July 3, 2019

Photo from Algonquins as equal partners in 100 Wellington Facebook page.

At around 5 p.m. last night Algonquin Anishinabeg Grand Chief Verna Polson ended her hunger and water strike after an agreement was reached with the federal government regarding the Indigenous Peoples Space, which is planned for 100 Wellington Street in Ottawa on unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation.

Her camp shared on social media: ““We have reached an agreement with the government. Details will follow as soon as the Grand Chief is ready; she is getting the medical attention she needs. Thank you for all of your support. Kichi Migwetch”

July 3, 2019

On Monday, the Peterborough-Kawarthas Chapter of the Council of Canadians celebrated local organizing by joining with allied groups and supporters for Peterborough’s annual Canada Day parade.

Council chapter members led the parade contingent, which has been a tradition for them for more than a decade now.

They were joined by representatives of Amnesty International and the Peterborough Alliance for Climate Action whose members carried a large banner promoting a Green New Deal for Canada.

A large van carrying members of the local Dixie Cats Band followed the groups, playing music for community members to enjoy. The band was led by Paul Cragg, a Council chapter member.

For Our Grandchildren (4RG) also joined in with several walkers, a banner, and people holding signs. Transition Town brought their banner and three electric cars, and supporters from  I Love the CBC also joined the parade.

July 2, 2019

Some Council of Canadians staff, board members and chapter activists recently visited Grand Chief Verna Polson to express support and solidarity for her actions on behalf of her people.

Grand Chief Verna Polson of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Council set up camp in a wigwam across from Parliament Hill on June 19, 2019,  two days before National Indigenous Peoples Day. 

Grand Chief Polson and her nation are demanding full partnership in the Indigenous Peoples Space at 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa. She began a hunger strike (including no water) at 12:00 a.m. on June 30 to press these demands.

June 26, 2019

Justice for Grassy Narrows

The people of Grassy Narrows First Nation have been waiting for more than 50 years for our governments to address the terrible mercury contamination of their territory.

Thanks to you and Council of Canadians supporters across the country, over the last decade we have helped the people of Grassy Narrows push for real government action and they are so close to getting the help they need and deserve for the hundreds of community members suffering from the prolonged effects of mercury poisoning.

The federal government has promised funding for a mercury treatment centre, but the funds have not been placed in a dedicated trust, which means they are vulnerable to potential clawbacks by future governments.

June 19, 2019

Today, the Mexican senate ratified the new NAFTA, after examining it yesterday.  It seems that two days is all it takes to debate and analyze the 38 chapters

Canada is also trying to rush through parliamentary committee hearings on the new NAFTA. The government jumpstarted the process of hearing witnesses before second reading was even completed, and limited it to 12 witnesses.  I was among them, and I stood out from my fellow witnesses representing industry groups.

During the hearing, we were told that the insecurity resulting from non-ratification was a drag on the economy, chasing away investment.  We were also told that ratifying the agreement, despite the deadlock in the U.S. Congress where Democrats have the votes to enact progressive changes, was our only option.