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July 23, 2018

According to a recent article in the Guardian, “humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive volumes.”  A new study reveals that we have consumed a year’s worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days.

As a result, the Earth Overshoot Day – which marks the point at which consumption exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate – has moved forward two days to August 1, the earliest date ever recorded.

The Global Footprint Network, an international research organisation that makes an annual assessment of how far humankind is falling into ecological debt, says we would need the equivalent of 1.7 Earths to keep pace with our current use of resources.

July 23, 2018

In a compelling op-ed published today by the Globe and Mail (“Why Canada’s employers should back national pharmacare”), Doris Grinspun of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, points out there are major drawbacks to Premier Rob Ford’s decision to clawback full pharmacare coverage for youth under the age of 25 – including a markedly higher cost for employers.

“The result is that the government becomes the insurer of last resort. The decision is along the lines of the Quebec model, which obliges most employers to provide drug insurance to employees, with uninsured people relying on the province,” she writes.

July 23, 2018

The Freedom Flotilla departs for Gaza. Photo from Freedom Flotilla Coalition

London Chapter co-chair David Heap has been in Palermo, Italy, working to help refugees and supporting the Gaza Freedom Flotilla which sailed from Sicily yesterday, July 22.

New Zealand-based activist Mike Treen blogged about the departure and his experience so far, including support in Sicily and elsewhere: "The Freedom Flotilla participants were [...] warmly welcomed by thousands of Italian and Spanish supporters of refugee rights and open borders in a joint march through the fantastically beautiful city at night." Members of the Flotilla have had training from US professionals in non-violent resistance, support from Portuguese port workers and Scandinavian fisherman, and endorsements from sympathetic MPs and Ambassadors.

July 21, 2018

An update from the Council of Canadians Guelph, ON Chapter

The GET council voted 4-1 to uphold its current bylaw which allows only dry use industrial businesses to locate in the township.

Guelph Eramosa Township council voted on Monday July 16th to uphold its own bylaw which allows only dry use industrial businesses to locate in the township.  Dry use means:  Dry industries are those which do not use water or other liquids in any industrial process.

Xinyi Canada declined to comment on the outcome of the council decision.

A victory for the residents and farmers of Guelph Eramosa Township and for the residents of Guelph, whose water would be put at risk if this facility were ever built. BUT the devil is always in the detail, bylaws can be overturned by the new Ontario Municipal board (LPAT) and the newly elected Ford Administration in the province. Upholding the township’s bylaw has given residents some breathing space for the next phase. 

So how did a large multinational glass making company decide to locate in GET?

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."

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