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.

June 9, 2017

Inuk grandmother Beatrice Hunter’s incarceration ended today at Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (in Happy Valley-Goose Bay) after she was jailed for 10 days after refusing to stay 1km from the Muskrat Falls site. Today, the judge agreed to modify her court injunction conditions from this past fall to allow her to be at the site, however she will be arrested if she tries to block access to the site in any way.

People gathered outside the courthouse in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, awaiting Beatrice Hunter's release, June 9, 2017 (photo: Labrador Land Protectors)

Supporters including the Labrador Land Protectors held events during her incarceration, including rallies and vigils, and even initiated “National Call Ball Day to Release Beatrice Hunter” which was yesterday, Thursday June 8, 2017.

June 9, 2017

Tracey Ramsey, MP.

The House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade is soliciting input on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The Committee has agreed, "That the Committee undertake a study of the priorities of Canadian stakeholders having an interest in bilateral and trilateral trade in North America, between Canada, United States and Mexico; that all members of the Committee travel to the United States and Mexico; that the Committee invite Canadian stakeholders to appear, including representatives of businesses, trade associations, civil society and organized labour; that the study consist of at least four meetings, and that the Committee report its findings to the House."

NDP Member of Parliament Tracey Ramsey is a member of that Committee.

June 9, 2017

Briarpatch article on The Mighty Fight for Muskrat Falls.

The Council of Canadians Regina chapter is encouraging other chapters to order copies of the July issue of Briarpatch.

Chapter activist Jim Elliott says, "Talked to the editor of Briarpatch, a great magazine which publishes a lot of good progressive articles and supports a lot of programs in the country. They are doing a special July issue themed around subverting the Canada 150 celebrations. They have a short term offer for Chapters to purchase copies to either resell or give away to members or others. Deadline is June 12th to put in orders. We are probably going to purchase 10 copies to give away to members who aren't subscribers already."