January 21st, 2011

UPDATE: Nuclear shipments on Great Lakes delayed.
CottageCountryNow.ca reports that, “A federal decision to permit the shipment of 16 radioactive steam generators across the Great Lakes has been delayed indefinitely. For reasons unexplained, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) said on Monday (January 17) that it needs more time to deliberate the proposed shipment.”

The Sarnia Observer also highlights, “Gervais (from the CNSC) said the delay has nothing to do with a uranium shipment that was diverted from its destination in China after rough seas damaged the containers used to haul the material. ‘I wouldn’t want to link the two files,’ he said. ‘They are two very separate files. In all matters, the commission members examine all information available to them and carry out their due diligence on each specific file.’”

The Council of Canadians has been speaking out against the proposed nuclear shipments since August when we first issued an ACTION ALERT against the Bruce Power plan. In September national water campaigner Emma Lui made our case against the shipments in a deputation to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission,http://www.canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=4770.

UPDATE: Building Canadian-European civil society opposition to CETA

STRASBOURG, 8 am (2 am ET) – We are leaving Strasbourg this morning and returning to Brussels for meetings with European allies opposing CETA. We will be meeting with the European Public Services Union, Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory, Food and Water Europe, and others. Many of these European civil society groups just signed on to a statement of opposition to CETA which can be read on the front-page of http://www.S2Bnetwork.org or athttp://www.s2bnetwork.org/fileadmin/dateien/downloads/EU-Canada_statement_Final.pdf. This statement represents a significant step in building trans-Atlantic opposition to this trade agreement.

UPDATE: Harper government offends Vaclav Havel, undermines CETA talks

STRASBOURG, 11:30 pm (5:30 pm ET) – The attached photo shows a poster that one can see in the halls of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. It asks, ‘why can Vaclav Havel not enter Canada freely?’. Havel, of course, is a world-renowned playwright, human rights activist, former president of Czechoslovakia, and, oh, also a member of the Order of Canada. So what’s this all about?

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