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July 9, 2018

Meera Karunananthan of the Blue Planet Project took part in this March 2014 rally in San Salvador in support of the General Water Law now being undermined by ARENA.

Popular mobilizations are taking place in El Salvador as ARENA creates the conditions for the corporate control of water through legislation introduced in the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly following the March 2018 election.

July 9, 2018


A scenic view from Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

The Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS) congratulates everyone involved in encouraging the Municipality of Shelburne to write a letter to the federal Ministers of Environment, Natural Resources, and Fisheries and Oceans to express concern about BP drilling for oil and gas offshore of Nova Scotia.

The letter from the Municipality of Shelburne highlights, "It is impossible to ignore the fact that BP was solely responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest marine oil spill in history, which saw 11 lives lost as well as its devastating impact on numerous communities. A similar disaster in our waters would have the same, if not worse, disastrous consequences to our $3+ billion fishing industry and thousands of associated jobs, marine species and ecosystems, as well as other industries such as tourism. Our entire wellbeing and way of life is at stake."

July 9, 2018

The Council of Canadians 'Damming the Peace' tour featuring Wendy Holm starts tomorrow! The six-community tour will be hosted by our chapters in:

Victoria
Tuesday, July 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Legacy Art Gallery & Café, 630 Yates St., Victoria

Comox Valley
Wednesday, July 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay
* Chapter activist Alice de Wolff tells us, "Eve Goldberg, singer-songwriter, social activist, performer at Vancouver Island Music Fest this year, has agreed to open the evening for Wendy in Courtenay!"

Powell River
Thursday, July 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Vancouver Island University, Room 148/149, 100-7085 Nootka St., Powell River

Nelson
Tuesday, July 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Senior Citizens Association of BC, 717 Vernon St., Nelson

July 5, 2018

In August-September 2017, Kinder Morgan installed 'fish spawning deterrent mats' in streams they want their Trans Mountain pipeline to cross. One of those mats became a powerful symbol of resistance at a November 2017 protest in Vancouver.

The BC Oil and Gas Commission, an industry-friendly Crown corporation that regulates pipelines in British Columbia, has imposed a modest fine on Kinder Morgan for violations of the province's Water Sustainability Act (which was implemented in February 2016 by the Christy Clark government "to ensure a sustainable supply of fresh, clean water that meets the needs of B.C. residents today and in the future").

The Canadian Press reports, "The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says it has fined Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. $920 for four violations of the provincial Water Sustainability Act related to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion."

July 4, 2018

Guelph chapter activist Ron East at a GET Concerned meeting, June 18. Twitter photo by Wellington Water Watchers.

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter is opposed to a glass factory in the Guelph-Eramosa area that is being proposed by the Chinese corporation Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited. Among their top concerns is that the plant would draw 1.6 million litres of water a day from wells that would be drilled for its cooling system.

Notably, the plant would be located 20 minutes down the road from where Nestle currently extracts millions of litres of water a year for its bottled water business.

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