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."

October 23, 2016

Council of Canadians political director Brent Patterson on CTV National News last night supporting Wallonian opposition to CETA and highlighting the deal would have negative consequences for people and the environment.

Despite an intervention by European Parliament president Martin Schulz yesterday, Walloon minister-president Paul Magnette is holding firm on his refusal to agree to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) signing ceremony this coming Thursday (October 27).

Magnette says, "I think it's worth taking a little more time."

As such, the deadline to resolve this impasse has been shifted from this past Friday, to this weekend, while one news report says that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now set this Monday as his deadline. Another news report suggests the deadline could be as late as Wednesday, the day before the summit.

October 22, 2016

Barlow speaking in Munich earlier today. Photo by Adrian Bebb.

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow is in Bavaria, Germany to promote public water and oppose the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Barlow tells us, "I am here for a three-city tour in Bavaria to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Bavarian Association of Municipal Drinking Water Services, who have fought for clean, safe, local and public water before most."

She spoke in Würzburg yesterday, is in Munich today, and will also visit Marburg.

Yesterday, she tweeted, "Leaving the lovely water warriors of Würzburg, Bavaria who have protected their water as a public trust for 30 years!"

She was in Bavaria when news broke about the collapse of CETA negotiations.

October 22, 2016

The Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter and allies protested outside a Liberal Party of Canada meeting last night.

The Liberal Party event took place at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. Their promotion highlighted, "This will be the first gathering of Liberals in Ontario since our historic victory last October and is an event not to be missed." The regular registration fee was $350 with sliding scale rates down to $115 for "Youth and Indigenous".

The outreach for the rally noted, "Citizens are calling on Justin Trudeau to honour his environmental commitments laid out in his party’s election platform. With starting to end destructive projects that fuel Canada's contribution to climate change. Divesting from fossil fuels! And for him to establish a Lake Tonawanda wetlands national park, that would rescue the Thundering Waters Forest." The Thundering Waters Forest is threatened by a plan to build the $1 billion 'Paradise' development project, which includes a hotel, entertainment facilities, apartment housing, and a private school.