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

October 5, 2017

Today is a good day. We stopped Energy East. Some are trying to make this about partisan fighting 

or suggesting it was a simple market decision. In no small irony this is happening at the same time as the costs of climate chaos in extreme weather events is dominated the news.

The fact is, the death of Energy East has been written on the wall for a while now. 

Be it the threats to tar sands expansion and the transport of diluted bitumen, drinking water contamination, violation of Indigenous rights or TransCanada’s poor spill record, Energy East was facing a wall of opposition and had no chance of proceeding.

October 5, 2017

Council of Canadians energy and climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue speaks against the Energy East pipeline at a rally in Ottawa, April 2016. Photo by Mike De Souza.

The Council of Canadians is celebrating the defeat of the TransCanada Energy East pipeline - which we have been campaigning against since February 2013.

If it hadn't been defeated, the Energy East pipeline would have moved 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil per day, generated about 32 million tonnes of upstream greenhouse gas emissions a year, enabled a 39 per cent increase in tar sands production from 2012 levels, crossed 2,900 waterways, threatened the drinking water of 5 million people, worsened air pollution levels in Saint John, and violated the rights of numerous First Nations in Alberta and along its route that did not consent to the project.

TransCanada attributed its decision to "changed circumstances".

October 5, 2017

"My grandson that's not here tonight, that's twelve years old, he was to be an academic ambassador to go to Washington in the year 2014 and 2015. Well he was an A-B student but by the time the lead began to corrode his brain, he was no longer an A-B student. He was a D-E-F student," said Bishop Bernadel Jefferson of her grandson, one of the thousands of children affected by the lead poisoning of Flint’s drinking water. Bishop Jefferson, who is with the Flint group CAUTION, was one of the speakers on the Friday night panel of the Water is Life: Strengthening our Great Lakes Commons this past weekend.