CPONS congratulates everyone involved in encouraging the Municipality of Shelburne to write a letter to the federal Ministers of Environment, Natural Resources, and Fisheries and Oceans to express concern about BP drilling for oil and gas offshore of Nova Scotia.
The Council of Canadians 'Damming the Peace' tour featuring Wendy Holm starts tomorrow! The six-community tour will be hosted by our chapters in:
Tuesday, July 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Legacy Art Gallery & Café, 630 Yates St., Victoria
Wednesday, July 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay
* Chapter activist Alice de Wolff tells us, "Eve Goldberg, singer-songwriter, social activist, performer at Vancouver Island Music Fest this year, has agreed to open the evening for Wendy in Courtenay!"
Thursday, July 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Vancouver Island University, Room 148/149, 100-7085 Nootka St., Powell River
Mahone Bay town councillor Colleen O'Neill listens to South Shore chapter activist Marilyn Keddy raise concerns about BP drilling offshore of Nova Scotia.
The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter and its Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS) is pleased that the town council of Mahone Bay will be sending a letter to Dominic LeBlanc, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, expressing concern about BP drilling for oil and gas offshore of Nova Scotia and calling for public consultations on the matter.
43 chapters from coast-to-coast-to-coast converged in Ottawa for the June 22-24 Groundswell 2018 conference! Photo by Ottawa chapter activist Phil Soubliere.
Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country:
2- Forty-three chapters take part in Groundswell 2018 annual conference in Ottawa
The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter is opposed to plans to cut down trees and 'revitalize' Officers' Square.
Fredericton chapter activist Joan Green tells us, "Many of our Fredericton Council of Canadians people have been involved with this issue!"
Global News has reported, "Members of the 'Save Officers’ Square' community group say they’ll do whatever it takes to stop the City of Fredericton from 'destroying' a provincial and national heritage site, including taking legal action. Group members say the city’s plan to revitalize the square is threatening the key 'character-defining elements' that contribute to the heritage character of the site."
The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter took part in the 'Walk for the Women of the Port Arthur Health Clinic' tonight.
In advance of the march, CBC reported, "Supporters of the striking workers at the Port Arthur Health Centre will hold a walk on Monday evening to urge the workers' employer to come to the bargaining table. About 65 appointment secretaries, medical aides and medical records staffers have been on the picket line since April 9. All of them are women. Unifor, their union, says low wages and a lack of permanent stable employment are key issues in the dispute, and the employer has twice refused mediation, the union said."
Lois Little is co-chair of the N.W.T. chapter of the Council of Canadians. (CBC)
The CBC reports:
As the Northwest Territories government plans for changes to major natural resource and environmental management legislation, the Council of Canadians says it's not living up to its commitments to Indigenous rights.
The N.W.T. chapter of the council penned a letter to Premier Bob McLeod on June 12, outlining its concerns that the post-devolution laws make no reference to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples nor to the human right to water.
Montreal chapter Robert McBryde leads us in chants on the streets of Ottawa. Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter activist Paul Cragg provided some great trumpet sounds as well! Photo by Council of Canadians Board member Dorene Bernard.
Council of Canadians chapters from coast-to-coast-to-coast converged in Ottawa this past weekend for our Groundswell annual conference and took to the streets on Saturday to say #ProtectOffshoreNSMikmaki and #StopKM!
We were led in the march by the slogans of Montreal chapter activist Robert McBryde! To see a video of the march with those slogans/chants and some powerful speeches made outside the Prime Minister's Office by Dorene Bernard Andrea Harden Robin Tress and Harjap Grewal, please click here.
The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter supports the renaming of the St. John River to Wolastoq, which in Maliseet is 'beautiful and bountiful river'.
CBC reports, "The movement to rename the St. John River to Wolastoq is gaining momentum. At a three-hour 'reclaiming ceremony' Saturday at Fredericton's Morell park, elders and representatives from First Nations across the province, and one from Quebec, read out letters of support."
Fredericton chapter activist Joan Green tells us, "Many of our Fredericton Chapter Council of Canadians members were at the ceremony."
Retired senator Wilfred Moore (second from the left) represented the town of Lunenburg at a meeting about BP offshore drilling with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board last month. The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter met with him there to highlight its opposition to BP offshore drilling. Photo by Marion Moore.
The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter is pleased that Lunenburg town council is expressing its opposition to BP oil and gas drilling offshore of Nova Scotia.