March 9, 2018

Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter activist Roy Brady and CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn.

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter has been campaigning against the sale of Peterborough Distribution Inc. (PDI), the city-owned utility that distributes electricity in Peterborough, Lakefield and Norwood, to the provincial electricity transmission and distribution utility Hydro One since February 2016.

Chapter activist Roy Brady has highlighted that the sale would mean a loss of local control, accountability and would likely lead to higher electricity rates. He says, "Selling off publicly owned assets like PDI is about nothing more than making a few people a lot richer at the expense of everyone else."

An Environics Research poll released in April 2016 found that 93 per cent of Peterborough residents opposed the sale of PDI. Despite that, Peterborough city council still voted in December 2016 to sell the utility. At that time, Brady said that the chapter would continue to oppose the sale.

March 9, 2018

The Council of Canadians Halton chapter organized a well-attend public forum on pharmacare featuring Maude Barlow in Burlington on March 5.

Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country!

1- Mid-Island chapter to be in Burnaby for the #ProtectTheInlet action, March 10
2- Cowichan Valley chapter to be in Burnaby for the #ProtectTheInlet action, March 10
3- Nelson & Kelowna chapters to organize #ProtectTheInlet forum with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, auction and direct action training, March 10
4- Saint John chapter to hold #StopKM dinner party, March 10
5- Montreal chapter to attend strategy meeting to stop Kinder Morgan, March 10
6- NWT chapter tweets concern that Canada not on track to meet its weak Paris climate agreement target
7- Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter to hold renewable energy event, April 7
8- Winnipeg chapter to raise concerns about hydro-power export transmission line at NEB hearings, May 23-June 1

March 9, 2018

Canadian Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Santiago, Chile yesterday.

The Council of Canadians has numerous concerns about the so-called 'comprehensive and progressive' Trans-Pacific Partnership that the Trudeau government signed yesterday and will try to ratify in the House of Commons before the end of this year.

1- Largely the same as the TPP
Japan’s chief TPP negotiator Kazuyoshi Umemoto says, "One of the main reasons to keep the differences between the original TPP-12 and TPP-11 to a minimum is to induce the U.S. to come back to the deal." Provisions in the original deal, including patent provisions on pharmaceutical drugs that would increase the costs for those who need to access them while boosting the profits of the transnational corporations that make them, were only suspended, not deleted or removed, which leaves the door open for them to return.

March 9, 2018

On November 14, 2017, the Fredericton chapter helped build a winter home for the Wolastoq Grandmothers Sisson Encampment against a proposed open-pit mine that threatens the headwaters of the Nashwaak River and other water bodies on Maliseet territory about 100 kilometres north of Fredericton.

The Council of Canadians is against the proposed Northcliff Resources Sisson mine that was approved by the Trudeau government in June 2017.

Sisson is a proposed open-pit tungsten and molybdenum mine that would be built at the headwaters of the Nashwaak River on Maliseet territory about 100 kilometres north of Fredericton. The mine would also include an unlined tailings pond and an ore processing plant. Molybdenum is used for warplanes and industrial motors.

March 8, 2018

The Council of Canadians London chapter marched last weekend to celebrate International Women's Day.

The Council of Canadians celebrates International Women's Day!

Our ally Judy Rebick has written, "The history of International Women's Day (IWD) is a history of the struggle of ordinary women to throw off the burden of the oppression and discrimination they faced. From the beginning, IWD was about a more inclusive women's movement and a more feminist political movement."

This year, we take note that the Trudeau government will be signing the so-called "comprehensive and progressive" Trans-Pacific Partnership on IWD.