Inuk grandmother Beatrice Hunter’s incarceration ended today at Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (in Happy Valley-Goose Bay) after she was jailed for 10 days after refusing to stay 1km from the Muskrat Falls site. Today, the judge agreed to modify her court injunction conditions from this past fall to allow her to be at the site, however she will be arrested if she tries to block access to the site in any way.
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Nova Scotia often appears on the surface to be less exciting than BC, but upon closer inspection our coastal home is full up on beauty, scandal, and surprises. Our provincial election on May 30th was no different. It may appear as the tame cousin of BC’s surprise GreeNDP coalition - but if you look a little closer, the election’s stranger details reveal themselves.
NS Liberal leader Stephen McNeil; PC leader Jamie Baillie; NDP leader Gary Burrill (photo: Global News)
Breaking the single-government streak
The Council of Canadians was part of a coalition of organizations who organized an all-candidates debate last night, entitled Fairness for Nova Scotians. Topics of the debate included poverty reduction and housing, health care, post-secondary education, trans and homophobia, mental health supports and incarceration, environmental racism and green jobs.
Lead organizers for the event were the NS Health Coalition and the Canadian Federation of Students - NS. The CCPA-NS was one of the partner organizations and Christine Saulnier, Director for the organization, moderated the debate.
Kent County chapter activist Ann Pohl was presented with an eagle feather at Saturday's Peace and Friendship Alliance - NS meeting this past Saturday. Dorene Bernard of Sipekne'katik chose to honour Ann for her work supporting Mi'kmaq people since she moved to the territory 13 years ago, including in the fight to oppose fracking and making a legal claim for Aboriginal title in Elsipogtog, supporting residential school memorials and supporting water walks throughout Mi'kma'ki.
Ann Pohl receives an eagle feather from Dorene Bernard at the Peace and Friendship Alliance - NS meeting this past weekend in Sipekne'katik.
The CCPA-NS launched its' annual Alternative Provincial Budget, entitled "Building Green, Inclusive, Thriving Communities" yesterday in Halifax. The launch comes a week prior to the release of the NS Liberal government's budget.
The Budget provides an alternative to the neoliberal budgets we see from our governments time and time again, including the narrative that a good budget is a balanced budget, regardless of who suffers as a result. It proves that you don't need to make cuts to health care in order to pay for roads and many other myths politicians would have us believe.
A founding member and long-standing secretary-treasurer of the Inverness County chapter Candy Mudge passed away earlier this month.
As the local paper, the Oran printed earlier this week, she was originally from Illinois but had spent the majority of the past 46 years in Glencoe Mills (now known as Glenville), Inverness County. "She was a political and environmental activist who fought tirelessly against the budworm spray (late 1970s) and against fracking in Inverness County (2012-2014)."
I personally had the honour of working with Candy and others from the chapter and community during the fracking fight at Lake Ainslie, and Candy was at everything to protect her area from fracking.
Around 130 people attended a session held Sunday afternoon by the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS) and the South Shore chapter of the Council of Canadians, called “Do Oil and Water Mix: A strategy session to protect our offshore?”.
Organizations, community leaders and people in positions of power came to mingle (there were booths set up by allied organizations like the Sierra Club, the Ecology Action Centre, etc.), to hear from an excellent panel of speakers, and to participate in a discussion about what we can contribute to this movement.
Speakers on the panel were
The South Shore chapter of the Council of Canadians, alongside the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (or CPONS) is planning an event for this Sunday January 29th at the Mahone Bay Centre called, "Do Oil and Water Mix? Strategies to Protect Our Offshore". The event is from 1-4pm and includes speakers and break-out group discussions.
This event is happening by chance in the wake of a Canadian Press report last week stating that Shell Canada has capped its' two exploratory wells in their Shelburne Basin Deep-water Exploration Project.
The Federal and Newfoundland and Labrador governments have until the end of day tomorrow to veto the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB)’s approval of Corridor’s exploration licence for the Old Harry site in the Gulf of St. Lawrence until 2021.
Seven chapters from the Atlantic region (South Shore, Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, PEI, St. John’s and Kent County) joined the Council of Canadians nationally along with many others to sign on to a letter sent this morning, calling on the Federal government to finally stand up and protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The letter explains, in part, “On December 15th, 2016, in spite of receiving thousands of letters of concern from Canadians, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) announced its decision to grant a new licence to Corridor Resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
As members of the St. Lawrence Coalition, we have been working to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence against oil and gas and in particular against Corridor Resources who has held a nine-year exploration license for the area known as Old Harry. To this end, today we sent a letter to the Canada-Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) to express our opposition with a new four-year license the C-NLOPB is considering and may be deciding as soon as tomorrow.