March 15, 2018

Water protectors in summer 2017 celebrate grandmother Josephine Mandamin visiting the Treaty Camp against Alton Gas.

This week Alton Gas officially announced their project won't be completed until 2021, a full 11 years after their original completion date. Information about this project has been hard to get, so here's a summary of what we know. 


March 15, 2018

The Council of Canadians opposes the Trudeau government's approval of the controversial transnational corporation BP drilling seven oil and gas exploration wells 300 kilometres off the coast of Nova Scotia beginning next month.

Council of Canadians climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue has stated, "New fossil fuel projects are not consistent with our commitment to the Paris climate commitment and the gravity of the climate crisis. For the federal government to call itself a climate leader and then pave the way for dangerous offshore drilling by BP, responsible for the worst offshore drilling disaster in the U.S., is unacceptable.”

Now, The Globe and Mail reports, "Scientists are questioning the federal government’s decision to allow more ship traffic and underwater noise from an offshore-drilling project, warning it could inflict more harm and contribute to the extinction of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale."

March 13, 2018

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump talked by telephone yesterday and agreed to push forward on a conclusion to the NAFTA talks.

The Canadian Press reports, "What [Trudeau] heard directly from the president echoed public remarks from Trump's administration: U.S. trade czar [Robert Lighthizer] recently said he wants a new NAFTA concluded within weeks, because of upcoming elections in the different countries. The U.S. has said further delays might imperil the negotiations, with an outsider candidate leading polls for Mexico's July 1 election, and with Trump's party in danger of losing control of the U.S. Congress."

The article highlights, "NAFTA talks might now enter an intense phase."

Four day ago, Trump said, “We’re going to hold off the tariff on those two countries to see whether or not we’re able to make the deal on NAFTA." The strong implication in his statement was that the US would hold off on damaging steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico pending the outcome of the NAFTA talks.

March 12, 2018

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his priorities for the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec this June, he said it was urgent "that the world comes together to fight climate change", but there was no specific mention made of the promise to eliminate billions of dollars of public subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.

The National Observer has reported, "In 2009, Canada, and 19 other countries, committed to 'phase out and rationalize inefficient fossil fuel subsidies while providing targeted support for the poorest'. ...The federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to reduce support for the industry every year since then, including at the 2016 G20 summit in China."

And yet, the Guardian reported in November 2016, "The burning of oil, gas and coal is still supported across the world by subsidies amounting to $5.3 trillion a year, equivalent to $10 million a minute every day, according to the International Monetary Fund."

March 10, 2018

NWT chapter activist Lois Little

As noted on this website:

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development invites the public to submit written briefs for the Committee’s upcoming study on Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

The Committee will be extending invitations to selected individuals and groups to appear in the near future.

In addition, the Committee is interested in receiving written submissions from Canadians as part of its study. These submissions will be translated, circulated to Committee members and posted on the Committee’s website.

As such, the Committee encourages interested individuals and groups to submit written briefs as soon as possible.