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October 11, 2018
Idle No More marching near Ottawa. Photo by Dave Chidley, Canadian Press, from Ottawa Citizen

This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a ruling that says Canada's lawmakers do not have a duty to consult with Indigenous people before introducing legislation that may affect Aboriginal treaty rights, sidelining Canada’s commitments to reconciliation and UNDRIP by saying that such an obligation would be too onerous.

However, in a 5-4 decision, the court found there is still an obligation on the government to act honourably and maintain the "honour of the Crown" when drafting legislation that may affect Indigenous people and their charter rights. What this means isn’t specifically defined and could result in future legal challenges. 

October 9, 2018

In response to the Maritimes Energy Association’s conference on October 2-3, where BP and a number of other fossil fuel companies funded conversations about ‘setting the stage’ for our energy future, we hosted a number of events to show that offshore drilling should be part of our past, not our future.

This included a rally outside the conference, two public forums in Mahone Bay and Halifax, and a kayak flotilla. I think this series marked a moment of growth in the movement to protect offshore Nova Scotia for a few reasons. First, the tourism industry showed up like never before. Companies are speaking out, and Mayor of Mahone Bay David DeVenne spoke in defense of the industry. Second, we learned a lot about the links between the need to stop offshore drilling and Indigenous struggles for sovereignty and the ability to exercise inherent rights. Last, we remembered that creativity is a critical part of every successful movement.

October 5, 2018


Paddlers in Lower Prospect, NS, protest against offshore drilling. Photo by Chelsea Fougere.

It was another great week for chapter activists, who kept up the fight for social justice across the country.
 

Democracy

The Guelph Chapter continued their "GET OUT AND VOTE" campaign for the upcoming municipal elections.

The London Chapter published a series of three questions for candidates on Canadian Multiculturalism and rejecting all forms of racism, bigotry and hatred.

The Peterborough Chapter helped organize and faciliate a series of small round table discussions on October 2 between voters and 36 city, county and school board candidates.

Chapters continued to prepare for the referendum on proportional representation in B.C., including Comox Valley and Kamloops.

October 5, 2018
The hearings are taking place at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre and Shell Place, and will wrap up at the end of October. 

Canada's regulatory process isn't designed to reject tar sands projects, but Teck's Frontier Mine is so appalling the government might actually say no to it. 

October 3, 2018
On Monday, a consortium of big energy players made a final investment decision that approved LNG Canada, a $40 billion dollar fracked gas project, paving the way for more fracking in B.C. This decision was made on the heels of water restrictions for fracking companies in the northeastern corner of the province due to drought.
 
CBC reports, “The LNG Canada project will see a pipeline carrying natural gas from Dawson Creek in northeastern B.C. to a new processing plant on the coast in Kitimat. There, the gas would be liquefied for overseas export.” The five primary investors include Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi Corp., Malaysian-owned Petronas, PetroChina Co., and Korean Gas Corp. 
 
LNG project approved despite droughts, wildfires and need to curb climate change
 

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