February 27, 2018

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow has tweeted, "Terrifying! Coke and Nestle want to buy up the Guarani Aquifer! Must be stopped!!!"

Mint Press reports, "A concerted push is underway in South America that could see one of the world’s largest reserves of fresh water soon fall into the hands of transnational corporations such as Coca-Cola and Nestle. According to reports, talks to privatize the Guarani Aquifer – a vast subterranean water reserve lying beneath Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay – have already reached an advanced stage. The deal would grant a consortium of U.S. and Europe-based conglomerates exclusive rights to the aquifer that would last over 100 years."

February 27, 2018

The Victoria, Cowichan Valley and Mid-Island chapters along with our Vancouver-based organizer AJ Klein were at the Site C accountability and action summit in Victoria this past January 26-27. 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."

Three court cases will be heard in the coming months regarding the controversial Site C dam on Treaty 8 territory in northern British Columbia.

The Georgia Straight reports, "Many assumed the $10.7-billion Site C dam was a done deal when Premier John Horgan announced in December that B.C. Hydro would complete the project. [But now] the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations said in a news release that they've managed to secure a 'major work stoppage' in advance of presenting legal arguments in court for an interim injunction."

February 27, 2018

The House of Commons website explains, "The time allocation rule allows for specific lengths of time to be set aside for the consideration of one or more stages of a public bill. While the term 'time allocation' connotes ideas of time management more than it does closure, a motion to allocate time may be used as a guillotine by the government. Indeed, although the rule permits the government to negotiate with opposition parties towards the adoption of a timetable for the consideration by the House of a bill at one or more stages (including the stage for the consideration of Senate amendments), it also allows the government to impose strict limits on the time for debate."

The formal title for Bill C-69 is An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

February 26, 2018

In May 2017, Council of Canadians North Shore chapter activist Berta Gaulke delivered our pharmacare campaign materials to the office of Bill Casey, the Liberal MP who chairs the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health which has been studying options to implement a universal pharmacare program.

The Council of Canadians has been calling for the implementation of a universal pharmacare program in Canada for years.

Now CBC reports, "Former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins will chair a federal government advisory council with a goal of creating a national pharmacare plan. Hoskins announced his resignation as minister this afternoon without providing any details. A federal government source [says] the council's mandate will be to 'consult a wide range of stakeholders, provinces, territories, Indigenous groups and experts' and then provide the government with options on how to proceed with a national pharmacare program."

February 25, 2018

James Laxer

The Council of Canadians mourns the passing of James Laxer. He died of natural causes on February 23 at the age of 76.

On Friday afternoon his son Michael posted on Facebook, "It is with an extremely heavy heart and great sadness that I have to share with you the news of my father, James Laxer's sudden death of natural causes in Paris. ...He was a loving and wonderful father, with a huge heart, great kindness and a tremendous, notoriously goofy sense of humour. He was greatly loved and will be terribly missed."

Michael highlights, "My father, Jim, was a exceptionally talented writer and a truly brilliant man. His writing and activism over the decades had a profound impact on the country from the Waffle to the present day."