Chapters This Week

Red Deer activists draw attention to unprotected lakes and rivers. Photo by the Council of Canadians Red Deer Chapter.

Here is a sampling of the great work by Council of Canadians chapters this week:

Wins!

The Guelph Chapter celebrated as Guelph City Council passed a motion to investigate "a strategy for the elimination of single-use plastic grocery bags."

Water

The Guelph Chapter reported back on their fight against the proposed glass factory in Guelph/Eramosa Township - celebrating the township's decision to uphold existing bylaws and reject the proposal, but anticipating more work ahead.

The Red Deer Chapter held "Every Lake, Every River" signs at City Hall Park and McKenzie Trails to raise awareness locally that 99 percent of the country’s lakes and rivers have been left unprotected under the Navigable Waters Act. They also published a letter on water in the Red Deer Advocate.

Through the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS), Atlantic chapters continued to call for an end to BP's offshore drilling, and a public inquirey on the matter. They also took their message to the West Dublin Market.

Climate Justice

Council chapters continued to plan screenings of the anti-KM film Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure, including Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Powell River, Montreal, Peterborough, and London.

The Ottawa Chapter signed an open letter urging Justin Trudeau to withdraw support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The Comox Chapter followed up on the Comox Valley Sustainability Forum, posting presentations from the meeting earlier this spring.

The Montreal Chapter wrote an open letter supporting members of Trudeau's Youth Council who spoke out against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The Saint John Chapter showed it's support for the New Brunswick fracking ban through the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance

Solidarity

London Chapter co-chair David Heap kept up the work in Palermo, Italy, supporting the Gaza Freedom Flotilla which sailed from Sicily on July 22

The Hamilton Chapter supported the Canadian Health Coalition's call to speak out for a National public drug plan.

Up-coming

The North Shore Chapter is co-sponsoring a book launch on August 21 for There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities

The London Chapter is supporting the London Health Coalition and Ontario Health Coatition's plans for a rally in October

 

Thank you to all chapter activists for another hard fought week, standing up for water, climate, trade, and social justice across Canada!

If your chapter took action this week, but it isn't listed above, send an email to chapters@canadians.org and tell us about it!