March 7, 2018

"The moment to stop the dangerous Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project is upon us."

These are the first words of a call to action this Saturday, March 10th to protect the inlet against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The project of Coast Salish members and spiritual leaders, called Kwekwecnewtxw, is billed as a powerful and creative mass mobilization. It will begin with a march from Lake City Way skytrain station to a yet to be announced final location.

March 6, 2018

The 7th round of NAFTA talks concluded in Mexico City yesterday with US president Donald Trump threatening steel and aluminum tariffs to gain concessions in the deal plus news of Canada, the United States and Mexico agreeing to an expansion of the climate-killing energy proportionality provision in the deal.

The Washington Post reports, "Trump on Thursday [March 1] surprised much of Washington by announcing that he would impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. A formal announcement is expected this week or next."

The Toronto Star has reported, "Ken Neumann, the director of the Canada’s United Steelworkers, said a tariff on Canada could 'decimate' the Canadian industry." As the Washington Post explains, "Canada is the top exporter to U.S. markets of both steel and aluminum. Canada is also the biggest importer of U.S. steel and aluminum."

March 5, 2018

A media release from the Offshore Alliance went out this morning to outline why they decided not to engage in a public relations meeting with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB), calling the consultation 'a sham.'

The Offshore Alliance, of which the Council of Canadians is a member, argues this proposed meeting would have allowed the CNSOPB to claim they've consulted with stakeholders to discuss the proposed offshore exploration by BP, who are currently awaiting approvals from the Board. Given the concerns many organizations who form the Offshore Alliance share, it was decided to give regrets to the CNSOPB's Communications Director Stacey O'Rourke, the point person for the meeting.

March 2, 2018

The Council of Canadians Halton chapter at the YourTV Halton studio to talk pharmacare and their upcoming public forum on March 5. Left to right: Mark Carr, Host - Cory Judson, co-host - June Wright, activist CoC Halton - Hart Jansson, Group Lead CoC Halton - Dr Brian Hutchison, Health Economics Expert.

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

March 2, 2018

Carleton University

The Council of Canadians stands in solidarity with Local 2424 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents 900 administrative, technical, and library staff at Carleton University in Ottawa.

A CUPE media release notes, "Determined to stand up for Canadians’ right to security in retirement, staff at Carleton University are preparing to take job action in defense of their pension plan. The dedicated staff members who 'make Carleton work' have identified the protection of their pension plan as the issue most important to them in current contract negotiations. The strength of their commitment was evident in a vote held earlier by the union, when members delivered a 93 per cent strike vote. Unfortunately, Carleton has made all outstanding contract issues dependent on the union’s acceptance of its latest pension offer – a deal that CUPE leaders say will jeopardize members’ ability to protect their retirement futures, as well as the retirement of future workers."