May 31, 2016

Council of Canadians organizer Angela Giles presents to the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel, October 2015.

A government-appointed panel has recommended that a "pause" on fracking in Newfoundland and Labrador should remain in effect until further study is done.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel has just released an almost 200-page report that says, "There is a limited understanding of the geology and its implications for unconventional oil and gas development." The report also notes, "[Fracking] cannot be considered a 'game changer' with respect to the fiscal position of Newfoundland and Labrador." And the report adds, “There are a number of gaps and deficiencies that are significant. These must be addressed before we feel that conditions could reasonably exist that would allow hydraulic fracturing operations to proceed responsibly.”

May 31, 2016

Council of Canadians trade campaigner Sujata Dey speaking against NAFTA at the "CETA: TTIP in a Canadian disguise" conference at the European Parliament in Brussels earlier today.

The so-called Investment Court System (ICS) 'reform' now in the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) would still allow the most controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) challenges launched under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to proceed.

This is the finding of the new report Investment Court System put to the test published by five of our allies: the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung, and the Transnational Institute.

May 30, 2016

Council of Canadians activists were at the PEI Action Team for Migrant Workers' Rights protest in Charlottetown today.

The Council of Canadians PEI chapter called for immediate permanent resident immigration status for Seasonal Agricultural Workers, Caregivers and Temporary Foreign Workers at a protest in front of Province House this afternoon.

CBC reports, "The rally is part of a week of actions to call attention to the federal government's review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), and was organized by the PEI Action Team for Migrant Workers' Rights. ...The PEI Action Team includes members of the public as well as representatives of the PEI Food Security Network, the Council of Canadians and the Cooper Institute. Similar events are scheduled in Canadian cities this week by groups calling for 'a reversal of Harper-era policies; an end to employer-tied work permits, and granting of status on arrival in Canada'."

On May 11, the federal government began a review of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

May 30, 2016

The Grassy Narrows River Run 2016 will take place on Thursday June 2 starting at 12 pm in front of Queen's Park in Toronto.

The Council of Canadians has been participating the annual River Run event since 2010.

As noted on Facebook, "In Spring of 2016 Grassy Narrows people will travel 1,700 km to Toronto to call on Premier Wynne to finally clean up the 9,000 kg of mercury that were dumped in our river in the 1960’s. Join us as we demand justice for our people and protection for the waters and forests that give life. The urban Indigenous community of Toronto has been gifted tobacco from the Grassy Narrows Women's Drum Group to attend the River Run rally on June 2nd. There will be a meeting place at Queen's Park at noon to pick up tobacco to walk with."