Video: Take a moment to view this short video of Energy East

Here is the link to a very informative video.

Hi folks.  Take a minute to view this short  informative video.  The real story behind the Energy East pipeline!

Call your premier today!

Hi folks,

With the Ontario and Quebec premiers trying to back away from real, robust climate considerations on Energy East, we want to flood their offices today with phone calls, but to do it we need all of your help.

Can you take a minute to call your premier today?

If you’re not in Ontario or Quebec, can you share this image and invite people you know from Ontario andQuebec to this event?

In the past, we’ve managed to use hundreds of phone calls to senators and congresspeople in the US to push them back from support for the Keystone XL pipeline, and today we can send a strong message straight to the premiers.

Thanks all!

 

Stop The Energy East Climate Flip Flop!

Stop The Energy East Climate Flip Flop!

We can be a climate leader, but not by ignoring Energy East’s real climate impacts.

Last week, Ontario and Quebec announced seven conditions for the Energy East pipeline – including a climate test. Now, under pressure from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec are backing down on a strong climate test and refusing to consider the upstream climate change impacts that Energy East would cause.

Choosing to only review the climate impacts of pipe itself and not what’s inside it is like calculating the alcoholic content of a can of beer – but just the can, not the beer inside.

With a climate impact the same as over 7 million cars, building Energy East would effectively undo the carbon emissions stopped from Ontario’s coal phase out.

Call your Premier’s Office and tell them that Energy East needs a real, strong and robust climate test.

DEMOCRACY

 

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                                   We have 6 to 12 months to act!

                             Organizational meeting  Wed. Nov. 5th

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THE  COUNCIL OF CANADIANS  ACTING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE                                          THUNDER BAY CHAPTER              

 

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EE REPORT CARD FINAL

Municipal elections will take place in Thunder Bay and across Ontario on October 27, 2014.

Our Thunder Bay chapter says, “In order to bring the issue [of the Energy East pipeline] to the table in the municipal election, we asked all of the candidates for their position on the [pipeline] so that electors could add this to their understanding of what each candidate stands for.”

They found that, “By far, the majority of the candidates are not in favour of Energy East. Many gave a somewhat qualified response, as they did not feel they had sufficient information to give a truly informed response, but most of them still were not in favour of this pipeline through our boreal forest, wetlands, and crossing rivers and lakes. Only two of the mayoralty candidates are in favour of the pipeline proposal: Shane Judge (a qualified ‘yes’ as he wanted more information), and Henry Wojak. Mayor Keith Hobbs, Ken Boshcoff, Colin Burridge and Douglas MacKay are all opposed to this pipeline proposal.”

Energy East has emerged as an election issue in other communities.

In Kenora, the Daily Miner and News reports, “[Incumbent Mayor Dave] Canfield explained the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association of which he is president is applying for intervenor status to engage in discussions on the project on behalf of all the municipalities in region. He noted pipeline safety and the installation of computerized shut-off valves on either sides of water crossings is a key issue to protect the environment in the event of a spill. …Candidate for council Robert Kitowski commented that the relative merits of oil transport by pipeline, rail and truck through Kenora must be fully analyzed to determine the best option.” In September, Canfield appeared more pro-pipeline when he commented, “For me, I’m a realist. I take a look at ‘is oil going to stop flowing?’ I don’t think so. And if it’s going to flow, what’s the safest way to have it flow? And that’s pipeline. To me, it’s a no-brainer. But not everybody would agree with me with that one.”

In West Nipissing, the Tribune reports on an all-candidates meeting where, “Ward 6 candidates, representing the Northern part of the municipality where the TransCanada Energy East pipeline is projected to cross, were asked if the town should collaborate with North Bay and other communities concerned about the potential impact of this project on our environment and drinking water sources.” Some of their responses can be read here.

In North Bay, the Nugget reports, “The North Bay Civic League is helping to start the process of getting people to think about what they want their next city council to look at as priorities. Committee member Peggy Walsh-Craig said a community values survey has been launched to gauge public interest in various community values and to document residents’ perception of the work of city council. …She said there could be many surprises, however Walsh-Craig is confident safe drinking water remains one of the top five concerns especially with the pipeline project in the news.” The survey results can be read here.

In Ottawa, 350.org compiled responses about the Energy East pipeline from municipal candidates. Their responses can be found here. The frontrunner and incumbent mayor Jim Watson says, “I have concerns but I do not support the City doing an assessment of its own. …If there is deemed to be significant risk toOttawa’s natural surroundings and waterways I will oppose it.” Ecology Ottawa will also be releasing its ‘Tar Free 613′ report card on municipal candidates shortly. That will be available here.

We will also be watching the election results in Mattawa. That town sits about 65 kilometres east of North Bay on the path of the pipeline and accepted a $30,000 donation from TransCanada for the purchase of a rescue truck. The agreement contained a clause that says, “The Town of Mattawa will not publicly comment on TransCanada’s operations or business projects.” In response to the controversy, Mattawa Mayor Dean Backer insisted that despite the clause, “At no time have we been put on a gag order.”

We congratulate the Thunder Bay chapter on its report card and see it as a model that could be used in upcoming municipal elections in Manitoba (though they take place this Wednesday), New Brunswick (May 9, 2016). Nova Scotia (October 15, 2016), Saskatchewan (October 26, 2016 with some variations), Alberta(October 16, 2017) and Quebec (November 5, 2017).

Further reading

What to ask candidates for the Ont. municipal election (October 2014 blog by Emma Lui)

Communities express watershed concerns along Energy East route (December 2013 blog)

Municipal Candidates Poll on Energy East

MUNICIPAL CANDIDATES ON ENERGY EAST –  POLL RELEASED

 The Thunder Bay Chapter of the Council of Canadians has been actively opposing the development of the Energy East Pipeline proposed by TransCanada Pipelines. In order to bring the issue to the table in the municipal election, we asked all of the candidates for their position on the EnergyEast Pipeline so that electors could add this to their understanding of what each candidate stands for.

We asked each of the candidates whether or not they were in favour of the proposed plan to convert an existing natural gas pipeline across northern Ontario to carry diluted bitumen (tar sands oil).

By far, the majority of the candidates are not in favour of Energy East.  Many gave a somewhat qualified response, as they did not feel they had sufficient information to give a truly informed response, but most of them still were not in favour of this pipeline through our boreal forest, wetlands, and crossing rivers and lakes.  The full results, name by name, can be found athttp://www.tbaycoc.wordpress.ca. or tbaycoc/Facebook.

Only two of the mayoralty candidates are in favour of the pipeline proposal:  Shane Judge (a qualified “yes” as he wanted more information), and Henry Wojak.  Mayor Keith Hobbs, Ken Boshcoff, Colin Burridge and Douglas MacKay are all opposed to this pipeline proposal.  There are too many candidates for councillor to list them all here; for councillor candidates’ responses, please consult the complete poll results.

The Thunder Bay Council of Canadians, along with our local allies, would  like to see City Council take a stand on Energy East., and will be pursuing this with the new Mayor and Council.

The Council of Canadians would also like to see a moratorium on Tar Sands extraction, a moratorium on new pipeline construction, large-scale development of renewable energy supplies, the development of a national energy strategy to take into account the needs of Canadians, and an end to corporate-country trade agreements which allow companies to sue our government if they do not make the profits they anticipated.

 

Energy East: Informing and canvassing Thunder Bay Residents

October 19, 2014

Hello,

The TransCanada Energy East tar sands pipeline proposal is threatening hundreds of communities across Canada with crude spills and will dramatically increase Canada’s climate pollution.  People inThunder Bay and across the country are stepping up in their communities to say no to this dangerous proposal.

Will you help Thunder Bay residents say no?

On the afternoon of Sunday October 19th, your friends and neighbours will be hitting the streets ofThunder Bay to canvass door to door and speak to people about the risks of Energy East. The day will start with a training session with Sabrina Bowman from Environmental Defence, we’ll go door to door for a few hours and end with an optional social to celebrate and chat about how it went.

Excited and want to sign up now? Fill out this simple form and we’ll be in touch soon with details. Even if you can’t make it on October 19th, fill out the form with your information and we’ll be in touch within a week to chat about other opportunities to get involved.

Want to come but haven’t canvassed before?  No problem!  We’ll start the day with some snacks and an easy-to-understand training session. We’ll also pair everyone who wants to be paired up so you don’t have to go to the door alone. So fill out this form, and come on out!

Hope to see you soon!

Sabrina Bowman

Climate Campaign Organizer

116 Spadina Avenue, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2K6
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