November 28, 2015
Maude Barlow
Maude Barlow makes a convincing case against CETA, at the Austrian Parliament earlier this month.

Given the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was 'approved in principle' in October 2013 and the subject of a quasi-signing ceremony on Parliament Hill in September 2014, one might wonder what has happened to the agreement fourteen months after negotiations on it were completed.

Officially, the text is being legally scrubbed and then translated before it goes to ratification votes.

Normally, that should maybe take several months, not more than a year to do.

November 28, 2015

Glenn Murray, CTV News interview

The Council of Canadians Sudbury chapter screened the film This Changes Everything last night.

Chapter activist Glenn Murray tells us, "We had an estimated 200 person audience."

The Sudbury Star had previously reported, "The event is hosted by The Council of Canadians (National), The Council of Canadians (Sudbury Chapter), Laurentian University School of the Environment and Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury, in association with Sudbury Indie Cinema. ...Elaine Porter, a member of the Sudbury Chapter of the Council of Canadians, said the group is happy to bring ‘This Changes Everything’ to the city."

November 28, 2015
100% Possible march in Campbell River
100% Possible march in Campbell River

With the COP 21 climate talks beginning in Paris on Monday (Nov. 30), the indications are that the critical aspects of the Trudeau's climate policy fall well short of what is needed.

Those key areas include:

1- The agreement won't be legally binding.

November 27, 2015

Vytenis AndriukaitisVytenis Andriukaitis, the European Union's commissioner for health and food safety, has stated that Europeans are worried about the lowering of food standards through the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

He has stated, "Cloning and hormone-treated beef and chlorinating chicken are prohibited by us. ...We do not negotiate our standards. Not with food, not in health care and not to protect the environment." Given TTIP would impact those standards, he has commented, "I don't see a safe majority for this yet."

The Council of Canadians has been highlighting that Europeans should have similar concerns about the erosion of their food standards through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

November 27, 2015
Saint John
St. John's
Photos: ‘This Changes Everything’ in Saint John and St. John’s.

The Council of Canadians chapters in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador and Saint John, New Brunswick screened the film 'This Changes Everything' last night.

Saint John chapter activist Lynaya Astephen posted, "Had 100 people show up to watch This Changes Everything! Great turn out! Wonderful to see and the film was great!" The St. John's chapter also had a successful screening of the film last night.

Our Sudbury chapter will be showing the film tonight.