September 1, 2017


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline in November 2016, but resistance to it being built is growing.

The building of Line 3 would mean 1,600 kilometres of new pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior Wisconsin, which is situated on the western tip of Lake Superior. The original 390,000 barrel per day Line 3 pipeline was built in 1968 and would be decommissioned and left underground. The new larger pipeline would carry 760,000 barrel per day and would have the capacity to carry diluted bitumen for 50-60 years. Enbridge admits the pipeline would mean 19 to 26 megatonnes of upstream greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Construction on the pipeline has now begun in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Wisconsin, while the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will not make its final decision on the pipeline until April 30, 2018.

August 31, 2017

A demonstration is planned for tomorrow (Friday September 1 at 11 am) now that construction equipment has arrived onsite to begin work on a hydroelectric dam at Bala Falls, which is located two hours north of Toronto.

The 4.5 megawatt project would be located where Lake Muskoka flows into Moon River.

Yesterday, the Gravenhurst Banner reported, "Protesters gathered on the bridge at Bala Falls today as part of a series of protests against a controversial hydro project. The group of protesters wearing red t-shirts and waving red and white placards took a stand against the controversial construction that has begun by Swift River Energy Ltd. Included in the messages on the red and white signs being waved by protesters encourage dialing Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, complete with phone number. Protests are expected to continue at least throughout the week."

August 31, 2017

Kinder Morgan is planning a massive expansion of its Westridge Marine Terminal (top photo), but activists trained last weekend to disrupt construction on the terminal from the water (bottom photo by Emma Cassidy).

The National Energy Board says that its conditions have been met for Texas-based Kinder Morgan to proceed with a massive expansion of its Westridge Marine Terminal which is situated on Burrard Inlet and within the traditional territory of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The expansion of the terminal is to accommodate the tripling of the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline from its current 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day and to service the loading of more than 400 245-metre long Aframax-size export tankers every year over the next 20 to 50 years.

August 30, 2017

Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter activist Kathie Clark spoke against the Line 10 pipeline at this rally on October 18, 2016. Photos by Ute Schmid Jones and Pete Dako.

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.

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."

While the pipeline is 143 kilometres in length, the company is reportedly doing the pipeline expansion in segments given projects less than 40 kilometres in length are exmpted from a federal environemntal assessment (even though the overall route would cross approximately 64 watercourses and impact 13 wetlands).

August 30, 2017

The Council of Canadians expresses its solidarity with the Indigenous peoples who are now occupying a salmon farm operated by the Norwegian transnational corporation Marine Harvest on Swanson Island, which is located about 330 kilometres north-west of Vancouver. The occupation is being directly supported by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society sailing ship the RV Martin Sheen.

The occupation of the farm – which is being operated by the corporation without the permission of First Nations on the traditional territory of the 'Namgis and Maya’xala Awinakola peoples - was prompted by concerns that the diseases and sea lice that are rampant in fish farms (where salmon are kept in pens/open-nets in the ocean) threaten wild salmon and the ability of orca whales to feed.