December 3, 2016

Powell River chapter activist Patricia Cocksedge introduces Yves Engler.

The Council of Canadians Powell River chapter hosted author-activist Yves Engler on November 18 for a talk on his new book, A Propaganda System: How Canada's Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation.

To watch a 55-minute video of Engler's presentation by our friend and ally Claudia Medina, please click here.

December 3, 2016

The protest against the Kinder Morgan and Enbridge pipelines outside the federal building on Bay Street in Hamilton.

The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter joined with 350 Hamilton to protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and the Enbridge Line 3 and Line 10 pipelines on December 1.

The Trans Mountain pipeline would be an 890,000 barrel per day pipeline, Line 3 a 760,000 barrel per day pipeline, and Line 10 a 73,000 barrel a day pipeline. All these pipelines have not received the consent of First Nations, cross numerous waterways, and would result in increased upstream and downstream carbon pollution.

Don McLean is a member of both the Hamilton chapter and 350 Hamilton.

December 3, 2016

Photo by Emma Cubitt.

The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter co-sponsored the Spirit of Red Hill Valley lecture by Avi Lewis on November 30.

The Hamilton Spectator reports, "Lewis, outspoken activist, documentary filmmaker and an author of the controversial Leap Manifesto that shook up the NDP's national convention this year, spoke to a packed house at the First Unitarian Church in Hamilton Wednesday night. In an often stirring address, marbled with humour, indignation and hope, Lewis submitted an audit of the injuries the environment will suffer as the result of the Trudeau government's environmental pawn brokering. He began his talk, the featured twelfth annual Spirit of the Red Hill Lecture, in a mood of utter dismay at the Trudeau government's approval of the TransMountain and Line 3 pipelines, saying the decision 'changes everything'."

December 3, 2016

Paul Costello, Matthew Dobbin

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter was in Ottawa earlier this week to express their solidarity with the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

Chapter activists Paul Costello and Matthew Dobbin made the 1,000 kilometre round trip given the importance of Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 which is supposed to provide constitutional protection to Aboriginal and treaty rights in this country. Section 35 recognizes and affirms Aboriginal rights, but did not create them - Aboriginal rights existed before Section 35.

December 3, 2016

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter protested against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and stood in solidarity with the water protectors opposing the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock on December 2.

Chapter activist Kathie Woodley says, "A small but determined group of activists braved the wind and rain in Courtenay to send the message that we stand with Standing Rock and to say NO to Kinder Morgan. Thanks for the honks and waves of support from so many vehicles passing by!"

The outreach for the rally had noted, "Call out to all people who want to show your support to Standing Rock. Bring your drums your voices and your signs, We need to show Justin Trudeau how we feel about Kinder Morgan!"