October 27, 2016

Council of Canadians organizer AJ Klein and Wilderness Committee campaign director Joe Foy address the town hall last night. Photo by Torrance Coste.

The Council of Canadians and Wilderness Committee held a town hall meeting last night on the Site C dam.

More than 200 people came out for the event!

The outreach for the event had noted, "There's a heist happening in the province, a 9 billion dollar heist, and it's going on right under our noses! Even worse, the head bandit in charge of this whole scam was put in charge by taxpayers. Christy Clark is taking us all for a ride, and she's making a killing for her rich friends along the way. It's up to all of us to stop her. Join Grand Chief Stewart Phillip with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Emma Gilchrist with DeSmog Blog, Ben Parfitt with the Canadian Centre for Policiy Alternatives, and Morag Keegan-Henry of Fight C for an evening of myth busting and truth telling. These folks will be cutting to the chase, and you'll leave with some knowledge and tools to help put an end to this boondoggle."

October 27, 2016

Photo by Lynaya Astephen.

The Council of Canadians Saint John chapter hosted a talk by Gordon Laxer last night on his book After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians.

Saint John chapter activist Lynaya Astephen says, "There was an excellent attendance of about 100 people."

Laxer is a political economist, a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, and the founding director of the Parkland Institute. He is also an opponent of the Trans Canada 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East tar sands export pipeline and a proponent of attaining energy security through the phasing out of carbon fuel use and transitioning to renewable energy.

October 27, 2016

Despite intense efforts by proponents, the Canada-European Union summit to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will not happen today!

At this hour, EU Observer reports, "Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has cancelled a trip to Brussels, as Belgium failed on Wednesday (26 October) to clear internal opposition to CETA."

That article notes, "Representatives of the nine Belgian entities talked until late on Wednesday, and will keep talking on Thursday. ...According to Belgian public broadcaster RTBF, the Belgians agreed to a general safeguard clause, which would allow any regional entity within a federal structure like Belgium's to withdraw the country from CETA. They also want a contested investment protection system to become a real public court, amid fears that the mechanism, in its current shape, is biased towards corporate interests. Farmers would also see special protection and support measures triggered if they are hurt by Canadian competition."

October 26, 2016

Brent Patterson, Tracey Ramsey, Helene Bertrand

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated, "It’s difficult to imagine a world where Canada would turn its back on [the Trans-Pacific Partnership given it includes] three of its top five trading partners. We established very clearly during the campaign that we’re a pro-trade party."

Today, The Council of Canadians delivered a petition signed by 20,000 people from across this country who can imagine a world where fair trade is prioritized over corporate rights agreements like the TPP.

Member of Parliament Tracey Ramsey accepted the two boxes of petitions at the doors that lead into the House of Commons.

Ramsey represents the southern Ontario riding of Essex, is the NDP trade critic, and is a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade.

October 26, 2016

The Canadian Federation of Students will have a national day of action on November 2 to call for the elimination of tuition fees and universal access to public, post-secondary education in Canada.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says, "This is about envisioning a better world, and building it together. I stand with students to build a Canada that upholds human rights, invests in strong public services and ensures equal opportunity for all people."

And Council of Canadians Prairies-NWT organizer Brigette DePape says in this CFS-Manitoba video, "On November 2nd, we call on our supporters to take a stand and join us in protecting education. All out!"

As noted in this campaign blog from last winter, the Council of Canadians supports the CFS call for free tuition for university students.