June 28, 2018

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The Council of Canadians has long supported community opposition to proposed quarry near Bobcaygeon, Ontario.

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson spoke at a fundraiser in April 2014 for residents fighting the quarry.

In March 2014, Kawartha Lakes This Week reported, "The township of Trent Lakes approved the quarry’s zoning application in 2012. Peterborough County also signed off on the application last June. The quarry, owned by Dewdney Mountain Farms Ltd. of Elmvale, is located on Ledge Road, just north of Bobcaygeon. Residents opposed to it fought for two years to have the application scrapped but it was approved in 2012. It sits on about 400 acres and is a crushed and dimensional limestone quarry. They object to the impact it will have on their quality of life, property values, the environment, wildlife and the potential damage to infrastructure from trucks hauling aggregates through Bobcaygeon."

June 28, 2018

43 chapters from coast-to-coast-to-coast converged in Ottawa for the June 22-24 Groundswell 2018 conference! Photo by Ottawa chapter activist Phil Soubliere.

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

1- South Shore chapter celebrates Lunenburg town council taking a stand against BP drilling offshore of Nova Scotia

Annual conference
2- Forty-three chapters take part in Groundswell 2018 annual conference in Ottawa

June 28, 2018

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter is opposed to plans to cut down trees and 'revitalize' Officers' Square.

Fredericton chapter activist Joan Green tells us, "Many of our Fredericton Council of Canadians people have been involved with this issue!"

Global News has reported, "Members of the 'Save Officers’ Square' community group say they’ll do whatever it takes to stop the City of Fredericton from 'destroying' a provincial and national heritage site, including taking legal action. Group members say the city’s plan to revitalize the square is threatening the key 'character-defining elements' that contribute to the heritage character of the site."

There are concerns that the 'revitalization' means the site's 19th century decorative cast iron fence will be removed, that St. Anne Point's Drive will be widened, and that up to 19 large mature trees will be cut down.

June 28, 2018

Days after BP spilled drilling mud offshore of Nova Scotia (drilling is currently on pause), more than 25 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Canadians have sent an open letter calling on Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna to halt BP’s offshore drilling near Sable Island National Park Reserve. The letter calls on McKenna to revisit the approval of BP’s application in light of new expert evidence that the project’s risks were not fully assessed.

Please take a moment to read and share the open letter and the news release (also copied below).

June 28, 2018

Manitoba legislature

Bill 28, the Public Services Sustainability Act, was passed by the Progressive Conservative government of Manitoba in June 2017, but has not yet been proclaimed into law. It would freeze public sector wages for two years as each collective agreement expires. It is now being challenged in court by the Manitoba Federation of Labour and numerous other unions. Please see below comments made by Robert Chernomas, a member of the Council of Canadians Board of Directors, at hearings on Bill 28.

My name is Robert Chernomas and I am a Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba and President of the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations (MOFA) representing approximately 1,600 academic staff and Librarians from faculty associations including Brandon University, Université de Saint-Boniface, University of Manitoba, and University of Winnipeg.