June 12, 2018

Facebook event page for this rally.

With just 40.5 per cent of the popular vote, PC leader Doug Ford has won a 76-seat majority government in Ontario's 124-seat legislature.

Among the key issues of concern we have already identified with his agenda:
1- his opposition to a universal single-payer pharmacare program,
2- his promise to find "efficiencies" in the province's public health care system,
3- his support for the bottled water industry, very likely including permits for continued Nestle bottled-water takings in southern Ontario,
4- his opposition to the Green Energy Act that encouraged renewable energy in the province,
5- his promise to "cut red tape and stifling regulations", which is often code for cuts to environmental protections.

June 12, 2018

A still from the Comox Valley chapter video Link Arms With Us. Video footage by Clayoquot Action and Sea Wolf Adventures.

A major decision is expected by the British Columbia government in the coming days given the tenures from twenty fish farms are set to expire on June 20.

'Stand up for BC! Fish farms out!' rallies will be held tomorrow (June 13 at noon hour) in at least five communities outside the constituency offices of key NDP Members of the Legislative Assembly:
Victoria - Premier John Horgan's office (2806 Jacklin Rd)
Vancouver - Environment minister George Heyman's office (642 W Broadway)
Courtenay - Ronna-Rae Leonard's office (437 5th St)
Campbell River - Transport minister Claire Trevena's office (908 Island Hwy)
Port Moody - Rick Glumac's office (2708 St Johns St)

June 12, 2018

Premier-elect Doug Ford

What will Ontario's new PC government under Doug Ford do with respect to Nestle bottled-water takings?

Nestle's permit to take 3.6 million litres of water a day in Aberfoyle expired on July 31, 2016, while its permit to take 1.1 million litres a day in Hillsburgh expired on August 31, 2017. Furthermore, the provincial government's two-year pause on Nestle's plan to extract 1.6 million litres of water a day from Middlebrook is set to end on January 1, 2019.

Decisions on renewing these expired permits, following his swearing into office on June 29, will fall to Premier Doug Ford's government.

At some point in the near future, we can expect to see Nestle's water taking permit applications for Aberfoyle and Hillsburgh posted on the Environmental Registry of Ontario's website. The Council of Canadians is deeply concerned that the Ford government will approve both permits.

June 12, 2018

While there is reason to be hopeful we can win a universal single-payer public prescription drug plan in the near future, we need to be prepared to fight industry and right-wing political opposition to it.

CBC reports, "A report requested by the House of Commons standing committee on health found a national pharmacare program would save Canadians $4.2 billion a year by giving Canada bulk buying power for medications and reduce administrative and other costs related to the dozens of provincial health-care plans. That report is now in the hands of the federal government, but Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor was noncommittal when Go Public asked if the government plans to implement the program. 'Well, the first step forward right now is we're going to be putting in place the advisory council because we want them to look at all options that are available', she said."

That committee - chaired by former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister Eric Hoskins - isn't expected to report until late 2019, just before the next federal election.

June 12, 2018

Halifax-based Council of Canadians organizer Angela Giles speaks against offshore oil and gas drilling in the Old Harry area, October 2012.

The Council of Canadians has opposed Halifax-based Corridor Resources Inc.'s plan to drill for oil and gas at the Old Harry site -- a 17,401 hectare area situated about 100 kilometres off the southwest tip of Newfoundland and about 300 kilometres off the coast of Quebec in the Gulf of St. Lawrence -- since November 2010.

Council of Canadians chairperson Leo Broderick has stated, "Old Harry is a very productive, diverse and important marine environment that is already under great stress from marine shipping, decades of over-fishing, land based pollution and now climate change. We do not need petroleum development in this area with its many environmental problems and the huge potential for an accident like the one in the Gulf of Mexico."