November 10, 2017

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter visited the First Nation occupation happening at the Norwegian-owned Marine Harvest fish farm on Midsummer Island in the Broughton Archipelago off the coast of British Columbia.

Please see below this week's snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country.

November 10, 2017

Trudeau waves as he arrives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam yesterday. Photo by Adrian Wyld/ Canadian Press.

Justin Trudeau has broken his election promise of consultation and transparency with the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks.

On October 5, 2015, just two weeks before the last election, Trudeau responded with this statement to the Harper government's announcement that it had reached agreement with eleven other countries on a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

November 9, 2017

Diane Lebouthillier, the federal Minister of National Revenue

In April 2016, when the Panama Papers were released, The Globe and Mail reported, "The [Canada Revenue Agency] says it wants hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes from Cameco Corp., Silver Wheaton Corp. and Loblaw Cos. Ltd. because, the CRA says, the companies inappropriately ran international transactions through subsidiary companies in low-tax foreign jurisdictions. The three companies are contesting the allegations, which remain untested in court."

That Globe and Mail news article provides the background that, "Cameco's fight with the CRA began in 2008; the tax agency has now reviewed the company's tax returns from 2003 to 2010 and told Cameco it believes it has $3.4-billion more in Canadian income for those years than the company declared. Cameco says it expects CRA will add another $3.6-billion in taxable income for 2011 through 2015. The total tax bill for the 13 years: $2.1-billion, plus interest and penalties."

November 9, 2017

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Andrea Harden-Donahue
Published in the National Observer, November 9, 2017

Darrel Posterski

Michael Joyce

Dallas Gagnon

John Roberts

Josh Casey

These are names on the Facebook profiles that sent me misogynistic and violent messages over a span of a few days.

November 7, 2017

The Council of Canadians Kitchener-Waterloo chapter promoting pharmacare at an information table at a local farmers' market.

A new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) strengthens the argument that the Trudeau government should immediately implement the universal drug program known as pharmacare.

The CIHI report finds that governments, private insurance companies and individuals are projected to spend $242 billion on health care in 2017 - a nearly 4-per-cent increase over 2016 spending levels.

The Globe and Mail highlights, "The report found that among the three largest spending categories - hospitals, drugs and physicians, which together account for more than 60 per cent of the overall expenditure - pharmaceutical costs continue to increase at the fastest pace. This has been true since 2015, due partly to the increased use of high-cost patented drugs."