For Immediate Release
June 2, Algonquin Territory (Ottawa)– TransCanada’s underbelly is exposed in a new report by the Polaris Institute that paints a troubling picture of the company’s track record. The report entitled Unplugging the Dirty Energy Economy: A Corporate Profile of Canadian Pipeline Company TransCanada, dissects the company piece by piece in order to critically examine its economic, political, social and environmental track record and provides valuable information that communities in contact with TransCanada should be aware of.Read more
Beware the Bitumen Cliff!
by TONY CLARKE, article originally appeared in Canadian Dimensions
It’s a “no brainer,” declares Stephen Harper. The Keystone pipeline must be built now to bring crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to refineries and markets in the US. By the same token, the Northern Gateway and/or the Kinder Morgan pipelines must be constructed to bring tar sands crude to Asian markets. So too, the reversal of Line 9 coupled with the building of the Energy East pipeline must be completed to bring an end to the dependence of Québec and the Atlantic provinces on Middle East oil, while opening up new markets in Northeast US states. Indeed, the pipeline battle lines are already being drawn up for the 2015 general election.Read more
This report consists of short political, geographic and industrial profiles of six counties in Eastern & Central Ontario: United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, Lanark, Hastings, Lennox and Addington, Prince Edward, and Frontenac.
The Introduction also includes an overview of some of the main pieces of legislation that affect water in Ontario as well as a regional overview of some of the First Nation communities present in and around the target region.Read more
(Le français suit)
With the help and consultation of teachers, teachers unions, educators, board employees and community groups, Polaris developed curriculum resources that were separated in 3 main parts: Science (gr.9), Geography (gr.9) and Civics (gr.10). These curriculum resources set out to provide sample activities and tools that can be used by high school teachers to better integrate water issues into their classrooms.Read more
Press Release: The Sombath Initiative
A petition spearheaded by the Sombath Initiative calls on governments and the UN Human Rights Council to put the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone at the centre of the Universal Periodic Review for the Lao PDR.
Endorsed by 145 organisations from six continents, and sent to over 40 missions to the United Nations in Geneva, the petition asserts the disappearance of Sombath Somphone parallels a decisive reversal in democratic space, signals a deterioration of the human rights situation throughout the country, and is the most visible manifestation of a broader and deeper malaise pervading the Lao PDR.Read more