The National Energy Board has ordered Enbridge not to restart its Line 9 pipeline until further notice. Enbridge was expecting the pipeline to be in operation by November 1.
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Air pollution in "Chemical Valley"
Excerpts from the Environment Commissioner of Ontario’s Annual Report published yesterday.
"The Aamjiwnaang First Nation community (also referred to as the Chippewas of Sarnia) is located
on the St. Clair River and within the city limits of Sarnia. The ancestors of the First Nation’s current
members have lived in southwestern Ontario for centuries (if not millennia), and the current
community site has been inhabited by the First Nation since at least 1827. Today, about 850 of the
First Nation’s approximately 2,000 band members live in the Aamjiwnaang community.
Over the past century, and particularly since the 1940s, the area surrounding Aamjiwnaang
I had the pleasure of joining about 20 Council supporters in Sudbury last night for the first meeting of our new chapter there.
Topics of concern included housing issues, local tax revenues from mining companies, the privatization of seniors’ residences and daycare facilities as well as the potential impacts from the Ring of Fire development.
Sudbury is full of people that want to contribute to their community and having a Council of Canadians chapter gives them a way to connect to each other and to work together on some of the larger issues we are all concerned about. There was a lot of energy in the room and the new chapter activists are really looking forward to rolling up their sleeves and getting started.
The Northumberland County chapter of the Council of Canadians has taken its opposition to the Enbridge Line 9 pipeline to Brighton municipal council.
Quinte News reports, "The Northumberland chapter of the Council of Canadians warned [Brighton] council about the dangers posed by the aging pipeline. ...Brighton council wants more time to study issues surrounding the federal government decision to allow Enbridge to change the oil product it carries in pipeline 9, which runs from Sarnia to Montreal and runs through the Quinte region. ...Brighton council will discuss the issue again at its next meeting. [In addition], Pipeline 9 will [also] be discussed at Northumberland County council tomorrow."
Brighton is located about 150 kilometres east of Toronto.
Council of Canadians chapter activists in Ontario and Quebec are actively opposing Line 9.
Early this morning a natural gas pipeline owned by TransCanada ruptured in Benton Harbor, Michigan causing the evacuation of over 500 people. This is the third catastrophic failure for TransCanada since January of this year.
The Montreal Gazette reports, "Speaking as president of the Montreal Metropolitan Community [a coordinating body that represents 82 communities in the region], Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre declared Friday he is not convinced Enbridge’s 9B pipeline project is safe for the region’s water supply or that Enbridge’s emergency plan is adequate in the event of an oil spill."
If it proceeds, Line 9 pipeline would allow the movement of 300,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen from Alberta's tar sands and fracked oil from North Dakota eastward to refineries Montreal. The pipeline was approved by the National Energy Board last March with 30 conditions placed on it.
Scientists from Japan are urging the Canadian government to recognize and treat First Nations victims of mercury poisoning. Leading Japanese mercury experts recently completed a week long visit to Grassy Narrows and Wabseemoong First Nations.
Two Sept. 2nd 2014 CBC articles “ Grassy Narrows: Why is Japan still studying the mercury poisoning when Canada isn't?” states:
From Woodstock to North Toronto....
Toronto’s NOW Magazine reports that activists, part of the Citizens' Response Unit for Decontaminating our Environment (CRUDE) interrupted work at a large Enbridge Line 9 worksite near Dufferin and Finch in North Toronto at sunrise this morning with members of our Toronto and York University chapters attending. The action is one of several in recent weeks as Enbridge continues with "integrity digs" to uncover and repair suspected weak points along the Sarnia to Montreal pipeline. The company received approval last March to ship Alberta crude through the pipe to refineries in the east.
Today’s Toronto Star features an op-ed written by Maude Barlow and Cindy Sutch from the Save The Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition.
The piece begins: “The Sumac Ridge wind project is the first industrial wind project approved on the environmentally sensitive and protected Oak Ridges Moraine, the rain barrel of southern Ontario. The approval sets a precedent to open up the Oak Ridges Moraine for other wind projects and industrial development of all kinds. The project is currently under appeal before the Environmental Review Tribunal and has received a record number of 43 requests for status from community and First Nation groups.
The Council of Canadians was at a Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC) picket today at the headquarters of the Canada Food and Restaurants Association (CFRA), an employer lobby group, in Toronto. The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change called this demonstration to demand immigration not deportation for migrant workers.
MWAC notes, "An unjust ban has been placed on food sector workers, further taking away workers’ abilities to change jobs when faced with a bad employer. Migrants at the end of their contract, or those attempting to come to Canada and may have paid thousands of dollars to recruiters, are excluded. ...We oppose exploitative employer lobbies who paint themselves as defending the rights of migrant workers. The CFRA has been advocating against an increase in the minimum wage, and has been silent on increased provincial and federal protections for migrant workers."