There is no place on earth quite like Nova Scotia. I lived here as a young child and spent many summers exploring its natural wonders, so you can say I’m a bit biased.
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.
New Brunswick is in the midst of a provincial election, and chapters have been mobilizing in their communities to get people engaged in the issues and calling on their candidates be clear on their stance regarding fracking, glyphosate spraying, democracy and many other issues.
Over the summer, the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS) – a project of the South Shore chapter of the Council of Canadians – engaged with 18 coastal municipal councils in the southwestern region of Nova Scotia to propose they send letters to the province calling for a public inquiry into offshore drilling.
The Town of Shelburne was the first to pick up on this request and call for a public inquiry in a letter sent to the Premier on September 06th. Residents who reached out to Council were displeased with the lack of public input or consultation, especially the risks to the local economy (which depends predominantly on fisheries and tourism).
On Sept 8th over 250,000 people joined 900 events, in 95 countries, demanding real action on climate, towards a fossil fuel free future.
Council of Canadians chapter members like us have been hard at work, knocking on doors and speaking with people in our communities about the important issues facing our province.
The Council of Canadian's Edmonton Chapter and the Prairies-NWT Regional office have been excited to help with Climate Justice Edmonton's “People on the Path” this summer, a series of giant portraits that will be installed in the path of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project route.
According to the CBC, burgers and hot dogs weren't the only things sizzling at a Yellowknife barbecue with Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod last week.
Chapter president Lois Little attended her MP’s barbecue to share the chapter’s views of the federal government’s plan to purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.
The day before, the chapter, along with 350.org, sent an email encouraging people to attend the barbecue, but to not have lunch with Mr. McLeod in protest of the Liberal government's plans to purchase the pipeline with public money – at a cost that is expected to soar as high as $20 billion.
Maude Barlow says Pat Noonan was the “quintessential activist.” She was always ready to stand up for what she believed in, says Maude. “From the fight for women’s equality to the environment, justice for refugees and the peace movement, Pat was there in the front lines. She was a long time member of the Council and supported our cross border solidarity work with water justice activists in Detroit. Her beautiful voice graced the Gaia women’s choir. I miss her already and hold her memory in my heart.”
Pat Noonan passed away this past weekend at the age of 87. She will be fondly remembered by friends, family and fellow activists for her lifelong commitment to social justice issues.