April 28, 2017

Chapter activist Roy Brady

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter is commenting on the Ontario government's budget for hospitals in the province.

Yesterday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the provincial budget which includes a 3.1 per cent increase in spending on hospitals. That amounts to about $518 million in additional funding this year after four years of flatlined spending.

The Peterborough Examiner reports, "It's about time the province starts spending on hospitals, said Roy Brady, chairman of the local chapter of Council of Canadians. 'This is coming after years of hardly anything (for hospitals)', he said. Brady is a constant watchdog of the hospital budget. He would have liked to see funding specifically to reduce wait times at emergency departments. Instead the province is handing over money to hospitals with crowded ERs and hoping administrators will deal with the problem. 'They're saying, 'OK you guys - fix it,', Brady said."

April 27, 2017

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke about water sustainability and water piracy in Georgetown this evening.

The outreach for the public forum noted, "In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Wastewise has invited Maude Barlow to speak. She is a political activist, author, policy critic and outspoken crusader for Canada and a long-time defender of Canada’s water. Wastewise is a vibrant community organization known throughout the region for its busy Georgetown store featuring recycled and re-usable items. For the past three years Wastewise has made an annual donation to CRC [the Concerned Residents Coalition], recognizing our shared concern for a sustainable planet. CRC is working to protect our water and the moraine recharge area into which the Hidden Quarry may be blasted!"

April 27, 2017

Chapter activist Rick Arnold

The Council of Canadians Northumberland chapter has published an op-ed on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Northumberland Today.

Chapter activist Rick Arnold writes, "Many of us here in Northumberland County have been transfixed by US President Donald Trump's recent harsh rhetoric towards Canada and in response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's attempt to placate the White House. Free-trade proponents would have us believe that NAFTA renegotiations is like a high-stakes game of poker to see who can gain advantage and out-manoeuvre the other. But let's not be fooled for a moment that it's a battle between equals. The renegotiation of NAFTA is not going to be a win-win proposition for either junior partner, Canada or Mexico."

Arnold highlights, "Sadly, government leaders and their attendant free-trade promoters play down the fact that trade deals like NAFTA have contributed significantly to inequality, unemployment, migration, food dependency and pollution in all three nations."

April 27, 2017
“What they found when testing the water [in the 1990s] was that some of the wells had high uranium content. You’re not to use that water to drink,” [Chief Jean-Guy Whiteduck of Kitigan Zibi] told me. “Most people are using bottled water to cook and to drink. They don’t feel secure because you take the water, it looks clean, but it’s got uranium above the norms.”
Yesterday the National Observer reported on the Do Not Consume advisory that has been in place in the Kitigan Zibi community for two decades. Kitigan Zibi is “in Western Quebec, less than two hours away from Parliament Hill and Canada's capital region. And yet, when it comes to basic human rights such as access to clean drinking water, [60-year-old Mohawk grandmother and traditional medicine keeper Sandra Diabo] says “it feels like a struggle every day of existence.” 
April 27, 2017

The Council of Canadians Chilliwack chapter will be participating in two 'happy hour' gatherings in order to encourage people to make submissions to the National Energy Board calling for a significant route change for the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.

Chapter activist Suzy Coulter has shared promotion for the gatherings on the chapter's email contact list: "Concerned about the proposed location of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline? The route is NOT finalized, and we can let the National Energy Board know that we want the pipeline moved away from Chilliwack's schools, wetlands, fault lines, homes, and drinking water! We have until May 7th to do so."

The chapter will be at two upcoming events: