February 5, 2018

The City of Victoria recently sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, B.C.'s Premier Horgan and key Ministers requesting the prompt and complete implementation of the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change promise to shift investments from higher to lower emitting types of transportation. 

Behind this letter is a truth known by transportation circles that is just now breaking into the mainstream – you can't build your way out of traffic congestion. Building more urban highways is incompatible with climate progress in the transportation sector, and it increases traffic.

February 5, 2018

Last night, The Globe and Mail reported, "The government indicated on Friday that it will give notice of legislation on Monday [on a new bill that] will cover major projects that are designated to be within federal jurisdiction, including interprovincial pipelines, mines and offshore oil-and-gas drilling."

The CBC further explains, "Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is to table a bill in coming days to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, as well as amend the Navigation Protection Act. Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is to table a second bill to amend the Fisheries Act."

That article highlights, "Instead of three separate bodies [the National Energy Board, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission] reviewing a designated project like a pipeline, the government is expected to create a single agency to assess the environmental and economic impacts of a project along with social and health impacts. That single agency would also co-ordinate consultations with Indigenous people."

February 2, 2018

Council of Canadians organizer Robin Tress was present for the removal of the statue of Edward Cornwallis on January 31. Photo by Stephen Thomas.

On January 30, the  Canadian Press reported, "Halifax council has voted to immediately remove a statue from a downtown park, with several councillors calling the bronze figure of the city’s controversial military founder a barrier to reconciliation."

In response to that 12-4 vote, Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow tweeted "Very good move".

The Council of Canadians has supported Indigenous-led efforts calling for the removal of this statue of Cornwallis. The Chronicle Herald explains Cornwallis was "a soldier who infamously issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi'kmaqs".

This past weekend, prior to Halifax council's vote, we tweeted our support of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs call for the immediate removal of the statue.

February 2, 2018

The Council of Canadians Kitchener-Waterloo chapter attended the #RememberJan29 ceremony at Kitchener City Hall and appeared on CTV Kitchener News holding a poster the Council of Canadians partnered with artists to produce to remember those killed one year ago at a Quebec City mosque.

Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country!

1- Kitchener-Waterloo chapter calls on local MPs to vote for Bill C-262 on February 7
2- Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter calls on their MP to vote in favour of Bill C-262
3- North Shore, NWT chapters call for #BillC262 to be passed on February 7

February 1, 2018

NDP MP Romeo Saganash

The Council of Canadians fully supports Romeo Saganash's private members bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

We have been vocally supporting UNDRIP since 2007.

The bill will next be debated in the House of Commons on Monday February 5 starting at 3 pm EST and a second reading vote on it will take place on Wednesday February 7 (at 5:30 pm EST).

If it become law, C-262 would require a process for the review of federal laws to ensure consistency with the standards set out in UNDRIP. It would also require the government to work with Indigenous peoples to develop a national action plan to implement the declaration. And it would provide for annual reporting to parliament on progress made toward implementation.