October 24, 2016

The Council of Canadians Prince Edward Island chapter hosted a talk this evening by author-activist Gordon Laxer on his book After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians.

In this book Laxer argues for the need to plan beyond the tar sands, which he refers to as the Sands. He writes, a “first step is to cap and then phase out the Sands over fifteen years [meaning by 2030], starting with the oldest projects.” And he highlights, “Canada can meet its target of reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent if it phases out Sands oil and relies instead on our slowly falling output of conventional oil and natural gas as transition carbon fuels to get Canadians to a low-carbon future run on renewables." The Leap Manifesto calls for a 100 per cent clean energy economy by 2050.

October 24, 2016

The Council of Canadians London chapter is organizing a "Love Letters to Wallonia" action today.

Their Facebook outreach highlights:
Join us in writing letters, sending thank you notes, sending emails, sending faxes, etc. to thank Wallonia for blocking the CETA free trade deal!
Address for mailing:
Paul Magnette, Ministre-Président
Gouvernement wallon
Rue Mazy, 25-27
5100 Namur
Fax: 011-32-81-331-366 (leave out the dashes when dialing)

October 24, 2016

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow was in Marburg, Germany today to celebrate public water.

Marburg is a university city in the German federal state of Hessen. It has a population of about 72,000 people. It is situated about 470 kilometres south-west of Berlin. Marburg Mayor Thomas Spies is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). The majority in the city's 59-seat parliament is held by a coalition of SPD (22 seats) and Green Party (13 seats) members.

Barlow was welcomed by the Mayor, signed the Golden Book of Marburg, and gave a speech about public water at their City Hall.

The Golden Book is a traditional honour to welcome notable guests and has been signed by renowned figures including the Dalai Lama. The City of Marburg tweeted (in German): "Alternative Nobel Prize laureate @MaudeBarlow joins the Golden Book of the university town #Marburg".

October 24, 2016

The European Union has not reached consensus on signing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and there will be no signing ceremony on October 27!

Yesterday, Reuters reported, "The European Union has given Belgium's federal government until late on Monday to secure backing for an EU-Canada trade deal from the region of Wallonia or a planned summit to sign the pact will be canceled, an EU source said on Sunday. European Council President Donald Tusk, who chairs the collective body of the EU's 28 national leaders, will speak to Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel by late on Monday, the source said, so that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can decide whether to fly to Brussels for the signing on Thursday."

October 23, 2016

The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter screened the animated film Secret Path this evening.

Chapter activist Randy Emerson has posted, "Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex Chapter along with Windsor On Watch and OPIRG are at the University of Windsor Student Center to watch a live-stream of Gord Downie's Secret Path on CBC and discuss our role as settlers with reconciliation in mind."

The Globe and Mail has reported, "Gord Downie's solo album Secret Path began as 10 poems motivated by the story of Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack, a 12-year-old First Nations boy who in 1966 died from hunger and exposure after running away from a residential school in Kenora, Ont. The album, due Oct. 18, is to be accompanied by Jeff Lemire’s 88-page graphic novel. As well, Mr. Downie’s music and Mr. Lemire’s illustrations inspired Secret Path, an animated film to be broadcast by CBC in an hour-long, prime-time, commercial-free television special on Oct. 23."