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UPDATE: Council delivers 86,000 petitions this past year

This past year, the Council of Canadians delivered more than 86,000 petitions signed by its members to key political leaders on core campaign issues.

On September 18, 2009, the Council of Canadians delivered 5,000 petitions calling for provincial action against Site 41 and for the protection of groundwater against landfills to Ontario environment minister John Gerretsen’s constituency office in Kingston. That’s at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=1836.

On December 17, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in Copenhagen for the climate talks, the Council of Canadians delivered a strong message to the Canadian embassy in Copenhagen from more than 3,000 Canadians. That’s at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=2572.

On March 22, 2010, twenty Council of Canadians staff delivered 56,000 petitions from members across the country demanding a national water policy and recognition of the human right to water. The petitions were taken from our national office on Laurier Avenue to Parliament Hill and then delivered to the Prime Minister’s Office across the street. That’s at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=3098.

On June 24, we attempted to deliver an open letter by canoe to the G8 calling for the G8 and G20 summits to be scrapped. The letter was based on our on-line action alert that had been signed by 1,000 people. The letter was taken by the OPP with the promise they would deliver it to summit officials. That’s at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=4069.

On July 20, as negotiations on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement took place in Belgium, the Council of Canadians delivered more than 6,000 letters opposing CETA to the Mission of Canada to the European Union at Avenue de Tervueren 2 in Brussels. That’s at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=4250.

On September 7, the Council of Canadians and MiningWatch Canada delivered almost 15,000 petitions against Schedule 2 (which allows freshwater lakes to be used as ‘tailing impoundment areas’ for mine waste) to the Confederation Block where Environment Minister Jim Prentice has his Parliament Hill office. That’s at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=4489.

Beyond these petition deliveries, Council of Canadians members continue to be active by responding to many action alerts (listed at www.canadians.org/action/), writing their own letters and e-mails, participating in public forums and demonstrations, and countless other political activities.

Up next, more than 4,000 people have already signed our petition opposing offshore oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters.  Look to www.canadians.org/campaignblog in the near future for news about that delivery.