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.
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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.
Despite the sombre tone and the reality that BP’s Seadrill-commissioned West Aquarius arriving in Nova Scotia waters, people came out ready to party and really let BP know they’re unwelcome to exploit our offshore. Unwelcome to threaten Mi’kmaki with another potential catastrophic Gulf of Mexico-style disaster. Unwelcome to destroy our marine ecosystem. Unwelcome to risk the fishery and tourism industries, also known as the backbone of our economy.
We found out last week that the West Aquarius had begun the trip from Bay Bulls NL to our waters, a bold move at 260,000$/day without the approval from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (read our response here). Unsurprisingly, that approval came on Saturday.
Last week was an intense whirlwind of travelling through snowstorms on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore to attend meetings and public events, along the way taking in an overwhelming amount of knowledge and information about what the offshore oil industry could mean for our province, with a focus on what is at risk.
A media release from the Offshore Alliance went out this morning to outline why they decided not to engage in a public relations meeting with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB), calling the consultation 'a sham.'
Regulatory capture. Oil and gas industry influencing energy policy. Companies using unproven drilling techniques. These sound like things that only happen in places with corrupt governments and no corporate oversight, or maybe the latest Hollywood release, but they’re happening here in Nova Scotia.
The Wolastoq grandmothers holding down the camp at the Sisson Brook Mine are calling the place ‘Macehcwik sipohsisol’ (ma-jedge-eh-wig zeeboo-zeezil), meaning ‘where the brooks begin’. Ramona Nicholas of Tobique First Nation explained that there are at least three brooks starting in the area, and along with the land and ecosystem, all would be threatened by the project.
Today's announcement is just a distraction, in time for Minister Caroline Bennett's participation in a traditional sharing circle with the LLP as well as PM Trudeau's upcoming visit to Labrador to apologize for residential schools, since they were not included in the original apology.
The fact that Trudeau is coming to apologize to the Indigenous people of Labrador while backing the cultural genocide that is Muskrat Falls is irony at it's best. Or, worst.
None of the frontlines' demands can happen if the construction continues.
Following up on his government's announcement earlier this Fall, NL Premier Dwight Ball today announced the terms of reference for the judicial inquiry into the Muskrat Falls hydro project.
In a hard-hitting email to Mayor and Council members in Saint John sent early this morning, Saint John chapter activist and spokesperson for the Red Head Anthony's Cove Preservation Association Lynaya Astephen called Mayor Don Darling out for showing his support for TransCanada's controversial Energy East pipeline at a media conference last Friday.
Astephen is pictured here with fisherman Dave Thompson in a meme inviting PM Trudeau to a lobster boil this past June.