February 15, 2017

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter co-sponsored a public forum on the Site C dam on February 9.

The outreach for the public forum noted, "Join us for what promises to be a fascinating and motivating evening on February 9, 7:30- 9:00 pm at UVic's David Turpin Building, Room A120. It's time to deeply examine the costs and consequences of the Site C Dam. Our brilliant panel of speakers Dr. Harry Swain, Dr. Judith Sayers and John Gailus will outline in detail why the Site C Dam is a profoundly costly mistake and an environmental and economic white elephant. A moderated Q and A will follow the speakers' presentations. Admission by suggested $10 donation. All proceeds to the groups actively fighting to Save the Peace, Protect the Future."

February 15, 2017

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter participated in the 'Stand Up for What You Love' rally yesterday, Valentine's Day.

The Facebook outreach for the rally highlighted, "Fracking, flooded farmland, threatened orcas, destroyed ancient forests and a changing climate? Is this your vision for BC's future? Or would you rather a province that prioritizes clean water, renewable energy, respect for Indigenous rights, and a safe future for everyone? Join us at noon at the BC Legislature to stand up for what you love!"

February 15, 2017

The European Parliament has just voted 408 in favour, 254 against the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

The Associated Press reports, "Ratification by the European Union parliament, with a 408-254 vote, now paves the way for the agreement to come into force on a provisional basis, meaning over 90 per cent of it could be put into practice within months." The German newspaper Deutsche Welle adds, "The Greens, the far left, the far right and some Socialists voted against the deal." And BBC notes, "It means parts of the deal, such as tariff reduction, will come into force eight years after negotiations began. But other, more controversial aspects of the deal, such as the investor court system, will require ratification by EU member states which could take years."

February 15, 2017

Trudeau is falling short on his promise to address boil water advisories while also approving tar sands pipelines - without Indigenous consent - that further put at risk drinking water for First Nations.

The Trudeau government needs to do more to fulfill their promise of eliminating boil water advisories on First Nations within five years.

On October 5, 2015, Justin Trudeau stated, "We have 93 different communities under 133 different boil water advisories across the country. [Serpent River First Nation] Chief Isadore Day has called for within five years there should be zero, and I've told the Chief and I've told First Nations many times, we agree with that, and a Canadian government led by me will address this as a top priority because it's not right in a country like Canada that this has gone on for far too long."

February 14, 2017

Mount Allison University students Katia Mckercher, Naia Noyes-West and Mara Ostafichuk, and Council of Canadians campaigner Mark D'Arcy, November 19, 2016.

Sackville Town Council has voted to oppose the Energy East pipeline!

Sackville, No Energy East has just posted, "Tonight the Town of Sackville Town Council voted on the motion to oppose the Energy East pipeline and it received the majority vote. The motion to symbolically oppose the Energy East pipeline has been passed!"

The motion states, "Be it resolved that the Town of Sackville request that the Government of Canada protect the health and safety of our communities by denying approval for the Energy East pipeline."