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April 30, 2019

You may have children or grandchildren who are worried about the future of our planet in the face of climate change.

The distressing reality is that we all have a lot to be concerned about when it comes to making sure Earth has a livable environment for current and future generations.

But there is hope, and it is coming from young people.

Inspired by Swedish student Greta Thunberg, the youth-led #ClimateStrike movement is taking the world by storm.

On March 15, 160,000 students from coast-to-coast-to-coast joined a #ClimateStrike of 1.4 million more around the world. And on May 3, youth and students in dozens of communities in Canada will strike again for the climate.

Will you stand with them?

As Greta said in her recent address to Parliament in the UK:

April 30, 2019

In a disappointing decision, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the investor court system in the Canada-European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) was compatible with EU law. Even though the ECJ considered the legal merits of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions, the debate on the political legitimacy of ISDS is far from over.  

Like the Chapter 11 provisions in NAFTA, the investor-state dispute system gives investors the right to sue governments over policy decisions if they feel they interfere with their future profits. In 2016, at the urging of Wallonia and its former Minister President Paul Magnette, Belgium asked the court to rule on the compatibility of these rights with the European constitution.

April 27, 2019

In Canada and the U.S., Thursday was a big day of big setbacks for Big Oil’s offshore drilling plans.

And it's no wonder. Offshore drilling poses serious risks to marine ecosystems, the climate, tourism, fisheries, and coastal communities, with the rewards going to large corporations like BP.

GROWING U.S. OPPOSITION TO OFFSHORE DRILLING

In the U.S., opposition to offshore drilling is growing beyond traditional opponents. As a result, a Trump official confirmed on Thursday that the expansion of seismic testing and drilling for fossil fuels are now on hold there indefinitely.

April 26, 2019

Peterborough
Peterborough Alliance for Climate Action die-in to recognize the endangered and dying Canadian species last Thursday on a downtown municipal street. Read more about this creative action and see photos in the Peterborough Examiner!

Ontario #CouncilChapters are organizing community buses to Queen’s Park on April 30 to participate in a giant rally to stop Ford from privatizing health care.

April 24, 2019

Yesterday in a ballot referendum, PEI residents opted not to change their voting system from first-past-the-post to mixed-member proportional representation (MMP). Still, a record number of Islanders thought the change in electoral system was a good idea.

Islanders were asked to vote “yes” or “no” to the following question: Should Prince Edward Island change its voting system to a mixed member proportional voting system?

According to the CBC, “more than 50 per cent of Islanders voted ‘no.’ ‘Yes’ was the popular choice in 15 ridings, but only took around 49 per cent of the popular vote.

P.E.I.'s Referendum Act required a "yes" vote to meet two thresholds to trigger a change: the support of a majority of Island voters in the referendum (50 per cent, plus one vote), and majority support in at least 60 per cent of the Island's electoral districts (17 of 27 districts).

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