June 11, 2017

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter marched against the proposed Energy East pipeline yesterday afternoon.

Global News reports, "Opposition to the proposed Energy East Pipeline has taken to the streets once again in New Brunswick. A 'Hands Across the Water' event was held Saturday in Fredericton. Organized by the Fredericton chapter of the Council of Canadians, about 100 people marched to the Nashwaak River on the city’s north side."

That news article quotes two chapter activists: Lynaya Astephen (who is with the Saint John chapter) says, “It goes through about 300 waterways in New Brunswick alone and about 800 or so in Quebec. A group of us from New Brunswick actually were in Quebec last week to bring awareness to the pipeline.” And Mark D'Arcy (with the Fredericton chapter) notes, “TransCanada and the governments have not been forthcoming with public meetings. Without proper maps. Without provincial environmental impact assessments."

June 9, 2017

I'm grateful to have had the chance to attend the Indigenous climate summit hosted by the Turtle Lodge with Winnipeg Chapter activist Jobb Arnold on Friday. Winnipeg chapter member Douglas Tingey attended the first day of the gathering on Thursday. The Onjisay Aki summit, meaning "the changing of the earth", brought together climate leaders to speak about the critical role of Indigenous knowledge in solving the climate crisis. 

First People's Climate Summit at Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng First Nation

June 9, 2017

As Canada’s 150th anniversary approaches, we at the Council of Canadians feel like it’s important to take some time to think about our relationship to this land and its people.

As we are called to celebrate Canada’s 150th, we must also recognize that the people who inhabit this land come from various parts of the world and that the history of people on this land spans back some 13,000 years, if not more. In this context, we must take the time to reflect on the oh so real impacts of colonization and genocide, as it has affected, and continues to affect, Indigenous peoples living on the land that we call Canada.

In the words of the late visionary, author, friend of the Council and Indigenous leader, Arthur Manuel, “Indigenous Peoples and Canadians who believe in human rights need look at Canada’s 150th Birthday Party as a period to undertake a commitment to decolonize Canada and recognize the right of Indigenous Peoples to self-determination.” [1]

June 9, 2017

The Storting (the Norwegian Parliament), Norway, Oslo.

The Norwegian government has put a pause on 'free trade' talks given the Trudeau government's demand for an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision in the Canada-European Free Trade Association (EFTA) agreement.

The EFTA includes Canada and the non-European Union member countries Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

In this January 2016 blog, we noted that the EFTA, ratified in 2009, was in the process of being updated and that it could include the controversial ISDS provision.

June 9, 2017

The Vancouver-Burnaby chapter at the #BreakFree march to Kinder Morgan's Westridge tanker terminal in Burnaby, May 2016.

Kinder Morgan Canada has filed its schedule with the National Energy Board for the construction of the 890,000 barrel per day Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.

The Vancouver Sun reports:
- land clearing along the route (notably in Langley, Surrey, Coquitlam and Burnaby) is to start in the first week of September,
- pipe shipments begin in late September,
- pipeline construction near Edmonton is to start in mid-October,
- pipeline construction to start in January 2018,
- boring a tunnel through Burnaby Mountain is to start in late March 2018,
- stringing and welding of pipe in the Chilliwack area is to start in the summer of 2018,
- pipeline construction is to start in the Kamloops area in October 2018.