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July 19, 2018

An image from the campaign to enact a Liability for Climate-Related Harm Act in B.C.

Here are just some of the recent chapter actions from coast-to-coast-to-coast:

Wins!

The Guelph Chapter helped block a proposed glass factory in the Guelph-Eramosa area that would have drawn 1.6 million litres of water a day for its operations. Guelph-Eramosa Township voted to strike down the application because it does not meet an existing bylaw requirement of being a dry use industrial site.

The South Shore Chapter celebrated the Municipality of Shelburne's decision to write letters to the federal Ministers of Environment, Natural Resources, and Fisheries and Oceans to express concerns about BP drilling for oil and gas offshore of Nova Scotia.

Climate Justice

July 19, 2018
Yesterday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet with the federal election fifteen months away. 
 
CBC reported, “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made significant changes to his cabinet, bringing five new ministers to the table and creating new portfolios for seniors, intergovernmental affairs and border security.” According to CBC, some of these changes include:
  • Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson becomes minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Amarjeet Sohi moves from Infrastructure to Natural Resources.
  • Jim Carr moves from Natural Resources to International Trade Diversification.
  • Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has "northern affairs" dropped from her title.
July 18, 2018

Angela GilesThe Council of Canadians chapter activists, supporters and staff are involved in the Muskrat Falls Solidarity Chain Fast. Today, I am fasting to raise awareness and build resistance to the Muskrat Falls project. I join others including Emma Webb, Chris White and members of Solidarity Halifax, and those who fasted before me and those who will fast after - much love and respect to you all.

As I attempt to focus on doing good work* with the Council of Canadians today, I am also taking the time to reflect upon the grassroots struggle that has been ongoing in Labrador in opposition to the Muskrat Falls project.

I choose to fast today because the largely Indigenous population downstream from this project will be faced with either going hungry or eating a country food web poisoned by methylmercury.

July 18, 2018

It is celebrated by free trade pundits as a success in the Trumpian era: yesterday's signing of JEFTA, or the Japanese European Union Free Trade Agreement which covers a third of the world economy.

Contrasted with Trump’s pulling out of the TPP,  CNN writes, “The dismantling of trade barriers stands in stark contrast to the approach taken by President Donald Trump, who has imposed tariffs on a range of foreign goods and is threatening more action." 

What does civil society have to say about this?

July 17, 2018

The Council of Canadians proudly joined over 50 environmental, Indigenous, human rights and faith organizations endorsing a letter to B.C. Premier John Horgan asking the province to enact a Liability for Climate-Related Harm Act

The legislation, modelled on B.C. laws that define the legal liability of tobacco companies for cigarette deaths, would clarify the legal responsibility of fossil fuel companies for the consequences of their products. It asserts that Shell, Chevron and other global fossil fuel companies need to pay their fair share of the costs B.C. communities experience because of climate change including examples such as wildfires, floods, mountain pine beetle and the costs of raising seawalls.

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