It’s that time of year again. I’m overwhelmed with glitzy pop renditions of holiday music while my email and facebook accounts explode with news of the UN climate negotiations. Held in Paris France this year, there are heightened expectations for a new global treaty.
Andrea Harden-Donahue's blog
There is a lot at stake with this federal election, including our capacity to start addressing climate change, the most pressing issue of our time. Putting a freeze on further tar sands expansion and related infrastructure is a critical step, yet two of the major opposition parties has not made these commitments. So far, we have mostly vague promises of an improved process for reviewing tar sands pipelines.
Pipeline politics has been on the uptick in recent years. From sit-ins outside the White House to canoe flotillas, days of actions, legal challenges, rallies, numerous reports, blockade, town halls, letters and petitions.
We could live in a country powered entirely by truly just renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors. Many more people could have higher wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities.
Canada is not this place today – but it could be.
Last night the Thunder Bay city council agreed to put a resolution opposing TransCanada's 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East pipeline project on hold.
In no small irony, the motion to defer was brought forward by Iain Angus, Vice President of NOMA (Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association) who has openly endorsed the project, including appearing on TransCanada's webpage. The resolution will again be considered by council two months after the National Energy Board declares TransCanada's project application complete.
TransCanada's has inked a deal with natural gas distributors. This ends a high profile conflict standing in the way of TransCanada's Energy East ambitions. Natural gas distributors in Ontario and Quebec say the deal insulates consumers from increased costs associated with converting the up to 40 year old natural gas pipeline set to carry oil from Saskatchewan through to Ontario.
From August 3-7, people will be walking along the proposed Energy East pipeline route from Eagle Lake to Shoal Lake, drawing attention to the threats posed by TransCanada's proposed 1.1 million barrel per day Enegy East pipeline.
The havoc currently being wreaked by rampaging wildfires out west, fueled in part by climate change, reminds us that reducing climate pollution is more urgent than ever. This should be at the forefront this week as provincial energy ministers meet in Halifax, and premiers and territorial leaders gather in St. John’s.
Mark your calendars – July 4 and 5 are key dates to hit the streets for Jobs, Justice and the Climate.
On July 5th Toronto will host a Pan American Climate Summit and an Economic Summit. Politicians will face a choice: listen to corporate leaders from across the Americas gathering to advance an economic austerity agenda that is increasing inequality and causing a climate crisis felt disproportionately in the global south – or listen to the people.
Thousands will take to the streets of downtown Toronto to March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate. If you're close to Toronto, you do not want to miss this moment: click here to RSVP today.