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July 26, 2018

Red Deer activists draw attention to unprotected lakes and rivers. Photo by the Council of Canadians Red Deer Chapter.

Here is a sampling of the great work by Council of Canadians chapters this week:

Wins!

The Guelph Chapter celebrated as Guelph City Council passed a motion to investigate "a strategy for the elimination of single-use plastic grocery bags."

Water

The Guelph Chapter reported back on their fight against the proposed glass factory in Guelph/Eramosa Township - celebrating the township's decision to uphold existing bylaws and reject the proposal, but anticipating more work ahead.

July 25, 2018

“I send you affectionate hugs,” writes Mexican President-elect Andrés Manual López Obrador in a letter to U.S. President Trump, “We will put our voters and citizens at the center and displace the establishment.”

“Thank you for your kind letter.  A strong relationship will lead to a much stronger and more prosperous Mexico which, frankly would make me very happy!” answers Trump back in another letter.

This was followed with Trump saying that López Obrador or AMLO was “a terrific person”.

July 24, 2018

Members of the Council of Canadians’ Red Chapter used colourful signs at their City Hall to help raise awareness about the lack of water protections for 99 per cent of Canada’s lakes and rivers.

Chapter members held up signs at local landmarks that read “Every Lake, Every River” to highlight their concerns about gutted federal water laws.

In an article in a local paper, Chapter Chairperson Christopher D’lima, said protecting water is something everyone should care about.

“We feel that clean water connects us all,” says D’lima. “We use it for cooking, cleaning and especially for drinking as well as our fisheries and all that. To have healthy fish, we obviously have to have clean water.”

He said we all have a shared responsibility to ensure that clean water is available for everyone.

July 24, 2018

In unsurprising news, late Sunday evening the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) gave BP Canada approval to recommence their drilling operations offshore Nova Scotia, southwest of the Sable Island National Park Reserve.

In their news statement yesterday, the CNSOPB states “The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board’s (CNSOPB) ongoing investigation into the unauthorized discharge of drilling mud that was reported on June 22, 2018 has determined the cause to be a loose connection in the mud booster line. The purpose of the mud booster line is to pump drilling mud into the riser to lift drill cuttings from the well to the drilling unit for processing.” They go on to list a number of steps BP has committed to ensure this particular type of accident won’t happen again.

Their investigation of the drilling mud spill remains ongoing, which includes assessment of environmental effects of the drilling mud, the seabed area, and collection and analysis of the mud from the seabed floor.

July 24, 2018

On July 22 the Canadian government missed the deadline to find a private sector buyer for the Kinder Morgan pipeline project. 

Shocker.

No corporation wants to take on a project subject to fierce opposition from Indigenous communities, people protecting Indigenous rights, water and demanding real climate action.

Corporations are now seeing the writing on the wall for new major fossil fuel projects (including their prospects for profit) in a era of transition away from fossil fuel reliance. Meanwhile our federal government remains committed to its false narrative about the Kinder Morgan pipeline, jobs and the economy. 

The good news? Resistance continues to thrive.

Youth say no to KM Buyout

Photo from https://www.coastprotectors.ca/youth_council_to_trudeau_cancel_the_km_buyout

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