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October 3, 2017

Members of the Council of Canadians Guelph chapter at the recent water forum in Flint, Michigan. Photo by Wellington Water Watchers.

The following report is by Guelph chapter activist Lin Grist:

Guelph chapter of the CoC sent delegates to the FLINT WATER FORUM, this past weekend. Emma Lui, our water campaigner did a wonderful job of collaborating and organizing with our neighbours to the south to make this event happen.

Flint Michigan is a city in crisis, tap water is undrinkable because it is full of lead – and as Mama Lila of the Detroit People’s Water board said “you can go to the store and buy lead free paint, you can go to the gas station and buy lead free gasoline – but we can’t turn on the faucet and drink the water because it’s full of lead.”

Two statements in the wonderful workshops that keep resonating with me are:

Maude Barlow:  “If we keep on doing what we are doing the Great Lakes will be dry in 80 years”
The great lakes are 20% of global fresh water and 8% of global drinking water."

September 29, 2017

The Council of Canadians London chapter at rally celebrating diversity and inclusion, Saturday September 23.

Council of Canadians chapters take action for social, economic and environmental justice. Here is a snapshot of some of their recent activities:

Trade
1- Prince Albert chapter presents on NAFTA at public forum at local library
2- Guelph chapter hosts Maude Barlow & Gus Van Harten for international trade deals and water talk, Oct. 18
3- South Niagara chapter to attend Barlow & Van Harten public forum in Guelph

Climate justice
4- Saint John chapter activist calls out mayor over his support for Energy East project
5- Windsor-Essex chapter co-hosts public forum with Avi Lewis, Nov. 18

Water
6- Guelph chapter travelling to water justice summit in Flint, Michigan
7- Centre Wellington chapter to attend Water Is Life forum in Flint, Michigan

September 28, 2017

Secwepmec Nation activist Kanahus Manuel challenges Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett at the United Nations, April 2017.

The Council of Canadians is calling on the federal government to meet its obligations under the United Nations recognition of the human right to water following a Federal Court of Appeal ruling that it renegotiate the terms of an "exploitive bargain" when it approved the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and endangered the right to water of the C’eletkwmx/ Coldwater people.

September 28, 2017

The Council of Canadians and allies protested outside the NAFTA talks on September 26.

The third round of NAFTA talks (September 23-27) have now concluded in Ottawa and the fourth round (October 11-15) is on the horizon for Washington, DC. What conclusions can we draw from these past five days?

September 27, 2017

Coldwater Indian Band Chief Lee Spahan, Crown-Indigenous Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett

The Council of Canadians expresses its ongoing solidarity with the C’eletkwmx (Coldwater People) in British Columbia and celebrates the decision by the Federal Court of Appeal that says federal Indigenous Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett failed the Coldwater Indian Band by not protecting them from an 'exploitive bargain' relating to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain 890,000 barrel per day tar sands pipeline.

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