June 6, 2017

Nova Scotia often appears on the surface to be less exciting than BC, but upon closer inspection our coastal home is full up on beauty, scandal, and surprises. Our provincial election on May 30th was no different. It may appear as the tame cousin of BC’s surprise GreeNDP coalition - but if you look a little closer, the election’s stranger details reveal themselves.

NS Liberal leader Stephen McNeil; PC leader Jamie Baillie; NDP leader Gary Burrill (photo: Global News)

Breaking the single-government streak

June 6, 2017

The Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter participated in a Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill this past Friday (June 2).

South Niagara chapter activist Fiona McMurran took part in the event.

The KAIROS promotion for this on Facebook highlighted, "Join us for the largest Blanket Exercise ever! Kitchi means 'really big' in Anishinaabemowin. The Blanket Exercise is an experiential way to build understanding of our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. The event will mark the 2nd Anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action and the 20th anniversary of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. It will also provide a perspective on Canada 150 that is different from that of many of the events taking place across the country."

June 6, 2017

People paint a banner at the Truckhouse Solidarity Tent in Halifax on May 31 2017. Photo: Local Xpress

On Wednesday, following Nova Scotia’s provincial election, Solidarity With Alton Gas Resistance (SWAGR) hosted the first Truckhouse Solidarty Tent in Halifax. The purpose of this tent was to create a space in Halifax for people to gather, learn about Alton Gas, and act in resistance together – similar to what the truckhouse on the Shubenacadie River is often used for.

A truckhouse is building used for trade, and has an important history. Having a truckhouse on the Shubenacadie River is a Mi’kmaq right protected by the Peace and Friendship treaties of the 1700s. In the summer of 2016, Mi’kmaq in the Sipekne'katik district, supported by non-Indigenous friends, built a truckhouse to both directly exercise a treaty right and to maintain a constant presence on the river next to the Alton Gas project site. Since then, the truckhouse has become a hub of the Stop Alton Gas movement.

June 6, 2017

Watch the film

Less than a month ago, a delegation of Pacific Islanders embarked on a journey to visit Canada’s tar sands in Alberta. They followed the route of Kinder Morgan’s proposed export pipeline to the British Columbia Coast.

There is a lot at stake for Pacific Island Nations with climate change, rising sea levels and extreme climate events. This journey was undertaken to visit one of the dirtiest and most carbon intensive projects on the planet, the Canadian tar sands, and connect this megaproject with the realities faced on a daily basis – including the fight for water and clean air for future generations.

Below you can watch the 11-minute film produced by Zack Embree and documenting this experience. It is an incredible and heartfelt piece of storytelling about a planet-wide struggle against human-caused climate change and the fossil fuel industry. Take a look at the film and show it to people around you.

June 5, 2017

On June 3rd, in Amqui Québec, people of all ages stretched their canoes and kayaks across the waters of the Matapedia River to say no to the rail transport of tar sands bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands to the Port of Belledune, New Brunswick.  

A group of us travelled from New Brunswick to the Gaspe Penisula show solidarity with our water protectors in Québec.  We represented Council of Canadians - Fredericton chapter, Red Head Anthony's Cove Preservation Society, Council of Canadians - Saint John chapter, and EcoVie from Kedgwick, NB.