The Council of Canadians’ Energy East Ontario Tour: Our Risk – Their Reward

Our community is on the path of the TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project, which would convert a 40 year-old natural gas pipeline from Saskatchewan to Ontario, connecting it with new pipeline through Quebec and on to Saint John, New Brunswick. Transporting 1.1 million barrels of oil every day, it would be the largest oil pipeline in North America.

Find more information about The Council of Canadians’ ENERGY EAST: Our Risk-Their Reward campaign.

In solidarity,
Hélène Bertrand, Development Officer
The Council of Canadians

Energy East Pipeline OUR RISK – THEIR REWARD

From April 7-28, The Council of Canadians, with local partners, will be visiting communities across Ontario to talk about why TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is all risk and little reward for Ontarians. These events are free and open to everyone.
Council of Canadians Chairperson Maude Barlow and Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation will speak on how the Energy East Pipeline project is “Our risk – their reward.” Each tour stop also features a local guest speaker and video presentation about the diluted bitumen pipeline spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
I also invite you to participate in public consultations hosted by the Ontario Energy Board. These consultations are a key opportunity to have our voices heard about this risky pipeline and will influence our provincial government’s position on the project.

April 12 – Canada Room, Royal Canadian Legion, 150 1st Ave W (map) 7p.m. (doors open 6:30)

Ontario Energy Board consultation dates/locations:

April 2 – West Ferris Community Centre, 42 Gertrude Street East (map)

Near North Voices presents The Mozart Requiem

Near North Voices presents  The Mozart Requiem

Looking for something to do Sunday night? Check out Near North Voices presents The Mozart Requiem.

Sunday March 30, 2014 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Church.

OPSEU Local 608 will be there selling 16oz bags of Manomin Canadian wild rice for $10/bag.

All proceeds will go to the Fort Albany Women’s Shelter which operates a Fort Albany First Nation emergency shelter for women and their children.

Thank you to Adam Adler and the Near North Voices for inviting us!

Manomin Canadian Wild Rice For Sale (Now only $10/bag!)

On behalf of OPSEU’s Provincial Women’s Committee, OPSEU Local 608 is selling 16oz bags of Manomin Canadian wild rice for $10/bag.

All proceeds will go to the Fort Albany Women’s Shelter which operates a Fort Albany First Nation emergency shelter for women and their children.

Manomin Canadian Wild Rice is organically grown, freshly harvested and processed by the Ojibway of Wabigoon. Kagiwiosa Manomin, an Ojibway owned and operated cooperative is located at Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation in Northwestern Ontario.

Rice will be available outside of F213 on Friday March 7, 2014 before the IWW keynote speaker (1pm – 3pm). A special “thank you!” to Sal Renshaw of the Gender Equality and Social Justice department for helping our local sell the rice.

If you can’t make it to the sale, please contact Catherine ( to arrange pick-up in our office, A145A.

Help Stop Tim Hudak

Both the Hudak and Harper Conservatives are launching aggressive attacks on workers’ rights. This is the biggest challenge our unions have ever faced.

These attacks cannot be defeated by a single union committee or by a handful of dedicated activists. Defending our movement and our members must be the top priority of the labour movement and every union organization.

The time for action  is NOW Time is short- We cannot afford to wait until the next provincial election is announced.

Together, we can defeat the Conservatives attack and renew our unions in the process.

Protect our members— Protect our collective agreements— Protect our pensions—Protect our unions 

Join us Saturday April 5th 2014 at the Royal Canadian Legion North Bay Branch 23 (150 Main Street West) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

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In Solidarity,
Henri Giroux
President North Bay and District Labour Council

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