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Quebec's Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster not just tragedy, but corporate crime

By Martin Lukacs hosted by the Guardian

At the root of the explosion is deregulation and an energy rush driving companies to take ever greater risks

Five days after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the rural town resembles a scene of desolation. Its downtown is a charred sacrifice zone. 50 people are likely dead, making the train's toll one of the worst disasters in recent Canadian history.

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ACFN disappointed by JRP’s initial approval of Shell tar sands mine expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ACFN disappointed by JRP’s initial approval of Shell tar sands mine expansion; expects mitigation and accommodation to be in place prior to further approvals for the expansion

July 9, 2013 Fort McMurray, AB— Quick on the heels of oil washing up on the shores of Ft. Chipewyan and a 100 km long slick along the Athabasca River, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is disappointed by the recent decision by the Joint Review Panel (JRP) to recommend Shell’s Jackpine mine expansion project go forward, despite a Panel acknowledging, for the first time, the significant adverse impacts tar sands have on Aboriginal rights and cultures.

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Elsipogtog War Chief John Levi jailed until Monday

By Miles Howe - Halifax Media Co-op

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK - Elsipogtog War Chief John Levi was today sent to jail until Monday morning at 9:30am, which, according to the presiding judge, was the "earliest convenient time" to set bail.

Levi stands accused of two charges, both related to an anti-shale gas action that took place on June 21st. The first, mischief, is most likely related to the actions of four people, three of whom went out onto highway 126 into the path of SWN Resources Canada's seismic testing trucks. These four people were arrested - along with eight others on that day - and Levi stands accused of telling protesters to "stand their ground".

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Pack the courts! Stand with Toad, Six Nations Land Defender! #IdleNoMore #SovSummer

Wednesday July 3rd 10am
Cayuga Courthouse, 55 Munsee St. N., Cayuga

Rides leave from Keele Subway, Toronto at 8 am

See below for info for other cities.

Six Nations land defender Theresa “Toad” Jamieson and the Two Row Society join Idle No More Sovereignty Summer’s calls for action with a rally and court support at the Cayuga courthouse on Wednesday JULY 3rd at 10am.

Toad has been defending Indigenous land rights and Kanonhstaton, the Six Nations Reclamation site, ever since the land near Caledonia, ON was reclaimed by Six Nations in February 2006. At the height of this winter’s Idle No More movement, the rounddance during her court date sent a strong message that the fight for the land requires lasting support of Indigenous women land defenders.

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Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein to join Canada's tar sands 'healing walk'

Stephen Leahy - guardian.co.uk   Photograph: Jeff Mcintosh/AP

Native elders to lead a spiritual gathering to heal land, air, water and all living forms harmed by world's largest industrial project.

Hundreds of activists including Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein are going into the heart of Canada's tar sands this week – not to protest the destruction of the local environment, but to pray for the 'healing' of land and the people.

Native elders from all over North America will lead people past lakes of tailings wastewater and massive infrastructure of the tar sands industry along the Athabasca River in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

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Week of Enbridge Tar Sands Actions Launch Idle No More's Sovereignty Summer

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Idle No More launches new website and communications platform to amplify the impact of the movement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: This Friday, June 28th, Idle No More will launch a new website and communications platform that will engage hundreds of thousands of people via the web, social media, email, and text. Timed to coincide with the beginning of Sovereignty Summer (#SovSummer), Idle No More and Defenders of the Land’s joint campaign officially launched on June 21, 2013, the new site will allow the Idle No More movement to coordinate events and actions around the world. On Friday the new site will be live on idlenomore.ca and idlenomore.com.

At the heart of this new website is a contact database of over 100,000 people who are active in the movement. To enable ongoing and effective coordination of future events, this database will create separate contact lists of people involved in Idle No More, such as those living in a specific territory or community, those interested in drumming or singing at an event, or those inspired to host a Sovereignty Summer – Idle No More action or event.

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Sovereignty Summer Overview

sovereignty_summer_2013_med.pngOfficially launched on June 21 by Idle No More and Defenders of the Land, a network of Indigenous communities in land struggle, Sovereignty Summer is a campaign of coordinated non-violent direct actions to promote Indigenous rights and environmental protection in alliance with non-Indigenous supporters.

Sovereignty Summer actions aim to bring attention to the Harper government agenda, which undermines the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Canadian citizens, and the ongoing policies disrupting Indigenous peoples' lives - such as land claims, third party management, and no free and prior consent to development on Indigenous lands. We are in a critical time where lives, lands, waters and Creation are at-risk and they must be protected. 

The Harper government is moving quickly to pass the suite of legislation (C-45, C-428, S-2, S-6, S-8, S-212, C-27, and the First Nation Education Act) that undermines the treaties, our nation-to-nation relationship and Indigenous sovereignty, which is the last stand to protect our lands. Idle No More calls on non-Indigenous people to join Indigenous communities in coordinated non-violent direct actions in the summer. Alternatives will only come to life if we escalate our actions, taking bold non-violent direct action that challenges the illegitimate power of corporations who dictate government policy.

 

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First Nations group calls for B.C. to reject Northern Gateway pipeline work permits

8580212.jpgBy Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun

A B.C. First Nations group says it will not support Premier Christy Clark’s liquefied natural gas strategy unless the province withholds drilling permits for the proposed $6.5-billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline.

Enbridge has applied for provincial permits in 32 locations in northern B.C. along the proposed oil pipeline route to carry out work this summer meant to provide more information about below-ground conditions.

That work includes drilling to obtain rock samples and seismic testing to determine changes in rock type. Some of the work would require cutting trees, building trails and reopening logging roads.

The Yinka Dene Alliance — which represents six First Nations — has also sent a “cease and desist” letter warning Enbridge against trespassing on their traditional territories.

The group represents First Nations with traditional territories that encompass 25 per cent of the pipeline’s 1,170-kilometre route.

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‘Sovereignty summer’ activists vow more action to come

inm.jpgBy Global News

OTTAWA – Aboriginal protesters involved in an Enbridge pipeline occupation are vowing more action this summer.

Clayton Thomas-Muller – who speaks on behalf of the Sovereignty Summer group, an extension of last winter’s Idle No More movement – said the group plans more protests in Ontario, including a proposed 4,400-kilometre pipeline that would carry between 500,000 and 850,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada.

“The Energy East TransCanada pipeline proposal is problematic. We’re very concerned about it. They should expect resistance to that proposal,” Thomas-Muller said in an interview. He also said they’re targeting a fracking project on a First Nations reserve in New Brunswick.

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