August 28, 2018

All photos by Abdul Malik

The Council of Canadian's Edmonton Chapter and the Prairies-NWT Regional office have been excited to help with Climate Justice Edmonton's “People on the Path” this summer, a series of giant portraits that will be installed in the path of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project route.

The project officially launched on August 19th at the Whitemud Park in Edmonton, just metres from the pipeline's route through the city. It is set to include 25 larger-than-life paintings of Albertans, First Nations and Métis peoples who are opposed to the now-estimated $10-billion tar sands pipeline project. Standing 8-feet tall, the bright portraits will be installed directly along the route of the pipeline and will display quotes of participants’ hopes and visions for the future of Alberta.

Climate Justice Edmonton has been collecting submissions for the past two months and says they’ve received responses from people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

August 28, 2018

Yesterday I had the chance to travel to Plympton, Nova Scotia, to meet with Marilynn-Leigh Francis, a lobster fisher and treaty rights holder. She has been fishing for lobster in St Mary’s Bay her whole life, and bringing her three nephews along with her since they were children.

She's fighting to protect her treaty right to fish in more ways than one. Marilynn-Leigh fishes for lobster as her ancestors have for thousands of years - without a lisence issued by the colonial state. She's been speaking out about the fact that offshore drilling, which is approved and promoted by Canada, could end her way of life and damage her relationship with the land and sea - a relationship that she says is integral to who she is and the purpose of her life. 

August 28, 2018

With his usual theatrics and sleight of hand, U.S. President Donald Trump has decided that NAFTA will be buried forever and replaced with a new deal, the U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement.

President Trump is threatening Canada to accept the U.S.'s conditions, or else be left out of the 30-year-old North American trade deal forever. President Trump has said that he will undo NAFTA, and bring out a new bilateral deal with Mexico. This deal may or may not include Canada. 

On cue, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland rushed to Washington under the media message that Canada has one week to accept conditions or be thrown out of the deal.

Like everything President Trump says, one has to look behind smoke and mirrors to see what it is real. While Canada should take it seriously, it isn’t the full story.

August 24, 2018

Members of the Victoria Chapter send their support to protesters at the Liberal Cabinet retreat in Nanaimo.

Once again chapters stepped up this week and continued their fight for social justice. Here's a summary of the week's work:

Climate & Environment

Chapters across the country, including Comox Valley, Kamloops, Mid Island, Northwest Territories, Quinte, Guelph, Montreal, South Shore, Moncton and Victoria continued to draw attention to the increasingly severe effects of climate change.

Others kept up the pressure on the Trudeau government over Kinder Morgan, including Kamloops, Quinte, Guelph, Windsor-Essex and Montreal.

The Comox Valley Chapter posted a comprehensive update on the fight against corporate fish farms in B.C.

The Moncton Chapter continued to raise awareness about the spraying of glyphosate in New Brunswick.

August 23, 2018

I remember the day that Energy East officially died, October 5th, 2017.

The decision was a long time coming. Were it not the failings of the National Energy Board and the threat of the federal government considering the project's climate impacts, it would have been the protection of drinking water, Indigenous consent and community opposition that killed Energy East.

But you’d never know this from the coverage of TransCanada’s cancellation, the wicked backlash against project critics that followed or the rhetoric flying around in recent months trying to revive this zombie pipeline project.