April 16, 2018

The Council of Canadians was on Parliament Hill yesterday as premiers Rachel Notley and John Horgan arrived to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to talk about the Kinder Morgan pipeline project. (Photo from Mike De Souza Facebook page.)

The Council of Canadians opposes  taxpayer dollars being used to subsidize Texas-based Kinder Morgan's controversial $7.4 billion tar sands pipeline.

Council of Canadians energy and climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue comments, "Federal money to the Kinder Morgan pipeline is not only outrageous, it is another broken promise from Prime Minister Trudeau who has clearly stated he would phase out fossil fuel subsidies."

April 13, 2018

The Vancouver-Burnaby chapter was outside the Law Courts on April 8 to rally for public health care as Dr. Brian Day's Charter challenge against a provincial ban on the purchase of private insurance for medically necessary services covered by our public system continues.

Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country:

April 13, 2018

BP unwelcome party

On Wednesday, Council of Canadians supporters joined with local residents and other concerned groups at BP’s office in Halifax where we threw the Big Oil company an “Unwelcoming Party.”

As we told you last week, we learned that Big Oil giant BP is in the process of moving a massive oil rig to offshore Nova Scotia where the Trudeau government has given approval for the corporation to begin drilling exploratory wells.

We wanted BP to know that we will not stay silent about the risks this reckless plan poses to our coasts, fisheries, livelihoods, and climate.

About 60 people joined the party, bringing a giant “unwelcoming” card, balloons, wilted flowers, and a serious message: “BP, get out of here!”

April 13, 2018

Yesterday, Toronto's NOW Magazine reported, "Seven years on, the only film festival dedicated specifically to water conservation continues to find new documentaries about its particular thread of environmental awareness. This year’s opening night gala (April 12, 6 pm) will see Maude Barlow, honorary chairperson of the Council of Canadians, presented with this year’s Water Warrior Award."

Back on March 22, World Water Day, the film festival stated, "This year marks the launch of our annual Water Warrior Award which will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to protecting and raising awareness about threats and issues faced by water. We are excited to announce that our 2018 recipient is Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chair of the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. Barlow will join us on Opening Night (Thursday, April 12) to accept the award and give a keynote address."

April 12, 2018

The Council of Canadians is renewing its call for the 540,000 barrel per day Line 5 light crude pipeline - that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet - to be shut down.

Michigan Radio now reports, "It appears that a ship dropped an anchor in the no-anchor zone, and may be responsible for causing the damage on both Line 5 and the electric cables."

The Detroit Free Press further explains, "The same 'vessel activity' that appears to have damaged submerged electric cables in the Straits of Mackinac last week, causing a leak of 550 gallons of benzene-containing coolant, may have also caused three dents just discovered in the Line 5 oil and natural gas liquids pipeline, also underwater where lakes Michigan and Huron connect."

CBC adds, "The eight-kilometre-wide waterway, which connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, is used heavily by ships that haul iron ore, coal, limestone and other bulk cargo, and by recreational boats."