Council chapters from London and Guelph came to Toronto today to join a large protest in solidarity with the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation who are appealing the National Energy Board’s approval of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline which runs through southern Ontario and is set to carry tar sands diluted bitumen east for export.
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A new study says that mercury levels in Grassy Narrows are still rising some fifty years after a pulp mill dumped tonnes of mercury into the northern Ontario watershed.
Ontario MPP Peter Tabuns’ anti-fracking private members bill is getting a surprising amount of backlash from Ontario natural gas interests considering that there are supposedly no hydraulic fracturing projects in the works for the province. Bill 82 goes for second reading at Queen’s Park this Thursday...
Today, people gathered outside of the Federal Court of Appeals in Toronto in support of the hamlet of Clyde River, Nunavut who are asking the court to prevent seismic testing from happening in their traditional hunting areas off the coast of Baffin Island. The 900-person hamlet is up against the National Energy Board and several multinational corporations who are looking for oil and gas deposits under the seabed. Communities in the area are concerned about how testing would affect the seals, narwhal, and fish that are staples of their traditional diet.
Seismic testing uses air guns to blast the water every 15 seconds 24 hours a day and can severely impact the hearing and migration patterns of marine mammals and even cause death.
TORONTO – Today, the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug [KI] First Nation is filing a request for access to all spying records kept on their community by the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and calling on all First Nations in Canada to flood the RCMP and CSIS with access to information requests and make the information public.
Today, an Anishinabe Water Ceremony was hosted by the Grassy Narrows Women’s Drum Group next to the main CN Rail line in their community to protest the disastrous potential of a major spill from the many crude carrying tank cars that pass through everyday.
Recent events have created an escalated awareness of increasing threats to waters from transported tar sands bitumen (and the explosive chemicals they are mixed with). Derailments and pipeline spills have and will continue to do permanent damage to lakes and rivers if action is not taken to protect our future generations from water pollution.
The Grassy Narrows Women’s Drum Group conducted the ceremony along with other members of the community and supporters and legendary Anishinaabe Water Protector, Josephine Mandamin.
In a joint statement issued today, 16 social justice organizations, faith groups, trade unions, and environmental organizations are calling on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to immediately withdraw the province’s 10 year plan for clearcut logging on the traditional territory of the Grassy Narrows First Nation.
The National Energy Board has recently called Enbridge on the carpet for attempting to put gag orders on municipalities to keep them from divulging information about Enbridge’s emergency procedures.
The Portland Press Herald reports that a pipeline that runs from Portland Maine to Montreal may be targeted for reversal, allowing it to connect to Line 9 which runs from Sarnia to Montreal and thereby export diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands by supertanker to overseas ports. This possible routing was proposed several years ago but Enbridge stopped talking about the possibility of using Line 9 as an export pipeline in the face of opposition- preferring to market Line 9 as a supply pipeline for Montreal refineries. Now, the owners of the Portland-Montreal pipeline are suing the city of South Portland to quash a local ordinance forbidding the use of their port to export oil. The ordinance was passed last year.