March 2, 2015

Jim RiesberryThe Council of Canadians Brockville chapter submits a letter to the editor and pays for a 2" x 3" advertisement in their local newspaper every month. The letter to the editor is printed in a newspaper with a circulation of 6,000 readers and the advertisement goes in a newspaper with a circulation of 24,000 readers. Their letter last month focused on the Harper government's neglect of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

March 2, 2015

The fight in New Brunswick against TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline gained momentum this past weekend! At the invitation of the Wolastoq Grand Council, this past Saturday saw close to 50 people participate in an historic gathering at the Woodstock Band Council’s office to form an alliance with indigenous and non-indigenous allies.  

March 1, 2015

Yesterday's protest outside MPP Deb Matthews' constituency office. Photo by Robert Cory.

The Council of Canadians London chapter joined with allies yesterday to protest in front of Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Deb Matthews' constituency office. They were there to demand that she stop the the proposed closure of birthing and other obstetrical services at the Leamington District Memorial Hospital.

February 27, 2015

Council of Canadians organizer Leila Darwish presented a deputation to the Transit Police Board meeting in Metro Vancouver this morning.

Darwish stated, "We are one of over forty organizations that endorsed the Transportation Not Deportation campaign. Like many of the groups and individuals who are here to speak to you today on this critical issue, the Council of Canadians believes that everyone deserves access to public transportation without fear of being criminalized, abused, detained, and deported. ...The Council of Canadians and our members are pleased that the pressure and determination of concerned community members has forced an end to the memorandum between Transit Police and CBSA. But whether this is a true victory for justice remains to be seen."

Darwish then outlined four key asks:

February 27, 2015

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter and its allies – the Sacred Water Circle, the Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group, and KTRSG Nibi Emosaawdimojig (Those Who Walk for the Water) – are calling for a national inquiry on murdered and missing Indigenous women.

In their letter to the editor published in Peterborough This Week, they write, "When there is a federal government that can ignore the reality of almost 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women, we are in deep trouble as a ‘civilization’." Highlighting that "Indigenous women are seven times more likely to be murdered than non-Indigenous women" and other facts, they note, "This is a horrendous series of events that would not likely be tolerated if occurring within the mainstream population. So far, the federal government has not recognized this national crisis."