February 27, 2015

Council of Canadians organizer Leila Darwish presented a deputation to the Transit Police Board meeting in Metro Vancouver this morning.

Darwish stated, "We are one of over forty organizations that endorsed the Transportation Not Deportation campaign. Like many of the groups and individuals who are here to speak to you today on this critical issue, the Council of Canadians believes that everyone deserves access to public transportation without fear of being criminalized, abused, detained, and deported. ...The Council of Canadians and our members are pleased that the pressure and determination of concerned community members has forced an end to the memorandum between Transit Police and CBSA. But whether this is a true victory for justice remains to be seen."

Darwish then outlined four key asks:

February 27, 2015

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter and its allies – the Sacred Water Circle, the Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group, and KTRSG Nibi Emosaawdimojig (Those Who Walk for the Water) – are calling for a national inquiry on murdered and missing Indigenous women.

In their letter to the editor published in Peterborough This Week, they write, "When there is a federal government that can ignore the reality of almost 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women, we are in deep trouble as a ‘civilization’." Highlighting that "Indigenous women are seven times more likely to be murdered than non-Indigenous women" and other facts, they note, "This is a horrendous series of events that would not likely be tolerated if occurring within the mainstream population. So far, the federal government has not recognized this national crisis."

February 27, 2015

On April 1, the Harper government will begin implementing its new "four and four" rule for temporary foreign workers in so-called low-skilled industries (such as retail, food and manufacturing) and Live-In Caregivers. That rule says that migrant workers who have been employed in Canada for more than four years must leave the country and that they cannot return for another four years.

The Harper government's four and four rule does not increase the low wages paid to these migrant workers. It also doesn't address the difficult and often dangerous working conditions faced by many temporary workers. Nor does it improve the monitoring of the businesses that employ migrant workers. And it doesn't facilitate a process for "temporary" workers to become permanent citizens. Instead, this new rule creates a revolving door with exploited workers being replaced every four years by another group of exploited workers.

February 26, 2015

2014 brought months of protests and direct action against the Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline when the company decided to attempt to do borehole test drilling on Burnaby Mountain. Well its a new year,  and with it comes yey another people vs the pipeline confrontation for Kinder Morgan! 

For the last 3 days, concerned community members have been protesting Kinder Morgan contractors who are attempting yet again to do borehole pipeline-test drilling for their dirty tar sands pipeline - this time in the Coquitlam and New Westminster area. The protestors were successful in blocking traffic and also turning away a water truck needed for the drilling, and have been directly confronting the Kinder Morgan contractors and keeping watch on the site - a fenced area near the south ramp of teh Brunette Highway Interchange.  The site where the test drilling is taking place is a few dozen meters from the Coho Salmon bearing Brunette River.

February 26, 2015

Blue DotThe Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter supported the campaign for the City of Hamilton to ratify the Blue Dot Declaration.

The Hamilton Blue Dot Initiative Newsletter now reports, "Hamilton City Council [has] ratified its version of the Blue Dot Declaration, becoming the twenty-third community in Canada and, very significantly, the first one in Ontario to do so. ...Thanks to all of you who have helped Hamilton Blue Dot achieve such amazing success in such a short period of time!"