January 11, 2018

The Council of Canadians was questioned by the police on June 25, 2010 for coming too close (within 5 metres) of the massive fence surrounding the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto where the G20 were to meet the next day.

On June 8-9, the G7 - which includes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and other 'leaders' of the world's 'richest' economies - will meet for a summit at the luxury hotel Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, situated about 150 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.

The Prime Minister recently announced that the themes of the summit would be: "Investing in growth that works for everyone; Preparing for jobs of the future; Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment; Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and Building a more peaceful and secure world."

January 6, 2018

The Council of Canadians Brandon-Westman chapter has a very informative bi-weekly 30-minute 'Time for Awareness' television program hosted by chapter activists Heather Doty and Dr. Scott Blyth on Westman Communications Group Access 12.

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

Tim Hortons
1- Windsor-Essex chapter shares call for 'No Timmys Tuesday'
2- Ottawa chapter retweets Ottawa Labour Council hotline for minimum wage workers
3- Hamilton chapter at Tim Hortons protest in Dundas, Jan. 10
4- Northumberland chapter at Tim Hortons protest in Cobourg, Jan. 10

5- Montreal chapter to take part in NAFTA rally during 6th round of talks, Jan. 27
6- South Niagara, Hamilton, Halton and Guelph chapters plan to hold fair trade conference with Unifor Canada (April)

January 5, 2018

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow tweeted this morning, "I will boycott Tim Hortons".

This is in response to the news that Cobourg, Ontario Tim Hortons franchise owner Ron Joyce Jr. (the son of Tim Hortons co-founder Roy Joyce whose net worth is US$1.4 billion) and his wife Jeri-Lyn Horton-Joyce telling their employees that the new $14 minimum wage in Ontario necessitates changes in their benefits.

Vice News reports, "The specific cuts at the Tim’s location [in southern Ontario] includes no more paid breaks, meaning that 'a 9 hour shift will be paid for 8 hours and 20 minutes'. The cuts require workers to cover half the cost of their health benefits after five years of employment, and cover 75 percent of the cost between six months and five years' employment. Two incentives, both for working on your birthday and working six months without a sick day, have also been pulled."

January 4, 2018

BC Auditor General Carol Bellringer

The fight to stop the Site C dam has just begun!

Our ally author-activist Andrew Nikiforuk has written a terrific piece in the Tyee on the six things people can do to pressure the BC government to reverse its disastrous decision on the Site C dam.

His article can be read here.

His fourth suggestion on how to take action reads as follows:

4) Demand that Auditor General Carol Bellringer audit the NDP government’s highly questionable rationale for continuing this megaproject. The auditor general had planned to examine Site C but put that review on hold during the BCUC inquiry. Robert Botterell, a lawyer representing Peace Valley landowners, has now asked the auditor general to answer eight basic questions such as, “What is the likely minimum cash impact on present and future BC Hydro ratepayers and B.C. taxpayers of completing Site C vs. cancelling Site C?”

January 3, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn

Is investing in for-profit water services a good long-term investment?

In October 2006, when the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board bid for a stake in the privatized water company Anglian Water (AWG), the pension fund stated, "The bid supports our overall infrastructure investments strategy. As long-term investors we look for solid infrastructure assets, like AWG, that have stable cash flows, strong operational performance and an experienced management team.”

At that time, The Globe and Mail reported, "The pension plan's investment arm will contribute about $1.05-billion (Canadian) to the bid for AWG PLC, the parent company of Anglian Water, which serves six-million customers in eastern England and covers the largest geographical area of any water company in Britain."

That article noted, "Water appears to be a popular bet. Returns on water companies have outpaced oil in the past two years, according to Bloomberg."