AlterNet/By Maude Barlow, published Sept. 6, 2012 We should be encouraging the youth in our society to do exactly what Robyn is doing — engaging in local politics, acting to protect the environment and questioning the world around her. In the last year, municipalities across Ontario and the rest of the country have begun taking a much-needed stand to protect local water sources. Since World Water Day in 2011, nine municipalities across Canada have become Blue [...]
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Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation spokesperson Eriel Deranger speaks out against the oilsands at a recent event in Vancouver.
by David P. Ball Indian Country Today October 5, 2012
A First Nation whose land sits in the heart of the Alberta oil sands has ramped up its legal battle against the vast industrial development, which has generated controversy because of its massive carbon footprint, untreated tailings ponds and at [...]
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First Nations call for a complete halt to drilling in Cape Breton SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 | by BEN SICHEL, MOIRA PETERS
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Ginny Marshall says that although oil and gas exploration in Cape Breton would benefit her economically, the risk of freshwater contamination is too great.PHOTO: BEN SICHEL
AULD’S COVE, NS—Mi’kmaq people from Cape Breton and the Nova Scotia mainland are preparing to set up a “partial blockade” of the Trans-Canada [...]
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Rosebud Sioux Nation President Rodney Bordeaux
US and Canadian Indigenous Peoples United To Stop Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
Monday, December 5, 2011
Washington DC-A delegation of US Tribal leaders gathered together in Washington DC, during the third annual White House Tribal Leaders Summit to call on President Obama to reject a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The leaders presented President Obama with the “Mother Earth Accord” that outlines unique US Tribal and First Nations concerns over [...]
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Shale gas opponents face intimidation
by One Straw Revolution, 10/10/2011
Stephanie Merrill and the NB Media Co-op is reporting that the RCMP and private security firms are placing anti-fracking groups and members under close surveillance and laying criminal complaints against them, while private security firms are harassing ant-fracking protesters.
Shale gas protesters around the province are learning what happens when they speak out publicly against something they feel strongly about. They are being flagged, tagged and targeted – [...]
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From the New Brunswick Harbinger, July 11, 2011
The Green Party of New Brunswick supports the ongoing efforts of citizens throughout New Brunswick to protect their communities, their drinking water and their air quality from the hazards of shale gas development. Evidence is continually mounting of deteriorating quality of life and health in regions where hydro-fracking for shale gas is being carried out. In addition, studies show that the methane released through fracking makes this unconventional extraction of natural gas [...]
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Ottawa – As the first anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s historic recognition of the human right to water and sanitation draws near, the Council of Canadians is releasing a new report today by chairperson Maude Barlow, titled Our Right to Water: A People’s Guide to Implementing the United Nations’ Recognition of the Right to Water and Sanitation. The report is available here.
The report finds that Canada is legally bound to respect the UN vote, and therefore to [...]
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By Janet M Eaton, Sierra Club Canada, Trade and Environment Campaigner, May 10th, 2011 A Vancouver Sun May 9th article entitled “Is ‘harmonizing’ code for cutting standards?” cites the Canadian government, industry representatives and consumer group reaction to a new Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council.  [...]
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A Montreal study finds heterotrophic bacteria counts, in more than 70 percent of bottled water samples, exceed the recommended limits specified by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Researchers from Ccrest laboratories report their results today at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego.
“Despite having the cleanest tap water a large number of urban Canadians are switching over to bottled water for their daily hydration requirements. Unsurprisingly, the consumer assumes that since bottled [...]
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