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June 22, 2017

Rally for electoral reform in St. John's in February 2017.

The St. John Chapter has been pushing for years for electoral reform in Canada, and recently wrote an op-ed in The Telegram titled Let’s put electoral reform in voters’ hands.

“Proportional representation is not a radical option, in spite of what the Liberal party would like us to believe. More than 90 countries now use some form of proportional representation. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have also gone that route. Why, then, not us?”

June 20, 2017

On Friday June 16 our South Shore chapter co-hosted Lynn Jones in sharing her reflections on her brother Rocky Jones' revolutionary life, and her experience growing up in Nova Scotia.

Lynn Jones, left, chats with attendees after her talk on Friday. Photo: Charlene Morton.

Rocky Jones' autobiography, released in October 2016, is described by Lawrence Hill as “required reading for any person who seeks to understand the civil rights movement in Canada.”

June 19, 2017

Heavy rains and winds could not dampen their commitment to protect their community and the Bay of Fundy.  Approximately 80 people braved the adverse weather on Saturday, June 17th and took part in a rally and picnic at Red Head.

June 16, 2017

I made a last minute decision to make a quick trip to Montreal from Ottawa because Divya, my eight-year-old niece, was excited about her end-of-year school performance at École Face. Divya felt I would be interested in this year’s water-themed show as someone who works on water policy issues. Although I was primarily there as a proud aunt, I was indeed quite impressed by the content of the show.

Divya

In the show titled “Magtogoek, le fleuve aux grandes eaux” or “Magatogoek, the Mighty River”, children from grades 1 to 4 narrated the history of the 1, 197 kilometre river that flows from Lake Ontario to the Gulf of St-Lawrence.  Myriam Blouin, their music teacher and mastermind behind the production, opened with the statement “Montreal is not 375 years. This land had a long history preceding the arrival of Europeans.”  The musical performance began with the Iroquois villages of the 14th century. Throughout the show, the St-Lawrence River was referred to by its original name, the Magatogoek.

June 16, 2017

Guest Blog by Kathie Clarke of our Hamilton chapter:

The Hamilton Chapter hosted its 5th annual public forum last night. The title and theme was Boiling Point: Canada’s Water Crisis. About 175 people from Hamilton and the surrounding communities came to hear the three excellent speakers and to engage in the follow-up discussion. Danielle Boissoneau, Anishnaabe writer and activist, lead the programme with the land acknowledgement and a moving message of the importance of water to the Indigenous people. Ward 1 Councillor Aidan Johnson provided the local context of current water issues including water extraction, opposition to bottled water, and the closing of the Sulphur Springs artesian well. The keynote speaker was Maude Barlow. She spoke about her latest book and report on water, and shared wonderful stories of her water campaign experiences such as Site 41 and her visit to Port Stanley. The audience was eager to ask lots of questions  and offer comments about water issues related to trade agreements, pipelines, and government policies.

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