Today communities across the country are celebrating Bottled Water Free Day. It’s a day to call for the protection of the human right to water by standing in support of public water and against the privatization of water.
Emma Lui's blog
If you've been following the news on fracking on social media, you will have likely come across a big story about a lawsuit against fracking in Denton County, Texas. And a key spokesperson against the project is ExxonMobil's CEO Rex Tillerson. The Council of Canadians wanted to provide some tips to Mr. Tillerson about how to fight fracking in his community. Here's the letter we sent him. (Photo from US Uncut: https://www.facebook.com/usauncut)
Last month the Ontario Ministry of Environment released regulations to follow through on their commitment to fund the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). The Council of Canadians made a submission today in support of the regulations and the Ontario government's bold move while calling on the Ontario government to ensure that the research remains independent from industry influence and to continue to press the federal government to reinstate funding for the ELA.
With the Harper government’s sustained cuts to water protection, the hope that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty would announce the necessary funds to fulfill its federal water responsibilities seemed bleak on Tuesday afternoon.
While water protection has consistently been low on the Harper government’s priority list, Canadians and indigenous communities witnessed an all out assault on water protections with the 2012 omnibudget bills. The bills gutted the Fisheries Act, removed protections from 99% of lakes and rivers under the former Navigable Water Protections Act and amended the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in such a way that cancelled 3,000 environmental assessments.
That year the government also eliminated the National Round table on the Environment and Economy and refused to continue to fund the Experimental Lakes Area, a world renowned research facility.
The opposition to the expansion of the Alberta Clipper transporting tar sands oil from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin continues to grow.
Last week over a dozen U.S. environmental organizations sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling for the Alberta Clipper and Keystone XL to be reviewed together.
Atlantic Canada has become a hotbed of opposition to fracking. Elsipogtog protests in New Brunswick have captured national attention, Newfoundland and Labrador recently declared a temporary ban, Nova Scotia has committed to ban the import of fracking wastewater on top of its moratorium, and Prince Edward Island’s Standing Committee on Agriculture, Environment, Energy and Forestry has recommended a moratorium on high volume hydraulic fracturing. This recent wave of opposition has put a brighter spotlight on the impacts fracking has on public health, water, and climate change in communities across the country.
In a media release, the Saskatchewan Environmental Society warned that “Fortune Minerals is proposing construction of a metal processing plant near Langham, SK. This proposal involves use of highly hazardous chemicals and the burying on-site of 2.8 million tonnes of arsenic-containing waste.”
On Wednesday morning, Shit Harper Did (SHD) and friends put up a 24-foot banner reading "I SPY A WASTE OF MONEY" with two 3-feet eyeballs at the new spy agency on Ogilvie Road in Ottawa. The purpose of the action, part of SHD's new Creep campaign, was to bring attention to the costly building and Canada's spying on environmental and other advocacy groups.
October 19th was the second annual Global Frackdown, an international day of action with communities around the world calling for ban on fracking. Over 250 events were and are still being organized in 30 countries including Argentina, Canada, France, India, Romania, South Africa, the U.K. and the U.S.