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April 17, 2014
Photo: The Fredericton chapter at today's rally.
Photo: The Fredericton chapter at today's rally.

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter was an emergency rally this afternoon in response to the announcement last week by the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton that said it will close this July because of New Brunswick's continued refusal to fund abortion care at the clinic. The clinic has been forced to charge patients directly for medically required services in contravention of the Canada Health Act because of the provincial government's refusal to fund these services.

April 17, 2014

Health accord's expiry imperils health care

Written by Paul Moist and Maude Barlow as published in the Winnipeg Free Press, April 17, 2014

Manitobans should receive the same high-quality, publicly delivered health care available to all Canadians. But for that to happen, Manitoba needs stable and adequate funding from the federal government.

This spring, that funding was unilaterally cut. Every Manitoban should be asking members of Parliament what they are doing to stand up to protect health care.

The 2004 Health Accord expired last month. It set the terms for health-care funding and priorities between the federal and provincial governments.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, however, unilaterally dictated terms for a renewal -- not even taking the time to meet with premiers for a discussion.

April 17, 2014
Irving Oil Refinery
Photo: The Irving refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick currently produces about 300,000 barrels a day of finished energy products, half of which is exported to the United States. Photo by Brent Patterson.

The Globe and Mail has reported, "Since 2012, the billionaire Irving family has been advocating a proposal called Energy East."

April 17, 2014

Sun News Network host Ezra Levant recently accused Maude Barlow and the Council of Canadians of corruption for accepting grants from U.S. foundations.

April 17, 2014
Photo: Council of Canadians Williams Lake chapter activist Ross McCoubrey (left) talks with Husband and Britneff. Photo by Monica Lamb-Yorski.
Photo: Council of Canadians Williams Lake chapter activist Ross McCoubrey (left) talks with Husband and Britneff. Photo by Monica Lamb-Yorski.

The Council of Canadians Williams Lake chapter, the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, Williams Lake Field Naturalists, Stand Up For the North, and United Steelworkers Local 425 organized a public forum about the future of forestry earlier this week. 

The featured speakers were Anthony Britneff, a retired senior policy analyst with the BC Forest Service, Vicky Husband, a conservationist who has worked on forest management issues for thirty years, and Peter Ewert from Stand Up for the North.

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