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DEFERRED: Chapter to ask City Council to turn down Energy East Pipeline proposal

UPDATE: Discussion of the Energy East pipeline by local City Council has been deferred, potentially until February.

If you think that Mr. Trudeau’s announcements about Kinder Morgan and Line 3 are the last words on pipelines, think again!

We, here in Thunder Bay, are going back to City Council to ask them to vote against the Energy East Pipeline proposal – and we have a date – Monday December 12th.

 Our local coalition, made up of reps from Council of Canadians, Environment North, CUSP, Ontario Nature, and the LU Environmental Law Students ds Associations, will be giving another deputation and asking council to pass the resolution which was deferred from August last year.

 Click here to view background information about the Energy East issue.   Our deputation will be explaining all of the new information we have unearthed which supports our two main arguments – concern about spills/leaks and their effect on land, water and ecosystems, and climate change which will be much exaggerated by the emissions which will be put into our atmosphere by the expansion of Tar Sands which Energy East would demand.


You can help by:

  • calling or emailing your city councillor and the at-large councillors,
  • being in the audience at City Hall on Dec. 12th (6:30 pm)
  • writing a letter to the editor
  • talking to people about this issue – your mother-in-law, your cousin, your next-door-neighbour, your co-worker, or whoever else you can buttonhole.

National Canadians’ coverage of local chapter Think Tank

A recent open forum hosted by the Thunder Bay CoC chapter caught the attention of the National Council of Canadians office.

The think tank session featured Dr. Charles Levkoe (Canadian Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University).

Chapter activist Ruth Cook tells us, “We had a great meeting, lots of good discussion and I think people learned a lot about food production and distribution, and corporate control of the whole system.” She adds, “There was lots of commitment to local and wild foods, to ensuring poorer people were ensured access to good food (gleaning programs, ‘grow a row for the food bank’, etc).”

Read the full story here.

Critics concerned about lack of transparency in Saskatchwan oil/diluent spill

In a report from the Globe and Mail:

Last month more than 200,000 litres of oil spilled into the North Saskatchewan River. Officials have praised the company for its financial response to the crisis, but critics are concerned about the lack of transparency, Carrie Tait reports.

Thunder Bay Chapter officially endorses the Leap Manifesto

The Council of Canadians – Thunder Bay Chapter officially endorsed the Leap Manifesto, a Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and for One Another.  To learn more, visit

Green Party leader gives speech on Canada’s role in the Middle East

Last week Green Party leader Elizabeth May delivered a speech in the House of Commons on Canada’s role in the Middle East.  Listen to it here:


Feds new pipeline rules show some promise, but the devil is in the details: CoC

This week, Natural Resources Minister Carr and Environment and Climate Change Minister McKenna concluded a press conference announcing new rules for pipeline projects.

Wednesday’s much anticipated announcement comes amid a tumultuous two weeks where Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and TransCanada’s Energy East project were capitulated onto a national news stage, unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Reported in Council of Canadians’ energy and climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue’s blog are details about the new rules and an assessment based on what we want to see in pipeline reviews. Details included here are informed by a government backgrounder, and in viewing Wednesday’s press conference.

Wednesday’s announcement confirms both a transition process for existing projects and a longer term overhaul of environmental assessments and the National Energy Board (NEB) that will reportedly happen over the course of two years.

The principles guiding the transition process are:

  1. Project proponent are not forced to start over
  2. Process is science-based, employs traditional ecological knowledge and other relevant evidence
  3. Views of affected communities are sought and considered
  4. Process supports First Nation consultation and accommodation
  5. Process includes direct and upstream greenhouse gas emissions linked to project

Read here for a status of the Energy East and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain projects.


Action Alert: Local chapter calls on Trudeau to stop pipeline reviews

The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter is calling on the Trudeau government to halt existing pipeline reviews, reported in the Chronicle Journal.

To keep pressure on the Trudeau government to stop the flawed pipeline reviews, please add your name to our Keep your promises, Liberals: Stop pipeline reviews action alert.

Gov’t set to break pledge, claim protesters

A coalition of Thunder Bay environmental groups, including the local chapter of the Council of Canadians, joined forces on Saturday to urge the federal government to halt the review process for two major pipeline projects.

The coalition is citing a pre-election promise that the Kinder Morgan and Energy Ease projects would be assessed under additional criteria, including greenhouse gas emissions and upstream impacts. So far that hasn’t happened, and the review for Kinder Morgan is slated for tomorrow. Read more on the story in The Chronicle-Journal.