Mi’kmaq Warriors – Southern Ontario Speaking Tour

Members of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society who have been arrested and incarcerated will be on a speaking tour in January and February to raise awareness about their struggle against fracking, their ongoing assertion and exercise of nationhood, and the repression they face from police and courts.

PUBLIC EVENTS – February 18th-26th

* Sarnia (Aamjiwnaang Territory): Tuesday, February 18, 5:00pm- 9:00pm at the Sarnia Public Library (124 Christina St) https://www.facebook.com/events/217664261770364/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

* Toronto (Mississauga, Six Nations Territory): Thursday, February 20, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, at Council Fire Native Cultural Centre (439 Dundas East)

* Hamilton (Six Nations Territory): Friday, February 21, 6pm, at Volunteer Hamilton (267 King East)

* Six Nations: Saturday, February 22

* Tyendinaga: Sunday, February 23

* Peterborough, Nogojiwanong: Monday, February 24 at 7 pm. First People’s House of Learning (1600 West Bank Drive). Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/695514017136344

* Kitchener-Waterloo: Wednesday, February 26. https://www.facebook.com/events/270800899751142/

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Fractivist Toolkit: How you can take action to protect water and stop fracking

Communities continue to find creative ways to fight fracking projects which are threatening their drinking water, families and friends’ health and the air they breathe. One example is the Mi’kmaq Warriors Speaking tour where events in sixteen communities in Western Canada and Ontario have been organized or will take place over the coming weeks. Members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society who were arrested for protecting their land from fracking will share their stories about their struggle against fracking on their territory.

This week the Council of Canadians launched its new Fractivist Toolkit: How you can take action to protect water and stop fracking. The toolkit provides ideas for communities fighting fracking.

The first section of the toolkit provides a summary of fracking in Canada’s provinces and territories and includes information about the current state of fracking, laws related to fracking – such as permit requirements for water takings and drilling – and what community actions are already underway. The second section contains ideas and suggestions about what you can do to fight fracking, including case studies and how to pass a resolution against fracking. This section also includes public education tools such as social media tips and sample letters to the editor.

Fracking is one of the biggest threats to our watersheds of our time. As Maude Barlow writes in the Foreward, “We’ve seen the terrible damage fracking inflicts, just as we’ve seen the power and influence of the companies that promote it. These companies won’t regulate themselves, and governments are doing little to stop them. They won’t put the needs of people and the planet before profit. That’s up to us. By organizing, writing, marching, petitioning and refusing to give up, we can protect our water and stop fracking.” Here, here. And with this toolkit, I look forward to working with many to stop fracking across our communities!

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The First Nation People in Sarnia Are Pushing Back Against Fracking

Colin Graf for Vice Canada

Protesters in Sarnia are standing up to the powerful fracking lobby. Photo by Colin Graf.

On December 27th, First Nations protestors in Sarnia, Ontario, took to the streets once again to let Canadians know they don’t want to be the lab rats of the energy industry’s pollution experiments. While members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation have put up with spills of potentially toxic chemicals in their air and water for decades, they’re now scared of new threats—namely controversial changes to existing pipelines, and fracking.

Walking to the beat of drums and native singers, about 50 marchers paraded through part of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation reserve carrying banners and signs, then followed a rural road that runs along the reserve’s boundary with an invisible, underground neighbour alongside—Enbridge’s Line 9. The company’s plan to reverse the flow of the pipeline to carry Alberta tar sands bitumen to a Montreal refinery is a fear the marchers carry along with them. “There’s a real risk this very old pipeline could rupture and spill this heavy bitumen into our area and next to our homes,” said Vanessa Gray, one of the women from Aamjwinaang who appears in the VICE Canada documentary on the Chemical Valley, and December’s “Toxic Tour” organizer.

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Canadian oil & gas company in Lake Erie, Spain and Tunisia

Brent Patterson on the Council of Canadians blog

A Canadian oil and gas company is involved in a controversial offshore gas storage facility in Spain, has oil and gas interests in the Mediterranean Sea, and reportedly holds shares in more than 900,000 gross acres of Lake Erie for natural gas extraction.

Gas map.

The company
An October 25, 2013 Dundee Energy Limited media release states, “Dundee Energy Limited is a Canadian-based oil and natural gas company with a mandate to create long-term value for its shareholders through the exploration, development, production and marketing of oil and natural gas, and through other high impact energy projects. Dundee Energy holds interests, both directly and indirectly, in the largest accumulation of producing oil and gas assets in Ontario, in the development of an offshore underground natural gas storage facility in Spain and, through a preferred share investment, in certain exploration and evaluation programs for oil and natural gas offshore Tunisia.”

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Ontario Geological Survey raises spectre of fracking on Manitoulin Island

Michael Erskine in The Manitoulin Expositor

MANITOULIN—Concerns over the possibility of the controversial oil and gas extraction technology known as fracking taking place on Manitoulin Island have been heating up with the revelation in the fall edition of the Council of Canadians magazine Canadian Perspectives that the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) drilled test holes near Little Current in 2012.

The information that drilling was conducted was ‘buried’ in the OGS publication ‘Summary of Field Work and Other Activities for 2012, Section 29 on the Potential Ordovician Shale Gas Units in Southern Ontario’ and revealed in an online blog by the Council of Canadians’ water campaigner Emma Lui, who also wrote the magazine article. The OGS is part of the Ministry of Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.

“To be honest, I don’t really understand how it all relates,” said Ms. Lui of the drilling program and its results. “But the concern is that a number of things started about three years ago that has seen public money going into this exploration work before any kind of public discussion has taken place with the people of Ontario.”

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Hamilton resolution in support of a fracking moratorium

Today, the City Council in Hamilton unanimously voted in favour of the following recommendation:

That the City of Hamilton supports a province-wide and national moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until provincial and federal reviews have been completed that include extensive public consultation and full consideration of the potential human and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

The Council was responding to a letter from the Council of Canadians’ Hamilton chapter.

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January 18th in Toronto – Unist’ot’en Camp: Exercising Indigenous Sovereignty to Fight Back Against Tar Sands and Fracking

WHERE – OISE, 252 Bloor St W, Rm 5170, Toronto
WHEN – Friday, January 18th, 7pm

Unist’ot’en Camp: Exercising Indigenous Sovereignty to Fight Back Against Tar Sands and Fracking

Info-night and discussion, hosted by camp ally Brett Rhyno.

The Unist’ot’en Camp is a resistance community whose purpose is to protect sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory from several proposed pipelines from the Tar Sands Gigaproject and shale gas from Hydraulic Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region.

The Unist’ot’en (C’ihlts’ehkhyu / Big Frog Clan) along with other strong uncompromising allies will stop this destructive path, for the future generations, for the biodiversity, and for solidarity with our neighbours living amidst the heavy impacts in the Tar Sands Affected areas in Northern Alberta, and regions heavily affected by Fracking Natural Gas and Shale Oil, as well as communities impacted by Refineries, Pipelines, and Fuel Terminals and Port Expansions.

Attend to learn about what is happening at camp, how you can be in solidarity, and how a cross-continental alliance is being formed to develop pro-active pipeline resistance strategies.

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