November 27, 2015

Vytenis AndriukaitisVytenis Andriukaitis, the European Union's commissioner for health and food safety, has stated that Europeans are worried about the lowering of food standards through the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

He has stated, "Cloning and hormone-treated beef and chlorinating chicken are prohibited by us. ...We do not negotiate our standards. Not with food, not in health care and not to protect the environment." Given TTIP would impact those standards, he has commented, "I don't see a safe majority for this yet."

The Council of Canadians has been highlighting that Europeans should have similar concerns about the erosion of their food standards through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

November 27, 2015
Saint John
St. John's
Photos: ‘This Changes Everything’ in Saint John and St. John’s.

The Council of Canadians chapters in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador and Saint John, New Brunswick screened the film 'This Changes Everything' last night.

Saint John chapter activist Lynaya Astephen posted, "Had 100 people show up to watch This Changes Everything! Great turn out! Wonderful to see and the film was great!" The St. John's chapter also had a successful screening of the film last night.

Our Sudbury chapter will be showing the film tonight.

November 27, 2015

PEI chapter

Buy nothing fridayThe Council of Canadians Prince Edward Island chapter is marking Buy Nothing Day with several events.

Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against consumerism which generally takes place on 'Black Friday' (one of the busiest shopping days in the United States and the equivalent to Boxing Day in Canada) and the following Saturday. This year that would be today (Nov. 27) and Saturday (Nov. 28).

The PEI chapter's Facebook page notes it will be holding a "SINGALONG @ Timothy's with Tony the Troubadour 7pm Friday, DISPLAY @ Charlottetown Farmer's Market 9-2pm Saturday".

November 27, 2015
Estimate of electoral reform impact
Estimates of the results of the 2015 federal election with the implementation of proportional representation and a preferential ballot. (Éric Grenier) Chart: Source CBC News.

The Council of Canadians is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to implement proportional representation in time for the October 21, 2019 federal election. The Liberal platform this past election promised to review reforms to our current voting system, including ranked ballots and proportional representation. We are opposed to the ranked ballot system.

November 26, 2015

Quill Plains forumThe Council of Canadians Quill Plains chapter held a public forum on the uranium industry in Muenster, Saskatchewan on Nov. 7.

Chapter activists Elaine Hughes and Margaret Lewis tell us, "It didn't take long for those attending D'Arcy Hande's presentation, 'Pinehouse: company town, Cameco town' to start shaking their heads in disbelief as he gave an overview of how, over the last thirty years, the small northern Saskatchewan community of Pinehouse and its residents have come under the domination of the uranium industry." Hande is a retired archivist and historian who has keenly followed the uranium industry’s activity in Saskatchewan. He is also a long-time opponent of the promotion of nuclear power as sustainable energy.

The panel also included Fred Pederson, resident of Pinehouse for forty-one years, a founding member of the Committee for Future Generations and a relentless critic of the uranium/nuclear industry, and John Smerek, Pinehouse businessman and anti-nuclear activist. The forum was moderated by Lewis.