April 29, 2017

The Council of Canadians Ottawa chapter participated in the People's Climate March today. The march begin at Ottawa City Hall and made its way to the U.S. Embassy.

April 29, 2017

Photo by Diane Connors

The Council of Canadians Edmonton chapter took part in the People's Climate March to the Alberta Legislature today.

The outreach had noted, "We look forward to seeing you at Churchill square for the People's Climate March - Edmonton style! We will gather between 12 and 1 pm to paint signs and to take pictures that will be sent to our MLAs and posted to social media. By 1 pm we will be sent on our way by an elder and march down Jasper Ave. Once at the Legislature, speeches will be made by strong women such as Jennifer Welchman from the UofA, Roberta Laurie, author and instructor at Macewan, and Michelle Myers from Indigenous Climate Action. These women each have a story that will insipire us about how to talk about climate change and use practical solutions to lead us into the sunny Albertan future."

April 29, 2017

The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter is connecting with Leap Thunder Bay in preparation for the municipal election on October 22, 2018.

In a blog posted on April 27, The Leap notes, "Earlier this month, a new local Leap group launched in Thunder Bay, Ontario, unveiling their own, localized version of the manifesto—and a bold proposal for how to enact the platform, by running a slate of Leap candidates for City Council in next year’s municipal election."

April 29, 2017

Eleven Council of Canadians chapters rallied for climate justice in Toronto at noon-hour today during the Ontario-Quebec regional meeting.

The Guelph, Peterborough-Kawarthas, South Niagara, Windsor, London, Quinte, Sudbury, Northumberland, Thunder Bay, Hamilton, Toronto and Halton chapters were present at the rally at Allan Gardens in downtown Toronto. The Sudbury chapter is also participating in the climate march in their community today.

The outreach for the march and rally highlighted, "We’ll march to protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace. We’ll march to tell our Canadian political representatives that we expect them to do more: to reduce GHG emissions and curb climate change, to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all, to respect and uphold Indigenous rights."

April 29, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Argentina's President Mauricio Macri talk trade, November 2016.

Like the Harper government before it, the Trudeau government is now seeking a free trade agreement with Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, the four countries that make up the Mercosur trading bloc.

The Canadian Press reports, "The previous Conservative government also sought a trade deal with the South American bloc, holding rounds of talks in 2012."

And CBC adds, "Technical delegations met in Argentina, the country currently serving as chair of the group, earlier this month to help assemble the framework for formal negotiations. A South American media report said delegates exchanged information on their respective goods and services markets, non-tariff barriers, animal and plant sanitary regulations, investments, government procurement, labour issues and environmental regulations."

An online public consultation announced yesterday will conclude on May 29.