June 25, 2017

Photo of the week: The Victoria chapter and allies gathered on the grounds of the British Columbia legislature on June 17 to protest against the Trudeau government capitulating to U.S. pressure and refusing to participate in new United Nations talks on nuclear disarmament that involve 120 countries.

1- North Shore (British Columbia) chapter activist Betty Griffin passes away

2- Fredericton chapter opposes Trudeau government's approval of Sisson Brook mine
3- Edmonton chapter holds picnic to discuss blue community campaign
4- St. John's chapter activist hands out Muskrat Falls 'bottled water' at Fortis Energy Exchange forum
5- Hamilton chapter holds public forum on water crisis

6- Victoria chapter at ban the bomb protest outside BC Legislature
7- Winnipeg chapter at 36th annual peace walk
8- PEI chapter at the 'ban the bomb' protest in Charlottetown

June 22, 2017

Rally for electoral reform in St. John's in February 2017.

The St. John Chapter has been pushing for years for electoral reform in Canada, and recently wrote an op-ed in The Telegram titled Let’s put electoral reform in voters’ hands.

“Proportional representation is not a radical option, in spite of what the Liberal party would like us to believe. More than 90 countries now use some form of proportional representation. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have also gone that route. Why, then, not us?”

June 20, 2017

On Friday June 16 our South Shore chapter co-hosted Lynn Jones in sharing her reflections on her brother Rocky Jones' revolutionary life, and her experience growing up in Nova Scotia.

Lynn Jones, left, chats with attendees after her talk on Friday. Photo: Charlene Morton.

Rocky Jones' autobiography, released in October 2016, is described by Lawrence Hill as “required reading for any person who seeks to understand the civil rights movement in Canada.”

June 19, 2017

Heavy rains and winds could not dampen their commitment to protect their community and the Bay of Fundy.  Approximately 80 people braved the adverse weather on Saturday, June 17th and took part in a rally and picnic at Red Head.

June 16, 2017

I made a last minute decision to make a quick trip to Montreal from Ottawa because Divya, my eight-year-old niece, was excited about her end-of-year school performance at École Face. Divya felt I would be interested in this year’s water-themed show as someone who works on water policy issues. Although I was primarily there as a proud aunt, I was indeed quite impressed by the content of the show.


In the show titled “Magtogoek, le fleuve aux grandes eaux” or “Magatogoek, the Mighty River”, children from grades 1 to 4 narrated the history of the 1, 197 kilometre river that flows from Lake Ontario to the Gulf of St-Lawrence.  Myriam Blouin, their music teacher and mastermind behind the production, opened with the statement “Montreal is not 375 years. This land had a long history preceding the arrival of Europeans.”  The musical performance began with the Iroquois villages of the 14th century. Throughout the show, the St-Lawrence River was referred to by its original name, the Magatogoek.