You may have noticed that your provincial health coalition, health care unions, community groups and friends of health care have been getting louder over the past few months. Actions and events, protests and rallies have been taking place across the country. In BC, concern is mounting over the Dr.
We're ecstatic to announce that CUPE and the Council of Canadians will be visiting 8 ridings across Canada to raise awareness on the loss of a health accord and the abdication of the federal government from health care.
The campaign focuses on door-to-door canvassing in conservative-held ridings in an effort to force the Conservatives to host a pan-Canadian conversation on the future of health care and to meet with the first ministers to strengthen public health care for everyone.
The campaign will roll out across the country between April 1st and the end of August with townhalls by Maude Barlow and Paul Moist.
The eight ridings include:
Vancouver Island North, BC
North Bay-Nipissing, ON
Moncton- Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, NB
E-oaxaca reports (in Spanish), "Twenty organizations of Mexican and international civil society presented the report 'Justice for San Jose del Progreso', generated from a Civil Observation Mission on Human Rights held in late 2012 and now updated. The report shows the systematic human rights produced by the imposition of 'San Jose' mining project in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, powered by the (Vancouver-based) company Fortuna Silver Mines since 2006." Blue Planet Project campaigner Meera Karunananthan and I participated in that Civil Observation Mission in Oaxaca.
The Prince Albert Daily Herald reports, "Since its formation in 2009, Renewable Power -- The Intelligent Choice (RPIC) has been at the forefront of the fight for sustainable energy in Prince Albert and area."
"As RPIC members began to plan out their spring agenda at Monday’s meeting, the group’s partnership with the Council of Canadians illustrated how such organizations are pooling their resources to attract the widest possible audience. In the coming months, RPIC plans to throw its support behind the Council’s planned activities for World Water Day and Earth Day, which take place respectively on March 22 and April 22." The article also notes that like the Council of Canadians, RPIC seeking to "attract younger generations to the cause".
The London chapter of the Council of Canadians is participating in a province-wide campaign opposing the provincial government's plans to contract out of health care services. They are helping to organize a referendum on this issue that will take place on Saturday April 5.
An Ontario Health Coalition media release yesterday notes, "More than a thousand volunteers will be going door-to-door starting today to ask Ontarians to vote in volunteer-led referendum to save our local public hospitals.