July 6, 2015

More than 10,000 people marched yesterday for Jobs Justice and the Climate in Toronto.  The links were made between Indigenous rights, migrant justice, austerity, health and climate change.  A very powerful day with participation from our chapters from London, Hamilton, Guelph Toronto Peterborough, Thunder Bay and Niagara.  Photos by Veronica Manco.



July 6, 2015

Charter challenge team

Day 2, July 3, 2015

On the second and final day of hearings on our injunction to stop the so-called Fair Elections Act, Harper government lawyers presented an unconvincing rebuttal.

They had a tough act to follow. On day one, supported by testimony from Elections Canada, elections experts and civil rights groups, our legal team presented powerful evidence that eliminating the voter identification card as valid ID stands to block tens of thousands of eligible voters – mostly students, seniors, aboriginals and the disabled – from casting their ballots in October.

The cards were used by 400,000 voters in the 2011 election. Elections Canada was so pleased with the program that they planned to expand it to cover all 25 million voters in the 2015 federal election.

July 3, 2015

Court team

Day 1, July 2, 2015

“This case is about the right to vote – the cornerstone of democracy.”

With these words, lawyer Steven Shrybman opened day one of hearings against the Harper Conservatives’ “Fair” Elections Act. The Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students and three individual electors are seeking an injunction to stop regressive new voter ID rules from coming into effect for October’s federal election.

Over eight hours in a Toronto courtroom, Shrybman presented powerful evidence that, if allowed to stand, the so-called Fair Elections Act would cause “irreparable harm” in the 2015 election and beyond.

Citing expert testimony, he argued that tens of thousands of eligible voters – mostly students, aboriginals, seniors and the homeless – would have their constitutional right to vote taken from them under the Conservatives’ new rules.

July 3, 2015
Fredericton chapter outreach
The Fredericton chapter helps to promote the Jobs, Justice and Climate day of action. Photo by Joan Green.

At least 19 Council of Canadians chapters will be participating in actions for climate justice this weekend.

Saturday July 4 is a national day of action for jobs, justice and the climate. The Vancouver, Delta-Richmond, Kelowna, Nelson, Nanaimo, Edmonton, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Peterborough-Kawarthas, Montreal, Fredericton and St. John's chapters will be participating in that day. And Sunday July 5 will see a march in Toronto to coincide with the Pan American Climate Summit and an Economic Summit. The Toronto, York University, Hamilton, London, Niagara South, Guelph and Peterborough-Kawarthas will be participating in that march.

July 2, 2015
The Peace-Athabasca Delta is located at the confluence of the Peace and Athabasca Rivers with Lake Athabasca.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee is concerned about the impact of the tar sands and the proposed Site C dam on Wood Buffalo National Park and the Peace–Athabasca Delta region in north-eastern Alberta.

The Canadian Press reports, "The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has asked Canada to invite a team to Alberta to study how the [tar sands] and other nearby projects will affect Wood Buffalo National Park. The UN committee’s request follows a petition by the Mikisew Cree First Nation in December that asked for the park to be added to a list of world heritage sites in danger."