The Council of Canadians Regina, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Quill Plains chapters have written their provincial Minister of the Environment Scott Moe to express concern that the Saskatchewan Government is violating Treaty 6 by allowing the Prince Albert-based company Sakaw Askiy Management Inc. to clearcut traditional treaty land near Leoville, Saskatchewan.
The official welcome ceremony with Premier Li this morning at the Great Hall of the People. Twitter photo.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in preliminary talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on a possible Canada-China 'free trade' agreement.
The Canadian Press reports, "After meeting with Trudeau, [the Chinese premier] told reporters through a translator that Canada and China will launch a feasibility study on an eventual free-trade deal. A senior Canadian official later said the two counties have ongoing technical discussions on free trade, but stressed that there are no negotiations under way at this point."
The Energy East review panel: Roland George, Lyne Mercier, Jacques Gauthier.
The National Energy Board has halted hearings into the controversial Energy East pipeline. The hearings were suspended while the NEB considers what to do about the scandal of its two review panel commissioners who privately met with former Quebec premier Jean Charest, a paid consultant with TransCanada, the company behind the Energy East pipeline proposal.
The Trudeau government voted against the adoption of a United Nations report on August 19 that recommended negotiations for a global treaty banning nuclear weapons.
The Guardian UK reports, "The report, which recommended negotiations begin in 2017 to ban nuclear weapons, was eventually passed by 68 votes to 22. ...The proposal recommended a conference be held next year to negotiate 'a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination'. ...The next step will be for the proposal for negotiations to begin in 2017 will be tabled at the United Nations general assembly, after which it is likely formal negotiations will begin."
The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter organized an edible-plant walking tour this summer.
In July, The Chronicle-Journal reported, "Will Stolz, an environmental science master’s student at Lakehead University, hosted two-hour walking tours around Boulevard Lake on Saturday [July 23] to identify the many edible plants that grow readily in the area."
Among the edible plants identified were golden rod, dandelion, clover, berries, wild raspberries, strawberries and pine needles.
The Council of Canadians Windsor/Essex and London chapters supported a blockade yesterday by Grandmothers, Aunties and Mothers intended to stop the construction of a fracked gas pipeline at the Walpole Island First Nation.
The Council of Canadians Peterborough chapter opposes the possible sale of Peterborough Distribution Inc. (PDI), the city-owned utility that distributes electricity in Peterborough, Lakefield and Norwood, to the provincial electricity transmission and distribution utility Hydro One.
The Peterborough Examiner reports, "An activist who doesn't want council to sell the city-owned electrical utility to Hydro One says he can prove councillors have been privately discussing a possible deal since 2014 - even though they have said they've only been talking about it for nine months."
"Roy Brady filed a Freedom of Information request asking to see any records of closed-session meetings where councillors discussed the possibility of selling PDI."
The Montreal chapter of the council of Canadians joined over 200 people gathered in downtown Montreal this morning in front of the National Energy Board proceedings on the proposed Energy East pipeline project.
The polls suggest we have a very popular prime minister. On Friday, the Calgary Herald reported, "One poll released this week found 67 per cent of Canadians would consider voting for Trudeau’s Liberals." It seems that Canadians have been captured by his dynamism and accessibility, and because he appears sincere in his desire to do the right thing. It may also explain why he now has 1.98 million followers on Twitter.
Once know as the bustling industrial heartland of Niagara, “where rails and water meet”, Welland has now become the city that free trade left behind, according to Fiona McMurran Niagara chapter activist. She takes us on a virtual tour of her region, and illustrates the devastating damage free trade caused to her region's manufacturing sector.