July 18, 2018

Angela GilesThe Council of Canadians chapter activists, supporters and staff are involved in the Muskrat Falls Solidarity Chain Fast. Today, I am fasting to raise awareness and build resistance to the Muskrat Falls project. I join others including Emma Webb, Chris White and members of Solidarity Halifax, and those who fasted before me and those who will fast after - much love and respect to you all.

As I attempt to focus on doing good work* with the Council of Canadians today, I am also taking the time to reflect upon the grassroots struggle that has been ongoing in Labrador in opposition to the Muskrat Falls project.

I choose to fast today because the largely Indigenous population downstream from this project will be faced with either going hungry or eating a country food web poisoned by methylmercury.

July 18, 2018

It is celebrated by free trade pundits as a success in the Trumpian era: yesterday's signing of JEFTA, or the Japanese European Union Free Trade Agreement which covers a third of the world economy.

Contrasted with Trump’s pulling out of the TPP,  CNN writes, “The dismantling of trade barriers stands in stark contrast to the approach taken by President Donald Trump, who has imposed tariffs on a range of foreign goods and is threatening more action." 

What does civil society have to say about this?

July 17, 2018

The Council of Canadians proudly joined over 50 environmental, Indigenous, human rights and faith organizations endorsing a letter to B.C. Premier John Horgan asking the province to enact a Liability for Climate-Related Harm Act

The legislation, modelled on B.C. laws that define the legal liability of tobacco companies for cigarette deaths, would clarify the legal responsibility of fossil fuel companies for the consequences of their products. It asserts that Shell, Chevron and other global fossil fuel companies need to pay their fair share of the costs B.C. communities experience because of climate change including examples such as wildfires, floods, mountain pine beetle and the costs of raising seawalls.

July 17, 2018
Site C Dam
Photo: Drainage tunnel on the south bank of contstruction on the Site C project of B.C. Hydro. B.C. Hydro

By A.J. Klein, Stewart Phillip and Craig Benjamin, published in the Vancouver Sun, July 16, 2018

July 13, 2018

From Feta to Parmesan, cheese has been a central issue in CETA, the trade agreement between the European Union and Canada, and now it is possible that it might kill the deal.

Today, Reuters reports that the 5-Star, Liga Nord Italian coalition government reiterated that not only would it not ratify CETA, but that it would remove any official who promotes the agreement.

“If so much as one Italian official … continues to defend treaties like CETA, they will be removed,’ said 5-Star Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio.