STANDING WITH ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES
Shoal Lake 40 First Nation needs a Permanent Road and a Water Treatment Facility
Winnipeg's decision to build an aqueduct from Shoal Lake had serious repercussions for the people of the Shoal Lake 40 First Nations community. They were dispossessed of land that included ancestral burial grounds as well as their village at the mouth of the Falcon River. Forced to move to the adjacent peninsula, they were completely cut off when that peninsula was subsequently severed from the mainland by a canal diverting coloured Falcon River water away from Winnipeg's intake. The community has struggled with its man-made isolation ever since.
Last boat of the fall at Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
The Council of Canadians is committed to an ongoing relationship with Shoal Lake 40. We support them in their reasonable demand for an end to the century-long isolation imposed by the City of Winnipeg's water infrastructure. Many lives have been lost and damaged by this man-made isolation, while Winnipeg has benefited and profited from the water.
The community has a right to safe access and we would encourage those of us on the receiving end of Shoal Lake's water, including all levels of governments, to work with Shoal Lake 40 to implement a just solution to this problem.
Shoal Lake 40 website
The Agreement to Process signed by representatives of Pimicikamak, the Province of Manitoba, and Manitoba HydroWe stand with the people of Pimicikamak in their ongoing process with the Provincial Government and Manitoba Hydro.
Nearly 5,000 people live in the area, which is located over 700 kilometers north of Winnipeg. Local residents there say they have some of the highest electricity and heating bills in the province, despite the electricity generated from a dam in their own territory. The issue is much larger than just utility bills though. There are issues of treaty rights to land and a Northern Flood Agreement (NFA), which is not being implemented. The NFA is supposed to compensate northern Manitoba First Nations affected by hydro development.
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Injustice at Grassy Narrows: From Mercury Poisoning to Mass Deforestation
Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation (also known as Grassy Narrows First Nation) is an Anishinaabeg community located 80 km north of Kenora, Ontario.
In the 1960's the Dryden Chemical Company poisoned the English-Wabigoon River System with mercury from their effluent discharge. People from Grassy Narrows continue to suffer the effects of mercury poisoning more than 40 years after their commercial fishery was closed.
In 1985 the First Nation received a settlement agreement, which, by today's standards is inadequate. As well, the mercury has never been removed from the water and it continues to adversely affect the health of Grassy Narrows residents today.
Weyerhauser Forest Products has been harvesting trees in the area to supply its Timberstrand Mill in Kenora. The community is concerned about the mass extraction of trees for paper and fears that deforestation will irreversibly damage local habitat.
NO ENERGY EAST PIPELINE
TransCanada Corp. is actively promoting plans for the “Energy East” pipeline that would carry 1.1 million barrels of crude per day, including crude from the tar sands. TransCanada would convert its 40 year-old natural gas pipeline from Saskatchewan to Ontario, connecting it with new pipeline through Quebec and on to Saint John, New Brunswick. The 4,400 kilometre pipeline is expected to lead to massive tanker exports from the Atlantic coast to send crude to the much larger and more profitable markets of Europe, India, China and the U.S.
full article: http://www.canadians.org/energyeast
In Manitoba the Council of Canadians Winnipeg Chapter is working closely with the No Energy East MB group to engage people along the proposed pipeline route and put a stop to this. One of the major concerns is how close the proposed pipeline will run to Shoal Lake, ON, which is the source of Winnipeg’s drinking water. A pipeline rupture in that watershed could be disastrous for the city.
Council of Canadians Winnipeg Chapter - No Energy East BLOG Series
Council of Canadians - Energy East pipeline may put at risk Winnipeg's drinking water
The Dominion - A Threat to Winnipeg’s Water Supply?
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SUPPORT JOSHUA KEY
Joshua Key, an Iraq war veteran who was disillusioned by the war after witnessing many war crimes, has been applying to stay in Canada since 2005. He has a family in Winnipeg with deep roots here. They are concerned that the Government of Canada is deporting war resisters to the U.S. to face unjust jail sentences, ignoring international law and breaking up families.
Author of "The Deserter's Tale," Joshua told the story of his recruitment into the U.S. Army, the war crimes he witnessed in Iraq and his subsequent flight to Canada to an audience at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg on Jan. 17, 2011, shown in the video below.
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SUPPORT FRACKING MORATORIUM
Most of Manitoba’s over 3,600 active oil wells have been fracked. The fracking that is taking place in Manitoba hasn't yet caused the infamous flaming water taps that have been seen in the US and Alberta. Natural gas released by fracking is very mobile and has been correlated with methane contamination of well water from fracking of the Marcellus shales in the US that are deeper than the exploited shales here. Contamination of groundwater from fracking has not yet been observed in Manitoba, but the water is pushed underground together with sand and chemicals, to fracture the earth and release oil and gas. The oil and gas is pumped out, and the permanently poisoned water is left there, deep within the fractured earth. It won’t stay contained and separate from groundwater forever.
Fracking in Manitoba
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STOP CETA HERE!
An unfair trade deal made behind closed doors will be devastating to communities throughout Manitoba and jeopardize our standard of living for generations to come.
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union will be a bad deal for Manitobans.
If CETA is signed it will:
- threaten our democracy by putting corporate rights first
- encourage privatization of Canada’s drinking water and wastewater services
- threaten local job creation and “buy-local” policies
- cause Canadian prescription drug costs to skyrocket by at least $2.8 billion each year
- open public services to bids by huge multinationals and lead to privatization
- allow big corporations to challenge environmental regulations.