September 26, 2016

Saint John chapter activist Leticia Adair

The Council of Canadians Saint John chapter presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade today. The committee is visiting the Atlantic provinces this week seeking input on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Chapter activists Leticia Adair (who is a registered nurse) and Paul Tippett (who is a family physician) told the committee that the TPP would have negative consequences for public health care and food safety policies in Canada.

Adair highlighted, "Your Committee has been briefed by Health Canada that acknowledged what health economists, academics and activists had been saying for some time: drug costs will rise under pending trade deals like the TPP. ...If the TPP is ratified, many more Canadians will be experiencing these higher costs and these will represent a significant financial burden relative to their income level. And some additional individuals will be faced with the difficult choice between putting food on the table and taking necessary medications."

September 26, 2016

Halifax-based Council of Canadians organizer Robin Tress joined a blockade this morning of the Alton Gas Storage project construction site.

The project is opposed by the Sipekne'katik First Nation and the Millbrook First Nation who highlight that it is a violation of the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1752 between the Mi’kmaq and the British Crown. That Treaty states that the Mi’kmaq "shall not be hindered from, but have free liberty of hunting and fishing as usual".

September 26, 2016

Angélica Choc and Máxima Acuña, two of the land-defenders we most deeply admire, were threatened and attacked last week at their respective homes in Guatemala and Peru. 

September 26, 2016

Council of Canadians Winnipeg chapter activist Ken Harasym joined the 'paint night' event in Winnipeg on September 23.

In terms of political context, in 2012 the Harper government gutted the former Navigable Waters Protection Act through omnibus bills. C-38 removed pipelines and power lines from provisions of the Navigable Waters Protect Act while C-45 significantly reduced the Act's scope over waterways. As a result, major pipelines and inter-provincial power lines now have the green light to cross over and under more than 31,000 lakes and 2.25 million rivers without federal scrutiny.

September 26, 2016

Liberal MPP Jeff Leal (to the right in jeans) looks at information being shared by chapter activists Roy Brady and Kathryn Langley.

The Council of Canadians Peterborough chapter had an information table at the 6th annual Purple Onion Festival in Millennium Park yesterday.

The Peterborough Examiner has reported, "The Local Food Month anchor event celebrates local produce, food security, arts, entertainment, wellness and community. As it continues to grow in its sixth year, festival organizers added three new elements for 2016, including a Craft Beer Garden, Art of the Leaf and an Eat Local Challenge Food Wall."