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July 25, 2016

The Peterborough Council of Canadians chapter supported a public letter sent this weekend to local MP Maryam Monsef by End Immigration Detention Peterborough in solidarity with immigrant detainees on hunger strikes at jails in Lindsay [about 45 kilometres west of Peterborough] and Toronto. 

The letter to Minister Maryam Monsef (Minister of Democratic Institutions) asked her to  declare a clear position on the controversial practice of indefinitely detaining migrants in Canada as well as that she meet with the hunger-striking detainees within the next 45 days.

July 25, 2016

No TPP protest

U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Canada, against the backdrop of Brexit and the U.S. presidential campaign, had many opinion leaders trying to dismiss concerns about free trade.

Now, we’re told, people who are against free trade are isolationists who want to entrench themselves in the past, in a parochial nostalgia for the nation-state. The ideology of free trade opponents can only lead to an inward-looking mentality that fosters wars and destroys the economy.

So say the free traders who have been fostering wars and destroying the economy.

But is it that easy: a fight between free trade, on the one hand, and isolationism on the other? 

This false binary construct leaves little room for a third choice: the progressive concept of “fair trade” and the aspiration to build economies and trading relationships that are based on social and ecological justice, on the primacy of democratic rights over the profits of transnational corporations, and on the free movement of people rather than capital.

July 24, 2016

Above: Enbridge’s ruptured Line 6 in Kalamazoo, MI, that spilled 3.3 million litres of diluted bitumen in the Kalamazoo river in 2010. Four years later, Enbridge was still cleaning up bitumen and had already spent well over $1 billion.

On Thursday July 21st, a Husky Energy owned pipeline spilled between 200,000 and 250,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluents in the North Saskatchewan River near Lloydminster and Maidstone, Saskatchewan. An official from the petroleum and natural gas branch of the province’s economy ministry said that the pipeline was built in 1997 and was carrying heavy oil from Husky’s Heavy Oil operations in the region to it’s terminal and upgrader in Lloydminster. The faulty pipeline was located on Husky’s Saskatchewan Gathering System.

July 23, 2016

 

The Council of Canadians attended the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Whitehorse this week where premiers from across the country gathered to tackle some of the most urgent issues facing Canadians.

“Make no mistake, our universal public health care system is at the most important crossroads in its history,” says Michael Butler, Health Care Campaigner with the Council of Canadians. “The provincial and federal governments need to make the most of this opportunity to negotiate a robust health accord and include medicare’s missing piece, a universal pharmacare program.”

 

July 21, 2016

Reportback by the Quinte Council of Canadians Chapter:

A few Quinte Chapter members headed out to Belleville’s Waterfront and Ethnic Festival held at Zwick’s Park on Saturday, July 9thThis annual family event has everything from rides and costumed characters for the kiddies to great music and a beer tent for the adults. We went to protest the use of single use disposable plastic water bottles and help promote a ‘Plastic Free July’.

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