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.

April 22, 2017

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter will be at the Day of Mourning gathering in their community.

The Guelph and District Labour Council explains, "On April 28, the Workers Health and Safety Centre’s National Day of Mourning for workers injured, killed or made ill because of hazardous workplaces exposures takes place. Let’s renew our call for what works and oppose that which does not. Deregulation, employer self-regulation, minimalist approaches to the 'worker right to know', victim-blaming tactics and compensation rebates for simple compliance have no place in Ontario’s health and safety system! Working people deserve the tools necessary to promote their health and safety on the job."

April 22, 2017

The Council of Canadians Kitchener-Waterloo chapter has received an email reply from Paul Magnette, the minister-president of the Belgian region of Wallonia.

On April 10, chapter activist David Lubell wrote to Magnette stating, "We have tried many times and in many ways to get ministers and parliamentarians of the previous and current Canadian governments to actually look at the problems with this trade agreement that privileges corporate profits above our sovereign rights to environmental protections and local decision-making. ...Your firm analysis and opposition to this deal strengthens our resolve to continue to raise opposition to this deal on our side of the Atlantic Ocean."