Morning Reading on New Brunswick and Colombia

The land question cuts acorss international boundaries.

New Brunswick and Sisson Mine

McQuarrie, Dallas, "Kent County “water warriors” gather on Elsipogtog, view documentary celebrating their historic victory" (NB Media Co-op, July 18, 2017).

“You have to normalize resistance. You have to normalize it in every aspect of what you’re doing,” Suzanne Patles, in Water Warriors.

Elsipogtog First Nation – The story of Indigenous people, Acadians, and Anglophones in one of New Brunswick’s poorest areas successfully defending their homes and communities from the ravages of shale gas development is now the subject of a new documentary film.

Notes: Water Warriors is a 22-minute short film that documents the resistance to fracking in Kent County by Elsipogtog First Nation and allies in 2013.

D'Arcy, Mark, "“Hands Across the Bay of Fundy” for the future we want" (NB Media Co-op, June 20, 2017).

Heavy rains and winds did not dampen the commitment of the approximately 80 people gathered to protect their communities and the Bay of Fundy from the proposed Energy East pipeline on June 17 in Red Head, New Brunswick. The rally and picnic, organized by the Red Head Anthony’s Cove Preservation Association, was the final “Hands Across The Water” event held in the province in June.

Notes: Article describing a protest on the Bay of Funds against the Energy East Pipeline project, which expresses fears from spies and the impact of super tankers on the Bay of Funds written my Mark D’Arcy the Energy East Campaigner for the Council of Canadians.

Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter,, "March over the Nashwaak River to highlight the secrecy and risks of the Energy East tar sands pipeline project" (NB Media Co-op, June 9, 2017).

A march will be held on Saturday, June 10th in Fredericton across the Nashwaak River, 1:00pm–1:45pm. Starting at 1:00pm, people will meet at the gravel parking area beside 955 Union Street (borders the Nashwaak River and is just below the overpass of the Walking Train Bridge), and then march across the trail bridge over the Nashwaak River.

This march is part of the ‘Hands Across The Water’ events held in June along the proposed tar sands Energy East pipeline route in New Brunswick. This event is organized by the Fredericton chapter of the Council of Canadians.

Notes: Describes a march that would take place on June 17, 2017 from the walking train bridge across the Nashwaak, on the issue of energy east and the Sisson mine

The Land Question in Latin America

Burgos, Stephanie, "Land and inequality in Latin America: a harsh reality unearthed" (Oxfam International, November 30, 2016).

The ownership and control of land by rich elites at the expense of ordinary people is fundamental to understanding the inequality crisis that has engulfed the world. Latin America is a prime example, where extreme concentration of land has been central to its very high levels of inequality. Oxfam’s new report reveals that in recent years this has actually gotten worse. Amazingly, across the Latin American continent, one percent of farms now cover more productive land than all other farms put together.

Notes: Blog post by Oxfam International which summarizes some of the contemporary issues around land and inequality in Latin America, with reference to a new report on land, power, and inequality in Latin America.