March 16, 2017

After 4 hours of waiting in the lobby of the Department of Environment and Local Government, it was clear that my written request to Minister Serge Rousselle to attend the March 14th meeting of the Water Strategy Working Group would not be granted.  And when I spoke with Environment official Lesley Rogers that morning, she confirmed that there would be no transcripts of these meetings.

The previous day, Deputy Minister Kelli Simmonds responded by e-mail, without cc to the Minister, that the members of the Working Group were already set and that "it would not be appropriate for you to attend the working group meetings".  I will keep asking for a written answer from the Minister to explain this decision. Council of Canadians is recognized across this country as a leading advocate for the protection of fresh water.  Certainly a representative from our Fredericton chapter should not be turned away from the above meeting.  

March 16, 2017

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March 16, 2017

The Council of Canadians Chilliwack chapter will be co-hosting a provincial election all-candidates meeting on World Water Day.

The promotion for the event says, "In honour of the United Nations World Water Day we are co-hosting the first all-candidates meeting of the upcoming BC Provincial General Election for the ridings of Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent. The WaterWealth Project, the Chilliwack Chapter of the Council of Canadians, The Canadian Fresh Water Alliance and Friends of the Camp/Hope Slough are organizing this opportunity for us to explore some of the issues concerning water together."

And it adds, "We are very pleased that two highly respected local indigenous leaders have agreed to co-moderate the event. Shirley Ann Hardman is the Senior Advisor on Indigenous Affairs, Office of the Vice Provost, University of the Fraser Valley. Larry Commodore is a former Soowahlie Chief, and a community advisor to the WaterWealth Project."

March 16, 2017

Dutch Green Left leader Jesse Klaver.

The election results in the Netherlands yesterday will hopefully present an additional challenge to the ratification of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

The election resulted in the liberal People's Party winning 33 seats (down 7 seats), the anti-immigration Freedom Party 19 (+4), the Christian Democrats 19 (+6), the liberal-progressive D66 19 (+7), the Green Left 14 (+12), the Socialists 14 (-1), and Labour 9 (-26) in the 150-seat legislature.

March 15, 2017

The Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter has written to independent and non-affiliated senators asking them to oppose Bill C-30, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act.

The 105-seat Senate of Canada is comprised of 34 independent senators, 8 non-affiliated senators, 19 Senate Liberals, and 39 Conservative Party senators.

South Niagara chapter activist Melissa McGlashan drafted two letters - one sent to female senators, the other to male senators.

The letter sent to female senators notes, "I have recently read an article that indicates that women will be disadvantaged by CETA and that the government has not yet considered the impact that CETA will have on women."