Our very own Centre Wellington chapter member Libby Carlaw has received an award of great distinction – “Citizen of the Year” for the township located 100 km west of Toronto.
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Nearly 100 people turned out to the Toronto Chapter's panel event last night – "Challenging the TPP". Giving presentations at the panel were Jennifer Chesnut of the Council of Canadians London Chapter, our Health Care campaigner Michael Butler, Raul Burbano of Common Frontiers, and lawyer Steven Shrybman.
TransCanada has shut down its Keystone pipeline after a leak was discovered in South Dakota.
Details are sparse at this time but at least one media outlet is indicating that it may have been a passerby that spotted the oil coming to the surface.
The National Observer reports “News of the oil seeping to the surface could be inconvenient for TransCanada, which is now trying to convince communities across Canada to accept its proposal for a gigantic new pipeline infrastructure project — the 4,600-kilometre Energy East pipeline. "My understanding is that it was a passerby that observed it and called the company," said Nelson, chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. If confirmed, this would mean that the company's leak detection system failed to identify the incident.”
The Supreme Court of Canada announced this morning that they will grant leave to appeal to the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation to challenge the National Energy Board`s approval of Enbridge’s reversal of its Line 9 pipeline between Sarnia and Montreal.
The Chippewas of the Thames court case centers on the lack of consultation with the community about Line 9 which crosses through the First Nation’s traditional territory and would massively impact its land and water in the case of a spill.
The Canadian Constitution, under Section 35, states that First Nations have a right to be consulted on projects that could negatively impact their land yet neither Enbridge nor the government consulted with the Chippewa of the Thames on the project. The dangerous pipeline has been pumping crude since November.
The Supreme Court of Canada announced this morning that they will grant leave to appeal to the Inuit community of Clyde River to challenge the National Energy Board`s approval of a five-year seismic blasting project in waters near the Arctic hamlet. The seismic blasting is part of oil and gas exploration plans in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait.
The Grassy Narrows Women’s Drum Group is coming to Toronto this spring for River Run 2016!
They will lead a week of events (May 30th to June 3rd) to raise public awareness about the struggle to clean up mercury that was dumped in their waters over 40 years ago. There will be public forums and discussions and it will all culminate in a large, creative march to Queen's Park.
They need to hire a bus to bring community members 1,700 kms to Toronto and they need our support.
Please donate now!
A recent study says that mercury levels in Grassy Narrows are still rising some fifty years after a pulp mill dumped tonnes of mercury into the English-Wabigoon water system between 1962 and 1970.
The National Energy Board is taking it on the chin again in another critical audit of its performance as Canada’s pipeline regulator by the federal commissioner of the environment and sustainable development. This is the second highly disturbing audit result for the NEB in the last four years.
Valves on two Enbridge pipelines in Southern Ontario were closed by unknown persons early yesterday morning, making this the fourth time in two months that pipeline flows were interrupted.
Two years ago today, TransCanada’s pipeline in Otterburne, Manitoba ruptured and exploded sending flames hundreds of metres into the winter skies.
The pipeline was found to have ruptured due to a faulty weld created when it was built in 1960. The fatally flawed weld was not detected by any of TransCanada’s inspections over the last 54 years.
Early yesterday morning, someone shut down Enbridge’s Line 7 oil pipeline near Cambridge Ontario by activating a shutoff valve. This is the third time in less than a month that an Enbridge pipeline was turned off- but the first time that it was done anonymously.