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June 30, 2016

With the Health Accord set to fully expire in 2017, Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has said, “that she would like a new Health Accord to be signed, sealed and delivered by year’s end. If that’s going to happen, negotiations have to begin in earnest now and the two (or more) sides have to make their positions clear by the time the First Ministers meet in Whitehorse in July.”

June 30, 2016

The Council of Canadians celebrates the Federal Court of Appeal decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline released today.

The Canadian Press reports, "The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned the government's approval of a controversial pipeline proposal that would link Alberta's oilsands to British Columbia's north coast. In a written decision, the court says Canada fell short in its duty to consult with aboriginal people before giving the green light to Enbridge's $7.9-billion Northern Gateway project. ...The judgment is dated June 23 and has not been posted on the court's website, but it was released today by JFK Law Corp., which represents a First Nation involved in the appeal."

CBC adds, "'We find that Canada offered only a brief, hurried and inadequate opportunity ... to exchange and discuss information and to dialogue', the ruling says. 'It would have taken Canada little time and little organizational effort to engage in meaningful dialogue on these and other subjects of prime importance to Aboriginal peoples. But this did not happen.'"

June 29, 2016

Health is a right and not a privilege.  Yet, in Canada, there are an estimated 500,000 people, half of whom reside in Ontario, who are denied healthcare coverage due to their immigration status. This includes new immigrants in the three-month waiting period, temporary foreign workers between contracts, some international students, non-status individuals pending response to various immigration claims, and even returning Canadian citizens who have left the country for a period of time.

June 29, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Dwight Ball.

The Council of Canadians has been raising the issue of the constitutionality of abandoning Minimum Processing Requirements (MPRs) in the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Now with the Brexit vote, that aspect of CETA may be up for renegotiation.

June 29, 2016

Despite the rare summer heat last night in Halifax, when I walked into the climate consultation I got chills. I was shocked to see that 250 people crammed into a room at Dalhousie University to tell our new Liberal MP Andy Fillmore about the climate action we need from the federal government. It was also my first day as the regional organizing assistant for the Council of Canadians Atlantic Office, and I think a great way to dive right in the work!

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