The call-out from the LLP and Grand Riverkeeper came a few months ago, a realization that they have exhausted all avenues to stop the Muskrat Falls project but their resolve to stopping it remains unchanged. We knew we needed to step up and support this Day of Action, to help amplify the voices that are not being heard by the decision-makers including elected members of government and monopoly power companies.
The Council of Canadians stands in solidarity with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians that opposes increased Nestle water-takings in Michigan and declared a "moratorium on the purchase and sale of Nestle bottled water products at any tribally owned and operated facility and urges tribal members to boycott Nestle products".
MLive has previously reported that the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe and four other Native American tribes "are concerned that allowing a 400 gallons-per-minute withdrawal on Nestle's White Pine Springs production well in Osceola Township might affect the wetlands, streams, flora and fauna in an area where the state of Michigan has a legal duty under a 181-year-old treaty to protect wildlife habitat for tribal use."
On April 3, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - despite massive public opposition - approved Nestle's request to increase its groundwater takings in the area for its bottled water operations.
Council of Canadians’ Moncton chapter chair Pamela Ross joined CUPE-New Brunswick to present before Moncton City Council last night about the city’s P3 water contract, which is coming up for renewal in 2019. Gabrielle Ross-Marquette (researcher for CUPE-NB) and Leo Melanson (President of CUPE local 51 - Moncton’s outside workers) were presenting on behalf of CUPE, who has been actively raising awareness on this issue.
Leo Melanson, Gabrielle Ross-Marquette and Pamela Ross present before Moncton City Council on Monday, May 7th 2018.
Today, I was on Parliament Hill to stand in solidarity with the Labrador Land Protectors and the Grand Riverkeeper-Labrador. Fifteen people, including three Inuit elders, were arrested while attempting to make their voices and others opposing the dam heard about the dangers of the Muskrat Falls mega-dam project, which threatens their land and environment, their traditional food sources and cultural practices, their health and well-being – their very survival.
This action at Parliament Hill was amplified by others across the country, including in Halifax, St. John’s, Winnipeg, Mississauga and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
The London chapter and allies rallied this past Saturday calling for provincial funding to local hospitals to be restored. Photo by Len Elliott.
Council of Canadians chapters are working to highlight key issues in the lead-up to the provincial election in Ontario on June 7.
This morning CBC reports, "Polling suggests nearly half of Ontario voters haven't fully made up their minds, and that makes them persuadable over the next month."
This evening party leaders Kathleen Wynne, Doug Ford and Andrea Horwarth will participate in a live televised debate and the writ - which officially starts the election campaign - will be issued on Wednesday May 9.
Among upcoming chapter activities: