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July 19, 2018

A picture showing several of the ships taking part in the Palestine Freedom Flotilla campaign as they near a port in Palermo, Sicily, on July 17, 2018. (Photo by freedomflotilla.org)

London Chapter co-chair David Heap is in Palermo, Italy as part of a pro-refugee protest. While there he and others have rallied in support of global activists currently making final preparations for this year's Freedom Flotilla, which leaves from Palermo on Thursday.

In an interview with Press TV David explained, "The freedom flotilla is a grassroots, multinational movement to challenge the illegal inhumane blockade of Gaza, and to reach the conscience of the world that the governments are complicit with the blockade move..., because it is with the complicity of the Western governments that the blockade continues."

July 19, 2018

An image from the campaign to enact a Liability for Climate-Related Harm Act in B.C.

Here are just some of the recent chapter actions from coast-to-coast-to-coast:

Wins!

The Guelph Chapter helped block a proposed glass factory in the Guelph-Eramosa area that would have drawn 1.6 million litres of water a day for its operations. Guelph City Council voted in favour of motion rejecting the proposal!

The South Shore Chapter celebrated the Municipality of Shelburne's decision to write letters to the federal Ministers of Environment, Natural Resources, and Fisheries and Oceans to express concerns about BP drilling for oil and gas offshore of Nova Scotia.

Climate Justice

July 19, 2018
Yesterday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet with the federal election fifteen months away. 
 
CBC reported, “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made significant changes to his cabinet, bringing five new ministers to the table and creating new portfolios for seniors, intergovernmental affairs and border security.” According to CBC, some of these changes include:
  • Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson becomes minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Amarjeet Sohi moves from Infrastructure to Natural Resources.
  • Jim Carr moves from Natural Resources to International Trade Diversification.
  • Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has "northern affairs" dropped from her title.
July 18, 2018

Angela GilesThe Council of Canadians chapter activists, supporters and staff are involved in the Muskrat Falls Solidarity Chain Fast. Today, I am fasting to raise awareness and build resistance to the Muskrat Falls project. I join others including Emma Webb, Chris White and members of Solidarity Halifax, and those who fasted before me and those who will fast after - much love and respect to you all.

As I attempt to focus on doing good work* with the Council of Canadians today, I am also taking the time to reflect upon the grassroots struggle that has been ongoing in Labrador in opposition to the Muskrat Falls project.

I choose to fast today because the largely Indigenous population downstream from this project will be faced with either going hungry or eating a country food web poisoned by methylmercury.

July 18, 2018

It is celebrated by free trade pundits as a success in the Trumpian era: yesterday's signing of JEFTA, or the Japanese European Union Free Trade Agreement which covers a third of the world economy.

Contrasted with Trump’s pulling out of the TPP,  CNN writes, “The dismantling of trade barriers stands in stark contrast to the approach taken by President Donald Trump, who has imposed tariffs on a range of foreign goods and is threatening more action." 

What does civil society have to say about this?

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