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January 19, 2017

The Council of Canadians has stood with the Tsilhqot’in Nation in defence of Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) since October 2008.

We have opposed the Schedule 2 provision in the Fisheries Act (that allows the tailings from mines to be dumped into freshwater lakes designed by the federal government as 'tailings impoundment areas'), and we have spoken against both the proposed Prosperity and New Prosperity mines that would have destroyed Teztan Biny.

Over the years we helped facilitate meetings with the federal government, presented at the federal review panel hearings, posted online action alerts, expressed our solidarity in media statements, protested outside Taseko annual shareholder meetings, delivered petitions, and were interveners at the Tsilhqot’in Nation's historic Supreme Court challenge for Title on their territory.

Our Williams Lake chapter, water campaigner Meera Karunananthan and organizer Harjap Grewal were instrumental in all of this work.

January 18, 2017

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter will be standing in solidarity with the 'Women's March on Washington' at a gathering in Courtenay on January 21.

Chapter activist Alice de Wolff has posted on Facebook, "Bring your signs and banners. We don't plan to make speeches, but do bring your favourite drums, chants and songs. Word-of-mouth organizing: please let all your networks know!"

The details are here:
Comox Valley Women's Solidarity Gathering
Saturday, January 21st
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Court House Park (across from Thrifty's)
England Ave & 6th Street, Courtenay

The website for the Women's March on Washington states, "The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us - immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault - and our communities are hurting and scared."

January 18, 2017

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter is opposed to the selling of Guelph Hydro.

Guelph chapter activist Richard Chaloner notes that privatization would mean the loss of local control, higher hydro rates and reduced service.

CTV reports, "An expansion, a merger, and a sale are all on the table." Another CTV article adds, "Should Guelph Hydro expand its operations, or stick with the status quo? Should it look to merge with another hydro company, or continue to try and go it alone?"

The Guelph Mercury explains, "Guelph Hydro, city hall and members of a five-member committee that has been looking at Guelph Hydro’s future since the fall began a big public-consultation blitz this week with an open house in Rockwood on Monday night, which was followed by afternoon and evening open houses at city hall Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, a phone poll of local residents about Guelph Hydro’s future, conducted for the city by Pollara Strategic Insights, was launched."

January 18, 2017

The Council of Canadians PEI chapter will be taking part in the Women's Solidarity March in Charlottetown this Saturday.

PEI chapter activist Leo Broderick has posted on Facebook, "Gather at Receiver Coffee, 128 Richmond Street. The Council of Canadians PEI Chapter is supporting the event and everyone is welcome."

Broderick adds, "The Women’s March on Washington, open to all genders, aims to stand up to the kind of misogynistic rhetoric seen during the US election and send a message that women’s rights are human rights. But it’s not just Americans who will be marching. Campaigners have laid on buses to transport Canadians to the march, and sister marches will be taking place across Canada."

Our Victoria and Mid-Island (Nanaimo) chapters will also be rallying on January 21. London chapter activist Roberta Cory will be in Washington for the main march which is expected to draw more than 200,000 people.

January 18, 2017

Wilbur Ross

It is expected that the United States will give formal notice to the Canadian government to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) within days of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump on January 20.

The Globe and Mail reports, "Canadian officials say the nominee for commerce secretary [billionaire investor Wilbur Ross] has indicated a formal-notification letter to open negotiations on NAFTA will be sent to Canada and Mexico within days of Friday’s presidential inauguration."

The article highlights, "[Ross] has informed Canada that rules of origin and independent dispute tribunals will be central to talks aimed at resetting the North American free-trade agreement. Remarkably the investor-state dispute panels are reportedly "on Mr. Ross's radar" given "the United States has long complained these independent panels are unaccountable and give too much power to Mexico and Canada".

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