April 19, 2017

Chapter activist Ann Pohl

The Council of Canadians Kent County chapter is highlighting the importance of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Oceans on June 5-9.

As noted on the website for the conference, "The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York."

Chapter activist Ann Pohl says, “For an United Nations event like this one, the UN expects its nation members to consult broadly with all concerned organizations, communities, industries, and other stakeholders, to develop a national consensus and commitments. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, known as DFO, is the lead department doing that piece of work for Canada, who held key consultations last week."

Pohl and Halifax-based Council of Canadians organizer Angela Giles joined a DFO teleconference consultation on April 12.

April 19, 2017

The Site C dam is becoming a key issue in the May 9 provincial election in British Columbia.

The Globe and Mail reports, "[Liberal premier Christy Clark] said only her party would complete the dam. ...[NDP leader John Horgan says] an NDP government would refer Site C to the B.C. Utilities Commission for an assessment and refused to say if the megaproject is too far advanced in construction to be halted. ...The Green Party has said it would kill the project if given a chance."

A projection says the NDP has a 75.6 per cent chance of winning the election, while the governing Liberal party has a 24.2 per cent chance of winning.

The article adds, "Construction began two years ago and Ms. Clark had vowed to get the project 'past the point of no return' before the election. However, during her campaign visit to the province’s northeast, the Liberal Leader warned it was still possible for a future government to kill the project."

April 19, 2017

Maryam Monsef, Kim Rudd

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter has invited Liberal MPs Maryam Monsef (Peterborough-Kawartha) and Kim Rudd (Northumberland-Peterborough South) to a public event on electoral reform on Saturday April 22.

In their invitation to Monsef, the chapter writes, "Our local Council of Canadians chapter has been motivated by your Liberal Government’s promise of electoral reform in place for next election in 2019.  As you know, we have been advocating strongly for proportional representation. We don’t believe that your government’s indication that it would not keep this promise as final. There is time for serious consideration of a form of proportional representation and additional electoral reform."

April 18, 2017

Just four of the dozens of art works already submitted.

The Council of Canadians Kent County chapter is hosting an Earth Day Student Art Show in Richibucto, New Brunswick.

The chapter notes in their outreach, "Young people from around Kent County are submitting drawings, paintings, watercolors, poetry, and other creations to show what Planet Earth means to them, and/or how we can we protect this Earth that gives us life. We already have some terrific submissions!"

The chapter highlights, "Five $50:00 prizes will be drawn. All participants will be eligible to win. Community leaders will be drawing the names of the participants who will get prizes."

And it explains that the rules are:
"All school age students are eligible to participate.
Students can work alone, in groups or present a class project.
It's not too late: we welcome submissions from individuals 18 years old or younger, or from classes, until April 19th.
Call 506-785-2998 for more information."

April 18, 2017

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter will be at a Town Council meeting in Erin this evening where a so-called Nestlé 'community benefit fund' will be voted on.

Our ally Wellington Water Watchers highlights, "The Town of Erin meets tonight at 6:30pm at Town offices at 5684 Trafalgar Rd Erin ON N0B 1Z0. If you live in the Erin area please plan to attend this meeting. (arrive after 5:00 pm to ensure a strong visible presence!)"

And CBC reports, "The Town of Erin will discuss whether it should accept money from Nestlé Waters Canada that would come from a voluntary levy the company has proposed. Nestlé Waters has said the money is a donation to help improve the community and would be based on how much water it pumps from the well the company owns in Hillsburgh. But critics have said the money is nothing more than Nestlé Waters paying the Town of Erin for water in a backhanded way."