May 14, 2018

The Council of Canadians Victoria, Cowichan Valley and Mid-Island chapters and organizer AJ Klein were at the Site C accountability and action summit in Victoria in January. One call to action from that summit included, "In response to the civil suits brought by the West Moberly First Nations, the Prophet River First Nation and the Blueberry First Nations, the Province of BC must instruct BC Hydro to stop work on Site C and walk away from the project."

There are renewed hopes that the Site C dam on the Peace River in Treaty 8 territory in northern British Columbia could be stopped by an injunction.

A media release issued yesterday by the West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation indicates that the federal government has taken "no position" and filed no evidence for an injunction hearing that will be heard from July 23 to August 4.

May 13, 2018

Anna Reeves Jarvis

Mother's Day has its historical roots in the struggle for the human right to water and sanitation.

Slate reports, "The women who originally celebrated Mother's Day conceived of it as an occasion to use their status as mothers to protest injustice and war. In 1858, Anna Reeves Jarvis organized Mother's Work Days in West Appalachian communities to protest the lack of sanitation that caused disease-bearing insects and polluted water to sicken or even kill poor workers."

The West Virginia Encyclopedia adds, "Jarvis organized Mothers’ Day Work Clubs, which raised money to buy medicine for needy families and cared for families stricken by tuberculosis. Club members worked with local physicians to obtain clean water supplies and safe sewage disposal."

A Huffington Post blog notes, "Jarvis also worked for universal access to medicine for the poor [and was] a pacifist who served both sides in the Civil War by working for camp sanitation and medical care for soldiers of the North and the South."

May 13, 2018

The Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter and allies recently took to a busy intersection to make their 'Stop Kinder Morgan' message.

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

May 12, 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Given it appears unlikely that the US, Canadian and Mexican governments will conclude a NAFTA 2.0 deal prior to the July 1 election in Mexico, it makes sense to take a moment to look at the views of the leading presidential candidate - Andrés Manuel López Obrador aka AMLO - on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Earlier this year López Obrador stated, “I hope nothing is signed until after the elections and that we don’t rush into making the mistake of signing something that could be bad for us, that could affect our national producers, that doesn’t include the migration issue and that accepts such an infamy as the construction of the wall."

It is also true that López Obrador has been sending contradictory signals saying both "any unfair trade deal can be revised by the Mexican government" and then that he would honour a deal negotiated by the outgoing administration.

May 11, 2018

On Tuesday May 8, US President Donald Trump announced the United States was withdrawing from the "defective at its core" Iranian nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

What will be among the key issues discussed at the upcoming G7 summit in Quebec?

Agence France-Presse reports, "President Donald Trump's recent decision to pull the US out of the Iranian nuclear deal is expected to be front and centre at the June 8-9 summit in La Malbaie of leaders of the world's seven largest industrialised nations - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States."