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September 24, 2018

The Trudeau government is forcing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) through the House of Commons quickly without further public input, and after the deal has been widely denounced by Canadians. 

The CPTPP passed second reading in the House of Commons last week. Labour, environmental and civil society groups have widely criticized the deal.

The Trade Justice Network, a large group of civil society organizations that promotes fair trade, says “It is well documented that the CPTPP stands to threaten workers’ rights, farmer livelihoods, environmental protection, Indigenous sovereignty, public services and governments’ right to regulate, while causing job losses in Canadian manufacturing and wage stagnation throughout the economy. Canadians were shocked to see the Trudeau government sign the CPTPP, which, despite minimal changes and a new name, remains nearly identical to the TPP deal negotiated by the former Harper government.”

September 24, 2018

SOUTH AFRICAN WATER JUSTICE ROUNDTABLES

Rural and urban groups come together at South African water justice roundtable discussion in Cape Town

South Africa is at a critical conjuncture as communities facing the detrimental impacts of water and climate crises collide with a neoliberal state propelled by international financial institutions to facilitate corporate water grabs. These water grabs have taken various forms from the privatization of water and sanitation services to neoliberal “conservation” strategies aimed at promoting the financialization of freshwater resources.

On September 18 and 19, the African Water Commons Collective, the Surplus People Project, Tshintsha Amakhaya and the Blue Planet Project hosted a national roundtable on water justice in Cape Town. The event brought together frontline activists, academics and representatives of 34 South African organizations. The goal was to collectively map out a water justice strategy uniting rural and urban water struggles in South Africa.

September 21, 2018

Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi held a press conference today announcing a next step in the unfolding saga of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

September 21, 2018

The meeting of G7 Environment, Oceans and Energy Ministers is happening in Halifax this week, and yesterday they held an expo at our recently-completed P3 Trade Centre. Solidarity Halifax organized an info picket for the event, which included some of us going inside to hand out leaflets while others stayed outside to hold signs and hand out leaflets about offshore drilling.

Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna is hosting the event, focused on gaining momentum for the Plastics Charter signed by most leaders at the G7 meeting in Charlevoix Québec in June (the United States and Japan did not sign).

The hypocrisy in calling the G7 ministerial meeting, “Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy”, and hosting it in a province where our Environment Minister approved BP to drill in our oceans, is incredible.

September 20, 2018
The Council of Canadians is calling Progressive Conservative donors across Ontario to ask them to boycott the party over anti-democratic actions.
 
Media Release | September 20, 2018

The Council of Canadians is calling donors to the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (PCO) and asking them to stop giving the party money until the Ford government stops undermining democracy in the province.

“The Ford government promised not to cut the Basic Income Pilot Program – they lied about that,” said Mark Calzavara, an Organizer with the Council of Canadians. “They concealed their secret plans to gut Toronto City Council until after they were elected. And now they have announced they will use the notwithstanding clause anytime they want to ram through their agenda.”

Council of Canadians chapter volunteers have started calling PCO donors listed on the Elections Ontario website (sample script below). 10,510 donors gave $4.9 million to the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario in 2017.  

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