August 20, 2018

Today, Politico Trade said that the U.S. will not advocate to eliminate Chapter 11’s investor state dispute mechanisms. Why? It may be because  the newly elected government of Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador is reviewing energy contracts. Some of these contracts were given to U.S. companies.

In a case of a broken clock being right twice a day, the Trump Whitehouse initially supported the removal of Chapter 11 in NAFTA. They correctly identified that it hampers American sovereignty.

We, too, have continuously opposed this chapter which allows foreign investors to sue governments over policy changes that affect their profits. It has given companies the ability to challenge public interest and environmental policies. 

August 20, 2018

According to the CBC, burgers and hot dogs weren't the only things sizzling at a Yellowknife barbecue with Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod last week.

Chapter president Lois Little attended her MP’s barbecue to share the chapter’s views of the federal government’s plan to purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

The day before, the chapter, along with, sent an email encouraging people to attend the barbecue, but to not have lunch with Mr. McLeod in protest of the Liberal government's plans to purchase the pipeline with public money – at a cost that is expected to soar as high as $20 billion.

"Don't be bought with a burger," the email read. "Bring a lunch and tell your MP you want real political choice, meaningful consultation and a stop to Kinder Morgan."

The chapter also handed out copies of their open letter to their MP at the event.

August 20, 2018

Maude Barlow speaks at a rally in Washington about stopping the Keystone XL pipeline.

A U.S. federal court has agreed that the Keystone XL pipeline, which was approved and fast-tracked by U.S. President Donald Trump, must undergo a full environmental assessment in Nebraska.

Environmental groups, including the Northern Plains Resource Council, Bold Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club, filed the lawsuit contesting the lack of proper environmental review in 2017.

"Today's ruling is a victory for clean water, climate, and communities that would be threatened by the Keystone XL pipeline," said Sierra Club’s Doug Hayes. "This proposed project has been stalled for nearly a decade because it would be all risk and no reward, and despite the Trump administration's efforts, they cannot force this dirty tar sands pipeline on the American people. It's time for TransCanada to give up on their Keystone XL pipe dream."

August 19, 2018

Here is just some of the great work chapters have done this past week, and some of the events coming up.

Climate Justice

The Edmonton Chapter wrote a letter to city council, criticizing the city’s continued use of chlorpyrifos, a dangerous pesticide that has just been banned in the U.S. by a federal judge. The Chapter also released their Steering Committee statement on the Kinder Morgan expansion.

The Northwest Territories Chapter organized a protest at their local MP Michael McLeod's BBQ and sent him an open letter calling for public consultations on the Kinder Morgan buyout.

Other chapters across the country continued to voice their anger over the Kinder Morgan pipeline, including the Victoria, Vancouver, Guelph, Quinte, Montreal and Moncton chapters. Many of those same chapters shared the dire news around wild fires and other damaging effects of climate change.

August 14, 2018

Maude Barlow (right) sspeaks to the crowd with Pat Noonan beside her at a rally in Detroit to deliver water to residents whose service had been cut off.

Maude Barlow says Pat Noonan was the “quintessential activist.”  She was always ready to stand up for what she believed in, says Maude.  “From the fight for women’s equality to the environment, justice for refugees and the peace movement, Pat was there in the front lines. She was a long time member of the Council and supported our cross border solidarity work with water justice activists in Detroit. Her beautiful voice graced the Gaia women’s choir. I miss her already and hold her memory in my heart.”

Pat Noonan passed away this past weekend at the age of 87. She will be fondly remembered by friends, family and fellow activists for her lifelong commitment to social justice issues.