February 27, 2015

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter and its allies – the Sacred Water Circle, the Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group, and KTRSG Nibi Emosaawdimojig (Those Who Walk for the Water) – are calling for a national inquiry on murdered and missing Indigenous women.

In their letter to the editor published in Peterborough This Week, they write, "When there is a federal government that can ignore the reality of almost 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women, we are in deep trouble as a ‘civilization’." Highlighting that "Indigenous women are seven times more likely to be murdered than non-Indigenous women" and other facts, they note, "This is a horrendous series of events that would not likely be tolerated if occurring within the mainstream population. So far, the federal government has not recognized this national crisis."

February 27, 2015

There are about 338,000 people defined as temporary foreign workers in Canada. They are largely hired to work in restaurants and hotels, and to do construction work and office-cleaning. They work in the fisheries, on farms, and as cooks. Corporations have sought them to work in mines and in the tar sands (where some have been injured or even killed in industrial accidents).

On April 1, the Harper government will begin implementing its new "four and four" rule for temporary foreign workers. That rule says that migrant workers who have been employed in Canada for more than four years must leave the country and that they cannot return for another four years.

February 26, 2015

2014 brought months of protests and direct action against the Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline when the company decided to attempt to do borehole test drilling on Burnaby Mountain. Well its a new year,  and with it comes yey another people vs the pipeline confrontation for Kinder Morgan! 

February 26, 2015

Blue DotThe Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter supported the campaign for the City of Hamilton to ratify the Blue Dot Declaration.

The Hamilton Blue Dot Initiative Newsletter now reports, "Hamilton City Council [has] ratified its version of the Blue Dot Declaration, becoming the twenty-third community in Canada and, very significantly, the first one in Ontario to do so. ...Thanks to all of you who have helped Hamilton Blue Dot achieve such amazing success in such a short period of time!"

February 26, 2015
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Barlow joins Chomsky and others backing the development of co-operatives in Smiths Falls.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow is supporting the development of co-operatives in Smiths Falls, a community situated near Ottawa. This follows the small town's loss of large US-based employers like the Hershey Company, Stanley Tools and most recently the Target retail store. "An organic food co-op and other co-operative enterprises are sustainable, climate friendly and empowering," says Barlow.