Upcoming Supreme Court case could force Ottawa to overhaul consultation with Indigenous communities
by Kenneth Jackson
APTN National News – The Supreme Court of Canada is set to hear arguments next month in a case that could lead to a major overhaul of the way the federal government consults Indigenous communities on energy projects.
Two cases are to be heard together beginning Nov. 30 to essentially settle an argument: Does the National Energy Board (NEB) execute the Crown’s duty to consultation with Indigenous communities through its public consultation process? Continue reading
Louisette Lanteigne is a pro bono advocate who has successfully stopped projects and secured concessions to protect water supplies and earth’s endangered species. She has utilised public processes including Part II orders, the Environmental Bill of Rights, the Ontario Municipal Board and the National Energy Board (NEB).
Her papers are housed at the Wilfrid Laurier Archives, largest repository of Environmental Law data in Canada. She gave this talk on the case of the Chippewas of the Thames and their challenge to the Supreme Court. Enbridge’s Line regarding Line 9 at a Toronto Climate Film Festival event at Toronto Friends House on Sunday, October 2, 2016.
More than 50 Indigenous nations across North America have rallied together to sign a historic treaty alliance against tar sands expansion in their traditional territory. They want to prevent a pipeline/train/tanker spill from poisoning their water and to stop the tar sands from increasing its output and becoming a bigger obstacle to solving the climate crisis. This historic indigenous alliance greatly improves our chances of defeating government plans to expand tar sands production. Reprinted from National Observer – SW
by Elizabeth McSheffrey
Sept. 22 — The thunderous pounding of Indigenous drums echoed in the air on Thursday as more than 50 Indigenous nations across North America rallied together to sign a historic, pan-continental treaty alliance against oilsands expansion in their traditional territory.
Logo for pan-continental Indigenous Treaty Alliance
The collaboration, formalized at simultaneous ceremonies in Quebec and B.C., aims to block all proposed pipeline, tanker, and rail projects affecting First Nations land and water, including TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, and Enbridge Northern Gateway.
At the signing on Musqueam land in Vancouver, the lineup of chiefs waiting to put their names down filled up an entire room. It was a powerful ceremony, and participants clad in the regalia of their nations travelled from across B.C. and northern Washington to be part of the growing movement.
The following talk was given by Suzanne Weiss and John Riddell at Glen Rhodes United Church, Toronto, September 18, 2016.
Suzanne Weiss: What will Toronto’s weather be like thirty years from now? A study commissioned by Toronto City Hall says climate change will hit our city hard. Within thirty years:
- Extreme rain storms will be three times heavier.
- Days with extreme heat will be five times more frequent.
- The need for air conditioning will be six times greater.
And that is only the beginning.
Toronto flooding 2013
September 12, 2016: During the ten days, protectors of water and the environment have scored victories over three dangerous tar sands pipeline projects:
VICTORY 1: “Sandpiper” – On September 2, Enbridge Inc. abandoned its proposed $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The project had been tied up in the regulatory process for two and a half years.
See: Enbridge Abandons Sandpiper Project
Public debate this summer at 82 climate consultations held across Canada highlighted a basic conflict in the Trudeau government’s climate policy: it wants to reduce fossil-fuel emissions while forging ahead with the pipelines that will lock the country into increased dependence on fossil fuel combustion.
Most of these meetings were sponsored by Liberal members of parliament. They did little to publicize them, revealed little regarding Ottawa’s specific proposals, and evaded the key pipeline issue. The broad participation at these events was mostly to the credit of activist networks that built the meetings and also organized their town halls on their own when MPs failed to do so. And the thousands of participants succeeded in posing key issues for climate action in Canada today.
Photo of climate action town hall: Angela Giles, Council of Canadians
Against a project that has aroused vigorous protests by resisdents, the Kinder Morgan pipeline company proposes to triple the capacity of a pipeline now pumping 300,000 barrels a day of toxic tar sands oil from Edmonton to Vancouver. – SW
by Will Horter
First Nations leaders left in the dark. The public, once again, denied the chance to speak. Add to that a clear conflict of interest at the heart of the panel chosen to review Kinder Morgan’s pipeline proposal and you have a recipe for yet more lawsuits and squandered public trust.
Reprinted from SaskOil.org – The 250,000 litres of heavy oil and diluent that Husky Oil spilled into the North Saskatchewan River on July 21, 2016 is rightly receiving significant public attention. After all, it is threatening the drinking water of tens of thousands of people living downstream and shutting down the intake of water treatment plants in affected communities, forcing residents to buy bottled drinking water and fill their bathtubs as short-term reservoirs.
by James Wilt
ARTICLE FROM DESMOG: To no one’s surprise, there’s been an awfully wide range of responses to what caused the catastrophic Fort McMurray wildires. Some blame climate change. Others peg it on the El Niño and forest management techniques. Still more suggest that now’s simply not the time to be having such a conversation.
But the one thing that appears to unite all sides is “our” alleged complicity in it as North American consumers.