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December 10, 2018

Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow, a world renowned water warrior, spoke to a packed auditorium about the future of water as part of the Nobel Week Dialogue.

The event is an annual conference that is held in advance of Nobel Week. It brings together a select group of the world's leading scientists, policy makers and thinkers for a series of thought-provoking sessions and working groups. According to the Nobel Prize website, “with this event the Nobel Institutions aim to deepen the dialogue between the scientific community and the rest of society on issues connected with the Nobel Prize and of importance for the world.”

Maude Barlow, who is the recipient of the 2015 Right Livelihood Award, known as “the Alternative Nobel,” was invited to speak at this prestigious event about her lifelong work as a water activist.

December 7, 2018

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.

December 7, 2018

The Victoria Chapter supporting postal workers and the right to strike.
The Victoria Chapter supporting postal workers and the right to strike.

Kamloops Chapter
Kamloops Chapter presenting an award to Gisela Ruckert in honour of Fair Vote Kamloops.

December 4, 2018
The Solutions Project is a research initiative out of Stanford University that models pathways for jurisdictions around the world to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 or sooner. Above is a summary of their model for Canada. 

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.)

December 3, 2018

Summary:

  • 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”. 

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