February 17, 2017

The United States government has spent more than $239 billion - a massive weapons industry corporate subsidy - on the so-called 'Strategic Defense Initiative' since it was first announced by then-US president Ronald Reagan in March 1983.

Tucked in the Joint Statement issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump earlier this week was the line, "We will work to modernize and broaden our NORAD partnership in these key domains [aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning], as well as in cyber and space."

The Toronto Star reports, "Canada decided more than a decade ago not to join the ballistic missile defence program being developed at the time by the U.S. But that decision is getting another look as the Liberal government reviews its defence priorities."

In her book Too Close for Comfort: Canada's Future within Fortress North America, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow observed, "The decision not to join George Bush's ballistic missile defence plan was popular with the Canadian people."

February 17, 2017

The Council of Canadians Quinte chapter will be sponsoring a screening of Shadow World at the Belleville Downtown DocFest on Saturday March 4.

The DocFest website notes that the film examines, "How the international trade in weapons fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering. The film reveals the real costs of war, the way the arms trade drives it and how the weapons of war are now being turned against the citizens of liberal democracies."

February 17, 2017

Jennifer Chesnut

Council of Canadians London chapter activist Jennifer Chesnut has written Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Chesnut writes, "Please tell me why you passed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement without listening to the concerns of people in this country. With no public hearings, Canadians were not given the chance to name the hardships we’ll endure from a treaty that supersede national law. From increased costs of the most expensive medicines to loss of manufacturing and processing plants, every concern was diminished in the CETA story as a small price to pay."

February 17, 2017

The Council of Canadians stands in solidarity with the 9,300 teachers on a one-day strike in Nova Scotia today.

Halifax-based Council of Canadians organizer Angela Giles joined teachers at a large protest outside the provincial legislature today.

The Canadian Press reports, "Nova Scotia's public school teachers walked off the job en masse Friday and staged a noisy protest outside the provincial legislature, where politicians continued a marathon debate on legislation to impose a contract on them."

February 17, 2017

The Council of Canadians London chapter continues to tell two local Liberal MPs that every vote should count.

The chapter has been actively calling for electoral reform and held a protest for proportional representation earlier this week.

Chapter activist Robert Cory posted, "Wed. Feb. 15, 2017 at MP Kate Young's office at noon! Join us every week!"

On February 1, the Liberal government announced - through a mandate letter to the new minister of democratic institutions - that it would break its October 2015 election promise on electoral reform.

Between February 6 and February 10, the London chapter participated in rush-hour rallies (at 8 am and 4:30 pm) in front of the constituency offices of both Young and Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos.