January 12, 2017

Photo by SIU Canada

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter rallied with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada, the International Transport Workers Federation Secretariat and the Seafarers International Union against the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) today.

This morning, the Ottawa Citizen reported, "The Canadian Maritime and Supply Chain Coalition holds a nation-wide Day of Action to 'stand up and fight back' against what they describe as the federal government’s 'ongoing government action hurting seafarers', particularly the 'maritime provisions' of the proposed Canada-European Union free trade deal, as well as recommendations from the most recent review of the Canadian Transportation Act that would, if adopted, see Canada 'left at the mercy of rogue foreign ship owners to move domestic products to market'."

January 12, 2017

Former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams. Photo by Paul Palmeter/ CBC.

The Council of Canadians St. John's chapter is calling the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric dam a boondoggle.

The Muskrat Falls hydro-electric dam project involves two large dams - a 32-metre high north dam and a 29-metre south dam - on the lower Churchill River in Labrador. The dams are being built on Innu and Inuit territory. Power from Muskrat Falls would be brought to Newfoundland and then to Nova Scotia via a sub-sea link. When the project was announced in 2010 it was forecast to cost $6.2 billion, that cost has now risen to $11.7 billion. Construction began in 2013 and about $6.7 billion has already been spent or contractually committed to the project. The first power from the project is expected in 2019, nearly two years later than scheduled.

January 12, 2017

The Council of Canadians extends our thoughts and prayers to Art Manuel's family and friends and to the Neskonlith and Secwepemc Nation.

The 66-year-old father of five and defender of Indigenous Peoples' Title and Rights grew up on the Neskonlith Reserve and is the son of political leader George Manuel of the Secwepemc Nation and Marceline Paul of the Ktuanaxa Nation. In his youth, he experienced residential schools in Kamloops, Cranbrook and Mission.

He attended Osgoode Hall Law School, was elected Chief of his community four times, was the elected chair of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and was a spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade.

Council of Canadians Board member and Indigenous rights activist Qwalqwalten John says, "We have lost a powerful voice. This is a huge loss for the defense of lands and water where Indigenous title can be utilized to protect resources."

January 12, 2017

Photo by Harold Hommel, Victoria Stop Kinder Morgan vigil


January 12, 2017

Council of Canadians health care campaigner Michael Butler has written, "One of the distressing facts about the medical profession in Canada is that Big Pharma has a dangerous influence over physician prescribing habits."

He has highlighted, "It is estimated that drug companies spend a minimum of $60,000 per doctor per year on drug promotion. Pharmaceutical sales representatives 'visit doctors’ offices, providing wall charts and free samples, plus paying for doctors to attend conferences and give papers. It also means advertising drugs in medical journals and to the public at large. Nothing about this process is objective'."