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January 15, 2019

Ottawa

Protestors rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa (Algonquin territory) against RCMP actions on January 7 on Wet'suwet'en territories.

On January 7, 2019 militarized RCMP invaded and occupied unceded Wet'suwet'en territories and faced children and elders with heavy assault rifles following a court injunction granted to Coastal Gaslink (TransCanada). They were trying to forcibly clear a path for a fracked gas pipeline. Fourteen land defenders were arrested, including Gitdumt'en Clan spokesperson Molly Wickham. 

January 15, 2019

Cameron Fioret, a PhD student at the University of Guelph and member of the Guelph chapter of the Council of Canadians, writes in a thought-provoking op-ed that “the advent of the commodification and privatization of water has resulted in strife and inequality amongst the most marginalized people in society.”

Fioret goes on to say that “it is a widespread, pressing issue that will be exacerbated by climate change, whereby clean water will be even more of a luxury for the privileged few of humanity. Anyone who desires for a world of equitable access to clean water should not tolerate the status quo.”

January 15, 2019

Members of the Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter in Ontario joined with the local group, the Peterborough Alliance for Climate Action for an event last weekend called “Drum for the Planet.”

Participants marched through the streets, banging on drums, using bells and tambourines as well as their voices, to raise awareness about the urgent need for climate action now. Many wore bright green signs with messages and slogans, calling on governments to act before global warming reaches a critical tipping point.

In October, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued an urgent report that says governments must make "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" to avoid disastrous levels of climate change.

January 10, 2019
Campbell River
Campbell River, B.C. protest in support of the the Wet'suwet'ten Nation's blockade.
Vancouver
Vancouver Unist'ot'en Solidarity rally
Ottawa
Wet’suwet’en rally in Ottawa / Algonquin Territory

On January 8, Council of Canadians chapters across the country supported the International Day of Action: Stand in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en. See #CouncilChapters for highlights and read more about actions you can take now in support of the Wet’suwet’en.

January 4, 2019
Climate Justice Saskatoon and the Council of Canadians Saskatoon Chapter at a vigil for Indigenous rights and climate justice in 2016.

Council of Canadians chapters have been busy organizing for water and climate justice to kick off 2019! Follow #CouncilChapters for all the highlights.

Chapters in the news

Congratulations to David Heap, Co-Chair of the London Chapter, who will be presented with an award on January 10 by United Way Elgin Middlesex in recognition of their social justice work.

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