November 18, 2017

A protest inside the Fiji-hosted COP23 summit in Bonn.

The November 6-17 United Nations COP23 climate summit in Bonn, Germany has now concluded.

While the Paris Agreement reached at COP21 in December 2015 committed the world to limiting warming to "well below 2 degrees Celsius" and to "pursue efforts" to keep it below 1.5 degrees Celsius, it did not make a commitment to a 100 per cent clean energy economy by 2050 and the non-binding country emission reduction pledges to date would mean a 2.7 to 3.7 degree Celsius increase by 2100.

At COP15 in Copenhagen, the Harper government pledged to reduce emissions by 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020. At COP21, the Trudeau government pledged to reduce emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. In April 2017, Environment Canada quietly released a report stating Canada is projected to significantly miss its 2020 and 2030 climate targets with the set of measures it currently has in place.

November 18, 2017

Christopher Hickman, David Bronconnier, James Cherry, Stephen Smith, Jane Bird.

The Council of Canadians opposes the Trudeau government's to-be-launched Canada Infrastructure Bank and notes that its recently appointed Board of Directors is heavily slanted toward supporters of public-private partnerships (P3s).

November 17, 2017

Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter activist Alice de Wolff tells us:

The science surrounding Atlantic salmon farming and First Nations' opposition to these farms on their territories in the Broughton Archipelago came together last night at a powerful event in Courtenay. Two hundred people attended a solidarity evening between the people of the Comox Valley and the salmon defenders of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, 'Namgis, Mamalilikala and Lawit'sis First Nations.

The event took place two days after a judge in Vancouver ordered the defenders to take down a camp they had been occupying since August on a Marine Harvest farm on Midsummer Island. While it is a disappointing moment in their struggle to have the farms removed, it made it possible for two of the key activists, Molina Dawson and Karissa Glendale, to attend the event in person. Their presence brought a very personal sense of immediacy to the gathering. They took the opportunity to let their supporters know that they are not going to stop opposing the farms in their territory.

November 17, 2017

The Council of Canadians Brandon, Regina and Saskatoon chapters are opposed to the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the construction of the new Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in November 2016 (at the same time he approved the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline).

The building of Line 3 would mean 1,600 kilometres of new pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior Wisconsin on the western tip of Lake Superior. The original 390,000 barrel per day Line 3 pipeline was built in 1968 and would be decommissioned and left underground. The new larger pipeline would carry 760,000 barrel per day and would have the capacity to carry diluted bitumen for 50-60 years. Enbridge admits the pipeline would mean 19-26 megatonnes of upstream greenhouse gas emissions each year.

November 17, 2017

Conservative Premier Brian Pallister.

The Council of Canadians stands with our labour and community allies in Manitoba opposed to Social Impact Bonds (SIBs).

On July 6, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) stated, "Today the Manitoba government announced the opening of a request for proposals for Social Impact Bonds, a scheme in which private companies profit off social service delivery." On October 18, the provincial government announced it had hired the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing to design a 'made-in-Manitoba' Social Impact Bond strategy.

The Premier of Manitoba, Brian Pallister, currently leads the Progressive Conservative majority government that was elected in April 2016.

CUPE Manitoba President Terry Egan says, “There was a time when the private sector would simply make philanthropic donations as part of their corporate responsibility to the community. Social Impact Bonds take that corporate philanthropy and turn it into a private money‑making scheme. SIBs are like P3s, for social services."