June 29, 2017

A Reuters news story says ING Bank is refusing to finance Canadian pipeline and tar sands projects due to concerns over climate change and First Nations rights. 

"Dutch lender ING Groep NV has said it would not finance any of Canada's major pipeline projects, including TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL and Energy East and Enbridge Inc's Line 3, after pressure from activists." 

The article continues...

"Processing oil sands is known to be energy intensive, producing significant greenhouse gas emissions," the bank said in an undated statement this week on its website. "This is in addition to potential social impacts, such as on the local native tribes historically using the land. 

June 28, 2017

There is no clear commitment from the Trudeau government to put pipeline or powerline reviews for these waterways back into the Navigation Protection Act.


By Emma Lui, published in The Hill Times, June 28, 2017

The list of broken election promises by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is growing longer, with another one added last week.

Last Tuesday, the Trudeau government tabled its response to the House Committee on Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities’ recommendations on the Navigation Protection Act (NPA), formerly the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA).

June 28, 2017

The Red Deer Chapter tabled at the Central Alberta Social Work Conference (CASWC) on June 15-16 in Red Deer. The Chapter had a table both days and handed out information on the important work that the Council of Canadians is doing.

Pat Couture of the Red Deer chapter says "Attending this conference was a good fit with Social Work as we are both involved in social justice issues. We also used the opportunity to network with other organizations at the conference to raise our profile in the community. We're looking forward to attending again next year". 

Thanks to the Red Deer for connecting with community and spreading the word about critical issues! 


June 28, 2017

The Council of Canadians was at the annual River Run event in Toronto in June 2016 demanding justice for Grassy Narrows.

The Council of Canadians is celebrating the long overdue announcement that the mercury contamination at the Grassy Narrows (Asubpeechoseewagong) First Nation in northern Ontario will be cleaned up.

The Toronto Star reports, "The Ontario government is committing $85 million to finally clean up the mercury-contaminated Wabigoon River that has poisoned the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation and nearby Whitedog First Nation for generations. The 'comprehensive remediation action plan' will also involve finding all contaminated sites that could be leaking mercury into the river."

June 28, 2017

“We recognize and respect First Nations’ decisions to ban tar sands pipelines and tankers from their territories and we offer our support and solidarity in upholding the Save the Fraser Declaration.” - Maude Barlow, December 5, 2013.

The Council of Canadians has endorsed Idle No More's "UNsettling Canada 150" call to action. That call includes these three demands:

1- A new open truly Nation-to-Nation recognition process that begins by fully recognizing Indigenous land rights and their decision-making power throughout their territories.