April 11, 2018

Despite the sombre tone and the reality that BP’s Seadrill-commissioned West Aquarius arriving in Nova Scotia waters, people came out ready to party and really let BP know they’re unwelcome to exploit our offshore. Unwelcome to threaten Mi’kmaki with another potential catastrophic Gulf of Mexico-style disaster. Unwelcome to destroy our marine ecosystem. Unwelcome to risk the fishery and tourism industries, also known as the backbone of our economy.

We found out last week that the West Aquarius had begun the trip from Bay Bulls NL to our waters, a bold move at 260,000$/day without the approval from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (read our response here). Unsurprisingly, that approval came on Saturday.

April 11, 2018

*The following submission was sent to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development April 5, 2018.* 

To: Members of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

RE:  Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Submitted by: Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner, The Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians thanks the Standing Committee for inviting written submissions on Bill C-69. However, the timelines for written submissions and to request to present before the committee are too short and we urge you to extend these deadlines.

We are deeply concerned that the Trudeau government introduced a Time Allocation motion that shut down debate after only two days.

April 10, 2018

The Council of Canadians Kent County chapter at the #JusticeForBrady rally in Moncton on April 7 that drew more than 150 people.

The Council of Canadians Kent County chapter is supporting the demand for justice for 22-year-old Brady Francis.

CBC reports, "After more than 40 days without an arrest, a rally calling for justice for Brady Francis was held Saturday [April 7] in front of Moncton City Hall. The First Nation community of Elsipogtog, where Francis lived before his hit-and-run death, has been passionately urging the justice system to take action. Francis was struck and killed by a vehicle Feb. 24 at about 9:30 p.m. in Saint-Charles while waiting for a ride home. After more than half an hour of rallying in front of City Hall, the crowd moved down Main Street where they continued in front of the Codiac RCMP headquarters."

April 10, 2018

NDP MP Kennedy Stewart and Green Party leader Elizabeth May on Burnaby Mountain to #StopKM and #ProtectTheInlet.

Texas-based Kinder Morgan, the transnational corporation behind the 890,000 barrel per day Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline, is seeking criminal contempt charges against land and water defenders arrested for taking bold action on Burnaby Mountain to defend Indigenous rights, protect the Burard Inlet and stop climate change.

The transnational is even taking aim at two elected Members of Parliament - Green Party leader Elizabeth May and the NDP MP for Burnaby South, Kennedy Stewart.

A court appearance was held on Monday April 9 for about 25 people arrested on Burnaby Mountain, including May and Stewart.

Another hearing for another group of those arrested is reportedly set for June 6. Between March 17 to 24, more than 170 people were arrested by the RCMP for trying to stop Kinder Morgan from proceeding with tree cutting at the terminal.

April 10, 2018

I have huge news to share!

Kinder Morgan is suspending all “non-essential activities” on their controversial tar sands pipeline project. The Texas-based corporation has issued an ultimatum – with a May 31 deadline – to reach agreements with all stakeholders. After that, the corporation said it would be “...difficult to conceive of any scenario in which we would proceed with the project.”

As Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said, after leading a blockade Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby tank farm that has lasted more than 500 days, Kinder Morgan “just blinked.”

This is important news and it gives us an opportunity to step up our efforts to stop this export pipeline expansion that would send diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to the West Coast (Salish Sea).