June 16, 2017

Guest Blog by Kathie Clarke of our Hamilton chapter:

The Hamilton Chapter hosted its 5th annual public forum last night. The title and theme was Boiling Point: Canada’s Water Crisis. About 175 people from Hamilton and the surrounding communities came to hear the three excellent speakers and to engage in the follow-up discussion. Danielle Boissoneau, Anishnaabe writer and activist, lead the programme with the land acknowledgement and a moving message of the importance of water to the Indigenous people. Ward 1 Councillor Aidan Johnson provided the local context of current water issues including water extraction, opposition to bottled water, and the closing of the Sulphur Springs artesian well. The keynote speaker was Maude Barlow. She spoke about her latest book and report on water, and shared wonderful stories of her water campaign experiences such as Site 41 and her visit to Port Stanley. The audience was eager to ask lots of questions  and offer comments about water issues related to trade agreements, pipelines, and government policies.

June 16, 2017

Photo of the week: The Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Centre Wellington and London chapters at the Wellington Water Watchers' Waterstock festival in Erin, Ontario in opposition to Nestle bottled water takings (June 11).

Council of Canadians chapters take action for social, economic and environmental justice. Here are some of their activities from this past week:

1- Montreal chapter presents 'Boiling Point' to Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
2- Hamilton chapter hosts Maude Barlow for talk on Ontario's water crisis
3- Saskatoon chapter wins City staff review of blue communities resolution
4- Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Centre Wellington & London chapters at Waterstock
5- Edmonton chapter to host picnic to discuss making blue communities a municipal election priority (June 25)
6- Mid Island & Cowichan Valley chapters screen '100 Short Stories' film

June 14, 2017

It was wonderful to join with the Winnipeg chapter at the Bonnie Raitt concert yesterday at the Burton Cummings Theatre. It was a natural fit given Bonnie Raitt's activism in social justice and sustainable energy. Mary Robinson, Ken Harasym, Hannah Muhajarine, and myself handed out materials on water protection, pipelines, and a just transition to renewable energies. 

It was fun to run into friends like Cuyler Cotton who works in solidarity with Shoal Lake 40. 

Bonnie Raitt is currently on tour and our Edmonton chapter will be tabling at her concert in Edmonton. 

June 13, 2017

(Representatives from the Wolastoq Grand Council and their allies, including several members of the Council of Canadians - Fredericton chapter, attended the courtroom session in Woodstock, N.B., June 13, 2017)

Grand Chief Ron Tremblay and the Wolastoq Grand Council are moving closer in the Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick to speak on behalf of the plants and animals in Mount Carleton Provincial Park.

In their 3rd court appearance, Judge Richard G. Petrie granted their motion for adjournment from today's scheduled hearing for a judicial review.  This decision will allow for more time to prepare the complexities of this case and to consolidate all the information into one set of documents from each party.

June 13, 2017

Congratulations to the Saskatoon chapter who was granted a review by city council staff of the proposal to make Saskatoon a blue community! This came about through the chapter presenting to city council and submitting a formal request

Gail Stevens from the Council's Saskatoon chapter at the CBC studios

Becoming a blue community would mean 3 things: 1) Recognizing water as a human right           2) Banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events 3) Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste water services. 

The chapter received great media coverage, including from the CBC, spreading the important message of the need to protect water.