May 27, 2017

The Council of Canadians Winnipeg chapter is at the Anishinaabe Nibi (water) Gathering at Whiteshell Provincial Park this May 24-27.

Chapter activists Ken Harasym and Jobb Arnold are the gathering.

The outreach for this notes, "Over the last 3-4 years, Professor Aimée Craft has been working with Elders and learning from them on Anishinaabe law, with a specific focus on water law, Anishinaabe nibi inaakonigewin. There have been 3 big gatherings thus far (Roseau River in June 2013, Whiteshell Provincial Park (Bannock Point) in September 2014 and again in Whiteshell Provincial Park in June 2015). There have also been various planning meetings and mini-gatherings with the Elders throughout these years. The purpose of these gatherings was to engage communities and learn from the elders about Anishinaabe law in our own traditional learning environment – the lodge."

May 27, 2017

Trudeau's failure to respect the free, prior and informed consent provision of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples contributes to violence against women in Indigenous territories.

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau describes himself as a feminist, his policies that endorse 'free trade', water privatization, tar sands pipelines and resource extraction hurt women. Trudeau reportedly will make inclusive growth and gender equality the major themes of the G7 summit he will host at a luxury resort in Quebec next May/June, but the review below suggests his own policies fail in that regard.

May 27, 2017

Shares in Kinder Morgan Canada will start trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday May 30, the day before Green Party leader Andrew Weaver's May 31 deadline to announce an agreement on which party he will partner with to form the next provincial government in British Columbia.

The Financial Post reports, "On Tuesday the market will, for the first time, get to pass judgment on the recently priced initial public offering of Kinder Morgan Canada. So far the underwriters have rounded up enough investors for 102.9 million shares. Those shares were priced at $17 — or a tad below the previous marketing range of $19-$21 a share."

The article adds, "On Tuesday, those newly issued shares will start trading on the TSX [the Toronto Stock Exchange]. And there will be some nervous anticipation given three main factors: the very recent election of a minority government in B.C. (with the Greens and the NDP, who are opposed to the pipeline, holding the balance of power); the reality that Kinder Morgan faced to get the deal over the line; and the quality of the demand."

May 26, 2017

Chapter activist Berta Gaulke and Bill Casey's riding office assistant.

The Council of Canadians North Shore chapter delivered our new pharmacare report and materials to Liberal MP Bill Casey's riding office in Truro.

Chapter activist Berta Gaulke tells us that Casey was willing to meet with the chapter, but scheduling issues presented obstacles. That said, Gaulke says someone from the chapter should also be near one of his two constituency offices in the large rural riding of Cumberland-Colchester on the weekend to try to speak with the MP.

May 26, 2017

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter supports the call for the Saint John River to have its original name restored.

The NB Media Coop reports, "The Wolastoq Grand Council is supporting their youth’s proposal to change the name of the Saint John River back to its original and proper name, the Wolastoq [which] means 'beautiful and bountiful river' in the Wolastoq (Maliseet) language."

That article adds, "The call for individuals and groups to support the name change issued by the Wolastoq Grand Council states that, 'Wolastoq is our identity', and argues that, 'scientific studies have now confirmed what our people have always known: water has memory. Once we address the river as ‘Wolastoq,’ this river will remember its original name.'"

The Council of Canadians agrees that the renaming of Wolastoqewiyik lands and waters is part of the colonial theft of those lands and the ongoing dispossession and displacement of the Maliseet peoples.