June 4, 2018

I have just returned from Parliament Hill, where I was asked to appear as a witness. Parliamentary committee members reviewing proposed changes to Canada’s federal election rules asked me to speak about the Council of Canadians’ legal challenge underway now to repeal the Harper government’s so-called Fair Elections Act.

The committee also asked for my opinion on the recently-introduced election reforms in Bill C-76. While that Bill would address the issues now before the Court, the proposed changes therein are not guaranteed to be implemented in time for the next federal election in 2019.

And that’s why it’s so critical that our legal challenge proceeds swiftly.

If you haven’t already done so, please take a minute to sign the petition now!

As a refresher, in 2014 the Harper Conservative government rammed through Parliament its so-called Fair Elections Act without proper debate or consultation.

June 3, 2018

The Cowichan Valley, Victoria and Mid-Island chapters took part in a massive Stop Kinder Morgan protest in Victoria on May 31.

Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country:

#StoptheKMbuyout day of action, June 4
1- Twenty-one chapters to take part in #StoptheKMbuyout actions

Ontario provincial election, June 7
2- Windsor-Essex chapter and allies put the spotlight on a proposed mega-hospital in the lead-up to election day
3- Guelph chapter produces this video to encourage people to vote
4- Kitchener-Waterloo chapter at Kitchener-Conestoga 'meet the candidates' forum
5- Kitchener-Waterloo chapter at Waterloo 'meet the candidates' forum

June 3, 2018

Twenty-two Council of Canadians chapters will be mobilizing across the country tomorrow (Monday June 4) with the demand #StoptheKMbuyout!

1- Comox Valley
2- Chilliwack
3- Campbell River
4- Nelson
5- Powell River
6- Mid-Island

7- Prince Albert
8- Regina
9- Saskatoon

10- South Niagara
11- Guelph
12- Peterborough-Kawarthas
13- London
14- Ottawa
15- Hamilton
16- Montreal

17- Inverness County
18- PEI
19- Saint John
20- South Shore
21- Kent County
22- Fredericton

For a complete listing of the 80+ rallies, please click here.

The Council of Canadians is pleased to be working with Leadnow, 350, The Leap, Sierra Club BC, Greenpeace, Sum of Us and Coast Protectors on this intervention!

June 2, 2018

Kimy Pernia Domico was an Indigenous Embera Katio water justice activist in Colombia who was disappeared on June 2, 2001.

At the time of his disappearance, the Council of Canadians issued a media release that expressed deep concern for his well being.

It also noted, "Pernia has been invited as a guest of the Council of Canadians to speak at the international conference, 'Water for People and Nature' being held in Vancouver July 5-8th. Prior to the conference, he is scheduled to undertake a cross-Canada tour to talk about water and human rights."

At that conference, Maude Barlow said, "The disappearance of Kimy highlights the pressure on the developing world, on the poor and on First Nations to hand over their water resources for private benefit, no matter the cost. We are here in Canada with delegates from over 30 countries to push back, to protect the world's water from the corporate forces that want to profit from it, and today we're doing this in Kimy's name."

June 2, 2018

The Council of Canadians will be participating in marches and demonstrations in Quebec City against the G7 summit taking place in La Malbaie, Quebec.

The Globe and Mail reports, "The Group of Seven summit unfolds next Friday and Saturday in La Malbaie, nearly two hours’ drive northeast of Quebec City. But the remoteness and massive security deployment at the summit site, coupled with the presence of hundreds of international journalists in Quebec City, is fuelling predictions that Quebec’s picturesque capital will [be the focal point] of anti-summit demonstrations."

The article continues, "Ten schools have announced they will shut for two days and daycares are telling parents to keep their kids home [and] 1,000 police officers are being put on duty in Quebec City, starting Thursday."