The Council of Canadians has endorsed Idle No More's "UNsettling Canada 150" call to action. That call includes these three demands:
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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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Any day now, electronics giant Samsung will begin pile driving more than 1500 massive steel beams into the bedrock near Chatham Ontario to anchor the foundations of 34 giant wind turbines they are installing for the North Kent 1 Wind Project.
Thirty supporters gathered at Oakville Town Hall last night to form a new chapter of the Council of Canadians- the Halton Chapter. People expressed interest in a variety of issues including water protection, democratic reform, the rights of indigenous peoples and low income housing. Several of the new Halton chapter activists have been supporting the Council since its foundation 33 years ago.
We were also joined by members of the nearby Hamilton chapter who came out to share their experiences and offer their support and encouragement.
The Halton chapter is the 19th in the Ontario-Quebec-Nunavut region. Their next meeting will be Wednesday Feb 15th. For more details, email the chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in starting a chapter in your own community, please contact me!
Yesterday afternoon, the Peterborough chapter joined Fair Vote Canada in a rally held outside the local office of Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef, the federal minister of democratic institutions. The rally attracted close to 50 people advocating for proportional representation, a voting system that would see the House of Commons made up of MPs from parties accurately reflecting the popular vote.
This was in addition to the chapter holding the first of many weekly vigils last Friday on proportional representation at Monsef’s office. The events will also include an appearance and dialogue session at Peterborough Square, three and one half blocks away, in the heart of downtown.
Facing a 2 year moratorium on extracting water from the Middlebrook well and ongoing public condemnation over their purchase of the property, bottled water giant Nestlé has suggested that they may want to "share" the artesian well with the community that they outbid during a severe drought this summer.
Some of the world’s top scientists are refuting claims by the Ontario Premier that attempts to clean up mercury contamination upstream of the Grassy Narrows First Nation, north of Kenora, could make situation worse.
The Council of Canadians supports the Inuit of Clyde River and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in the application of their rights to free, prior and informed consent for projects that impact their territories and threaten their culture. These communities are currently making a principled stand against the very damaging effects of the expansion of the fossil fuel economy in their territories.
We call on the Government of Canada to respect its commitment to uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples by implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This weekend, the Council of Canadians provided 1000 pairs of earplugs to the water protectors in North Dakota who are opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Last Thursday, the peaceful protestors were subjected to police use of Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD- also known as sound cannons) which emit extremely high levels of sound and cause great pain and permanent hearing loss to those targeted.
Sound cannons emit up to 151 decibels- as loud as a jet engine at takeoff.
A chart of decibel levels, including those made by an LRAD device. Image: Security Pro USA
If you are in Toronto today, September 20th, join Judy Da Silva, Vanessa Gray, and Waawaate Fobister as well as Japanese experts for a public talk at 6:30pm, University of Toronto, Room 1101 Sanford Fleming Building. 10 King’s College Road.