May 31, 2019

Green New Deal (GND) town halls have been happening in communities across Turtle Island and the Atlantic region (Wabanaki territory). The South Shore chapter worked with others to host one in Bridgewater NS last week, one happened in Gagetown NB, and this past Wednesday night the Kent County chapter hosted their own meeting to bring people together to discuss climate emergency action.

Kent County chapter members (l-r) Denise Melanson, Serge Robichaud, James Lane, Ann Pohl, Debbie Hopper.
May 31, 2019

Green New Deal Town Hall in Yellowknife Photo by Kevin O'Reilly
Fantastic turn out for the Green New Deal Town Hall in Yellowknife! Photo by Kevin O'Reilly.

May 30, 2019

Yesterday, the Liberal government, in a surprise move, tabled the new NAFTA, or the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, for first reading in the House of Commons.

With only a few hours’ notice, the proposed agreement pushed its way onto the House agenda. Many of us were alerted to it only by a Reuters story that ran a few hours earlier. Today, Mexico also said it would ratify the agreement in a special session before September.

With U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visiting Ottawa to promote the agreement, and with a federal election set for October, it is obvious that not only will the agreement move “full steam ahead,” in the words of Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, but that there will be virtually no public debate on it. 

May 29, 2019

The following is an open letter written in support of the people of Grassy Narrows.

For the last half century, the people of Grassy Narrows have struggled with the devastating impacts of mercury poisoning. Next week, federal Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan will visit the northwestern Ontario First Nation. What the Minister does while he’s there – whether concrete action to address the community’s urgent health needs are forthcoming or whether it’s a just another pre-election photo op  –  will be a litmus test for the sincerity of the Trudeau government’s rhetoric on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

May 29, 2019

After voting in April to support the citizens’ Climate Emergency Declaration, the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), Québec’s biggest school board, became the first to become a Blue Community.

Anne-Alice Simard, Executive Director of Eau Secours, an NGO devoted to responsible water management who initiated the action, attended the CSDM’s May 22 council meeting to issue a certificate and to present the project’s goals: to support the human right to water, to keep water public and to ensure that water bottles are replaced by publicly accessible water fountains.

Simard reminded the commissioners that the right to water is far from trivial. Many indigenous communities are without safe drinking water, and the resolution commits the school board to pressure governments to protect the human right of access to water.