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May 29, 2015

Caribou Legs APTN

The Council of Canadians is helping to sponsor an Indigenous ultra-marathon runner to run 4,800 kilometres across the country to promote awareness that the Harper government has removed legislative protections for rivers and lakes in order to advance its agenda of pipelines, fracking, mining and extreme energy projects.

APTN recently reported, "Caribou Legs is known for trekking across Canada to raise awareness on water protection. He’s at it again. His next run will be from Vancouver to Ottawa to tell the federal government to protect Canada’s fresh water. But first, he led a fun run in his hometown of Yellowknife."

May 28, 2015
Guelph chapter activist Paul Costello at today's protest. Photo by Mark Calzavara.
Guelph chapter activist Paul Costello at today's protest. Photo by Mark Calzavara.

The Council of Canadians helped rally against the privatization of Hydro One today.

Blackburn News reports, "More than 1,000 people converged on Queen’s Park this afternoon, calling on MPP’s to cancel plans to privatize Hydro One. The rally took place as the legislature began its final clause-by-clause review of the provincial budget bill, which includes legislation intended to make the sale legal."

May 28, 2015
Fredericton protest
The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter at today's protest.

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter is standing in solidarity with CUPE in opposition to provincial government austerity measures.This afternoon the chapter posted on their Facebook page, "Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter shows up in solidarity with CUPE 1252 rally today against cuts to health care, education, ambulances, government garage, privatization in front of the Legislature in Fredericton."

That was because, as noted on the CUPE webpage, "CUPE 1252 is having a rally in front of the Legislative Assembly at noon on May 28 to protest the cuts in health care."

May 28, 2015
The Council of Canadians and allies have lobbied at the European Parliament against ISDS and CETA, and will be there again.
The Council of Canadians and allies have lobbied at the European Parliament against ISDS and CETA, and will be there again.

The European Parliament's trade committee has voted to back the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The resolution endorsing the agreement now goes to the full European Parliament in Strasbourg for a plenary vote expected to take place June 8-10.

May 28, 2015
Harper Cameron
Will Cameron's threat to walk away from the EU complicate Harper's CETA agenda?

As the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) goes to the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as the European Parliament for ratification votes, it appears that the UK and Europe could be embroiled in another issue. Will the UK leave Europe?

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