June 30, 2018

Our handimation video and petition in support of pharmacare.

The Canadian Press reports, "Canada’s health ministers say they are moving closer to a national pharmacare program, but questions remain over who will pay for it and how broad it will be. After meeting with her provincial counterparts on Friday, federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said different models are being considered by an advisory council led by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, who spoke to the ministers."

The terms of reference set by the federal government state that the advisory council will study how to "best implement national pharmacare in a manner that is affordable for Canadians and their families, employers and governments."

June 29, 2018

The Doug Ford cabinet.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet were sworn in today at Queen's Park. Who are some of the key cabinet ministers with major responsibilities that we will be keeping watch on in the days and weeks to come?

- Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
As Stephen Harper's minister of natural resources Rickford refused to commit the federal dollars needed to complete the construction of Freedom Road for Shoal Lake 40. NDP MPP-elect Sara Singh says having a "part-time" minister devoted to Indigenous relations is just "not good enough".

- Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier
As the party's health critic, Elliott has supported the private sector playing a bigger role in the health care system, including services such as MRIs, home care, cataract surgeries and dialysis treatment.

June 29, 2018

Mahone Bay town councillor Colleen O'Neill listens to South Shore chapter activist Marilyn Keddy raise concerns about BP drilling offshore of Nova Scotia.

The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter and its Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS) is pleased that the town council of Mahone Bay will be sending a letter to Dominic LeBlanc, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, expressing concern about BP drilling for oil and gas offshore of Nova Scotia and calling for public consultations on the matter.

On June 28, South Shore chapter activists Marilyn Keddy and Marion Moore made a presentation to Mahone Bay town council that included this offshore drilling fact sheet and their submission to the Canadian Environmental Agency. Moore adds, "We also offered suggested wording for a motion."

June 28, 2018

Image by Kawartha 411

The Council of Canadians has long supported community opposition to proposed quarry near Bobcaygeon, Ontario.

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson spoke at a fundraiser in April 2014 for residents fighting the quarry.

In March 2014, Kawartha Lakes This Week reported, "The township of Trent Lakes approved the quarry’s zoning application in 2012. Peterborough County also signed off on the application last June. The quarry, owned by Dewdney Mountain Farms Ltd. of Elmvale, is located on Ledge Road, just north of Bobcaygeon. Residents opposed to it fought for two years to have the application scrapped but it was approved in 2012. It sits on about 400 acres and is a crushed and dimensional limestone quarry. They object to the impact it will have on their quality of life, property values, the environment, wildlife and the potential damage to infrastructure from trucks hauling aggregates through Bobcaygeon."

June 28, 2018

43 chapters from coast-to-coast-to-coast converged in Ottawa for the June 22-24 Groundswell 2018 conference! Photo by Ottawa chapter activist Phil Soubliere.

Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country:

1- South Shore chapter celebrates Lunenburg town council taking a stand against BP drilling offshore of Nova Scotia

Annual conference
2- Forty-three chapters take part in Groundswell 2018 annual conference in Ottawa