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August 30, 2018

Some signatories of the declaration - many more organizations signed on but were not present for the launch today in Halifax/K'jpuktuk. Photo: Mahbubur Rahman.

Today, at the same time as the news broke that the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the permits for the Trans Mountain Pipeline, the Council voiced its support for the 2030 Declaration in Halifax/K'jpuktuk calling for a just transition to a low-carbon economy. 

The declaration reads:

August 29, 2018

As more than 500 forest fires burn across B.C., the drought conditions across the province are also worsening.

On Monday, CBC reported, “Nearly one-quarter of B.C.'s regions are now at the highest drought rating, with no significant rain in the forecast.”

B.C. is not alone in experiencing droughts and other extreme weather events, all of which are worsening with climate change.

Many regions across provinces and territories, which are on the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples, have issued drought warnings. There were 120 forest fires burning in Northern Ontario earlier this month, which have now decreased to 26 fires.

These extreme weather patterns seriously threaten clean drinking water sources, watersheds as well as our food security.

August 29, 2018

With a constantly shifting North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has rushed to Washington to have talks with the U.S. While much of the agreement is still discussed in secret, here's what we know is on the table. 

Chapter 19 dispute resolutions

The U.S. often penalizes foreign companies if they believe there is dumping of products. The U.S. government has an internal system that can be arbitrary as shown with softwood lumber or the 300 per cent duties slapped on  Bombardier. NAFTA's Chapter 19 is an independent review process. In the U.S.'s negotiations with Mexico, Mexico agreed to get rid of Chapter 19.  The U.S. will be asking the same of Canada.

Rules of Origin

August 29, 2018

The U.S. is successfully pitting our auto workers against our farmers, but we should have the ability to protect and support both. (MP Lloyd Longfield/Twitter)

Op-ed by Maude Barlow and Sujata Dey, CBC News, August 29, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump is a master of threats.

He has threatened to rip up NAFTA on several occasions. Now he's threatening to expel Canada from NAFTA. The president has essentially given Canada an ultimatum: accept a bad deal with destructive effects on dairy, on our terms, or else. Trump's magic is in making us believe we have no choice.

But we do.

On this page, Meredith Lilly argued that accepting a bad deal is better than no NAFTA deal. But for many reasons, that's not true.

August 29, 2018

In about a month, people in New Brunswick will be electing a new provincial government.

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In about a month, people in New Brunswick will be electing a new provincial government.

Council of Canadians chapter members like us have been hard at work, knocking on doors and speaking with people in our communities about the important issues facing our province.

We wanted to share this handbill, which includes important ballot box issues such as a just transition to jobs in sustainable economies, Indigenous rights, forestry and glyphosate spraying, water, health care, and shale gas. There are also some questions you can ask your candidates.

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