Rally for public inquiry into WSIB this Monday

PLEASE JOIN THE THUNDER BAY & DISTRICT INJURED WORKERS FOR A RALLY CALLING FOR A PUBLIC INQUIRY into WSIB

12 noon- Monday, Dec. 12th

Where: MPP Michael Gravelle’s Office, 179 Algoma St S., Thunder Bay

Come and join us!

Please call the Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers’ Support Group at 622-8897 for more information

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.

ACTION

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.

Local chapter disappointed with federal government pipeline approval

MEDIA RELEASE

November 29, 2016

For Immediate Release

 

The Thunder Bay Chapter of the Council of Canadians wishes to respond with grave disappointment to Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement today (November 29/16) of the approval of 2 pipeline projects in Canada.

When this government was elected, we, along with many other Canadians, regarded them with cautious optimism, waiting to see which of their many election promises they would keep.  Today, they have disappointed and angered us with the cabinet approval of the Kinder-Morgan pipeline proposal to carry bitumen from Alberta through Vancouver to the Pacific Ocean, and the approval of Line 3 which is a smaller pipeline to carry Alberta oil to Wisconsin in the USA.

During the election, Mr. Trudeau promised, among other things:

  1. A revamped National Energy Board and a renewed process for reviewing energy proposals.
  2. Climate leadership, to make Canada a climate-positive force in the world;
  3. A new, respectful alliance with indigenous people in Canada, respecting their rights to consultation.
  4. Development which would bring many more new jobs to Canada while guaranteeing Canadians’ health and safety and the environment.

With today’s announcement, Mr. Trudeau has broken every one of those promises.

To quote the youth who marched on Ottawa in October “Climate Leaders Do Not Build Pipelines”.  Since his election, Mr. Trudeau and his Environment and Climate Change Minister have repeatedly used “get our products to market’ almost as a mantra.  Many of us were unable to figure out how this fit with the climate leadership we had been promised both pre-election and in the signing of the Paris agreement.  These pipelines are only needed to allow production in the Tar Sands to expand.  They have sufficient pipeline capacity to carry present production to market now.  This expansion will unleash a whole tidal wave of carbon emissions on the world, in the production of, the shipping of, the refining of, and the burning of this extra amount of very carbon-heavy fossil fuel.

Many indigenous communities from all across the country and particularly in BC have expressed their opposition to pipeline development. This opposition continues to grow: there were more signatories today to the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion.

This does not look like a respectful new relationship with indigenous people.

There is a great deal of research which indicates that the investment of money in a green economy, from developing alternative energy sources to better insulating homes to protecting eco-systems, and so on.  Estimates are as high as 15 jobs in a green economy to 1 job in the fossil fuel industry for a comparable investment.  Green economy jobs nor only provide worthwhile employment, they protect the environment and the health and safety of the population.

 

We are extremely disappointed in these pipeline announcements today, and will continue to struggle against pipeline development and Tar Sands expansion in the days to come.

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Contacts: Ruth Cook

767-1719

thetrcooks@gmail.com

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.

Upcoming public meeting

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For more information call the Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group: 622-8897

People Power Community Think Tank: Who owns your food?

Did you know only 10 multinational corporations own most of the food products we buy? These giant companies have taken over many aspects of our food chain, from the farms where our food is grown to fast food restaurants and supermarkets.

How are these corporations lobbying governments, influencing research, and impacting our health, our local economies and our environment? What can we do about it?

Join the Thunder Bay Chapter of the Council of Canadians, and guests Dr. Charles Levkoe (Canadian Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University), and Wilma Mol (Slate River Dairy) in our third Community Think Tank series.

Where: Hammarskjold High School cafeteria, 80 Clarkson Street South

When: Tuesday, October 4th. 7 – 9 pm

Refreshments and snack will be provided

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Local chapter organizes edible plant walking tour fundraiser


The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter organized an edible-plant walking tour this summer. In July, The Chronicle-Journal reported, “Will Stolz, an environmental science master’s student at Lakehead University, hosted two-hour walking tours around Boulevard Lake on Saturday [July 23] to identify the many edible plants that grow readily in the area.”

Among the edible plants identified were golden rod, dandelion, clover, berries, wild raspberries, strawberries and pine needles.

The article highlights, “The tours served as a fundraiser for the Council of Canadians, Thunder Bay branch. The council advocates for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care and democracy. Tom Cook, who took part in the afternoon tour, was thrilled to discover wild hazelnuts growing in the green space behind the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital. …Stolz says to watch for a think-tank discussion on the corporate ownership of food that will be hosted by the Council of Canadians this September.”

Click here for more information and story. 

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.