(MI’KMAQ’I, HALIFAX, Monday March 31st, 2014, Maritimes Energy Association Briefing) — Several Mi’kmaq women shut down a Maritimes Energy Association briefing held at the Westin Nova Scotian this morning around 8am, supported by a rally of over a hundred protesters. The NS Energy Minister intended to give a briefing on the Province’s plan to move forward on oil and gas projects to members of industry. Two banners were dropped from the hotel roof declaring Water Is Sacred and Stop the Energy East (pipeline), and an imitation frackwell was erected to show opposition to the controversial shalegas exploration process.
Release distributed by some of Polaris' international allies.
Indonesia for Global Justice - Both ENDS - Centre for Research on Multinational Corporation (SOMO) - Transnational Institute (TNI)
After South Africa, Indonesia takes a brave decision to terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Netherlands
Online e-action engine Sum Of Us recently sent out an action alert explaining that Education Alberta has asked Syncrude, Cenovus and Suncor to help draft "Alberta’s future curriculum" from kindergarten to grade 12.
This is worrying and should be denounced. It represents yet another example of the Canadian Petro-State. Large for-profit corporations should not be allowed in our classrooms.
The WTO pushes through bad deal in the final hours; Developed countries and TNCs are the big winners
The 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) pushed through a Bali Package in the final hours, extending the Conference to December 7, but at the cost of the developing countries, the poor and the hungry.
Facilitating Trade for TNCs
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Snowpeople are now distancing themselves from controversial tar sands funding of the Museum of Civilisation from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). This morning a Snowperson protested the funding arrangement with a sign saying ‘CAPP pollutes snow’.
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Polaris Institute's Tony Clarke and Richard Girard along with thousands of activists from hundreds of social movements are in Bali this week to challenge the World Trade Organization during its 9th Ministerial. Here is a press release from the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power where Polaris is playing a leading role:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 3 December 2013
Demands increase for international mechanisms to punish transnational corporations’ crimes
International Peoples Treaty: “Defending peoples’ rights against corporate power”
(le français suit) Polaris continues to monitor the recent tendancy of federal (through PPP Canada) and provincial governments to widely promote private public partnerships, especially in the water services sector in Canada. A recent loss in Regina, where a popular referendum was lost 43% - 57% despite considerable popular pressure and dubious economic calculations, signals that research, public pressure and mobilization is more important than ever.
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The organizing for a Permanent Peoples Tribunal on the Canadian mining industry has begun! Starting with a focus on the activities of the Canadian mining activities in Latin America in May 2014, the tribunal will collect testimonies from affected communities and experts to highlight violations of rights and the involvement of the Canadian state in perpetuating these wrongdoings.
If you are interested in finding out more about the tribunal and getting involved, please email: daniel (at) polarisinstitute.org
Violations minières: la responsabilité du Canada
Another Project approval raises further questions in Alberta’s motive to stop at nothing to develop in the region
Press Release by ACFN
October 22, 2013 – Fort McMurray, Alberta – Yesterday the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released their decision on the Teck drilling applications. The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), who submitted concerns triggering a public hearing, are disappointed with the decision and the entire Regulatory process.
Teck Resources Limited applied for licence to drill 177 tar sands evaluation wells within the territory of the ACFN on the west side of Athabasca River within critical habitat of the Ronald Lake Bison herd. The wells are being drilled to support the proposed Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project, which is also under a review.