In 2012, Stephen Harper's Conservative government decimated the Navigable Waters Protection Act by removing federal oversight on pipelines and power lines from it and by reducing its scope to just 159 lakes and rivers, leaving more than 31,000 lakes and 2.25 million rivers without federal scrutiny.
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The South Shore chapter's display table at the film screening.
The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter screened the documentary Water on the Table on World Water Day in Mahone Bay.
The chapter tells us, "More than 50 people came out to watch the film. The evening opened with a member of the local Mi’kmaq community welcoming everyone to unceded Mi’kmaq territory. During the break, participants had a chance to take part in a water taste test (town water, rural well water, bottled water), make a tap water pledge, pick up a chart to track home water usage, and check out displays from Council of Canadians, CUPE and CPONS (Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia)."
The Council of Canadians Quinte chapter had an information table at the Belleville Library for World Water Day yesterday.
The chapter tells us, "There was a steady stream of people (young and old) stopping at our table from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. We had some good discussions and 5 people signed up as being interested in joining our Water Group. We also had an invitation from Loyola Community Learning Centre to speak to a group of immigrants to explain about the safety and importance of drinking tap water."
The chapter worked in shifts to keep the table staffed throughout the day.
Twenty-four Council of Canadians chapters participated in World Water Day actions across the country this year.
Chapter activist Roy Brady
The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter is critical of the federal government's commitment to affordable housing.
The Peterborough Examiner reports, "Roy Brady, chairman of the local chapter of the Council for Canadians, was skeptical [the government's budget announcement] will make much of a difference for the homeless of Peterborough. He said he's still waiting for the National Housing Strategy that the Liberals promised before they were elected."
The Toronto Star reports, "The federal government’s 2017 budget pledges more than $11 billion for affordable housing, but backloads almost all the spending until after the next election, with just $20 million of the new money slated for this year."
Canada's High Commissioner to the UK Janice Charette meeting with Queen Elizabeth.
The Trudeau government wants the British government to ratify the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) before it leaves the EU, according to Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette.
The Council of Canadians Terrace chapter has written an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on electoral reform.
In the letter published in The Northern View, chapter activist Barry English writes, "The Council of Canadians, Terrace Chapter, is writing to voice our deep concern and extreme disappointment with your rejection of electoral reform. As your support of electoral reform was very strong throughout your campaign, with a pledge to ensure 'that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first past the post'."
A small area within the Thunder Waters Forest. Photo by Barry Fitzgerald.
The Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter welcomes a recent letter from the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF) to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in defence of the Thundering Waters Forest.
The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter and Windsor on Watch held a cross-border rally today to mark World Water Day.
Chapter activist Doug Hayes tell us, "We had an opening and blessing by [Mohawk Elder] Mona Stonefish followed by Peggy Case who is with Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation. Then [chapter activist] Randy Emerson spoke about oil and pipelines. There were a few other speakers who raised key issues."
Twenty-four Council of Canadians chapters are participating in World Water Day actions across the country this year.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau
The Council of Canadians is disappointed by the Trudeau government's budget that was tabled earlier today.
Among a number of key priorities, we were looking for an immediate $1.2 billion investment in First Nations water and wastewater systems, the elimination of about $7.8 billion in federal subsidies to fossil fuel producers, a commitment to fund a minimum of 25 per cent of provincial health care costs, a commitment to a cost-saving universal pharmacare program, and a rejection of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) as a job-killer.
Council of Canadians activist Ken Kavanagh
Newfoundland and Labrador-based Council of Canadians Board member Ken Kavanagh was on CBC Radio on Monday (March 20) speaking in opposition to the loss of minimum processing requirements (MPRs) under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Kavanagh says, "In terms of Newfoundland's history, we keep talking about no more give-aways, [but] I see this as the biggest give away of all because we're giving up on a constitutional right. When we joined Canada the federal government took over management of the stocks and apparently we're supposed to be in control of the processing sector. And what we're doing now by giving up the MPRs is we're giving up a very strong aspect of that processing responsibility."