December 6, 2017

Amanda Polchies says no to fracking in Elsipogtog, October 2013. Photo by Ossie Michelin.

Today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It was on this day in 1989 that fourteen women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal were murdered because of their gender.

On December 7, 1989, Stevie Cameron wrote, "Now our daughters have been shocked to the core, as we all have, by the violence in Montréal. They hear the women were separated from the men and meticulously slaughtered by a man who blamed feminists for his troubles. ...Fourteen of our bright and shining daughters won places in engineering schools, doing things we, their mothers, only dreamed of. That we lost them has broken our hearts; what is worse is that we are not surprised."

December 6, 2017

Image from Policy Options.

On December 4, the House of Commons voted 241-46 to pass S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration). The Liberals and Conservatives backed S-3, while the NDP, Greens and Bloc Québécois voted against it.

December 4, 2017

A Cowichan Valley chapter public forum on the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry featuring Dr. Eoin Finn and Ben Parfitt, April 2017.

The Council of Canadians Victoria and Cowichan Valley chapters helped to organize against the proposed Steelhead LNG project on Saanich Inlet.

CHEK reports, "Steelhead LNG will no longer be looking at building a floating LNG processing plant on Malahat First Nation owned Bamberton industrial lands. The project was announced for the Saanich Inlet south of Mill Bay in August of 2015. It immediately proved controversial garnering stiff opposition including from other First Nations in the area. Late Friday, Steelhead LNG confirmed it is no longer moving ahead with the project."

December 3, 2017

There has not been a lot of recent media coverage on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), so it can be a challenge to assess its status.

In April, the BBC reported, "[The negotiation for a Trade in Services Agreement] is not yet complete and so it is not yet an 'agreement', strictly speaking."

Then in late-June, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development reported, "Negotiators for [TiSA] attempted to reach a political deal before the end of last year. However, those efforts were put on hold after disagreements on some substantive issues and uncertainty over the new US leadership’s approach."

At that time, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stated in response to a question about TiSA, “That [agreement] certainly is an important one and I don’t expect it to fall by the wayside. We’re doing an evaluation right now across the board, and when that is done, we’ll move forward."

December 1, 2017

“In my community we are fighting for our lands and we will protect them until we die.” Margarita Caal Caal explained to the 150+ people who had packed into the Toronto Friends’ House on November 23rd. “I am here to tell you the truth.”

Margarita is one of 11 Mayan Q'eqchi' women from the tiny Guatemalan community of Lote Ocho at the frontlines of the struggle against Hudbay Minerals. The women had traveled to Toronto to be cross-examined as part of the lawsuit they launched against the Canadian mining company in 2010. The suit addresses the gang-rape of 11 women from Lote Ocho by mining company security personnel, police, and military during the forced eviction of their village and families from their ancestral lands on January 17, 2007. The company is also being sued for the murder of community leader Adolfo Ich Chamán and the shooting and paralyzing of German Chub.