As proposed by the Calgary-based transnational, Line 3 would mean 1,600 kilometres of new pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior Wisconsin on the western tip of Lake Superior.
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The Council of Canadians is deeply concerned by the Trudeau government's record of broken promises and is mobilizing to stop his most recent egregious actions including the approval of BP drilling oil and gas wells off the coast of Nova Scotia and his intention to impose an 'Oil Measures Act' on British Columbia and First Nations.
The Council of Canadians and allies organized this 'unwelcoming party' inside the Halifax-building where BP has an office.
CBC is now reporting, "BP Canada has been given the green light to start drilling off Nova Scotia's coast. On Saturday, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) granted approval for the company to begin drilling one deepwater exploration well about 300 kilometres offshore."
Global News notes, "The announcement was made Saturday morning in a news release."
Council of Canadians South Shore chapter activist Marion Moore took part in the 'Stop The Big Heist' protest outside the Liberal Party convention in Halifax earlier today. The protest highlighted that the Trudeau government's Bill C-69 grants more power to industry-captured offshore petroleum boards and that Environment Minister Catherine McKenna recently approved BP to drill for oil and gas offshore of Nova Scotia.
Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country:
The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter acting in solidarity delivered water to the people of Detroit, July 2014.
The Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project have been speaking against water shutoffs in Detroit - highlighting that they are a terrible violation of the human right to water - since they began in May 2014.
Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow received a BresciaLEAD Lifetime Award from Brescia University College in London, Ontario this evening!
@BresciaUC tweeted Barlow saying:
- "Our planet is hurting, so we desperately need the leadership of everyone, but especially women."
- " ...fighting for social justice is like taking a bath, you do it every day or you stink."
And it retweeted Jane Antoniak's tweet of Barlow saying:
- "It’s not about getting power or half the piece of the pie. It’s about the getting the ingredients needed to transform the world"
NDP MP Kennedy Stewart and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will be among the speakers at the upcoming Council of Canadians' 'Separate Oil and State!' emergency rally on Parliament Hill.
The Council of Canadians is preparing to rally against federal legislation intended to impose the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline on British Columbia.
The Globe and Mail reports, "Ottawa is preparing to counter British Columbia’s bid to control the flow of oil through the province with legislation that will enhance federal power to push through the Trans Mountain pipeline. ...'We think that federal jurisdiction is clear; we’re looking at legislation to see how we can enhance that', federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in an interview on Wednesday."
The Council of Canadians and Wellington Water Watchers take action at the Nestle facility in Aberfoyle, Ontario, November 27, 2017.
Almost two years after Nestle's permit to take water in Aberfoyle expired and with a provincial election in Ontario just weeks away, the transnational corporation's water taking permit applications for Aberfoyle and Hillsburgh have not yet been posted on the Environmental Registry of Ontario's website.
The Council of Canadians is deeply deeply concerned that Nestle's provincial permit to take 3.6 million litres of water a day in Aberfoyle expired on July 31, 2016, while its permit to take 1.1 million litres a day in Hillsburgh expired on August 31, 2017. We estimate that Nestle has pumped more than 1 billion litres of water on these expired permits.
Why the delay?
The 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline is a climate crime.
The Council of Canadians stands with the more than 150 people now facing criminal contempt charges for blocking the Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby in defence of the climate, water and Indigenous rights.
StarMetro Vancouver reports, "In Vancouver, people arrested for breaking a court-ordered injunction while protesting in front of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm are now facing criminal — rather than civil — contempt of court charges. ...The B.C. Prosecution Services took over the cases after Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Affleck recommended last week that criminal charges be brought against the people facing charges for disregarding a court-ordered injunction banning protesters from being within five metres of Trans Mountain’s worksites."
One more stalled or broken promise.
The Council of Canadians stands in solidarity with charities across the country that are working to defend the environment, human rights and the public good.
In May 2015, Maude Barlow wrote in Broken Covenant: How Stephen Harper set out to silence dissent and curtail democratic participation in Canada that, "[The Harper government has] earmarked $13.4 million so the Canada Revenue Agency can audit civil society opponents that have charitable status. Sixty organizations in Canada have been targeted. They include progressive think tanks such as the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a host of environmental organizations such as the David Suzuki Foundation and Environmental Defence, anti-poverty groups such as Make Poverty History, and international aid and development agencies such as Oxfam."