Any time now, B.C. Premier John Horgan and Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Doug Donaldson will decide whether to extend the Coastal GasLink (CGL) permit to continue clearing a right-of-way for a proposed pipeline intended to run from Groundbirch to Kitimat in British Columbia. Add your voice! Join in showing solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and send an email to demand that the permit not be extended.
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CSIS is unlawfully monitoring water protectors and climate justice activists, according to BCCLA. This kind of police surveillance is not new, but it is deplorable.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is using public funds to launch a new project within his fossil fuel lobby “War Room” to diminish effective social action for rapid and just transition away from fossil fuels.
These activities are examples of the diverse ways that corporate interests have manipulated democratic institutions.
Movements must be on guard for this kind of manipulation and defend our democratic right to diverse forms of protest.
In just 14 weeks we will head to the polls to elect a new federal government. Right now, election candidates are getting ready, raising money at endless barbeque meet-and-greets, and shoring up support in federal ridings across Canada.
2018 was a huge year for the growing resistance to offshore drilling! As this year draws to a close we’re reflecting on how far we’ve come, where we need to go next, and what we’ve learned in our struggle to protect offshore Nova Scotia from the threats of offshore drilling!
Below is a quick and non-exhaustive chronology of the banner moments for 2018, followed by some key lessons learned.
January: The Offshore Alliance (which includes the Council of Canadians and Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia) kicked off the year with a huge press conference and rally calling for a moratorium on offshore drilling given the innumerable risks to marine life, coastal communities, and existing economies in Nova Scotia.
This morning the federal government announced a $1.6B bailout for tar sands producers. Instead of responding to the urgent climate crisis, shrinking oil prices, and the successful efforts to block tar sands production and pipeline construction by investing in a just transition towards a sustainable economy, the federal government has decided to double down on one of the most carbon-intensive and expensive reserves in the world.
According to CBC:
The world’s oceans are symphonies of sound. Light doesn’t travel very far, so almost everything that lives in the ocean relies on sound to navigate their environment.
Last week the South Shore chapter and the Ecology Action Centre screened "Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?” and found the crowd was eager to take action on forestry issues in Nova Scotia.
In response to the Maritimes Energy Association’s conference on October 2-3, where BP and a number of other fossil fuel companies funded conversations about ‘setting the stage’ for our energy future, we hosted a number of events to show that offshore drilling should be part of our past, not our future.
Both the Municipality of the District of Shelburne and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg voted in support of a moratorium on offshore drilling until the completion of a "full and independent public inquiry into the pros and cons of oil industry exploration" offshore Nova Scotia.
Today, at the same time as the news broke that the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the permits for the Trans Mountain Pipeline, the Council voiced its support for the 2030 Declaration in Halifax/K'jpuktuk calling for a just transition to a low-carbon economy.