March 23, 2017

The Council of Canadians Quinte chapter had an information table at the Belleville Library for World Water Day yesterday.

The chapter tells us, "There was a steady stream of people (young and old) stopping at our table from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. We had some good discussions and 5 people signed up as being interested in joining our Water Group. We also had an invitation from Loyola Community Learning Centre to speak to a group of immigrants to explain about the safety and importance of drinking tap water."

The chapter worked in shifts to keep the table staffed throughout the day.

Twenty-four Council of Canadians chapters participated in World Water Day actions across the country this year.

March 23, 2017

Chapter activist Roy Brady

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter is critical of the federal government's commitment to affordable housing.

The Peterborough Examiner reports, "Roy Brady, chairman of the local chapter of the Council for Canadians, was skeptical [the government's budget announcement] will make much of a difference for the homeless of Peterborough. He said he's still waiting for the National Housing Strategy that the Liberals promised before they were elected."

The Toronto Star reports, "The federal government’s 2017 budget pledges more than $11 billion for affordable housing, but backloads almost all the spending until after the next election, with just $20 million of the new money slated for this year."

March 23, 2017

Canada's High Commissioner to the UK Janice Charette meeting with Queen Elizabeth.

The Trudeau government wants the British government to ratify the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) before it leaves the EU, according to Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette.

The Toronto Star reports, "The [Trudeau] government is pushing for its trade deal with Europe to be ratified by Britain before it leaves the European Union to secure the crucial agreement. Prime Minister Theresa May will start formal divorce talks with the European Union at the end of the month. Technical discussions to preserve CETA with the UK after Brexit have begun. Francois-Philippe Champagne, appointed Canadian trade minister this year, has met with UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox several times already, Charette said."

March 23, 2017

Terrace chapter

The Council of Canadians Terrace chapter has written an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on electoral reform.

In the letter published in The Northern View, chapter activist Barry English writes, "The Council of Canadians, Terrace Chapter, is writing to voice our deep concern and extreme disappointment with your rejection of electoral reform. As your support of electoral reform was very strong throughout your campaign, with a pledge to ensure 'that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first past the post'."

March 23, 2017

A small area within the Thunder Waters Forest. Photo by Barry Fitzgerald.

The Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter welcomes a recent letter from the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF) to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in defence of the Thundering Waters Forest.

In early April 2016, the chapter joined with allies to oppose a plan by GR Investment Group to secure approval to destroy 13 acres of provincially-significant wetland adjacent to the forest to accommodate a $1.5 billion Paradise development project, which includes a hotel, entertainment facilities, apartment housing, and a private school. GR had argued that this loss of wetland could be 'offset' by reproducing it in another area. By late April, after several community protests, the developers backed away from the idea of 'biodiversity offsetting'. But the Thundering Waters Forest is still under threat.