September 16, 2017

The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter joined a protest on September 8 calling on Desjardins Credit Union to not invest in tar sands pipelines, including the Energy East pipeline. The credit union already has a $145 million investment in the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. The credit union is expected to make its decision by September 29.

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

1- Hamilton, South Niagara & Guelph chapters join with allies to protest Line 10 pipeline
2- Chilliwack chapter at massive march in Vancouver vs Kinder Morgan pipeline
3- Montreal chapter calls on Desjardins credit union to divest from tar sands pipelines
4- Victoria chapter endorses letter to Trudeau backing climate-friendly transportation investments
5- Winnipeg chapter activist in Ottawa for Climate Action Network's ClimaCon convergence, Sept. 27

September 16, 2017

Photo by Ute Schmid Jones

The Council of Canadians has been opposing the tripling of the existing 63,000 barrel per day Enbridge Line 10 heavy crude pipeline since November 2015.

Yesterday, the Hamilton, South Niagara and Guelph chapters took part in the 'Rally Against Line 10 Tar Sands Pipeline in Hamilton!' at the corner of Homestead and Upper James, Mount Hope, Hamilton.

Chapter activists Don McLean, Fiona McMurran, Kathie Clark, Mary Love, Paul Costello, Timothy Healey, and Ruth Pickering were there.

As noted on the Calgary-based transnational Enbridge corporation website, "Line 10 is a 143-kilometre export pipeline that carries oil from Enbridge’s Westover Terminal in Hamilton, Ontario to West Seneca, a suburb of Buffalo, New York. From there, the oil travels via the Kiantone Pipeline to Warren, Pennsylvania, where it is refined into gasoline, diesel, propane, butane, asphalt and other petroleum products."

September 15, 2017

The United Nations says, "In some makeshift sites around Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area, humanitarian agencies have built tube wells that provide a much-needed source of drinking water for undocumented Rohingya living outside the official camps. ©UNHCR/Saiful Huq Omi"

Up to 400,000 Rohingyas have fled the state of Rakhine in Myanmar/Burma for neighbouring Bangladesh since August 25. That's in addition to the 400,000 Rohingya refugees who had fled earlier from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

The Independent explains, "Rohingya Muslims face widespread persecution in Buddhist-majority Burma, where the recent violence has driven hundreds of thousands to seek refuge overseas. ...Members of the ethnic group are commonly referred to as 'Bengalis' by many in Burma who insist they migrated illegally from Bangladesh."

September 15, 2017

The Council of Canadians Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter took part in a 4-week campaign this past March-April that successfully stopped a provincial cut of almost $5 million to the province's public library system.

Council of Canadians chapters are celebrating at least 18 significant wins achieved during the first nine months of 2017!

These WINS! include:

September 15, 2017

The Globe and Mail reports, "The Trump administration is pushing for a 'sunset clause' in the North American free-trade agreement that would automatically kill the deal after five years unless all three sides agreed to keep it in place."

The article highlights, "Canada and Mexico immediately rejected the idea, arguing that it would create unnecessary uncertainty for businesses, which would not want to make investments without reassurance that market access between the three countries is here to stay. Such a provision, if inserted into NAFTA, would all but guarantee that the current trade-related drama would play out in the United States again in five years' time."

David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., says, "Not to try to make light of it, but if every marriage had a five-year sunset clause on it, I think our divorce rate would be a heck of a lot higher than it is right now. The best thing you can do in these things is to try to have goodwill and try to work through tough times rather than set an arbitrary date."