March 27, 2017

Photo by Susan Sparks

The Council of Canadians Kitchener-Waterloo chapter had an information table at the Renison Ministry Centre/ Renison University College on the University of Waterloo campus during a live-stream presentation of Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow speaking from the Trinity Institute Water Justice conference in New York City.

The Trinity Institute had noted, "Water Justice, a global conference held in New York City and webcast all over the world. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues."

For those in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, Trinity Institute at Renison 2017 organized a gathering in which people could, "listen to the speakers, ask panelists questions via email, and reflect in our own small groups about local water issues and actions."

March 27, 2017

The French Constitutional Court has delayed its ruling on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) prompting calls for the deal's provisional application to be postponed past July 1.

EurActiv reports, "Following a request in February by 153 elected politicians, including 53 MPs, the Constitutional Court announced that it would delay its decision on the legality of the EU’s free trade agreement with Canada. Something of a rarity, this report threatens the implementation of the deal."

March 27, 2017

(Canadian Energy Pipeline Association's Chris Bloomer and Sonya Savage take questions from the NEB Modernization Expert Panel in Saint John, New Brunswick on March 21, 2017)

On March 21, 2017, the NEB Modernization Review Expert Panel came to Saint John, New Brunswick to hold their 9th public meeting.  This review was launched by the Government of Canada in an attempt to return public confidence back to the National Energy Board.  What's at stake is how pipeline review projects like Energy East get decided and whether the NEB should have their mandate changed or expanded. It should be noted that the Expert Panel choose not to include the other 3 Atlantic Provinces in their consultation meetings.

March 27, 2017

Can these Liberal MPs explain why their government hasn't implemented pharmacare?

The Council of Canadians is mobilizing for a day of action in support of pharmacare on Saturday May 27.

While this poll shows that 91 per cent of Canadians want pharmacare, and this report notes that implementing it could save up to $14 billion dollars annually, Health Minister Jane Philpott stated last April that pharmacare is not part of her mandate, that it is too costly, and that it will not be introduced in this Parliament.

March 27, 2017

Wallonia's Minister-President Paul Magnette says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's then-trade minister Chrystia Freeland and CETA envoy Pierre Pettigrew used "emotional pitches and blunt threats" to pressure Wallonia on CETA.

The Trudeau government is trying to provisionally apply the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) by July 1.

The CBC reports, "Canada is preparing to provisionally apply [CETA] by July 1. In Canada, the federal cabinet ratifies CETA, so unlike in Europe, there's no voting drama here [but there is implementation legislation that has to be passed]. [That] legislation to bring Canada's laws and regulations into compliance, C-30, is now before the Senate foreign affairs and trade committee."

CBC reporter Janyce McGregor comments, "There's no sign of senators holding it up."