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July 25, 2017

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter was at a noise demonstration vs the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal outside the Union Club (where the former Clark government and industry were meeting at an LNG luncheon) on October 2, 2015. Photo by Greg Horne.

The Council of Canadians has been campaigning against the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project since March 2014.

This hour, the CBC reports, "The Pacific NorthWest liquid natural gas project in Port Edward, B.C. will no longer go forward. A release from Petronas said the decision to cancel the project was made after 'a careful and total review of the project amid changes in market conditions'. Anuar Taib, chair of the Pacific NorthWest LNG board, wrote that 'prolonged depressed prices and shifts in the energy industry have led us to this decision'."

July 25, 2017

BC Premier John Horgan met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today.

With just six weeks before Kinder Morgan intends to begin clearing land for its 890,000 barrel per day Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline near Langley, Surrey, Coquitlam and Burnaby, the NDP government of Premier John Horgan needs to be seen to be taking definitive action to stop this unpopular project.

On May 30, CBC reported, "British Columbia's NDP and Green parties have signed a detailed agreement outlining how they will work together in government for the next four years. ...Both parties have pledged to work to stop the federally approved $7.4-billion Kinder Morgan pipeline project..."

That agreement specifically states, "[We would] immediately employ every tool available to the new government to stop the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the seven-fold increase in tanker traffic on our coast, and the transportation of raw bitumen through our province."

July 25, 2017

Will Chapter 19 be a deal-breaker in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) starting next month?

On July 17, the Trump administration's letter to Congress on its negotiating objectives for NAFTA included the abolition of the Chapter 19 state-to-state investment dispute resolution system. This is not new. Last March, The Globe and Mail had reported, "The Trump administration says it wants to eliminate from NAFTA the Chapter 19 dispute settlement system, which grants Canadian companies a means of directly appealing decisions by the U.S. government where Washington has slapped duties on their products."

The CBC has explained, "Dispute settlement provisions included in NAFTA's Chapter 19 allow Canada to appeal U.S. lumber duties to both a NAFTA review panel and the World Trade Organization. Appeal panels frequently rule against U.S. interests..."

July 24, 2017

Do so-called 'free trade' agreements trump your right to know the origin of a product?

According to the Trudeau government, yes they do.

Wines from the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery are made from grapes grown, fermented and processed in the West Bank, an Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.

On July 6, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a directive to all Canadian liquor boards about two wines labelled as "Made in Israel". That directive stated that the Government of Canada “does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied in 1967 (the Golan Heights, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip)” and “as such wine products from these regions that are labelled as a Product of Israel would not be acceptable.”

As such, this decision would appear to be based on existing Canadian foreign policy as it applies to labelling standards outlined in the Food and Drugs Act.

July 20, 2017

This well head supplying drinking water to Paris, ON is next to the gravel pit

People in Paris, Ontario are anxiously waiting for a decision from Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray – their last hope to protect their drinking water from being contaminated by the activities of a new gravel pit situated between two of the town’s Wellhead Protection Areas. We have been supporting the Concerned Citizens of Brant (ccob.ca) in their five year long struggle and we are asking everyone to sign on to a letter encouraging Minister Murray to make the right decision.

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