May 8, 2018

Council of Canadians’ Moncton chapter chair Pamela Ross joined CUPE-New Brunswick to present before Moncton City Council last night about the city’s P3 water contract, which is coming up for renewal in 2019. Gabrielle Ross-Marquette (researcher for CUPE-NB) and Leo Melanson (President of CUPE local 51 - Moncton’s outside workers) were presenting on behalf of CUPE, who has been actively raising awareness on this issue.


Leo Melanson, Gabrielle Ross-Marquette and Pamela Ross present before Moncton City Council on Monday, May 7th 2018.


May 7, 2018

Today, I was on Parliament Hill to stand in solidarity with the Labrador Land Protectors and the Grand Riverkeeper-Labrador. Fifteen people, including three Inuit elders, were arrested while attempting to make their voices and others opposing the dam heard about the dangers of the Muskrat Falls mega-dam project, which threatens their land and environment, their traditional food sources and cultural practices, their health and well-being – their very survival.

This action at Parliament Hill was amplified by others across the country, including in Halifax, St. John’s, Winnipeg, Mississauga and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

May 7, 2018

The London chapter and allies rallied this past Saturday calling for provincial funding to local hospitals to be restored. Photo by Len Elliott.

Council of Canadians chapters are working to highlight key issues in the lead-up to the provincial election in Ontario on June 7.

This morning CBC reports, "Polling suggests nearly half of Ontario voters haven't fully made up their minds, and that makes them persuadable over the next month."

This evening party leaders Kathleen Wynne, Doug Ford and Andrea Horwarth will participate in a live televised debate and the writ - which officially starts the election campaign - will be issued on Wednesday May 9.

Among upcoming chapter activities:

May 4, 2018

Council of Canadians chapters are taking part in these actions calling on Liberal Members of Parliament to reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline:

Delta-Richmond chapter
Liberal MP Carl Qualtrough

Montreal chapter
Liberal MP Marc Garneau

Hamilton chapter
Liberal MP Filomena Tassi

Hamilton chapter
Liberal MP Bob Bratina

South Niagara and Hamilton chapters
Liberal MP Chris Bittle

London and Kent County chapters
Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos

May 4, 2018

Yesterday, I attended Hudbay Minerals' Annual General Meeting of shareholders to confront the company about their terrible track record of violence at their present and former mines in Canada, the US, Guatemala, and Peru. Here is a transcript of what I said:

"Let's take a brief look at each of Hudbay’s current and former operations.

At the Rosemont mine in Arizona just two weeks ago the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Hopi Tribe all launched a lawsuit alleging that the mine is going to deprive tribal members of ancestral praying grounds, destroy a critical part of their heritage including burial grounds and stop members from engaging in important cultural practices and religious traditions. And this is just one of several lawsuits launched against this mining project.