The Hamilton Spectator reports, "The lack of drinkable tap water is a fact of life for most of the 12,146 people living on the Six Nations reserve — the most populous in the country. As many as four out of five homes in this community are not connected to water lines, relying instead on wells or cisterns that are almost universally contaminated by run-off from nearby farms, industry and human waste. More than 300 homes have no access to water of any kind."
As noted on the website for the documentary, "Salmon Confidential is a new film on the government cover up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. ...The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon. The film provides surprising insight into the inner workings of government agencies, as well as rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply."
To watch the 70-minute film free on-line, go to http://salmonconfidential.ca/.
A National Assembly special committee on the fluoridation of drinking water will take place on April 22-23 in Quebec City. Council of Canadians Board member and Montreal chapter activist Abdul Pirani will be making our case against the fluoridation of drinking water in his presentation to this committee.
Our formal comments, available in French and English, will include, "On the matter of mandating fluoride be added to public water supplies in the province of Quebec, the Council of Canadians firmly opposed the legislation introduced by Quebec’s previous Liberal government and strongly encourages the present government to repeal this law. ...We stand firmly with allies including Eau Secours!, Amis de la Terre, Actions Flour Quebec and Front Commun who also reject the addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies in Quebec."
The Truro Daily News reports, "The Council of Canadians and the Ecology Action Centre are included among approximately 30 individual appeals lodged with the County of Colchester over its decision to permit the discharge of frack wastewater into the municipal sewer system."
The article continues, "The county recently granted approval for Atlantic Industrial Services (AIS) to release 4.5 million litres of the frack wastewater it is storing in holding ponds at its Debert site into the sewer system. The approval is dated for May 26 to allow for a public appeal period and no waste can be discharged pending the outcome of that process. ...AIS plans to treat and discharge the fracking wastewater into the municipal sewer system and ultimately released into the Chiganois River, with potential impacts to the communities along the Cobequid Bay and the Bay of Fundy."
The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter helped defeat the most contentious provisions of a draft public nuisance bylaw being considered by Guelph city council.
The Guelph Mercury reports, "After more than two hours of hearing from delegations (concerned about) aspects of the bylaw giving city staff tight control over the use of public property, (city council voted 12-0 to send those provisions) back to staff for more examination."
Guelph chapter co-chairs Norah Chaloner and Keith Bellairs were among those who made presentations.
MyKawartha.com reports that Peterborough city council voted 10-1 on March 18 in favour of having a casino in the city.
But "A group of local people against bringing a casino to Peterborough say they aren't giving up. The No Peterborough in the City grassroots movement, which was recently organized as a united front against bringing a gambling facility to Peterborough, says they plan to rally against council's move to remain willing hosts for a casino."
Council of Canadians activist and casino opponent Roy Brady commented prior to the council vote, "Our message to city council is listen to the people, don’t make decisions on your own and don’t let OLG (the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation) push you around."
The Regina Leader-Post reports, "A new group (Regina Water Watch) has launched a petition calling for a referendum on how the city replaces its wastewater treatment plant. ...It hopes to obtain 20,000 signatures."
ChathamThisWeek reports, "Chatham-Kent is considering a plan that would ban the sale of bottled water at municipally-owned facilities and at municipal events. In addition, the municipality is looking at recognizing water as a human right, and at promoting publicly-financed, owned and operated water and waste water services. Council directed administration to study the proposals after listening to a presentation on the Blue Communities Project by Robyn Hamlyn, a 14-year-old Kingston resident."
The South Shore chapter of the Council of Canadians, situated south-west of Halifax, has been active in exploring the issues of open-pen fish farming in Nova Scotia as part of their series Democracy in Action.
On January 25, the chapter screened Silver Donald Cameron's documentary Salmon Wars - Wild Fish, Aquaculture and the Future of Communities at the Mahone Bay Centre. About 80 people attended the screening including local NDP MLA Pam Birdsall who brought Dr. Vimy Glass, newly-appointed Manager of Aquaculture Development. They heard a unanimous chorus of concern from the articulate participants.
The Peterborough Examiner reports, "A group calling itself No Casino Peterborough, including the Raging Grannies, brought about a dozen protesters to Kawartha Downs (on Thursday). The group wants city council to reverse its support for a casino. ...'Our message to city council is listen to the people, don’t make decisions on your own and don’t let OLG (the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation) push you around,' protester Roy Brady said. ...Linda Slavin (of the Raging Grannies) says, 'Casinos don’t help the economic base of the community. In fact, sometimes they destroy it. I hope the councillors are listening.'"