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December 3, 2018

Summary:

  • Husky spilled a lot of oil offshore Newfoundland that will never be recovered.
  • There is a clear failure in regulation of offshore drilling; even the government of Newfoundland and Labrador admitted that following the spill.
  • This spill, caused by a company cutting corners in favour of profits and a regulatory system unable to enforce regulation that could keep people and fisheries safe, demonstrates that profits are being prioritized over people and the environment.

On November 16th, Husky Energy spilled 250,000 litres of oil 350 km offshore Newfoundland and Labrador - the largest offshore oil spill in Canada’s history. The sea state conditions included 8.4m (28ft) waves, which made it not only impossible to get to the source of the leak (a subsea connector), but also impossible to contain the spill on the surface. Over two weeks on, it has been deemed “impossible to clean up”. 

November 30, 2018


Guelph Chapter at the SAY NO TO NESTLE RALLY, Aberfoyle Plant, November 24. Learn more and take action!

A large part of the Council of Canadians’ strength comes from our chapters working to build the kind of Canada we want. Join a chapter and meet people who share your interests and values and find out more about how you can be involved in your community. See if there is a chapter near you and if not, contact us to discuss starting one!

Below are a few recent highlights – send your actions and events to your regional organizer – we’d love to add your photos to our Flickr photostream too!

November 30, 2018

The world’s oceans are symphonies of sound. Light doesn’t travel very far, so almost everything that lives in the ocean relies on sound to navigate their environment. Cetaceans – whales and dolphins – are especially evolutionarily equipped to experience their world through sound waves, which until the last hundred  years or so has served them extremely well.

That is, until human activities like seismic testing for oil and gas deposits, commercial shipping, and military activities (sonar, etc.), introduced a whole lot of noise into the oceans.

I learned all of this on Tuesday while watching Sonic Sea, a documentary detailing the impacts that ocean noise has on whales and dolphins, screened by the South Shore chapter last night.

November 30, 2018

By the time the ink dried on the signing of the USMCA this morning by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Donald Trump, it was already unravelling.

After the announced loss of 2,500 autoworker jobs at the General Motors plant in Oshawa and many more at plants in the U.S., Trump had already threatened tariffs on cars coming from Mexico as retaliation against the company. Senator Elizabeth Warren has said she will not be supporting the agreement when it comes to a vote in the Senate. 

”For decades, the leaders of both parties preached the gospel that free trade was a rising tide that would lift all boats,” she said. “Great rhetoric – except that the trade deals they negotiated mainly lifted the yachts—and threw millions of working Americans overboard to drown”

November 27, 2018

Yesterday more than 100 people from across the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia gathered to demonstrate their opposition to fish farms. There were two simultaneous demos in Halifax and Liverpool to show that there is no social license for a proposed fish farm in Liverpool Bay, Nova Scotia.

People crowded outside Queens' Mayor David Dagley's office to voice their opposition to the fish farm proposal. More than 100 people in total joined in this rally. Photo credit: Protect Liverpool Bay.

According to CBC,

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