October 12, 2017

Bulldozer plowing gravel and dirt from a Peace River island into the river. Site C construction site, June 2015. Photo by Garth Lenz.

On August 2, the British Columbia government asked the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to review the Site C project and recommend either continuing construction on the dam, pausing it, or scrapping it. The deadline for public comment was yesterday (October 11). The Commission's report is expected on November 1. The following is a letter submitted by The Council of Canadians to the BCUC:

From: Brent Patterson
Sent: October 11, 2017
Subject: Council of Canadians submission on the Site C dam

The Council of Canadians is opposed to the Site C dam for the following ten reasons:

October 8, 2017

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor refuses to save lives and billions of dollars by implementing - or even being willing to discuss with the provinces - pharmacare.

The Council of Canadians calls on the Trudeau government to implement universal pharmacare and save billions of dollars a year (money that could be invested in public health care, prevention, and wellness programs to save lives).

October 7, 2017

The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex and London chapter visited the community blockade of the North Kent Wind project construction site in late-August. Windsor-Essex chapter activist Randy Emerson says, "We were there to protect the Kettle Point Black Shale aquifer."

The Council of Canadians is deeply concerned by the impact pile-driving construction activities - for the 34-turbine North Kent Wind project - are having on drinking water for residents in the Chatham, Ontario area.

The North Kent Wind project is a joint venture of the South Korean-based transnational Samsung and its US-based partner Pattern Energy.

The Chatham Daily News now reports, "[Water Wells First activist Kevin] Jakubec [says] 18 water wells in two townships – 13 in Chatham Township and five in Dover Township – with a common pollution problem of sediments – have been brought to the attention of the [Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change - the MOECC] ...'and there's been nothing back from them'..."

October 7, 2017

The Council of Canadians protesting the Kinder Morgan project at the Burnaby export terminal, May 2016.

Now that the Energy East pipeline has been defeated, the Council of Canadians is refocusing its efforts to stop the Kinder Morgan, Keystone XL, Line 3 and Line 10 pipelines. Our overall objective is to win a 100 per cent clean energy economy by 2050.

Added together, the Kinder Morgan pipeline (890,000 barrels per day), Keystone XL (830,000 bpd), Line 3 (760,000 bpd) and Line 10 (73,000 bpd) would represent a flow of 2.55 million barrels a day of carbon intensive heavy oil for a 40-50 year period.

All these pipelines mean a continued expansion of the tar sands, all cross waterways and sources of drinking water, and all cross Indigenous lands and territories without adequate consultation and consent. We believe the Trudeau government is not demonstrating "climate leadership" with its support of these projects.

October 6, 2017

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter gathered last night to celebrate the defeat of the 1.1 million barrel per day TransCanada Energy East tar sands pipeline.

Council of Canadians chapters take action for social, economic and environmental justice. Here is a snapshot of some of their recent activities:

1- Saint John chapter activist Lynaya Astephen in CTV Atlantic article
2- Fredericton chapter gathers to celebrate the defeat of the Energy East pipeline project
3- Saint John chapter celebrates defeat of Energy East project
4- Montreal chapter protests at Petrolia shareholders meeting
5- Windsor-Essex chapter to co-host public forum with Avi Lewis, Nov. 18