March 20, 2018
Today kicks off the start of a 3 day, hard hitting coastal tour on the risks of offshore drilling Nova Scotia.
The Council of Canadians is coordinating this tour because Minister McKenna recently approved BP, yes the same company behind the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico 8 years ago, to drill up to 7 exploratory wells off the coast of Nova Scotia.
Here’s the kicker, they are planning to drilling up to twice the depth of the well involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, significantly increasing the risks of the project.  
March 20, 2018

A group of Liberal MPs as well as an all-party group of MPs are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to put Magnitsky-style laws on the agenda of the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec this June 8-9. Magnitsky-style laws give countries the power to impose travel bans on human-rights abusers around the world.

The Globe and Mail reports, "Liberal MPs are preparing to send a letter to Trudeau urging him to prioritize the adoption [by all G7 countries] of Magnitsky-style laws at the G7 leaders’ summit... An all-party group of MPs also hopes to send a similar letter to Mr. Trudeau and [Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia] Freeland this week."

That article adds, "Three of the G7 countries – Canada, the U.S. and Britain – already have Magnitsky-style laws in place; France, Germany, Italy and Japan do not."

In October 2017, five years after the US Congress passed the Magnitsky Act, the House of Commons passed its own version of the legislation: Bill S-226, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.

March 19, 2018
Waterwalkers at the end of their 42 km march to the Teedon gravel pit on November 5th

The world’s purest groundwater is under threat again- this time from a gravel pit expansion in the Waverly Uplands- the recharge area for this pristine aquifer in Simcoe County, Ontario. Dufferin Aggregates has applied for a 10 year permit to take water at its Teedon Pit which is located just east of the lands that almost became Dump Site 41 back in 2009. That landfill proposal was defeated at the 11th hour and there is very little time left to stop this current threat.

March 19, 2018

The Canadian Press reports there may be reason to believe a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could be reached in the coming weeks. The 1st round of NAFTA talks took place August 16-20, 2017.

The article notes, "At the conclusion of the [7th] round of negotiations in Mexico earlier this month, U.S. Trade Representative said 'time is running very short' to get a deal before 'political headwinds' — Mexico’s presidential election in July, American midterms in November and provincial elections in Ontario and Quebec — start to complicate matters. For the first time, Lighthizer made public his hope of completing a NAFTA deal — including the legally required six-month congressional consultation period and ratification vote – before a new Congress gets sworn in next January."

That would suggest a deadline of June 30 at the latest.

March 17, 2018

We've joined more than 100 prominent Canadian, Québécois and Indigenous artists who are asking the government to protect culture in NAFTA negotiations.

As you know, renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have been at the top of U.S. President Donald Trump’s agenda.

While there has been speculation that the negotiations could be put on hold or even collapse, there are now strong indications that what is being described as an “agreement in principle” could be reached by early April.

President Trump is now pushing for a deal to be concluded within weeks, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer wants that too, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton says it’s possible and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has commented, “We recognize that the American side is eager to get forward motion on NAFTA. We are too.”