May 12, 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Given it appears unlikely that the US, Canadian and Mexican governments will conclude a NAFTA 2.0 deal prior to the July 1 election in Mexico, it makes sense to take a moment to look at the views of the leading presidential candidate - Andrés Manuel López Obrador aka AMLO - on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Earlier this year López Obrador stated, “I hope nothing is signed until after the elections and that we don’t rush into making the mistake of signing something that could be bad for us, that could affect our national producers, that doesn’t include the migration issue and that accepts such an infamy as the construction of the wall."

It is also true that López Obrador has been sending contradictory signals saying both "any unfair trade deal can be revised by the Mexican government" and then that he would honour a deal negotiated by the outgoing administration.

May 11, 2018

On Tuesday May 8, US President Donald Trump announced the United States was withdrawing from the "defective at its core" Iranian nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

What will be among the key issues discussed at the upcoming G7 summit in Quebec?

Agence France-Presse reports, "President Donald Trump's recent decision to pull the US out of the Iranian nuclear deal is expected to be front and centre at the June 8-9 summit in La Malbaie of leaders of the world's seven largest industrialised nations - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States."

May 10, 2018

On April 4, the Council of Canadians was in Hope, BC encouraging people to boycott Nestle which extracts water from Sto:lo territory without free, prior and informed consent! The Kinder Morgan 890,000 barrel per day tar sands pipeline would also go through this territory with community permission.

Switzerland-based Nestle (the bottled water company) has announced it has reached an agreement with Texas-based Kinder Morgan (the pipeline company).

The issue of contention between the two transnationals has been that Kinder Morgan's 890,000 barrel per day tar sands pipeline would have cut through Nestle's water-bottling property in Hope - on Sto:lo territory - in British Columbia where the transnational extracts 300 million litres of water each year from the Kawkawa Lake aquifer.

CBC reports, "It's not clear exactly when the agreement was made [but Nestle had been] looking for a very specific re-routing of the pipeline, among a couple of other things related to construction."

May 9, 2018

In May 2017, Council of Canadians North Shore chapter activist Berta Gaulke delivered our pharmacare campaign materials to the office of Bill Casey, the Liberal MP who chairs the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health that last month recommended a single-payer universal public prescription drug plan.

While the Trudeau government appears to be promising that a universal single-payer public prescription drug plan may be around the corner, it's still not here - and we're not likely to see it at least until 2020. What are the obstacles to winning pharmacare and how can we ensure that we will see it implemented?

1- Empty rhetoric
The Huffington Post has reported, "NDP Parliamentary leader Guy Caron grilled the government for not expediting legislation to implement universal drug coverage. Caron called the Liberals' flirtation with pharmacare nothing short of 'empty rhetoric'. He noted how the Grits had campaigned on the idea during the 1997 election."

May 9, 2018

Various actions are now being organized in Quebec City by different groups to protest the G7 summit that will take place in a luxury hotel in La Malbaie (about 150 kilometres north-east of Quebec City) behind a $3.8 million 10-foot high, 3.7 kilometre long fence anchored in cement posts sunk 18 inches into the ground: