May 26, 2015

"oops, maybe I should have voted instead of going golfing..."


It’s a sad day for health care in British Columbia as Doctor Profit (Brain Day) was elected president of the Doctors of B.C. When the ballots were counted up, Dr Day won by a single vote (Dr. Alan Ruddiman, a rural family physician in Oliver, garnered just one vote less — 945 — and Dr. Lloyd Oppel, an emergency medicine physician at the University of BC Hospital, got 285 votes).

May 26, 2015

On Friday, the Council of Canadians joined the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, Rights Action and allies to confront Hudbay Minerals at their annual shareholders’ meeting. More than 60 protestors gathered in downtown Toronto outside the meeting in solidarity with impacted communities from across the Americas who denounce Hudbay for human rights violations, environmental abuses, and land theft.

May 26, 2015
Photo: A still from the video of yesterday's media conference.
A still from the video of yesterday's media conference

The Council of Canadians St. John's chapter participated in a media conference yesterday to highlight concerns about fracking and the fracking review panel process in their province.

CBC reports, "The Newfoundland and Labrador government announced last August that it was appointing an independent review panel to investigate the possibility of fracking to extract oil and gas. ...[But] some environmental and citizen groups are now voicing concerns that none of the five panelists selected by government are women, or represent First Nations or people from the west coast of the province. Paula Graham, with the social action group Council of Canadians, is worried the panelists won't look at the long-term health consequences or the ethics of fracking."

May 26, 2015
Photo: LeNeveu at today's media conference.
LeNeveu at today's media conference.

A report authored by Dennis LeNeveu, a retired biophysicist who worked for the federal Crown corporation Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, says that the Energy East pipeline threatens the drinking water of more than 60 per cent of Manitoba residents. The report was released by a Manitoba-based coalition in which the Council of Canadians Winnipeg chapter is a key member.

May 25, 2015
Allies protest the TPP and fast-track authority outside the White House. Photo by Ellen Davidson.
Allies protest the TPP and fast-track authority outside the White House. Photo by Ellen Davidson.

It appears that the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "free trade" deal has been stalled over the issue of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast-track authority, in the United States. That in turn could also be delaying progress on the proposed Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (CJEPA).