June 20, 2018

Retired senator Wilfred Moore (second from the left) represented the town of Lunenburg at a meeting about BP offshore drilling with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board last month. The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter met with him there to highlight its opposition to BP offshore drilling. Photo by Marion Moore.

The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter is pleased that Lunenburg town council is expressing its opposition to BP oil and gas drilling offshore of Nova Scotia.

June 20, 2018

In November 2017, the Comox Valley chapter traveled to Midsummer Island in the Broughton Archipelago to express this message of solidarity with the wild salmon defenders of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, 'Namgis, Mamalilikala and Lawit'sis First Nations.

The Council of Canadians is expressing disappointment in the timidity of the British Columbia government's decision on fish farm tenures today.

The CBC reports, "Under the new regulations [announced by the BC government], all fish farms will have to meet two criteria when their tenures come up for renewal or when they apply for a new tenure. First, any applications will have to demonstrate they have agreements in place with First Nation in whose territories they propose to operate. ...They must also satisfy the federal government their operations will not impact wild salmon stocks. ...In the meantime, the B.C. government will renew those tenures on a month-to-month basis [until 2022 when their federal licences expire]."

June 19, 2018

Photo of the Justice for Our Stolen Children CampPhoto of the Justice for Our Stolen Children Camp from the Troy Fleece at the Regina Leader-Post.  

Here’s some background on the camp and five ways to act in solidarity. 

On Monday June 18, the Regina Police tore down the Justice for Our Stolen Children Camp’s tipi and arrested six of the camp’s organizers. The camp had been active on the Saskatchewan Legislature Grounds in Regina for 111 days, and was first set up when Gerald Stanley and Raymond Cormier were acquitted in the Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine murder trials.

The camp’s organizers vowed to stay until they saw real action to stop the racialized violence in the justice system and of the kidnapping of children by Social Services. 

June 19, 2018

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter took part in the 'Street Ruckus 4 Wild Salmon' yesterday which began at a Tourism Victoria visitor centre and made its way through the streets to the BC Legislature. Photo by @cocvic

The provincial government of BC premier John Horgan will be announcing a crucial decision about fish farm tenures within hours.

The Vancouver Sun reports, "A group of 75 B.C. tourism operators, including whale watching companies and coastal resorts, are calling on Premier Horgan to cancel the tenures for 20 open-pen ocean fish farms before a renewal deadline [of June 20]."

The article adds, "The businesses presented a letter to Horgan’s office at the legislature Monday demanding the NDP live up to its promise to end ocean fish farms when the tenures come up for renewal Wednesday. ...They want a coast-wide moratorium on new fish farms, an end to open-pen fish farms, and government funding to help fish farms transition to new closed-containment facilities on land."

June 18, 2018

@jbmoorephoto - "A Honduran asylum seeker, 2, and her mother are taken into custody near the US-Mexico border. The Trump administration’s 'zero tolerance' policy for undocumented immigrants calls for the separation of parents and children."

The Council of Canadians shares in the global outrage at the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents crossing the United States-Mexico border and calls on the Trudeau government to take meaningful action.

CNN reports, "The Trump administration recently decided that every adult caught crossing the border illegally will be charged with federal crimes instead of referring those with children to immigration courts. The harsher punishments for immigrant parents mean their children are separated from them and there's no clear procedure for reunification aside from hotlines the parents can call to try to track down their children."