According to Bloomberg news, Enbridge’s forty year old pipeline “Line 9” began pumping crude oil from Sarnia to Montreal earlier this week. About 60,000 barrels of crude was received as of Tuesday. Line 9 passes through 99 towns and cities and 14 Indigenous communities in Ontario and Quebec.
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The Transportation Safety Board has finally released its report on the TransCanada pipeline that ruptured and exploded in Northern Alberta in 2013. The report is further proof that TransCanada has serious problems safely building and operating pipelines.
Migrant worker groups from coast to coast to coast have joined together and formed a single unified voice for migrant worker rights.
The Coalition for Migrant Workers Rights - Canada (CMWRC) is comprised of members from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, PEI, and Quebec. The Council of Canadians is proud to be a member!
Together, CMWRC members have launched MoVE, a campaign for Mobility, Voice and Equality for migrant workers. MoVE is calling on Trudeau to act urgently to untie migrant workers from their employers.
Sign the petition right now. Click here.
Last night in Toronto there was a public meeting about a proposal to build a nuclear waste dump in the Kincardine, Ontario area- less than a kilometre from the shores of Lake Huron.
The meeting was organized by our friends at Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump: http://stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com/nuclearwastedump.php
Here is some background on the proposed project from their website:
One year ago today, a TransCanada natural gas pipeline ruptured in Benton Harbour Michigan causing the evacuation of over 500 people. It is one of eleven TransCanada ruptures in the past six years. According to the official US government report of the Benton Harbour rupture, the rupture went undetected by the pipeline control centre until someone called TransCanada to tell them that their pipeline had ruptured and was blowing at very high pressure.
Please take a moment to review this excellent new multimedia project documenting nine years of immigration changes by the federal government. In nine well laid out sections, the project shows how Canada has been closing its borders to migrants.
Opponents of Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline (including our Guelph Chapter) brought a halt to construction activity on the pipeline in Port Hope Ontario today.
Enbridge is conducting newly mandated hydrostatic testing on three segments of the 40-year-old pipeline before the company can be permitted to pump diluted bitumen through it. Activists maintain that this testing in no way mitigates Line 9's impacts.
A pipeline safety expert with over forty years of experience in the energy sector, Richard Kuprewicz, has stated that the probability of Line 9 rupturing is over 90% in the first five years of operation. This is due to the large number of fractures in the aging pipeline and the fact that Line 9 will carry various different kinds of crude- including diluted bitumen- which adds additional stresses to the pipeline.
From the Rising Tide Toronto facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/RisingTideToronto
Today the Grassy Narrows First Nation declared a state of emergency over unsafe drinking water conditions in the community. The community has started delivering bottled water door to door to ensure that their families, many of which have already been impacted by mercury poisoning, have safe drinking water.
More than 10,000 people marched yesterday for Jobs Justice and the Climate in Toronto. The links were made between Indigenous rights, migrant justice, austerity, health and climate change. A very powerful day with participation from our chapters from London, Hamilton, Guelph Toronto Peterborough, Thunder Bay and Niagara.