March 20, 2017

The Council of Canadians Brandon/Westman chapter presented to Brandon City Council today about the blue communities project.

The Brandon Sun has reported, "Brandon City Council will hear a presentation on Monday on becoming a 'blue community', from the local Council of Canadians chapter. The Blue Communities Project encourages communities to adopt a water commons framework by recognizing water and sanitation as human rights; banning or phasing out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities/events; and promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services."

Winnipeg-based Council of Canadians organizer Brigette DePape tells us, "We had a great presentation to the Brandon City Council."

March 20, 2017

The Council of Canadians Medicine Hat chapter has created a sculpture made out of plastic water bottles to challenge bottled water.

Chapter activist Jessica Plattner tells us, "We used it as a canopy for the table where people signed a pledge to not use single-use plastic water bottles, and had it set up at a local farmers/craft market for Bottled Water Free Day. Now it is at the public library as part of the World Water Day display."

The Canadian Press has reported, "The U.S. Container Recycling Institute estimates about 30 million plastic water bottles are thrown away, and not put into recycling containers, every day. The Polaris Institute warns that [in Canada] many plastic bottles end up in landfills 'or worse, as litter in forests, lakes and oceans' [and] estimates only 14 per cent of plastic water bottles get recycled in Ontario."

Plattner says the bottles for the sculpture came from the recycling centre in Medicine Hat - which often processes as many as 20,000 bottles in a single day.

March 20, 2017

Photo by Kevin Jones.

The Council of Canadians London chapter participated in a solidarity action yesterday against xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism.

The outreach for the rally had noted, "Once again we must stand against xenophobia in London, as the 'Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens' and 'PEGIDA' plan to demonstrate for 'Canadian values' and 'free speech'. Please join us in making these racist ideas unwelcome here!"

The London chapter and allies also challenged this group on March 4 when they held their so-called 'March For Freedom, Liberty & Justice' protest.

At that time, Metro News reported, "The group claims to be fighting for freedom and justice and to stand against Sharia Law [and globalization], but critics say it’s simply an attempt to incite violence against Muslims." PEGIDA, which stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, is a German nationalist, anti-Islam, far-right political movement that has now spread to various countries.

March 20, 2017

The delivery of 13,000 petitions to the New Brunswick Legislature against the herbicide glyphosate, May 18, 2016.

The Council of Canadians Fredericton, Kent County and Moncton chapters in alliance with Stop Spraying NB (SSNB), Écovie and other groups are working to stop herbicide spraying on Crown/unceded land and on NB Power dams and rights of way.

On December 2, 2016, Green Party leader David Coon wrote, "I had the great fortune to be in Tracadie on November 18th to accept some 7,000 signatures on a petition organized by members of the group Stop Spraying NB (Arretons l’arrosage Nouveau-Brunswick) to stop spraying glyphosate on Crown land in New Brunswick. Last November, Restigouche MLA Gilles LePage and I presented petitions in the Legislative Assembly to stop herbicide spraying signed by 13,000 New Brunswickers."

Coon highlights, "This brings to over 20,000 the number of New Brunswickers who are calling for a halt to herbicide spraying as a taxpayer-funded forest management practice."

March 20, 2017

Liberal premier Christy Clark, NDP leader John Horgan, Green Party leader Andrew Weaver

News 1130 reports, "A vast majority of British Columbians want the provincial government to stop construction of the Site C dam in the Peace Region and to look at alternatives according to a new poll [commissioned by DeSmog Canada]. In total, 73 per cent of those who responded want a pause in the project to look over the budget and to see if there are any ways around it. And 63 per cent of BC Liberal voters want another look."

The article adds, "If demand for more power increases in the future, nine-in-10 British Columbians support investing in energy efficiency measures and adding more wind, solar and geothermal power to the grid as needed. While just over one-third admit they’re in favour of building large hydro dams."