a lengthy piece of legislation. But it's a straightforward question to ask if the bill would restore lost protections, ensure modern safeguards and protect lakes and rivers from major resource projects such as tar sands pipelines.

In a media conference this morning, McKenna, in response to a question from a reporter, stated that the Act would protect all lakes and rivers.