More than 700 people from the Atlantic region joined a march to the “end of the (Energy East pipe) line.” People linked arms on the shores of the Bay of Fundy drawing a line in the sand against the project.Watch the wrap up video and find out more.
The event was hosted by the volunteer-run Red Head Anthony’s Cove Preservation Association. Red Head is a small community located near Saint John in New Brunswick. Residents there are being asked to house an oil storage facility that would hold over 7 million barrels of oil in tanks right across the street from people’s homes. At least 115 tankers would travel in nearby coastal waters out of the proposed export port.
The critically endangered North Atlantic right whales live in the Bay of Fundy and are already vulnerable to ship strikes and low frequency ship noise. If Energy East is approved, the whales would be in even more danger. The Irving-owned Telegraph Journal refused to publish an op-ed by local Red Head resident Lynaya Astephen that explains why Red Head residents are speaking out against Energy East. Read her op-ed.
The march featured a significant Indigenous delegation from across the region representing the newly formed Peace and Friendship Alliance. This Alliance brings together non-governmental organizations, residents and Indigenous peoples from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Maine. Read the Water Declaration presented after the march.
The Council of Canadians and its partners have drawn large crowds to the “Time for Change” public forums. Organized in partnership with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Unifor, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and the Directors Guild of Canada, the cross-country forums focused on the state of democracy in Canada and encouraged people to have their say by voting in the upcoming federal election.Sign the Voter’s Pledge and read our new Voter’s Guide.
Caribou Legs continues run to protect lakes and rivers
Indigenous ultra-marathoner Brad Firth, also known as Caribou Legs, has covered close to 800 kilometres in his journey from B.C. to Ottawa to raise awareness about the perilous state of our water. During his travels, the Yellowknife-based runner is sharing information about the Council of Canadians’ #Pledge2Protect campaign and all the waterways across this country that are threatened by pipelines, fracking, mining and extreme energy projects, especially under the Harper government. Through omnibus budget bills, the federal government cut environmental protections for 99 per cent of lakes and rivers in Canada.Read more.
Dear European Union: Why you must stop the Canada-EU trade deal
Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow and Canadian Union of Public Employees President Paul Moist are appealing to members of the European Parliament to put the brakes on a trade deal between Canada and the EU before it paves the way for other trade deals.In an open letter published in multiple languages, Barlow and Moist warn: “With this type of trade agreement, we have a choice: Do we accept rising inequality, unchecked corporate power, and lowered social and environmental standards, allowing the one per cent to become richer at our expense, or do we draw a line in the sand?”
Most Canadians have never heard of major “TPP” trade deal being negotiated in secret
Three out of four Canadians have no idea that the federal government is negotiating a huge international trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that could have serious repercussions for the country, a new poll suggests.The poll, conducted by Environics Research Group for the Trade Justice Network – of which the Council of Canadians is a member – found that 75 per cent of respondents had not heard of the TPP. The TPP is being negotiated with 11 other Pacific Rim countries and would cover more than one-third of the world’s trade.
Thunder Bay and Bayfield, Ontario are the two newest towns to become designated “Blue Communities.” Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow visited both communities recently to present certificates acknowledging the designations. A Blue Community sees water as a commons – a shared resource that is protected and managed for future generations. To become a Blue Community, municipalities must recognize the human right to water, have publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services, and ban bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events. Read more.
Council of Canadians welcomes Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations
Soon after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission announced 94 recommendations to address the damage inflicted on Indigenous peoples by the Indian Residential School System, the Council of Canadians issued a message in support of their implementation. “It is imperative to recognize that cultural genocide was perpetrated against Indigenous peoples in this country,” said Maude Barlow. “The truth and reconciliation process and its recommendations should be seen as a call to action for all Canadians to work to address the wrongs committed against Indigenous peoples and ensure that injustices are not continued in any form in the present day. The Council of Canadians is committed to being a good ally to Indigenous peoples and we support genuine reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.”Read more.
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