As part of a collective of seven other social and environmental justice organizations and two of our SK chapters, we are set to intervene in Saskatchewan’s case against the federal carbon pricing plan, the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA), arguing that it must be upheld as constitutional.
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:
Colin Sproul, fisherman
Delap’s Cove, Nova Scotia
Colin Sproul: My family has been scratching out a living here on the Bay Shore in Litchfield and Delap’s Cove for close to 200 years. I’m a 5th generation fisherman at least - and we’re sure it goes back further than that.
Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario have been in power for almost six months now.
We knew that Ford’s agenda for Ontario would be a dangerous step backwards, that he would undo many of the progressive policies we’ve fought hard for over many years, but even we are stunned by how aggressive and undemocratic the Progressive Conservatives have been so far- and it looks like they are just getting started.
Two more municipalities have joined the growing list of supporters calling for a moratorium and inquriy on offshore drilling!
On Monday December 10 2018 the Municipality of the District of Barrington became the newest supporter of a moratorium and inquiry into offshore drilling!
The Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia has been pumping up the pressure for a moratorium and inquiry by distributing signs across the province and getting a number of municipalities on their side! Photo: CPONS
Here’s an excerpt from the council meeting minutes:
The information in the Fraser Institute's report on water and its conclusions paint an inaccurate and dangerous picture of water security in Canada. Information about long-standing drinking water advisories in First Nations, droughts and other climate events, and extreme energy projects like the tar sands is missing from the report. This gives a skewed view of water quantity and quality in Canada.
Chelsea Fougere, Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia and Solidarity Halifax
Conquerall Mills, Nova Scotia