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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!



Date:  July 24, 2013
For Immediate Release

The Thunder Bay Chapter of the Council of Canadians would like to make citizens aware that the negotiations about keeping the Experimental Lakes Area open are not making progress, according to an article in today’s Globe and Mail.

We were elated in June when the Province of Ontario announced that it would provide interim funding for the science research centre after the Federal Government stopped its funding.  Funding was essential to maintain the integrity of ongoing scientific experiments at the Lakes. There were negotiations announced among the Province of Ontario, the Federal Government and the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Manitoba to look for a permanent way to keep this crucial facility functioning.  The Province of Ontario was clear that their funding was temporary, intended only to keep the ELA operating until a permanent solution could be found.  The IISD was included in negotiations as a possible long-term operator.

The Council of Canadians has been concerned about the state of these negotiations since June, and has written letters to all concerned parties asking for updates on the status of negotiations.  To date, we have had no reply to any of our letters.  We do know that the federal government, which still has control of the ELA, will close the facility permanently on Sept. 1st  if negotiations are not successfully completed.

We would hope that all people who are concerned about the future of the Experimental Lakes Area will contact their MPs, MPPs , Prime Minister Harper and Premier Kathleen Wynne.  These representatives of ours need to know that we are not pleased at the lack of progress, and that we care about the ELA.  We would hope that an announcement of the successful completion of negotiations will be made by mid-August.  If this is not the case, citizen action will have to be swift and decisive.

Tom Cook, Chair
Thunder Bay Chapter Council of Canadians

Message from the Chair

What a great group of hard working people we have on our interim Steering Committee!  It is a pleasure to work with them.  We now have a good foundation for our local chapter due to their hard work, but we really need member involvement to make this a vibrant chapter.  Please share your expertise, your passion, your commitment to social justice so we can all move forward together.

– Tom Cook, Chair of the Thunder Bay Council of Canadians Steering Committee