January 17, 2017

Photos by Saint John chapter activist Lynaya Astephen

The Council of Canadians Fredericton and Saint John chapters were at the Trudeau town hall meeting in Fredericton this morning.

The Canadian Press reports, "Trudeau was asked about Energy East from a man, who said he was with the Council of Canadians, at a town hall event in Fredericton, who wondered if public meetings will be held in affected communities, and whether detailed maps of the pipeline route would be provided."

That man was Fredericton chapter activist and Energy East-New Brunswick campaigner Mark D'Arcy.

The article continues, "Trudeau says his government inherited a 'high degree of mistrust' from the previous Conservative government that has left Canadians skeptical about consultations on pipelines and environmental protection."

January 17, 2017


Photo by Council of Canadians supporter Lynaya Astephen

January 17, 2017

Council of Canadians organizer Angela Giles tweeted this from the town hall meeting in Halifax yesterday evening.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's town hall tour was in Halifax last night.

The Canadian Press reports, "The tone was largely friendly until one woman asked about green energy. 'That oil has to stay in the ground', said a woman who identified herself as Mi'kmaq. 'Why do you guys constantly bring up all these oil pipelines?' Trudeau told the woman that we are 'going to have to agree to disagree on the issue'."

The article continues, "As he tried to say that 39 indigenous communities in Western Canada are supportive of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, he was interrupted by the word 'lies'. Trudeau stopped in his tracks and asked for respect. 'A little respect please, I'm giving you as much respect as I can and I'm asking for the respect back', Trudeau said."

January 16, 2017

David Thomson, Galen Weston

The Council of Canadians vision statement highlights that economic globalization and unregulated market capitalism have divided the world – and Canada – into rich and poor as at no time in living history.

The Canadian Press now reports, "The two richest Canadians have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, according to a new report from a group of international aid organizations. The Oxfam report says the wealth of billionaire businessmen David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. equals that of about 11 million Canadians."

David Thomson has an estimated net worth of $37 billion. His family's holding company is The Woodbridge Company, which own 59.6 per cent of the Thomson Reuters media empire and 100 per cent of The Globe and Mail. Galen Weston has an estimated net worth of US $8.9 billion and maintains a controlling interest in Loblaw Companies, the largest food retailer in this country.

January 15, 2017

Photo by Canadian Press

The Council of Canadians Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter has written the Trudeau government calling on it to enforce the Fisheries Act in the case of the Mount Polley mine disaster. When the mine's tailing dam ruptured in August 2014 it damaged fish habitat, a violation of the Fisheries Act.

Chapter activist Elaine Hughes writes, "It has now been over two and a half years since the Mount Polley Mine’s tailings dam collapsed and sent up to 25 million cubic metres (10,000 Olympic-size pools) of wastewater and mine waste solids into downstream waters, and, in violation of the Fisheries Act, destroying or affecting downstream waters and fish habitat. Despite clear evidence of violations of Canadian laws, no charges have been brought forward by any level of government. How can this be?"