February 20, 2017

Barlow and White at the CBC debate on the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement, October 1987.

The Council of Canadians mourns the passing of labour leader Bob White who died yesterday at the age of 81.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says, "I mourn the loss of Bob White, a fighter for justice and a warrior for workers' rights. We fought free trade together. He was a wonderful man. My hero."

In her autobiography, Barlow wrote, "[In October 1987], I took part in a historic two-part debate on the Free Trade Agreement on CBC's The Journal, pitting Bob White and me against Tom d'Aquino and Peter Lougheed. Bob and I were nervous and spent several days holed up with our advisers."

February 20, 2017

Larry Commodore, a Chilliwack chapter activist, former Soowahlie Chief, and community adviser to the WaterWealth Project, addresses the Off the Aquifer gathering.

The Council of Canadians Chilliwack chapter attended an 'aquifer information session' on the impact of the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline on their drinking water.

The City's website notes, "In the City of Chilliwack, water is obtained from the Sardis-Vedder Aquifer, a natural underground water reservoir. The Sardis-Vedder Aquifer lies immediately north of the Vedder River in Sardis. The Sardis-Vedder Aquifer is particularly vulnerable to contamination for several reasons. First, the upper layer of groundwater, the water table, lies only a shallow five to ten meters below the ground’s surface. Second, the boundary layer of soil protecting groundwater from the upper surface is coarse-grained and consequently extremely permeable."

February 20, 2017

The Council of Canadians London chapter is helping to distribute multi-lingual 'welcome neighbour' signs

A local activist has posted on Facebook, "Speak out against Hate and Islamophobia. We must reach out to our Muslim Sisters and Brothers and let them know we support them. In London contact the Council of Canadians for a sign."

The CBC has reported, "The signs are green, blue and orange – about the size of a small election poster – and declare: 'No matter where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbour' in three languages, including Arabic. The signs have started appearing on lawns across southwestern Ontario, prominently popping up in the small town of Elmira, in the Township of Woolwich, just north of Waterloo."

February 20, 2017

Photo by Abdul Pirani

The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter attended a public forum on Resistance and Sport in the Age of Trump.

Concordia University notes, "When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt for the national anthem at the outset of this year’s NFL season, he made waves throughout the sports world. Inspired by the widespread debate that followed, an all-star panel of writers and activists will take the stage at Concordia on February 17 for 'Taking A Knee, Taking a Stand: Resistance and Sports in the Age of Trump'. They’ll discuss not only the anthem protests, but also the broader historical and present contexts of athletes who stand up for social justice."

February 19, 2017

On January 30, The Council of Canadians sent a copy of our A Prescription for Better Medicine: Why Canadians need a national pharmacare program report to all 338 Members of Parliament along with this questionnaire.

Council of Canadians health care campaigner Michael Butler notes, "The purpose of the questionnaire is to explore MPs’ understanding and position regarding pharmacare. The Council of Canadians will be publishing a summary of the survey results on our website and in printed material to help the push to make pharmacare a reality."

On February 13, chapters from across the country called their MP to encourage their elected representative to complete the questionnaire by February 17.