May 22, 2015

The Council of Canadians South Niagara and Hamilton chapters took part in a protest at Liberal MPP Jim Bradley's office in St. Catharines today.

Today's protest was part of an Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) call for regional days of action to stop health care cuts and privatization.

May 22, 2015

David BlackThe Council of Canadians Campbell River chapter is challenging the arguments made in a Black Press editorial in the Campbell River Mirror.

Black Press describes itself as, "Home to some of the oldest, most trusted community newspapers in North America. ...As the largest independently owned newspaper company in Canada, with more than 150 titles in print and online, Black Press has operations in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Hawaii, California and Ohio."

May 22, 2015
London event
Photo by Kevin Jones.

The Council of Canadians London chapter took part in a Raise the Rates campaign action yesterday.

As noted on the campaign's website, "The Raise the Rates Campaign, a coalition of poor people fighting back along with community and union allies, is not buying into [Ontario premier] Kathleen Wynne’s ‘social justice austerity’. We are demanding living wages, decent income, the reversing of cutbacks and adequate and secure ODSP [Ontario Disability Support Program] benefits. ...The Raise the Rates Campaign is calling on local communities to challenge MPPs during the week of May 18. During that week, they will be in their constituency offices and this is an ideal time to challenge the austerity and growing poverty that is being imposed in this Province."

They highlight that:

May 22, 2015
Fiona McMurran meets with MP Malcolm Allen
Fiona McMurran meets with MP Malcolm Allen.

The Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter met with Niagara Centre NDP MP Malcolm Allen yesterday to discuss public health care.

Chapter activist Fiona McMurran remarked after the meeting, "I'm proud to say that my MP Malcolm Allen supports our Medicare system and wants to strengthen it, for the good of Canadians from coast to coast."

The meeting was part of the Canadian Health Coalition's National Spring Constituency Lobby for Public Health Care. Other Council of Canadians chapters participating in this week of lobbying include Northwest Territories, Charlottetown, Saint John, Sudbury, London, Kamloops, Prince Albert, Vancouver, Comox Valley and likely St. John's and Kelowna. Council of Canadians health care campaigner Michael Butler met with Liberal MP Judy Sgro in Toronto on Wednesday.

The chapters have been asking MPs and candidates if they will:

May 22, 2015

UN side event

Blue Planet Project campaigner Meera Karunananthan spoke at a United Nations side event yesterday during the fifth session of the Post-2015 negotiations process (May 18-22). She has been working with allies around the world to ensure that the human right to water and sanitation is explicitly named and respected in the United Nations Declaration for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The side event was titled 'Addressing Corporate Accountability and Unregulated Private Sector Participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Implications for Follow-up and Review'. It was organized by the Blue Planet Project, NGO Mining Working Group, Franciscans International, Public Services International and co-sponsored by the Republic of Palau.

Meera at the UN

Karunananthan argued that privatising public services is no way to fund sustainable development.