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November 30, 2018

The world’s oceans are symphonies of sound. Light doesn’t travel very far, so almost everything that lives in the ocean relies on sound to navigate their environment. Cetaceans – whales and dolphins – are especially evolutionarily equipped to experience their world through sound waves, which until the last hundred  years or so has served them extremely well.

That is, until human activities like seismic testing for oil and gas deposits, commercial shipping, and military activities (sonar, etc.), introduced a whole lot of noise into the oceans.

I learned all of this on Tuesday while watching Sonic Sea, a documentary detailing the impacts that ocean noise has on whales and dolphins, screened by the South Shore chapter last night.

November 30, 2018

By the time the ink dried on the signing of the USMCA this morning by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Donald Trump, it was already unravelling.

After the announced loss of 2,500 autoworker jobs at the General Motors plant in Oshawa and many more at plants in the U.S., Trump had already threatened tariffs on cars coming from Mexico as retaliation against the company. Senator Elizabeth Warren has said she will not be supporting the agreement when it comes to a vote in the Senate. 

”For decades, the leaders of both parties preached the gospel that free trade was a rising tide that would lift all boats,” she said. “Great rhetoric – except that the trade deals they negotiated mainly lifted the yachts—and threw millions of working Americans overboard to drown”

November 27, 2018

Yesterday more than 100 people from across the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia gathered to demonstrate their opposition to fish farms. There were two simultaneous demos in Halifax and Liverpool to show that there is no social license for a proposed fish farm in Liverpool Bay, Nova Scotia.

People crowded outside Queens' Mayor David Dagley's office to voice their opposition to the fish farm proposal. More than 100 people in total joined in this rally. Photo credit: Protect Liverpool Bay.

According to CBC,

November 25, 2018
 
“I don’t want my friends’ babies or their babies to ever worry about not having water,” Makasa Looking Horse (photo above) said to the audience who gathered at JC Hill Elementary School on a rainy morning. 
 
Makasa Looking Horse is a youth from Six Nations and a student at McMaster University. She lead the organizing for the Putting a Stop to Nestlé events yesterday.
 
November 23, 2018
(Photo: Quinte Chapter member Lynn Braun, Water Campaigner Emma Lui and Chapter members Lynne Rochon and Brenda Picard)
 
On November 14, I spoke to a residents of Prince Edward County (PEC) about current water issues as part of the Corporatizing Canada book tour.  
 
In Corporatizing Canada: Making Business Out of Public Service, activists and scholars offer cutting-edge analysis about the commercialization of public services, including water, education, health care and more.
 

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