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March 11, 2019

The Council of Canadians has a plan that will help get the best outcome for people and planet in this provincial election, all while laying the groundwork for a just transition in Alberta – but we won’t be able to pull it off without you.

If you’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, I don’t blame you. Politics in Alberta feels pretty daunting right now.

But there’s too much at stake to give up. The Council of Canadians has a plan that will help get the best outcome for people and planet in this provincial election, all while laying the groundwork for a just transition in Alberta – but we won’t be able to pull it off without you.

We have seen a 38% spike in hate crimes from the far-right who experts say are likely emboldened by racist rhetoric from the United Conservative Party (UCP), led by Jason Kenney, and even Trump-style fake news and calls to “Make Canada Great Again.”[1]

March 8, 2019

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. The Council of Canadians honours the struggles of women around the world for justice and equality.

We celebrate women’s achievements and recognize that as a society, we can still do better.

Across the country, Council of Canadians supporters and chapter activists are joining marches and actions in support of women’s aspirations for a better world.

We are inspired by the many examples of women who, through their solidarity and courage, demonstrate that a better world is possible. Today, and every day, we honour women’s struggles and commit to working collectively to build a better future for us all.

March 8, 2019

Bottled water that smells like "urine," tastes like "old socks" or reeks of "diarrhea."  These were some of the complaints listed in four years' worth of government inspection reports obtained by CBC News.

CBC News noted that the reports revealed that “Dasani, owned by Coca-Cola; Real Canadian natural spring water, owned by Loblaws, one of Canada's largest grocery-store chains; and Refreshe spring water, from the Safeway grocery chain, are just some of the brands whose water has been hit with complaints over foul smells, tastes or unusually high levels of sulphur.”

Some businesses were found to be bottling water in "filthy conditions." The article notes that “Toronto-area operator Canadian Shield Natural Spring Water was pumping water behind an amusement park with no safety testing facilities, bathroom or hand washing station for employees, one of the inspection reports found.”

March 8, 2019

NS Environment is accepting submissions from the public until March 9 (this Saturday!)

Yesterday I made a submission on behalf of the Council of Canadians to Nova Scotia Environment regarding Northern Pulp’s Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility Project. The project consists of a treatment facility on mercury-contaminated land at Abercrombie Point and an effluent pipe to release treated effluent directly into fishing grounds in the Northumberland Strait.

NS Environment is accepting submissions from the public until March 9 (this Saturday!) So I’m writing to you today in the hopes that you can take a few minutes to make a submission too.

March 8, 2019
London Chapter
London Chapter at the #InternationalWomensDay rally on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Photo by Kevin Jones.

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