April 23, 2017

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will advance to a second vote on May 7 to be France's next president.

The Associated Press reports, "With Le Pen wanting France to leave the European Union, and Macron wanting even closer co-operation between the bloc’s 28 member states, the projected outcome [of the first round of voting on] Sunday means the presidential runoff would have undertones of a referendum on France’s EU membership."

That article adds, "It also would represent a seismic shift in the French political landscape, with neither of the candidates from the mainstream left Socialists or the right-wing Republicans party - which have governed post-war France - making the runoff. Pollsters projected that conservative former Prime Minister Francois Fillon was trailing the two leading candidates and that Socialist Benoit Hamon was far behind."

April 23, 2017

Photos by Randy Emerson

The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter along with Windsor on Watch is conducting a Leap Manifesto survey today.

As noted on the City of Windsor's website, "Join us to celebrate Earth Day 2017 on Sunday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Malden Park. This event is free for the public. There will be over 40 environmental exhibits; wildflower planting; arts and crafts; a nature scavenger hunt; and many more environmental activities!"

As can be seen in the photos above, they have posted each of the Leap Manifesto's 15 demands on a display board. They are now asking people which three demands they most strongly support.

The 15 demands outlined in the Leap Manifesto can be read here.

April 23, 2017

The London chapter participating in a March for Science yesterday.

The Council of Canadians Kitchener-Waterloo, Victoria, Montreal and London chapters took part in yesterday's March for Science.

Yesterday, Global News reported, "Thousands of scientists worldwide, including those in 18 Canadian cities, are leaving their labs and taking to the streets to protest what they say are attacks against science. The main march was organized by a group of scientists in Washington looking to protest perceived attacks on science, while satellite marches also took place in 500 cities around the world."

And CTV explains, "This first ever 'March for Science' is advocating for robustly funded and publicly communicated scientific knowledge as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. Participants say they want political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies for the public good, and to safeguard the scientific community."

April 23, 2017

The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter participated in a 'Water Taste Test Challenge' at a school in Châteauguay on April 21.

Chapter activist Abdul Pirani tells us, "As part of the various environmental activities to celebrate Earth Day with 1500 students at Louis Philippe Secondary School, I participated with Eau Secours! (the Quebec coalition for responsible water management) to do an interesting test  to differentiate between school tap water and bottled water."

Harvard University has explained:
In an effort to raise awareness about bottled water consumption and water scarcity issues, try hosting a blind taste test of various waters to demonstrate how typical perceptions of bottled water v. tap might not always hold true.

April 22, 2017

Conceptual image of the Malahat LNG terminal.

The Council of Canadians Cowichan Valley chapter will hold a public forum on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry on April 26.

The promotion for the event says, "The evening will feature Ben Parfitt, a researcher for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Dr. Eoin Finn, who will speak about the proposed local Bamberton LNG facility."

The Vancouver-based company Steelhead LNG Corp. is proposing two LNG export terminals on Vancouver Island.