October 27, 2016

Liberal trade minister Chrystia Freeland signing the TPP, February 2016. The House of Commons is expected to vote on the deal in late 2017.

Several Council of Canadians chapters will be mobilizing on November 5 in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The Council of Canadians Hamilton, South Niagara, London and Guelph chapters will be coming together for a protest outside the constituency office of Chris Bittle, the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of St. Catharines.

The South Niagara chapter's promotion on Facebook notes, "Join us outside the Constituency Office of St. Catharines MP, Chris Bittle, 61 Geneva Street, for a Day of Action against the Trans Pacific Partnership -- help us send a message to our MPs that this 'free trade' deal is a bad deal for Canada. It will eliminate good Canadian jobs, increase the cost of pharmaceuticals, make it much harder to address climate change and honour Canada's commitments in the Paris Accord, overrule Indigenous land rights...and make our Internet less open."

October 27, 2016

The defence of the Missouri River against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) continues in North Dakota.

CNN reports, "At least 24 protesters have been arrested [today] since law enforcement Humvees and helicopters began to flood the area to break up a protester encampment near the pipeline's path. Calling themselves 'water protectors', supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe set up tents and teepees on the land, which they said belongs to the tribe under a 19-century treaty. As the standoff continued into Thursday afternoon, police deployed bean bag rounds and pepper spray gas and unleashed a high-pitched siren to disperse the crowd."

The Associated Press highlights, "The confrontation marked a major escalation of a protest that has raged for months. Police and soldiers driving trucks, military Humvees and buses began the operation to clear the camp at midday and formed a horseshoe-like loop once they reached the camp, where about 200 protesters were awaiting them — some defiant and other praying."

October 27, 2016




On Sunday I spent almost 5 hours helping to facilitate a direct action training for over 100 young people from all over Canada who came to Ottawa to participate in Climate 101, a youth and student led civil disobedience action to tell Justin Trudeau to reject Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, that climate leaders don’t build pipelines.

October 27, 2016
Global water rights advocates support WCC joining Blue Communities
Children at the WCC event. Photo: Ivars Kupcis/WCC

I was very pleased to award the World Council of Churches (WCC) a 'blue community' certificate on October 25. The WCC could potentially reach more than 500 million Christians worldwide in advocating the right to access water and sanitation. Protecting water and assuring just distribution of this life-giving resource is among the most critical of eco-justice issues.

Global water rights advocates support WCC joining Blue Communities, World Council of Churches, October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016

This protest against CETA is taking place this hour in front of the European Commission building in Brussels.

An 11th hour deal has been struck between Belgium and the Belgian region of Wallonia to allow the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to move forward.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow has tweeted, "CETA deal has been made. Must see what it says. Will not be an easy ride even now. Horrible flawed deal and process. CETA 'deal' likely includes no ICS (ISDS) to be adopted right away which means it might never be in CETA at all! This would be huge."