Monthly Archives: March 2013

Save the ELA Rally in the Chronicle Journal

“Thunder Bay members of The Council of Canadians want the province to provide interim funding to the Experimental Lakes Area until an operator can be found to take over the world-renowned research facility west of Dryden. Members of the citizens’ group and its supporters staged a one-hour sit-in on Saturday at the Ontario Government Building in the city to raise awareness of the issue… ” Click here to read the full article.

Pictures and Video from the “Save the ELA” Rally

Thunder Bay Council of Canadians demonstration to save the ELA Saturday March 30th

Thunder Bay Council of Canadians demonstration to save the ELA Saturday March 30th. Click the picture to view our “Save ELA” album on Flickr.

Save the ELA Rally in Thunder Bay, March 30 2013 from Thunder Bay COC on Vimeo.

Pictures from the ELA Sit-In

Jay Cladwell on site at the ELA

Jay Cladwell on site at the ELA

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Protesters one site at the ELA

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Save the ELA Signs on Highway 17

Mark Calzavara at the ELA sit-in sums it up: We love ELA.

Mark Calzavara at the ELA sit-in sums it up: We love ELA.

Save the ELA Protest

Join us on Saturday March 30th at 1:45PM to “Save the ELA” in front of the Ontario Government Building on James Street (mini-Queens’ Park). Bring your sign and your smile!

ELA Protest Location

ELA Protest Location at Queen’s Mini Park. Image from Google Maps.

Off to the ELA – Join the Sit-In!

The Council of Canadians are sitting-in at the ELA this weekend! Follow these directions to join them:

  • Drive West on Highway 17  past Vermilion Bay.
  • The ELA is accessed from Pine Road which heads south off Highway 17 approximately 30km west of Vermilion Bay.
  • There is a government sign identifying the road as access to the ELA  and people will be at or near the beginning of Pine Road to give directions.
  • Click here to download a detailed PDF map for road access to the ELA camp.
Pine Road off Highway 17.

Pine Road off Highway 17. Image from Google Maps.

ACTION ALERT: 48 Hours to Save the ELA

Council of Canadians members headed north from Thunder Bay this morning to start a sit-in at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) over the weekend. With only 2 days left before March 31st , when federal funding runs out for the ELA, we want to put pressure on the Ontario and Manitoba governments to provide interim funding to save the facilities.

Despite massive public opposition, the Harper government has not wavered since it announced that it would no longer fund the ELA last spring. It costs only $2 million per year to run the ELA yet the research is priceless.

This last-ditch effort to save the ELA is part of an on-going Council of Canadians campaign to save the world-renowned research centre. We are asking the premiers of Ontario and Manitoba save the ELA by contributing $1 million each annually until the federal funding is re-instated.

Take Action!

Council of Canadians members heading out to the ELA Friday morning, March 29th.

Council of Canadians members heading out to the ELA Friday morning, March 29th.

The Neebing River is No Longer Protected

We celebrated World Water Day by the Neebing River as part of the Council of Canadian’s World Water Day Action. Click here to see more pictures from the Thunder Bay Council of Canadians, or visit the World Water Day Action Flickr album by clicking here.

Since the Omnibus Bill C-45, the Kaministiquia, Neebing, McIntyre and Current Rivers, McVicar Creek and Boulevard Lake are no longer protected. Read more in the post below

World Water Day by the Neebing River

Since Bill C-45 the Neebing River is no longer protected.

World Water Day Action by the Neebing River

Members of the Thunder Bay Council of Canadians will be getting together Friday March 22nd to celebrate world water day by the Neebing River.  Join us in the parking lot off Isabel Street across from the Intercity Shopping Centre at 6:00 PM to pose for a picture with the Neebing River as part of the national campaign “World Water Day Action: Take a Picture with an Unprotected [Waterway] in Your Community”.

Neebing River Meeting Location

Image by Google Maps, March 2013.

Since the Omnibus Bill C-45, all tributaries to Lake Superior are no longer protected under the Navigable Waters Protection Act. This includes the Kaministiquia, Neebing, McIntyre and Current Rivers, McVicar Creek and Boulevard Lake in Thunder Bay. You can click here to access a Google map showing which lakes and rivers, which is to say very little.

We want to send a message to the Harper government that we will protect our waters even if the federal government will not. Join us by the Neebing River at 6:00 PM, or e-mail us your own picture taken by a waterway in your neighborhood at tbaycoc@gmail.com. For pictures, hold a sign that says “We pledge to protect [name water body] because Harper’s budget bill leaves this lake unprotected under the Navigable Waters Protection Act” or a similar message.

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