Actions & Events

May 29, 2019 — Carbon Pricing Presentation

Meghan McMorris of the Ecology Action Centre gave a clear and informative presentation to approximately 40 community members, who had many questions about this complex and sometimes confusing topic.


January 11, 2019 — Film: Burned

About 100 people attended a showing of Burned, a film that exposes the little known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel.  It probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies and blatant green-washing of the burgeoning biomass power industry.  The film was followed by a discussion led by wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft and energy analyst Peter Ritchie.


Facts on biomass in Nova Scotia and ideas for action are linked here: biomass FAQ and addresses for action



January 8, 2019 — Standing in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Grassroots Mi’kmaq activists stood in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en people on the West Coast who are resisting plans to extend the TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline through their sovereign territory. The RCMP had moved into the Unist’ot’en camp following a BC court injunction and arrested 14 people including 3 Mi’kmaq. REA members joined Mi’kmaq at the Canso Causeway to show solidarity and hand out pamphlets to drivers. 50+ solidarity events happened across Canada   and  internationally.

October 26, 2018 — Film: The Water Protectors Journey 

Responsible Energy Action sponsored Eliza Starchild Knockwood’s film The Water Protectors Journey: Along the Sipekne’katik River, as part of the Antigonish International Film Festival opening gala.


July 19, 2018 — Film: Directly Affected

On May 29th, Canada had announced that “we” would purchase the Kinder Morgan Pipeline for a cool $4.5 billion.  This compelling film on the resistance to Kinder Morgan was co-sponsored with Fair Climate Transition, at St James United Church.


July 6, 2018 — NoPipe Rally in Pictou

More than a thousand people marched on land and hundreds of fishing boats, led by Mi’kmaw fishers, processed into Pictou Harbour to draw attention to the Northern Pulp facility’s plan to discharge millions of litres of treated pulp waste daily into the Northumberland Strait. A dozen or more REA members joined in the land march, and a letter was sent to Minister McKenna requesting a Federal-level environmental assessment.

June 2018 — World Oceans Day

On a beautiful Saturday, June 9th, we gathered at Mahoney’s Beach to celebrate the oceans and their life-giving force. A welcome from County Councillor Donnie MacDonald, songs by the Raging Grannies, a touch tank for the kiddies (and adults!) and a guided walk helped us all focus on the importance of a healthy ocean free of plastics.

May 2, 2018 — Active Transportation Meeting

Community members gathered to learn about and help shape the future of active transportation in Antigonish. Hosted by Antigonish Community Energy and Responsible Energy Action, the event brought together stakeholders with interest in many elements of active transportation. More work on this topic will be a focus for the next year.

February 14, 2018

We cooperated with the Antigonish Emergency Fuel Fund to raise donations to their Valentine’s Day appeal. The Fuel Fund provides emergency support to families who are unable to heat their homes. In 2018 support went to more than 100 families in Antigonish Town and County, most having an annual income under $15,000.

May 5, 2017 — Film & DiscussionAwake Poster Newest

In 2016 Standing Rock, North Dakota became one of the most watched places on earth. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe attracted world attention through their peaceful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of how this defiance is changing the way we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.

April 22, 2017 — Earth Day   More than 5000 people fish striped bass in Nova Scotia, and the Shubenacadie River is the most important striped bass spawning ground in the province.   We showed Saving the Shubenacadie , followed by discussion of the Alton Gas project and the ongoing resistance by Water Protectors at the Shubenacadie River site.


April 5, 2017 — Protectors: Cross-movement resistance to Alton Gas

Doreen Bernard, Dale Poulette, Robin Tress and Carrie-Ellen Gabriel joined in a panel presentation about the impacts of and resistance to underground natural gas storage by Alton Gas. The project proposes to solution-mine huge salt caverns and release the resulting salt brine into the Shubenacadie River.  View the recorded panel discussion here!

March 18, 2017 — Presentation on Fossil Fuel Divestment

Stephen Thomas, Energy Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre, made a presentation at the Youth Activism Conference in Antigonish. His presentation focused on the need for action in the face of climate change, proposed LNG plants in Nova Scotia, and some strategies to promote divestment from fossil fuels at the institutional level.

September 28, 2016–Green Rights film with Silver Donald Cameron

Over 200 people turned out to see Silver Donald Cameron’s new film, Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. The celebrated author, speaker, producer and activist answered questions and signed books after the film. The event was co-hosted with the Antigonish International Film Festival, the Sisters of Saint Martha, and the StFX Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Social Change Leadership.sdc

REA members with guest Dr Silver Donald Cameron

REA members with guest Dr Silver Donald Cameron








August-October, 2016–Treaty Truckhouse Against Alton Gas

Various REA members travelled several times to Fort Ellis near Stewiake, to participate in and witness the building of a traditional truckhouse (along with eel weirs and the setting of traps, a pier and a fishing boat) on the banks of the Shubenacadie river, and the enacting of the Treaty of 1752 right of the Mi’kmaw to fish.

Earth-Day-2016-Poster-Earth-Day-NetworkApril 22-23, 2016 — Earth Day

Celebrations were held at Dr. John Hugh Gillis High School and the Prissy Pig

REA provided Green Ribbons for Climate Action, and assistance with a display about the fossil fuel impacts of plastic water bottle production.


April 15, 2016 — Nova Scotia groups issue Open Letter on Carbon Pricing 

Read the text of the letter to Premier McNeil and Finance Minister Delorey  Carbon Pricing Principles  (April 15, 2016)

April 14, 2016 — Stop Alton Gas!

A number of REA members travelled to Halifax for a demonstration organized by the Sipekne’katik Mi’kmaq community to raise awareness of concerns about the Shubenacadie River’s delicate ecosystem and how the province’s consultation process has failed the Mi’kmaq Nation.

April 13, 2016 — Presentation on Biomass

Peter Ritchie shared his excellent presentation showing the real Greenhouse Gas impact of biomass-for-electricity: it isn’t pretty!  Read the details — biomass vs. coal poster

March 9, 2016 — Film : “It’s Too BIG”

Peter Murphy screened an informative film on the Port Hastings biomass-for-electricity plant. Peter produced the film along with a team of volunteers from the Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA) in the autumn of 2015.  If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s well worth viewing online: It’s Too BIG

January 28, 2016–Warm Homes, Smaller Footprint

 Zenon Pilipowicz from Clean Foundation discusses the Homewarming program

Zenon Pilipowicz from Clean Foundation discusses the Homewarming program

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REA held an energy efficiency event at the People’s Place (Antigonish Public Library).

REA members and StFX students presented information on how Nova Scotians use energy, and tips and tricks for saving money, staying warm, and reducing your footprint.

Guest presenters from the Clean Foundation and Efficiency Nova Scotia provided information on the various energy efficiency programs available.

November 29, 2015 — Antigonish Climate March

Elves out to save the North Pole (and the South Pole).

Elves out to save the North Pole (and the South Pole).

Antigonish took to the streets on Sunday, November 29, marching to urge world leaders to take aggressive action on climate change. The Global Climate March is an international initiative that took place in communities all over the world on the eve of the UN climate summit in Paris. According to a Global Climate March press release, “Organisers today revealed the final count for the Global Climate March which has seen over 785,000 people have marched in 2,300 events in 175 countries across the world, making it the biggest set of global marches in history with over 24 countries breaking records for their largest ever climate marches.”

photos courtesy Danny Gillis

photos courtesy Danny Gillis

The Antigonish event coincided with the annual Christmas Parade so the climate marchers joined that procession. Of course the parade also included Santa Claus, one of the world’s best known climate change victims. Local organizers have not yet been able to reach Santa for a statement. They expect him to endorse their efforts to draw attention to the plight of the North, where the climate is changing more quickly than anywhere.

Antigonish Climate March 2015

Antigonish Climate March 2015

Before the march, local experts facilitated workshop sessions on how to address climate change through policy, technical solutions and leadership. See for more photos.
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October 2015 — Antigonish is a Blue Dot Community!

On October 19th and 20th, Antigonish Town and County Councils unanimously endorsed the Blue Dot declaration! Once again our municipal councils are showing their leadership on environmental concerns. REA expresses appreciation for the support of our councillors, mayor, and warden for this and other sustainability initiatives.

Find information about the campaign at or find Antigonish updates on facebook at


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April 25, 2015 — Earth Day Celebration 

We had a great event at the Prissy Pig Café, with music, information about local environmental projects, and activities for the kiddies!




X Students showed their spirit

February 13, 2015 — Global Divestment Day

It was chilly and windy, but nothing scared us off! We marched from the Angus L Macdonald Library to the People’s Place Library to raise awareness and stir up action on divesting from fossil fuels.  Even the World Bank President and UN Secretary General agree!


Hugh Haley inspired us at the People’s Place Library.

Use Community Transit!

Use Community Transit!







January 28, 2015 — The Energy Industry and Nova Scotia’s Future Generations:       BradfieldResponsible Energy Action was delighted to welcome economist Dr. Mike Bradfield to Antigonish. Dr. Bradfield made a presentation on the topic The Energy Industry and Nova Scotia’s Future Generations — Who Needs Whom, and discussed whether natural gas is a bridge to renewables or a gangplank, and the impact of lower energy prices on the use of fossil fuels.  About 65 people turned out for this lively event, which was co-sponsored by the StFX Development Studies Program

July 17 & 21, 2014 — NS Review of Hydraulic Fracturing
The two public sessions held by Dr. Wheeler in Port Hawkesbury and Stellarton were attended by a total of 25 REA supporters, who asked questions about and suggested revisions to  the presentation. Further information on the Review and a link to its final report can be found here.

June 8, 2014 — World Oceans Day


On a picture perfect day, the Antigonish community gathered on Mahoney’s Beach to celebrate our beautiful ocean and learn a bit about how to protect it. See the video by Gavin Fraser here.

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Jane readingHaley Jeffrey, Coonie Clement



Rob Moore on trumpet


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April 30, 2014 — Submissions to Wheeler Review

More than ten submissions from the local area were sent in to the Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing Review, including two substantive group submissions representing more than 90 local residents. This input came from a range of concerned people: health professionals, scientists, university faculty members, retirees, artists, youth and other local residents. To follow the process of the Review, go to

April 23, 2014 — Webinar with David HughesHughes

More than a dozen REA members participated in a webinar “Is Fracking the Energy Answer for Nova Scotia?” organized by the Ecology Action Centre. Geoscientist David Hughes presented an excellent overview, then answered questions from the webinar participants for an hour! The webinar can be viewed on YouTube, beginning at about the 20 minute mark

January 24, 2014 — Presentation by Brendan Haley

A great turnout of REA members and friends heard an excellentBrendan presentation about energy efficiency and policy on the municipal, provincial, and regional scale. Nova Scotia leads the country in annual energy savings, thanks to the leadership of the independent agency Efficiency Nova Scotia.

December 2, 2013 — Solidarity with Elsipogtog

Aulds Cove 1 2013-12-02REA members joined friends from Antigonish and Waycobah  to express solidarity with those protecting their lands against seismic testing for shale gas in Kent County, New Brunswick.


November 28th & 30th: Two Great Community Events! SOVfinalposter3

Heidi Verheul of the Sierra Club Atlantic led us through a presentation and workshop focusing on debunking the myths of fracking and communicating effective messages.


Saturday, November 16th — National Day of Action on Climate Change:   SaveOver 130 communities across the country joined together under the banner “Defend our Climate — Defend our Communities” We had a great time at the Antigonish Farmers’ Market with songs from the Raging Grannies, beautiful buttons to give away, colouring pages for the kids, and lots of opportunities to talk to people about the issues.

October-November 2013:   In support of the Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition (SoSS), we collected over 300 signatures on a petition asking the federal government to establish an independent review of potential petroleum development in the Gulf of St Lawrence, and in the meanwhile to enact a moratorium. Copies of the petition were delivered to MP Peter MacKay, requesting that he present them in the House of Commons. (petition)

Thursday, September 5th — Seeing is Believing Tour   Several REA members travelled to Tatamagouche to participate in800-kw-on-duty the “Seeing is Believing” tour, which included a visit to the Spiddle Hill wind field and presentations by a number of leaders in the renewable energy sector in Nova Scotia.

View the programme

Thursday, July 4th —  DriveWiser Session green car

Tips on driving more efficiently. REA and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish sponsored a free”DriveWiser” session Thursday July 4, 7 pm at the People’s Place Library in Antigonish. Derek Gillis of Clean Nova Scotia’s DriveWiser program helped participants learn how to save gas, save money, and help the environment by changing just a few driving habits.

June 18, 2013 — Presentation to Antigonish County Council David MacLean and Sr. Agnes Beaton made an excellent presentation to CouncilAnt-county on the possible impacts at the local level of shale gas development. The presentation was well-received, and a number of councillors asked follow-up questions that signalled their engagement with the topic.

May 7th & 9th, 2013 — Community Events

RigFilm showing — Shattered Ground, narrated by Dr. David Suzuki, explaining the process of fracking and its impacts. Followed by a brief discussion. St. Andrews — Tuesday, May 7th, 7 p.m. at St. Andrews Community Centre St. Josephs — Thursday, May 9th, 7 p.m. at St Josephs Lakeside Community Centre

April 2013 — Petition to Ban Fracking Wastewater Importation:   We collected 325 signatures on a petition to stop futute importation of hydraulic fracturing wastewater into Nova Scotia. Atlantic Industrial Services (AIS) in Debert currently imports fracking waste from New Brunswick, and may be asked to accept waste from Newfoundland and Labrador.

March 20, 2013 — What’s up with Fracking?


We had a very well-attended film and discussion at the People’s Place. After showing the film Shattered Ground,  narrated by Dr. David Suzuki. After the film, Dr. David Risk of St.FX Earth Sciences department and Kris Hunter of the Biology department provided clear and helpful answers to audience questions. Two municipal councillors showed their interest by joining us for the evening. Thank you!

December 12, 2012 — Powering Down: The Powering Down project is an initiative of the Earth and Hearth Collective in Antigonish. The project aims to help people reduce household energy consumption. Dr. Beth Lange, Sr. Donna Brady and Ed Watson explained the content of the program, which will begin in February. Local families from Antigonish town and county are invited to participate.

November 8, 2012 — Canadian Extractive Industry, Human Rights & the Law:  REA and Antigonish Breaking the Silence hosted a presentation by Cory Wanless, of the progressive Toronto law firm Klippensteins, Barristers & Solicitors.  Klippensteins is currently counsel to Alberta oil consultant and activist Jessica Ernst in her lawsuit against the oil company EnCana for the contamination of her water through its hydraulic fracturing for shallow coalbed methane ( They are also representing community members from El Estor, Guatemala in a civil suit against the Canadian company HudBay Minerals, Inc. ( In 2010, Klippensteins represented filmmaker Steven Schnoor in a successful defamation lawsuit against Canadian Ambassador to Guatemala Kenneth Cook,who had made false claims that Mr Schnoor’s documentary misrepresented the eviction of residents of El Estor by Vancouver-based nickel mining company Skye Resources.

October 5th through 29th — Photo Exhibit at the Prissy Pig This powerful exhibit, organized by Responsible Energy Action and Antigonish Breaking the Silence, drew parallels between mineral resource extraction in Guatemala and shale gas exploration in Québec.

September 22, 2012 — ‘Global Frackdown’ at Auld’s Cove 

About 200 protesters, including a dozen of us from Antigonish, stood in unity at the end of the Canso Causeway for three hours. This was a significant  time of solidarity between First Nations and settler peoples as we joined in a day of action against fracking, and in support of Lake Ainslie.   It was peaceful and it was powerful.

At the end of the protest, RCMP closed the highway in both directions while the Mi’kmaq led us in a water ceremony. Several sites have posted information and photos of the event, for example

September 13-15, 2012 — Action at the Canso Causeway: The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society and First Nations people from the Maritimes organized a three-day protest of oil and gas development. Over 2000 pamphlets were distributed, signatures were gathered on petitions, and support from the RCMP, Department of Transportation, and passing drivers was amazing!

REA flags and signs were among those on hand

September 8, 2012 — Flag-making for the Environment:   Our friends in Lake Ainslie requested our support and solidarity by making flags to honour the environment. These were hung near the proposed PetroWorth drilling site on the shore of the lake, and were later moved to Elsipogtog in the summer of 2013.

July 18, 2012 — Presentation at People’s Place Library

The focus of this meeting was the presentation “Hydraulic Fracturing — the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” by Antigonish native Stephan MacLellan. Steve is a member of APEGGA and a self deemed environmentalist who has worked in the frac industry for more than 11 years. He says he is pro-fracturing “as long as it is done safely and correctly.” The 40-person audience asked a number of well-informed questions!

July 10, 2012 — Jessica Ernst in Westville:   Jessica  is the oil patch consultant and scientist from Rosebud, Alberta, who is suing EnCana, one of the continent’s largest unconventional gas producers, for negligence causing water contamination. She is also in a legal action with the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), the province’s energy regulator, for breaching the Charter of Rights. Jessica is a very informed and committed speaker on the impact of fracking on individuals and communities. She was at the Westville Community Hall Gym on Tuesday July 10th at 7 p.m.  Members of Responsible Energy Action attended.

May 6, 2012 —  Rally at the Causeway.  We joined our friends from Lake Ainslie in drawing attention to PetroWorth’s plan to drill for oil near the lake beginning this June. As usual, the weather kept us dancing (to stay warm!). Lots of positive response from those who drove by — this issue really touches a nerve in Cape Breton.

April 25, 2012 — Jennifer West, Groundwater Coordinator at Ecology Action Centre gave an excellent presentation at the People’s Place, Main Street Antigonish. More than 50 local residents attended, asked pertinent questions, and enjoyed tasty refreshments! January  2012 — Rally at the Causeway:   More than 50 people gathered in the bitter wind at the Canso Causeway to draw attention to oil and gas exploration in Nova Scotia. Later, we met with our local MLA to share information and inform him of our concerns. Our issue paper can be found here.

Hardy folk at the Canso Causeway, January 14, 2012

December 2011 — We collected over 250 signatures on a petition to ban hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia. Several members attended the “Protecting Our Communities” conference in Truro. The film Gasland was shown at the People’s Place Library, and Dwayne MacEachern provided information on proposed drilling at Lake Ainslie.

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