In advance of the Council of Canadians ‘Making Waves: Sinking the Harper Agenda’ conference and annual general meeting in Nanaimo, BC this coming October 26-28, campaigners Maryam Adrangi, Stuart Trew, Adrienne Silnicki and Emma Lui will be in the province to advance their campaigns and promote this critical yearly meeting.
– Vancouver-based energy campaigner Maryam Adrangi will be at the ‘No Pipelines! No Tankers!’ speaking tour events in Kamloops (Oct. 24) and Burnaby (Oct. 25), along with featured speaker Maude Barlow and BC-Yukon regional organizer Harjap Grewal.
– Toronto-based trade campaigner Stuart Trew will be in Victoria to meet with trade officials and opposition MLAs about the Canada-EU free trade deal; the provincial NDP (likely to form the government in May 2013) has already been raising concerns about CETA.
– Halifax-based health care campaigner Adrienne Silnicki will be in Vancouver to meet with allies (notably the British Columbia Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare) and to highlight the erosion of public health care through the Vancouver-based Cambie Surgery Centre and the Specialist Referral Clinic, both for-profit private clinics owned by Dr. Brian Day. She may also visit Campbell River and Comox for meetings with the Council chapters in those communities.
– Ottawa-based water campaigner Emma Lui will be in Vancouver to meet with allies for a strategy session on fighting fracking in the province. She will also be meeting with nearby local officials to discuss a municipal resolution against fracking among other issues.
Additionally, I will be in Victoria with Maude Barlow on October 21-22 to support the ‘Defend Our Coast’ direct action in opposition to the environmental harm of the tar sands and the export pipelines, http://defendourcoast.ca/. I also hope to be able to visit Comox Valley that week and see the site of the proposed Raven coal mine.
For more about our Nanaimo conference, please see http://canadians.org/conference.