September 30, 2016

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke to a capacity audience of 300 people in Vancouver last night.

She was joined on stage by environmentalist David Suzuki for a discussion on the main themes in her new book Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis.

Vancouver-based Council of Canadians campaigner Emma Lui posted to Facebook, "Wonderful night tonight at Maude Barlow's book launch in Vancouver! And she was joined by David Suzuki. What a duo!"

Vancouver Cooperative Radio was also there last night and will podcast the speeches on their Redeye program here.

September 29, 2016

Over the past two days a major health care summit has occurred in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier Hotel. The summit, titled “A New Health Accord for All Canadians,” is a partnership between the Canada 2020 think tank and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). This summit featured variety of stakeholders and speakers including senator Chantal Peticlerc, Dr. Granger Avery the president of the CMA, Dr. Gaétan Barrette the Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services, and Dr. Jane Philpott Canada’s Minister of Health. This summit comes at a pivotal point in the history of medicare with a new health accord being negotiated in coming months and an urgent need for national pharmacare (among many pressing topics).

September 29, 2016

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter was at the rally at Guelph City Hall on September 26 and is now preparing for the upcoming debate on November 7.

The Guelph Mercury reports, "Local residents will get a chance in November to tell Guelph council what they think of commercial bottling of area groundwater, as a result of a motion passed unanimously by council after about 300 people staged a noisy anti-Nestle rally Monday [September 26]. ...Supporters of [Councillor James] Gordon’s motion filled the gallery in council chambers and overflowed into a separate viewing room in city hall. The gallery gave Gordon a lengthy standing ovation after his opening remarks during the two-hour debate."

Nestle is applying to the provincial government for a 10-year renewal of its permit to extract 3.6 million litres of water a day from the Grand River watershed. The Aberfoyle permit expired on July 31, but Nestle has continued to pump water under the terms and conditions of the old permit as the ministry reviews its application.

September 29, 2016

The Council of Canadians Regina, Quill Plains, Saskatoon and Prince Albert chapters have written the Saskatchewan government to express their dismay over the clearcutting of traditional lands held by the family of Idle No More co-founder Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatchewan.

In a joint media release, Regina chapter activist Jim Elliott says, "The Saskatchewan Government by way of Minister of the Environment Scott Moe continues to blame the victim for the clearcutting of their traditional hunting lands. Ms. Sylvia McAdam has been told 'they will clearcut and take the trees no matter what we say'. They have been asking the government to stop for five years. That is why we have gone public on this matter.”

September 29, 2016

Newfoundland and Labrador's information and privacy commissioner, Donovan Molloy, has indicated in a recent report that amounts paid to doctors through Newfoundland and Labrador's publicly-funded Medical Care Program should be released.  Molloy highlighted, "There is no principled reason why physicians' billings should not be subject to the same transparency as payments to employees, businesses, consultants and other parties receiving funding from government." A 2013, NL auditor general’s report said that 142 physicians billed MCP for more than $500,000 and eight billed for more than $1 million in a single year.