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May 24, 2017

The prime minister smiles and waves, but will he listen?

Almost 10,000 people have now responded to this Council of Canadians online action alert that tells Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, "It is imperative that the renegotiation process [for NAFTA] be fair and transparent, and include full consultation with the public, civil society and Indigenous peoples."

The federal government has not responded to our request on this basic demand, but they have made one curious claim.

May 23, 2017

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter protested outside a Fredericton Federal Liberal Riding Associations meeting today to demand that Liberal MP Matt DeCourcey fulfill his promise to implement electoral reform.

Chapter activist Mark D'Arcy tells us, "We had a successful rally this evening with between 45-50 people present. Along with our chapter, CUPE, Fair Vote Canada, Leadnow, the Green Party, the NDP, and PANB (People's Alliance of New Brunswick) were there as well as individuals from the riding."

The chapter has highlighted, "DeCourcey was one of the members on the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform. He knows first-hand that over five months of hearings, an overwhelming majority of Canadians told the Committee that they want an end to the first-past-the-post voting system and for it to be replaced with one that is fair, representative, and proportional. 88 per cent of the experts the Committee heard and 87 per cent of the public who testified called for a proportional voting system."

May 23, 2017

City Council President Bill Dwight, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Bill Diamond, and Northampton High School student Mali Hornby-Finch have championed Northampton becoming a blue community.

Northampton is poised to become the first blue community in the United States. The city of just over 28,000 people is situated 170 kilometres west of Boston.

NBC-affiliate WWLP News reports, "City councilors approved the first step [on May 18] in a resolution for Northampton becoming the first 'blue community' in America. Blue communities promise to protect water as a public resource and minimize the number of bottled waters consumed in the city. 'The idea is to change the consciousness of the community', says Northampton city council president Bill Dwight."

May 22, 2017

The 'Rethink 150' billboard is situated about 100 kilometres south of Kelowna. The traditional territory of the Sylix includes the Okanagan Valley region.

The Council of Canadians London chapter is promoting awareness of the 'Rethink 150: Indigenous Truth' art and storytelling initiative.

The chapter posted this CBC article on 'Rethink 150' on Facebook and comments, "When it comes to First Nations peoples, we have to take responsibility for our government's and our ancestors' committing genocide, and we have to fight against denial, self centred ignorance, and repression by every means we have at our disposal."

The CBC article notes, "Rethink 150 is presenting Canadian history through the eyes of the First Nations people."

May 22, 2017

Common Frontiers program director Raul Burbano.

Our ally Common Frontiers is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to rethink his policy towards Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government.

The Latin American news service Telesur reports, "Canada is one of the main countries spearheading the antagonist campaign against the Chavista government in Venezuela. Amid the ongoing right-wing induced crisis in Venezuela, a coalition of labor groups and activists in Canada have urged the federal government to rethink its policy towards the socialist South American country. ...Slamming Ottawa's policy on Venezuela, [Common Frontiers program director Raul] Burbano said Canada needs to be fair and play an even-handed role in resolving the political impasse in Venezuela."

Burbano says, "I think the government of Canada should make clear its support for the constitutional government, electoral democracy and rule of law in Venezuela, and support mediation by organizations that are neutral."

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