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November 13, 2019

"prairie grass" by **** j a z z z i *** is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0It wasn’t a surprise that the prairies went predominantly blue in this federal election. Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have remained fairly steady in their voting patterns for decades. What has been significant is the sensationalization of western alienation as something new and newsworthy – this expression of frustration has been happening in some form or another for longer than the prairies have been voting conservative. 

This new, more extreme wave of western alienation has been the subject of endless articles, op-eds, and social media posts that paint it as the dominant conversation happening across the region. 

November 12, 2019

Guests Sheila Davies and John Weber speaking in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

 

“It is up to you to stop offshore oil drilling off of Nova Scotia. You can’t expect someone else to do it for you.”

 

November 8, 2019

I thought a lot about public health care on election night, and how the impacts of the federal election would impact health care in Ontario – including provincial cuts by Premier Doug Ford. The outcome of a Liberal minority offers an opportunity to negotiate in favour of better health care, including a much-needed pharmacare program.  Given the major cuts to Ontario health care services that the Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs are pushing through, the broader Canadian political landscape puts us in a Good News, Bad News, and more Good news situation.  

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The Good News:

November 7, 2019

Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow was in Los Angeles yesterday to help celebrate the city’s designation as a Blue Community.

Los Angeles is now the first major city in the U.S. to turn “blue,” joining cities around the world including Paris, France, Bern, Switzerland and Montreal in Canada to take clear steps to protect public water services.

“Protecting our water must be a global project,” said Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow. “In the past 10 years we have seen this movement grow in Canada, Europe, South America, and now our made-in-Canada idea has made it in Los Angeles.”

The Blue Community initiative commits the city to recognizing water and sanitation as human rights, promoting safe water and wastewater services and to phasing out the sale of bottled water at municipal events.

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