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SAY NO TO BIG COAL

The Rocky Mountains are under threat. Powerful corporations are pushing for eight new coal mining projects in fragile areas. These mining projects will contaminate headwaters that supply drinking and farming water to millions of people across the Prairies. They will also destroy the habitats of endangered species.

Help us defend the mountains, defend the water, and defend democracy. Say no to big coal!

Why stopping Grassy Mountain is so pivotal

Right now, Minister Wilkinson has the opportunity to stop the Grassy Mountain coal mine – an open-pit mine that would level 28 square kilometres of the mountain. The project is currently undergoing a review by a joint federal-provincial panel, which will submit its report by June 18th. The Minister will then have 150 days to either approve or reject the project. Read our analysis of why that decision is so pivotal to moving Canada beyond coal.

The Tent Mountain mine needs a federal review

Minister Wilkinson will also be announcing his decision about the Tent Mountain mine by July 1st. That project is expected to leave behind far-reaching and irreparable damage. And yet, it has so far managed to dodge a federal review process. There are currently several requests before Minister Wilkinson to designate the project for federal review. That decision was expected by June 1st, but it has been pushed back by 30 days after a request from the operating company, Montem Resources. Read more the project and its impact here. Then, join us in demanding a federal review.

Alberta Beyond Coal

If you live in Alberta, join the Alberta Beyond Coal campaign today: order a lawn sign, write letters to your local MPs, and join the tens of thousands of other Albertans fighting to protect the Rockies and the rivers.

STOP GOLDBORO LNG

Pieridae Energy has plans to build a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Goldboro, Nova Scotia—and it’s seeking one billion dollars in federal support to get the project off the ground. This project would bring with it incredible risk to Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia, to the global climate, and to the local environment, and it would decimate any hope of Nova Scotia making its fair share of emissions reductions.

On May 10, The Council of Canadians helped a well-attended public webinar that featured experts and activists working to stop the project and informed participants about what they can do to stop the federal subsidy. You can watch the video from that webinar " href="https://canadians.us19.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fb9e08a9113c74c2263f5d4e2&id=a793c3a653&e=9f15aeb006" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #007C89;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">here.

We also met with several key MPs who’ve been lobbied extensively by Pieridae to support their Goldboro LNG project. These MPs also each received dozens of calls from Council supporters who used our call tool to put additional pressure on them to reject Pieridae’s billion-dollar subsidy. You can also have your voice heard by sending a letter here. 

In addition, the Council has signed on to a letter calling on Minister Wilkinson to ensure a Federal Impact Assessment takes place. Read more about why Pieridae’s existing environmental assessment isn’t up to snuff and why we’re demanding a federal assessment.

PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU: SHUT DOWN LINE 5!

Earlier this month, we joined 15 other climate justice organizations to express our grave concern with the federal government’s position on the decommissioning of Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.

Rather than supporting the Michigan Governor’s actions to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill, our government has instead chosen to put the interests of an oil company first.

Read our open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, calling on his government to protect the Great Lakes, respect Indigenous rights, and ensure a climate-safe future.

STOP INSURING TRANS MOUNTAIN: WEEK OF ACTION (JUNE 14 – 21)

The Trans Mountain pipeline is a global climate catastrophe, violates Indigenous rights, and harms the entire coastline. That’s why we’ve joined a broad coalition of groups working to stop the insurance for the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

It’s simple: every fossil fuel project needs insurance to operate. Every year, Trans Mountain needs $500 million USD in coverage to operate its existing pipeline and even more for the pipeline’s twinning expansion. The insurance certificates expire every August, so this is a critical decision-making window for the corporate giants.

We know these companies are sensitive to pressure. Some of the largest insurance companies have already backed away from this toxic pipeline, and in response, Trans Mountain has resorted to hiding the names of this year’s insurers (though we still know who the targets are).

But we need your help!

Join us and organize an action from June 14 - 21st to make sure that these insurers know that they need to back away from Trans Mountain and respect Indigenous rights.

YOU’RE INVITED TO A CREATIVE ACTIVISM WORKSHOP

The social problems we’re working to address are often scary and rage-inducing, but our work toward change doesn’t have to be. Making space for creativity in our tactics and strategies can help us reach people we don’t know yet, change people’s minds, and bring life and joy into our work.

Join us for an introductory workshop on Wednesday, June 9th, to hear stories of creative actions taken by people in our movements, and to practice building creativity into existing strategies for change. Click here to register.

WE NEED A NATIONAL INTERCITY PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICE NOW

Greyhound announced this month that it's cancelling its services permanently, leaving Canadians across the country without intercity bus services, with a disproportionate impact on rural, Indigenous, and low-income people. 

The shutdown of intercity bus service across Canada is proof that essential services cannot be left to the private sector to operate. What we need to do in this moment is to create a federal public intercity bus service that interconnects with existing municipal, regional, and federal transportation systems. 

With your support, the Council is continuing to work with the Keep Transit Moving coalition to build a Green New Deal for public transit that includes public municipal and intercity transit. This is a core element of the systemic change we need to address the interrelated crises we face, including climate and inequality. 

CANADA MUST SUPPORT A PEOPLE’S VACCINE

The Council of Canadians is part of a broad coalition of civil society groups urging the federal government to support global access to COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO.

In October 2020, South Africa and India made a joint proposal to temporarily waive certain obligations under the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) until the COVID-19 emergency is over. The waiver would mean WTO member states would not have to grant or enforce patents and other intellectual property rights covering COVID-19 drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and other technologies such as masks and ventilators.

The United States recently joined the 100 countries that support the waiver. It’s time for Canada to step up.

Write your member of parliament calling on the Canadian government to support the waiver now and put people’s lives before profit.

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