February 27, 2017

Goodale, Kelly

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he won't be raising the Canada-US Safe Third Country agreement when he meets with US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly in the coming days.

On Saturday, CBC reported, "Goodale says he'll be discussing the growing issue of asylum seekers sneaking across the border with senior officials in the United States in the coming days. Goodale, who oversees the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency, said the government is already in communication with some U.S. authorities about the impact unannounced asylum seekers are having on the Canadian refugee system. What is unlikely to be raised in those talks, however, is the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the U.S."

Goodale says, "The terms of the agreement are what they are. The fact of the matter is we have to deal with the real life circumstances that we are facing. We've also had confirmation from the UN High Commission for Refugees that they do not see a basis in the United States for any deviation from the agreement."

February 26, 2017

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter is working to defend Harper Park. They were at the Peterborough Farmers Market yesterday to promote awareness of the park.

Peterborough Field Naturalists note, "Harper Park and its adjacent major open space lands contain a diversity of habitat types and are therefore the most ecologically significant lands within Peterborough, with high biodiversity and a high percentage of native plant species (78 per cent). Harper Park’s size (60 hectares) provides habitat for area-sensitive birds and mammals not normally found within city limits such as Sharp-Shinned Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Snowshoe Hare and Woodland Jumping Mouse."

Chapter activist Roy Brady describes the park as an "incredible watershed ecosystem".

February 26, 2017

The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter took part in a march for electoral reform today alongside Fair Vote Canada - Windsor chapter.

Chapter activist Randy Emerson has posted on Facebook, "Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex Chapter joined Fair Vote Windsor today for a Windsor Day of Action for National Electoral Reform. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed that the previous election would be the LAST First Past The Post. He has broken that vow. We have to remind him to keep his word."

February 25, 2017

Chapter activist André Clément and Liberal Members of Parliament Paul Lefebvre (top), Marc Serré (bottom).

The Council of Canadians Sudbury chapter has written the Liberals MPs for Sudbury and Nickel Belt on the issue of First Nations drinking water.

In his e-mail to MPs Paul Lefebvre (Sudbury) and Marc Serré (Nickel Belt), chapter activist André Clément writes, "It looks like First Nation issues are falling by the wayside with electoral reform. The Liberal 'team' is looking worse every day. What you need to do, Paul, is respond to my e-mail asking for clarification on the 'good news' about water projects in First Nation communities. Vague answers, waving at 'successes' don’t cut it for your electors. How is it that your electors are aware of facts while your boss and his caucus keep feeding of the Liberal PR?"

February 25, 2017

In the film Bottled Life: The Truth about Nestlé's Business with Water, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says, "They're after profit. They're predators. Water hunters looking for the last pure water in the world."

Nineteen Council of Canadians chapters are mobilizing for actions around World Water Day, which is on March 22.

So far, those chapters are: