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December 15, 2017

The federal Liberal government has just passed C-23. It allows US border guards to carry guns, conduct strip-searches and more in Canadian airports.

The CBC has previously reported, "U.S. border guards would get new powers to question, search and even detain Canadian citizens on Canadian soil under a bill proposed by the Liberal government. The bill would enshrine in law a reciprocal agreement for customs and immigration pre-clearance signed by the governments of Stephen Harper and Barack Obama in March 2015."

When the US Congress passed legislation in December 2016 supporting these pre-clearance procedures, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, "Great news. One step closer to easier travel and trade between our countries.''

For our past analysis on C-23, click here.

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December 15, 2017

The Council of Canadians endorses the statement by 164 women's rights organizations that says, "Neoliberalism is sexist and is simply incapable of supporting gender-equitable and just sustainable development, no matter how it is spun."

That full statement can be read here.

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#ReplaceNAFTA #StopKM #UNDRIP

December 15, 2017

The Council of Canadians endorses this statement by the American Friends Service Committee, the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, the Franciscan Action Network, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, People of Faith for Access to Medicines, the Sisters of Mercy's Institute Justice Team, and other allies.

The statement calls on leaders to:
1- Eliminate Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
2- Ensure just labor practices
3- Be faithful stewards of God’s earth & uphold environmental protections
4- Ensure access to affordable medicines
5- Promote fair and sustainable agricultural systems

The full statement can be read here.

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#EndISDS #ReplaceNAFTA #ABetterNAFTA

December 15, 2017

Will Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listen?

Le Devoir reports, "The French government of Emmanuel Macron believes Canada will have to show 'courage' and give up the use of its fossil fuels in the name of the international commitment to fight against climate change."

The full article (in French) is here.

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December 15, 2017

Members of the Council of Canadians Comox Valley and Chilliwack chapters were at the Law Courts in Vancouver yesterday in solidarity with the Indigenous wild salmon defenders facing a court injunction against their occupation of fish farm operations in the Broughton Archipelago in their territorial waters.

Please see below this week's snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country.

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