The world’s purest groundwater is under threat again- this time from a gravel pit expansion in the Waverley Uplands- the recharge area for this pristine aquifer in Simcoe County, Ontario.
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PHOTO: A pile-driver used to set the foundations of wind turbines into the bedrock
“A Chatham couple whose family has been without clean well water since wind turbine construction began more than six months ago is coming forward with test results that show just how contaminated their well is.
RTI Lab testing reveals a 14,000-times increase in Kettle Point Black Shale particles, with the majority of the micro particles under one micron in size. The baseline sample from RTI shows particles of the shale go from 47 particles per millilitre of water to 681,939 counts/mL.”
Rosemary Keenan of our Peel chapter reports:
“Council of Canadians - Peel Chapter rallied with the Unifor Local in Brampton today, calling for a trade agreement that focuses on people and communities. Rallies took place across Canada, calling for #ABetterNAFTA.
We referenced Maude Barlow's current publication, Getting it Right: A People's Guide to Renegotiating NAFTA, calling for removal of the Investor State Dispute Settlement clause.
We called for putting people at the centre of trade agreements, promoting regulations that protect the health and safety of workers and communities, protecting public services, and removing water as a tradable good.
In Chatham-Kent, the Ontario government is allowing Samsung (and their partner-Pattern Energy) to run roughshod over the community during the construction of 34 foundations for the North Kent 1 wind turbine project.
Today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously that the Clyde River Inuit were not adequately consulted as part of the National Energy Board approval of an energy project that would impact their territories and threaten their culture.
People in Paris, Ontario are anxiously waiting for a decision from Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray – their last hope to protect their drinking water from being contaminated by the activities of a new gravel pit situated between two of the town’s Wellhead Protection Areas.
On Wednesday night, our Kitchener-Waterloo chapter hosted a Town Hall meeting about Pharmacare at First United Church in Waterloo. The successful event will hopefully lead to a follow up event in the fall so if you missed this one – stay tuned!
The Council of Canadians has endorsed Idle No More's "UNsettling Canada 150" call to action. That call includes these three demands:
A Reuters news story says ING Bank is refusing to finance Canadian pipeline and tar sands projects due to concerns over climate change and First Nations rights.
"Dutch lender ING Groep NV has said it would not finance any of Canada's major pipeline projects, including TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL and Energy East and Enbridge Inc's Line 3, after pressure from activists."
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Guest Blog by Kathie Clarke of our Hamilton chapter: