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Quinte chapter talks water and electoral reform at ‘Seedy Saturday’ gathering

The Council of Canadians Quinte chapter talked about water and proportional representation at a ‘Seedy Saturday’ gathering at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in Picton this past February 18.

Seedy Saturday gatherings encourage the use of open-pollinated and heritage seeds, facilitate local seed exchanges, and promote public education on seed saving, environmentally responsible gardening practices and a wide variety of issues.

Quinte chapter activist Lynne Rochon has previously told us, “It is a great day where people sell and trade seeds (heritage), organic veggies and organic soaps, honey, breads and sweets etc.​ We have a table there and have handed out materials on Blue Communities, talked about the Leap Manifesto, and the Council of Canadians is general.”

A key water issue in Ontario right now is bottled water – and telling Premier Kathleen Wynne that rather than raising the water-taking fee for transnational corporations like Nestlé, the better route would be to phase out bottled water permits to preserve water for community use and future generations.

To respond to our online action alert “Premier Wynne: Nestlé and bottled water have to go!” by the government’s deadline date of March 20, please click here.

Council of Canadians chapters across the country have also been very active on the issue of proportional representation.

On February 11, the Quinte chapter along with the Nelson, Victoria, Winnipeg, Northumberland, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Sudbury, Peterborough-Kawarthas, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Saint John and St. John’s chapters took part in a cross-country day of action in support of electoral reform.

The Council of Canadians maintains that the Trudeau government must introduce – as promised during the October 2015 federal election – legislation by May of this year to enact electoral reform in time for the October 21, 2019 federal election.

Please call or write your Member of Parliament today to highlight this is an issue of concern for you.