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March 30, 2015

March 31 Day of Action

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the expiry of the ten-year Canada Health Accord signed in 2004.

Council of Canadians health care campaigner Michael Butler writes, "The federal government continues to ignore calls by the provinces and territories to work on a new deal, and shockingly announced devastating health care cuts with the bulk of the cuts (over $36 billion) coming into effect after the next federal election in 2015. ...In the year since the Health Accord expired, the Conservatives have already reduced funding by $987 million. ...That's equivalent to 2,500 hospital beds, or 15,000 nursing staff. ...[This] will create a pretext for mass privatization. Make no mistake; this is the Harper government’s plan."

March 30, 2015

Protest in Squamish

The Council of Canadians Delta-Richmond and Surrey chapters, along with Council of Canadians organizer Harjap Grewal, were in Squamish yesterday afternoon - with more than 500 other people - for a protest against the proposed Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal there. The community of Squamish is located about 75 kilometres north of Vancouver.

March 27, 2015

March 31st, 2015, marks the one year anniversary of the expiry of the Health Accord.

Canada is facing an important next step in our medicare history. In 2014, the current health care accord – the deal that sets funding and health care service delivery agreements between the federal and provincial and territorial governments – expired. The federal government continues to ignore calls by the provinces and territories to work on a deal, and shockingly announced devastating health care cuts with the bulk of the cuts (over $36 billion) coming into effect after the next federal election in 2015.

March 26, 2015

Mark Calzavara in Queens ParkThe Council of Canadians supports legislation that would ban or place a moratorium on fracking at both the federal and provincial level.

The Canadian Press reports, "An NDP private member's bill to ban high volume hydraulic fracking to produce natural gas from shale in Ontario was quickly shot down by the Liberal government Wednesday. NDP environment critic Peter Tabuns introduced a private member's bill to have Ontario follow the lead of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and New York and ban fracking. Tabuns said fracking poses substantial risks to ground water, which is combined with toxic chemicals under extreme pressure to fracture shale deposits to free up natural gas for extraction."

March 26, 2015

Eric DohertyThe Globe and Mail reports, "An environmental organization and a group of concerned citizens are asking the Supreme Court of Canada to hear a complaint that the National Energy Board is violating their rights to free speech. ForestEthics Advocacy Association, and several individuals who live near the route of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, say the NEB is acting unfairly in limiting who can speak at the public hearings and in restricting the topics to be discussed."

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