March 22, 2017

The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter and Windsor on Watch held a cross-border rally today to mark World Water Day.

Chapter activist Doug Hayes tell us, "We had an opening and blessing by [Mohawk Elder] Mona Stonefish followed by Peggy Case who is with Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation. Then [chapter activist] Randy Emerson spoke about oil and pipelines. There were a few other speakers who raised key issues."

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

The Windsor-Essex, Medicine Hat, Brandon/Westman, Edmonton, Prince Albert, Northwest Territories, Chilliwack, Cowichan Valley, Comox Valley, Whitehorse, Montreal, Guelph, Centre Wellington, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, Northumberland, Peterborough-Kawarthas, Quinte, South Niagara, Sudbury, Toronto, South Shore, Saint John, and Kent County chapters are all taking action between March 2 and April 6 to mark World Water Day.

March 22, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau

The Council of Canadians is disappointed by the Trudeau government's budget that was tabled earlier today.

Among a number of key priorities, we were looking for an immediate $1.2 billion investment in First Nations water and wastewater systems, the elimination of about $7.8 billion in federal subsidies to fossil fuel producers, a commitment to fund a minimum of 25 per cent of provincial health care costs, a commitment to a cost-saving universal pharmacare program, and a rejection of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) as a job-killer.

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Budget 2017 - "Over the last year, the Government has lifted 18 long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities, and is on track to eliminate all remaining advisories by March 2021."

March 22, 2017

Council of Canadians activist Ken Kavanagh

Newfoundland and Labrador-based Council of Canadians Board member Ken Kavanagh was on CBC Radio on Monday (March 20) speaking in opposition to the loss of minimum processing requirements (MPRs) under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Kavanagh says, "In terms of Newfoundland's history, we keep talking about no more give-aways, [but] I see this as the biggest give away of all because we're giving up on a constitutional right. When we joined Canada the federal government took over management of the stocks and apparently we're supposed to be in control of the processing sector. And what we're doing now by giving up the MPRs is we're giving up a very strong aspect of that processing responsibility."

March 22, 2017

Chapter activist Mary Cowper-Smith

The Council of Canadians P.E.I. chapter welcomes the proposed ban on the export of bottled water from P.E.I. noted in the province's draft Water Act.

In a letter to the editor, chapter activist Mary Cowper-Smith writes, "With World Water Day being celebrated today, March 22, I am heartened to see that the draft Water Act released last week would make it illegal to export bottled water from P.E.I. The supply of fresh water around the world is disappearing and many parts of the world already face severe water shortages. Exporting P.E.I.’s precious fresh water is indeed a mistake."

March 22, 2017

Chapter activists Sheila Nabigon-Howlett and Roy Brady at a No Casino Peterborough protest.

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter opposes the construction of a casino to be located near Harper Park, a beautiful 150-acre natural park in the southwest corner of the city.

Notably, the wetlands in the park have just been designated as "provincially significant" by the Ontario government.

Peterborough Field Naturalists have noted, "Harper Park and its adjacent major open space lands contain a diversity of habitat types and are therefore the most ecologically significant lands within Peterborough, with high biodiversity and a high percentage of native plant species. Harper Park’s size provides habitat for area-sensitive birds and mammals not normally found within city limits such as Sharp-Shinned Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Snowshoe Hare and Woodland Jumping Mouse."