June 5, 2019


The Council of Canadians’ statement on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

This week, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report.

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls confirms what Indigenous peoples have been saying for a long time.

The report “reveals that persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA [two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual] people… It is time to call it as it is: Canada’s past and current colonial policies, actions and inactions towards Indigenous Peoples is Genocide.”

June 4, 2019

This has to stop.

This has to stop.

Nestlé’s permit to pump groundwater out of Aberfoyle, Ontario for its bottled water empire expired two years ago.

Since then, Nestlé has continued aggressively pumping. And earlier today, it surpassed taking its 2 billionth litre of water on that expired permit.

This is an astronomical amount of pure, clean and increasingly valuable water taken directly from the underground aquifer that will never be replenished.

Nestlé is exploiting Ontario’s lax regulations that allow commercial water bottlers to continue pumping out and bottling groundwater after their permits expire if they apply for a renewal before the expiration date.

Nestlé is currently seeking a new 10-year permit to continue its bottled water takings.

May 31, 2019

Green New Deal (GND) town halls have been happening in communities across Turtle Island and the Atlantic region (Wabanaki territory). The South Shore chapter worked with others to host one in Bridgewater NS last week, one happened in Gagetown NB, and this past Wednesday night the Kent County chapter hosted their own meeting to bring people together to discuss climate emergency action.

Kent County chapter members (l-r) Denise Melanson, Serge Robichaud, James Lane, Ann Pohl, Debbie Hopper.
May 31, 2019

Green New Deal Town Hall in Yellowknife Photo by Kevin O'Reilly
Fantastic turn out for the Green New Deal Town Hall in Yellowknife! Photo by Kevin O'Reilly.

May 30, 2019

Yesterday, the Liberal government, in a surprise move, tabled the new NAFTA, or the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, for first reading in the House of Commons.

With only a few hours’ notice, the proposed agreement pushed its way onto the House agenda. Many of us were alerted to it only by a Reuters story that ran a few hours earlier. Today, Mexico also said it would ratify the agreement in a special session before September.

With U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visiting Ottawa to promote the agreement, and with a federal election set for October, it is obvious that not only will the agreement move “full steam ahead,” in the words of Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, but that there will be virtually no public debate on it.