June 6, 2017

Beatrice Hunter

The Council of Canadians joins with the Nunatsiavut government (which represents an autonomous area claimed by the Inuit in northern Labrador), the NunatuKavut Community Council (which is the representative governing body for the Inuit in south and central Labrador) and the Provincial Action Network on the Status of Women in expressing solidarity with Beatrice Hunter.

APTN reports, "Hunter, an Inuk grandmother, was sent to a men’s penitentiary 1,000 kilometres to the south in St. John’s May 29 after refusing a judge’s request to stay at least one km away from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam. Hunter was in court for breaking a previous court order stemming from an occupation of the controversial multi-billion dollar mega-project in Autumn."

That article highlights, "The Muskrat Falls project has been facing fierce resistance from Labrador Inuit who say the flooding of the Lower Churchill River will cause the toxin methylmercury to be released into the land."

June 6, 2017

The Council of Canadians London chapter had an information table at an event featuring the Water Brothers yesterday.

The outreach had noted, "On World Environment Day, join us for a special presentation of The Big Leak from TVOs The Water Brothers: Tyler & Alex Mifflin. The brothers will be here to discuss the reality of conserving our most precious resource: water. Followed by student presentations and a panel discussion with special guests. Educational passageway displays beginning at 5:30 pm. Presented by the City of London and London Public Library. First Come First Served!"

Chapter activist Julie Picken-Cooper notes, "The Water Brothers presentation is awesome. Not being a TV person I was unaware of their programme on tvo. They are heading into the 4th season. Lots of info and interactive stuff on their website."

To watch the 25-minute The Big Leak episode, please click here.

June 6, 2017

Chapter activist Rick Arnold

The Council of Canadians Northumberland chapter was interviewed by Northumberland 89.7 FM about a recent gathering in Mexico City of civil society and labour activists who came together to talk about the imminent renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Chapter activists Rick Arnold and Bev Burke were at that meeting along with our trade campaigner Sujata Dey and numerous allies.

During the radio interview, Arnold noted, "Over 100 organizations from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. met in Mexico City May 25-27 to strategize around a peoples' vision for a new trade arrangement for North America."

June 6, 2017

The Council of Canadians Terrace chapter has had their open letter on electoral reform to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau published in the Terrace Standard.

Chapter activist Barry English writes, "The Council of Canadians, Terrace Chapter, is writing to voice our extreme disappointment with your rejection of electoral reform. As your support of electoral reform was very strong throughout your election campaign, with a pledge to ensure 'that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first past the post', the change in your commitment to proportional representation is very inappropriate."

He adds, "This is a total betrayal of those who voted for your party and those who worked very hard on the electoral reform committee to fulfil Canadian citizens’ wishes for a more democratic voting system. Yet another axed election promise just produces more cynicism, especially from our youth. Certainly electoral reform would have made them feel more positive about their future."

June 6, 2017

Northampton, Massachusetts is now a blue community!

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports, "The city became the first so-called blue community in the U.S. when City Council passed a resolution to that effect on [June 1]."

The article adds, "The framework for the blue community movement, which seeks to protect public water and minimize use of single-use plastic water bottles, comes from Canada. Northampton resident and University of Massachusetts marketing professor Bill Diamond stumbled upon the initiative in his research about plastic water bottles, and decided it was a good fit for the city."

And it notes, "City Council President Bill Dwight, among those to unanimously approve the measure, said it's a first step toward changing the way we think about bottled water."

Northampton is a city of just over 28,000 people and is situated 170 kilometres west of Boston.

Congratulations to everyone who helped to get this resolution passed!