January 27, 2018

The Māori led a protest march of thousands of people opposed to the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in New Zealand in February 2016.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's so-called 'Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership' (CPTPP) - to be signed on March 8 in Chile - is a violation of Indigenous rights.

January 26, 2018

The Council of Canadians was honoured to partner with artists Melisse Watson and Syrus Marcus Ware to create these portraits to commemorate the six victims of the attack on a mosque in Quebec City on January 29 2017: Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane. Please share them in order to remember these lives lost and to fight for a world free of Islamophobia and white supremacy. (Full size images here). 

On January 29, 2017, at 7:52pm, a young white man entered a mosque in Quebec City in Canada and over the course of a few minutes murdered Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane. Five others were badly injured: Aymen Derbali, Said El-Amari, Mohamed Khabar, Nizar Ghlai and Said Akjour.

January 26, 2018

US President Donald Trump is unwilling to visit the United Kingdom unless British prime minister Theresa May can guarantee there will not be protests against him.

The International Business Times reports, "Trump is refusing to visit the UK unless May can ensure that he is not met with protests. Advisers who had been listening to the phone call are reported to have been 'astonished' at the demands."

Newsweek adds, "While visiting the White House a year ago, May invited Trump for an official state visit. But Trump has yet to cross the pond to a country where he is wildly unpopular. In the days after May issued her invitation, protests erupted in the UK, and more than 1.8 million people signed a petition to stop Trump’s visit, partially in response to the travel ban he placed on several Muslim-majority countries."

January 26, 2018

The London, Ottawa, Saint John, Prince Edward Island, Fredericton, Victoria, Chilliwack, Saskatoon, Montreal and South Shore chapters participated in #womensmarch2018 marches last Saturday. More photos here.

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

1- Montreal chapter joins Unifor rally outside 6th round of NAFTA talks
2- North Shore chapter calls on Trudeau & Champagne to drop Chapter 11 in NAFTA
3- South Niagara chapter to raise TPP-11 at meeting with Liberal MP, Jan. 30
4- South Shore chapter to distribute NAFTA materials at farmers market, Feb. 1
5- South Niagara chapter to raise TPP-11 at meeting with Conservative MP, Feb. 9
6- South Niagara, Hamilton, Halton and Guelph chapters plan to hold fair trade conference (likely April 20-21)

January 25, 2018

Cape Town, South Africa is on the verge of becoming the first major city in the world to literally run out of water. It's called 'Day Zero' and it's now expected to hit the city of about 3.7 million people on April 12 (or even sooner).

About 99 per cent of the Cape Town's drinking water comes from six dam reservoirs that were 90 per cent full four years ago but that have been dropping for a variety of stated reasons including a three-year long drought, rain at about one-third of normal levels, climate change, and a growing metropolitan population.

ITV reports, "Levels of usable water in the dams surrounding Cape Town have been dropping by 1.4 per cent a day, and currently stand at around 17.2 per cent."

Bloomberg notes, "While the city has told residents to use no more than 87 liters of water a day each, less than half of households [about 40 per cent] have complied. The daily allocation will be cut to 50 liters on February 1, and hefty surcharges will be introduced for those who exceed their quotas."