The Canadian and U.S. governments have used ongoing trade talks to push the European Union to allow devastating tar sands oil unfettered access to the European market, according to a new report released today.
On Saturday, June 28, I took part in the 5th and final Healing Walk in Fort McMurray Alberta, along with Council of Canadians organizers Leila Darwish, Aleah Loney and hundreds of people from all directions. The walk calls forth to end the destruction of the land from tar sands expansion and to begin the healing. We came to show our solidarity with the communities who are most impacted.
Monday, April 14, 2014 is the deadline for comments on the Alberta Clipper pipeline to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC). It is critical that the MPUC hear your concerns about how Line 67 will impact your community as well as the Great Lakes!
The Council of Canadians is congratulating Wisconsin's Ministry of Natural Resources on its decision to reject Elkhorn Industries' application for dock repairs that would eventually lead to the construction of an oil terminal from which tar sands and fracked oil would be shipped across the Great Lakes.
On Wednesday morning, Shit Harper Did (SHD) and friends put up a 24-foot banner reading "I SPY A WASTE OF MONEY" with two 3-feet eyeballs at the new spy agency on Ogilvie Road in Ottawa. The purpose of the action, part of SHD's new Creep campaign, was to bring attention to the costly building and Canada's spying on environmental and other advocacy groups.
Applause for Prime Minister Harper's freshly concluded trade deal with the European Union was swift and loud. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne joined the celebration last Friday, saying her government would support the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) -- with conditions.
The province should be compensated by the federal government, said the Premier, for an expected nine-figure increase in drug costs, as well as the effect of subsidized European cheese imports on local dairy farmers and possible hardship at Ontario wineries.
Over the past few months, I have been lucky enough to work with a few fabulous young women to organize a caravan of cars to head to the 4th Annual Healing Walk taking place in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Over 40 people from Vancouver alone will be travelling to Alberta in the next few days to take part in this ceremonial event.
As a group of women who have been organizing in our communities on issues such as Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protection, we felt it crucial to accept this open invitation to go to the tar sands to join those who are saying: “Stop the destruction and start the healing.”
This is one of the main messages of the Healing Walk.
First things first: We need to stop the destruction
Ottawa residents participate in ‘defend our climate’ national day of action
The Council of Canadians has learned that Enbridge pipelines across Canada will not be retrofitted for another three years, despite missing key safety systems for decades. This neglect has the potential to increase the magnitude of any future spills.
More than 500 people are expected to attend the 4th Annual Healing Walk this July 5-6.
The Guardian UK reports this hour, "Hundreds of activists including Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein are going into the heart of Canada's tar sands this week – not to protest the destruction of the local environment, but to pray for the 'healing' of land and the people. Native elders from all over North America will lead people past lakes of tailings wastewater and massive infrastructure of the tar sands industry along the Athabasca River in Fort McMurray, Alberta."