October 24, 2016

The Council of Canadians London chapter is organizing a "Love Letters to Wallonia" action today.

Their Facebook outreach highlights:
Join us in writing letters, sending thank you notes, sending emails, sending faxes, etc. to thank Wallonia for blocking the CETA free trade deal!
Address for mailing:
Paul Magnette, Ministre-Président
Gouvernement wallon
Rue Mazy, 25-27
5100 Namur
Fax: 011-32-81-331-366 (leave out the dashes when dialing)

October 24, 2016

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow was in Marburg, Germany today to celebrate public water.

Marburg is a university city in the German federal state of Hessen. It has a population of about 72,000 people. It is situated about 470 kilometres south-west of Berlin. Marburg Mayor Thomas Spies is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). The majority in the city's 59-seat parliament is held by a coalition of SPD (22 seats) and Green Party (13 seats) members.

Barlow was welcomed by the Mayor, signed the Golden Book of Marburg, and gave a speech about public water at their City Hall.

The Golden Book is a traditional honour to welcome notable guests and has been signed by renowned figures including the Dalai Lama. The City of Marburg tweeted (in German): "Alternative Nobel Prize laureate @MaudeBarlow joins the Golden Book of the university town #Marburg".

October 24, 2016

The European Union has not reached consensus on signing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and there will be no signing ceremony on October 27!

Yesterday, Reuters reported, "The European Union has given Belgium's federal government until late on Monday to secure backing for an EU-Canada trade deal from the region of Wallonia or a planned summit to sign the pact will be canceled, an EU source said on Sunday. European Council President Donald Tusk, who chairs the collective body of the EU's 28 national leaders, will speak to Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel by late on Monday, the source said, so that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can decide whether to fly to Brussels for the signing on Thursday."

October 23, 2016

The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter screened the animated film Secret Path this evening.

Chapter activist Randy Emerson has posted, "Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex Chapter along with Windsor On Watch and OPIRG are at the University of Windsor Student Center to watch a live-stream of Gord Downie's Secret Path on CBC and discuss our role as settlers with reconciliation in mind."

The Globe and Mail has reported, "Gord Downie's solo album Secret Path began as 10 poems motivated by the story of Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack, a 12-year-old First Nations boy who in 1966 died from hunger and exposure after running away from a residential school in Kenora, Ont. The album, due Oct. 18, is to be accompanied by Jeff Lemire’s 88-page graphic novel. As well, Mr. Downie’s music and Mr. Lemire’s illustrations inspired Secret Path, an animated film to be broadcast by CBC in an hour-long, prime-time, commercial-free television special on Oct. 23."

October 23, 2016

Council of Canadians political director Brent Patterson on CTV National News last night supporting Wallonian opposition to CETA and highlighting the deal would have negative consequences for people and the environment.

Despite an intervention by European Parliament president Martin Schulz yesterday, Walloon minister-president Paul Magnette is holding firm on his refusal to agree to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) signing ceremony this coming Thursday (October 27).

Magnette says, "I think it's worth taking a little more time."

As such, the deadline to resolve this impasse has been shifted from this past Friday, to this weekend, while one news report says that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now set this Monday as his deadline. Another news report suggests the deadline could be as late as Wednesday, the day before the summit.