April 23, 2018

The Council of Canadians is deeply concerned by the Trudeau government's record of broken promises and is mobilizing to stop his most recent egregious actions including the approval of BP drilling oil and gas wells off the coast of Nova Scotia and his intention to impose an 'Oil Measures Act' on British Columbia and First Nations.

1- Democracy
During the 2015 federal election, Justin Trudeau promised to "make every vote count" and that the 2015 election would be the last under the first-past-the-post voting system. On February 1, 2017, Trudeau abandoned that pledge. At that time, NDP MP Nathan Cullen stated, "What Trudeau proved himself today was to be a liar, was to be of the most cynical variety of politician." The Trudeau government has also stalled on its promise to address the voter suppression measures in the Harper government's Fair Elections Act.

April 22, 2018

The Council of Canadians and allies organized this 'unwelcoming party' inside the Halifax-building where BP has an office.

CBC is now reporting, "BP Canada has been given the green light to start drilling off Nova Scotia's coast. On Saturday, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) granted approval for the company to begin drilling one deepwater exploration well about 300 kilometres offshore."

Global News notes, "The announcement was made Saturday morning in a news release."

Council of Canadians climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue has highlighted, "The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board is an unelected board of mostly former oil industry executives with a conflicting mandate of both promoting oil and gas development and protecting the marine environment. This is the same board that would be given more power in federal environmental assessments under Bill C-69, currently being debated."

April 20, 2018

Council of Canadians South Shore chapter activist Marion Moore took part in the 'Stop The Big Heist' protest outside the Liberal Party convention in Halifax earlier today. The protest highlighted that the Trudeau government's Bill C-69 grants more power to industry-captured offshore petroleum boards and that Environment Minister Catherine McKenna recently approved BP to drill for oil and gas offshore of Nova Scotia.

Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country:

April 20, 2018

NAFTA and Climate

Op-ed: By Maude Barlow and Sujata Dey, published in Ricochet, April 20, 2018

Pipeline giant’s putting the squeeze to the feds with Chapter 11 threat looming

On the one hand, the federal government is negotiating with Kinder Morgan, trying to find ways to bail out the company’s Trans Mountain crude oil pipeline expansion to the B.C. coast. On the other front, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is off to Washington to renegotiate NAFTA; some say a deal is imminent.

While the two issues may seem separate, they are in fact hyper-connected. The link: NAFTA’s Chapter 11.

April 20, 2018

The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter acting in solidarity delivered water to the people of Detroit, July 2014.

The Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project have been speaking against water shutoffs in Detroit - highlighting that they are a terrible violation of the human right to water - since they began in May 2014.

Four years ago, Maude Barlow, the honorary chairperson of the Council of Canadians and the founder of the Blue Planet Project, wrote, "Detroit is a victim of decades of market driven neoliberal policy that put business and profit ahead of public good. It is important to acknowledge the class and race dimension of this assault. There have been no stories on the cut-offs in the mainstream U.S. media. One cannot imagine that fact if the people losing their water were middle class white people. The daily cut-offs of water in Detroit, water needed for life and dignity, are an affront to the notion that we have advanced very far in our understanding of human rights or in its practice."