Quench App Launched June 18th

More than 100 Mayors, representatives, educators and organizations attended the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Conference hosted by Thunder Bay this week. Discussion focused on the impacts of extreme weather and contaminants such as plastic micro beads and shipping spills and identifying climate change adaptation strategies.  

The TBay Council of Canadians Chapter actively participated in the planning of the conference, which was organized as a Litter Free Green Event to reduce its environmental footprint. The City’s Clean, Green and Beautiful  Initiative provided funding for a refillable water bottle station unveiled as a conference legacy project on June 18th at 1pm at the Water Garden Pavilion at Prince Arthurs Landing.

The event included the launch of EcoSuperior’s exciting new Quench Program. Quench is a free mobile app that instantly connects users to the nearest water bottle refill location or public water fountain. Sponsored by the the TBay Council of Canadians Blue Planet Committee and the EarthCare Water Working Group, the program is designed to promote municipal tap water and discourage the wasteful consumption of single-use plastic water bottles.

Businesses and organizations are being invited to support this program by providing free tap water for refillable water bottles. Look for Official Quench Refill Station stickers at participants like EcoSuperior; CyclePath and Petrie’s; Beau Daddy’s, Blue Door and Made Fresh Restaurants; the Bean Fiend and Sweet Escapes; the True North Co op, Bay Credit Union and Half-Way Motors Nissan.

Drinking fountains are also available in public buildings such as City Hall, the Terry Fox Monument, the Volunteer, Widnall and Churchill Pools, the Canada Games Complex, City Arenas, the Mary JL Black Library, the Current River Community Centre and the 55+ Seniors Centre.

If  your business or organization or one that you know, would like to help us celebrate Superior tap water by participating in Quench,  please contact Jennifer (EcoSuperior) Gail (EarthCare Water Working Group)  or Janice. (TBay Coc Blue Planet Committee at horgosj@yahoo.com.)

Here’s a link to the QUENCH program  Quench | The Water Brothers

 

Council of Canadians – Annual General Meeting

CoC- Annual General Meeting

Our Risk – Their Reward Ontario Energy East Tour Highlights

Here are some highlights from the ‘Our Risk – Their Reward’ Energy East tour of six Ontario communities. Two days were spent  in each community,  holding a series of public forums, meetings, site visits and actions. There was meaningful discussions with local residents, impacted landowners and First Nation representatives as well as elected officials including Mayors, City Councillors and federally elected representatives and candidates. The Council of Canadians will help to collect contacts for local organizers, add names to its petition against Energy East, mobilize people to participate in the Ontario Energy Board consultations and is in the process of discussing next steps with local organizers.

http://canadians.org/blog/our-risk-their-reward-energy-east-ontario-tour

 

Energy East Pipeline Sparks Debate and Protests in Thunder Bay

An open forum on the TransCanada Energy East Pipeline proposal in Thunder Bay was met with debate and protests by First Nations members and other organizations on April 9 and 10.

http://www.wawataynews.ca/node/25533

Energy East Pipeline sparks debate and protests in Thunder Bay

April 22 Mother Earth Water Walk

A Mother Earth Water Walk around Boulevard Lake will be held on Tuesday, April 22. 
 
12:30 pm –  Meet at the main parking lot for a prayer by Grandmother Josephine Mandamin 
   1:00 pm – Walk Begins
   2:30 pm – Meet at Starting Point
 
Fruits, beverages and water bottles will be provided for all participants.
 
For more information please contact Teresa Trudeau, Anishnawbe Mushkiki Traditional Coordinator  at 343-4843 ext. 227 
Ningazhichige nibe onje    “I will do it for the water”
 
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Earth Day Water Walk 2014 (2)

Stop Energy East Pipeline Petition

Stop Energy East Pipeline Petition

The Thunder Bay Chapter of the Council of Canadians joins other grassroots groups in this petition expressing deep concern over TransCanada Corporation’s Energy East proposal to export tar sands oil in a converted natural gas pipeline through Northern and Eastern Ontario .  First, Energy East is not compatible with the urgent need for efforts to hold back accelerating climate change. Investment in massive new fossil-fuel infrastructure will lock us into growing carbon emissions at a time when we must quickly reduce them.

Second, it is not safe. As a natural gas pipeline this TransCanada Mainline has had 13 large explosions since 1992 and at least 64 spillage incidents since 2000. Stress corrosion cracking in an old pipeline will, without doubt, result in more ruptures. The bitumen itself is virtually impossible to clean up, and the diluents which liquefy it are explosive.  Just one pipeline rupture could cause significant and permanent damage to the local economy, the health of our citizens, and to the sensitive ecosystems within the Lake Superior watershed.

We are asking communities along TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline to please join us in letting northern leaders know that a tar sands pipeline is not compatible with the urgent need for efforts to hold back accelerating climate change, nor is it safe for communities or the environment. Please sign our petition and feel welcome to post and distribute it

sign here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SayNotoEnergyEastPipeline

 

 

EnergyEast Tour Visits Thunder Bay on April 9th

Energy-East-Tour

                                        Wednesday, April 9  at 7pm                                                                             Lakehead Labour Centre                                            929 Fort William Road 

Featuring:                                                                                                                                     Maude Barlow, The Council of Canadians on protecting our water     Eriel Deranger, Athabaska Fort Chipewyan  First Nation  on living downstream from the tar sands                                                                   Jason MacLean, Lakehead University Faculty of Law                           Adam Scott, Environmental Defence

With information and video on the billion dollar tar sands spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan 

Energy East Posters – TBay – exported – v3

TransCanada’s Energy East project would be the largest pipeline in North America. It would ship 1.1 million barrels of oil every day through Ontario towards St. John New Brunswick. Join us to find out why this massive tar sands pipeline puts our air, land and water at risk. For more information about the tour visit http://www.canadians.org/energyeast-tour 

 

 

TBay CoC EnergyEast Presentation to OEB

On March 26, Thunder Bay Council of Canadians Chair Tom Cook and Public Relations Chair Ruth Cook gave an EnergyEast  presentation to the Ontario Energy Board outlining 4 major areas of concern; economic impacts, safety, climate change and local democratic impact and control. The OEB will conduct a second round of EnergyEast consultations in the summer of 2014.

TBay CoC Chapter’s EnergyEast Presentation to the OEB

Ontario’s EnergyEast Consultation Process 

In November 2013, Ontario’s Minister of Energy asked the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to examine and report on TransCanada PipeLines Limited’s proposed Energy East Pipeline from an Ontario perspective (read the Nov 12, 2013 letter). To support the preparation of the report, the Minister asked the OEB to undertake a consultation process. This consultation process will provide a forum for Ontarians to express their views on the proposed Energy East Pipeline. These views will inform the OEB’s report to the Minister.

The Minister has asked that the OEB consider the implications of four areas of potential impact of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline:

  • The impacts on Ontario natural gas consumers in terms of prices, reliability and access to supply, especially for those consumers living in eastern and northern Ontario
  • The impacts on pipeline safety and the natural environment in Ontario
  • The impacts on Aboriginal communities in Ontario, in particular how treaty and Aboriginal rights may be affected
  • The short and long term economic impacts of the project in Ontario

The Government of Ontario intends to participate as an intervenor in the National Energy Board’s (NEB) review of the proposed Energy East Pipeline (learn more about the NEB process) and the Minister will use the OEB’s report to help formulate the Government’s position.