September 28, 2018

I want to tell you about the incredible fall coming up for me and my work with the Council. 

This week, I am in Quito, Ecuador. It is the 10th anniversary of the Global Alliance on the Rights of Nature. I am on the executive committee. The symposium will be followed by a round-table of about 35 invited participants to plan next steps in our movement.

This issue, the rights of nature or Mother Earth, is being raised more and more by Indigenous allies here in Canada and by many of our chapter members and I am keen for us to address it more. 

In October, I travel to Europe with stops that include Rome, for a big anti-CETA event with Sujata Dey, our trade campaigner (Italy is the only country still holding out against the deal); Zurich, to take part in a public event and press conference against a planned privatization of their water services; then celebrations of three German cities becoming Blue Communities: Berlin, Augsburg and Munich. This is a huge deal for the Blue Planet Project and will get a lot of media in Germany.

September 28, 2018
The 2019 Alternative Federal Budget released last week outlines how much funding the Trudeau government needs to allocate in the 2019 budget - leading up to the federal election - to protect drinking water and watersheds.
The water chapter of the Alternative Federal Budget notes, “Canada must take action to recognize water as a human right, a shared commons and a public trust. The United Nations has declared human rights to water and sanitation in several resolutions as well as in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now that Canada has passed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), it must obtain free, prior and informed consent from Indigenous peoples on all laws, projects and policies affecting water.”
It calls for adequate funding to:
  • End drinking water advisories in First Nations.
  • Reinstate federal funding for water programs at Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada. 
September 28, 2018

CPONS is co-sponsoring the Creating Offshore Resistance Everywhere events in Halifax and Mahone Bay, October 2-4.

Chapters have been working hard for social justice: hosting events, protesting against government abuse and corporate power, and crafting questions for candidates in elections across the country!

Energy and Climate

Marilyn Keddy of the South Shore Chapter spoke at the SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on Sept. 19 about threats from offshore drilling Nova Scotia.

The South Shore Chapter celebrated the District of Shelburne and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg voting for a "full and independent public inquiry into the pros and cons of oil industry exploration" offshore Nova Scotia.

September 27, 2018

(Marion Moore, South Shore chapter and Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia organizer holding the publised op-ed)

This op-ed was published in the LightHouse Now, a paper based in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The oped comes a week before a series of events including a rally, two public panels and a flotilla the Council of Canadians is organizing in response to an industry energy conference. Our message? Offshore drilling is part of our past, not our future. 

There is no place on earth quite like Nova Scotia. I lived here as a young child and spent many summers exploring its natural wonders, so you can say I’m a bit biased. Vibrant seaside communities like Lunenburg and Mahone Bay, magnificent rocky shorelines dotted with iconic lighthouses, world-renowned seafood from sustainable family fisheries and some of the finest people you’ll ever meet.