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May 15, 2018

The Council of Canadians has been highlighting the threat posed to winning pharmacare by so-called 'free trade' agreements.

A study by Joel Lexchin (York University) and Marc-André Gagnon (Carleton University) found that the extended patent provisions for pharmaceutical drugs under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) could cost between $850 million to $1.65 billion annually.

And Steve Morgan (University of British Columbia) and Ruth Lopert (George Washington University) have commented, "In its efforts to repeal Obamacare, the current U.S. administration is willing to drive up health care costs [and could] attempt to coerce Canada to do the same to Canadians by way of NAFTA provisions that would prevent implementation of an equitable and sustainable universal pharmacare system."

May 14, 2018

Oil spill

BP’s offshore drilling project didn’t have a full risk assessment before drilling started, according to a long-time industry expert.

Dr. Robert Bea has 48 years experience in marine systems, including offshore platforms, pipelines, and floating facilities. He reviewed BP’s environmental assessment and revealed in a recent op-ed published in the National Observer on May 8 that the “risks of accidents and malfunctions” have not been properly assessed, documented and validated by BP.”

TAKE ACTION! Tell Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna that the federal government must order BP to halt drilling until the true environmental risks can be properly assessed!

May 14, 2018

Green Party leader Elizabeth May has proposed 170 amendments to Bill C-69.

The Council of Canadians has been raising numerous concerns about Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui has highlighted, "Among its many flaws, the bill fails to undo the damage by the Harper Conservatives’ own 2012 omnibus bill, which stripped 99% of lakes and rivers of federal protections and greases the wheels for energy projects to get federal approval."

Now The Hill Times reports, "The NDP and Conservative members have together put forward nearly 200 of their own amendments, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May put forward about 170."

May 14, 2018

The Council of Canadians Victoria, Cowichan Valley and Mid-Island chapters and organizer AJ Klein were at the Site C accountability and action summit in Victoria in January. One call to action from that summit included, "In response to the civil suits brought by the West Moberly First Nations, the Prophet River First Nation and the Blueberry First Nations, the Province of BC must instruct BC Hydro to stop work on Site C and walk away from the project."

There are renewed hopes that the Site C dam on the Peace River in Treaty 8 territory in northern British Columbia could be stopped by an injunction.

A media release issued yesterday by the West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation indicates that the federal government has taken "no position" and filed no evidence for an injunction hearing that will be heard from July 23 to August 4.

May 13, 2018

Anna Reeves Jarvis

Mother's Day has its historical roots in the struggle for the human right to water and sanitation.

Slate reports, "The women who originally celebrated Mother's Day conceived of it as an occasion to use their status as mothers to protest injustice and war. In 1858, Anna Reeves Jarvis organized Mother's Work Days in West Appalachian communities to protest the lack of sanitation that caused disease-bearing insects and polluted water to sicken or even kill poor workers."

The West Virginia Encyclopedia adds, "Jarvis organized Mothers’ Day Work Clubs, which raised money to buy medicine for needy families and cared for families stricken by tuberculosis. Club members worked with local physicians to obtain clean water supplies and safe sewage disposal."

A Huffington Post blog notes, "Jarvis also worked for universal access to medicine for the poor [and was] a pacifist who served both sides in the Civil War by working for camp sanitation and medical care for soldiers of the North and the South."

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