February 27, 2018

The House of Commons website explains, "The time allocation rule allows for specific lengths of time to be set aside for the consideration of one or more stages of a public bill. While the term 'time allocation' connotes ideas of time management more than it does closure, a motion to allocate time may be used as a guillotine by the government. Indeed, although the rule permits the government to negotiate with opposition parties towards the adoption of a timetable for the consideration by the House of a bill at one or more stages (including the stage for the consideration of Senate amendments), it also allows the government to impose strict limits on the time for debate."

The formal title for Bill C-69 is An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

February 26, 2018

In May 2017, Council of Canadians North Shore chapter activist Berta Gaulke delivered our pharmacare campaign materials to the office of Bill Casey, the Liberal MP who chairs the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health which has been studying options to implement a universal pharmacare program.

The Council of Canadians has been calling for the implementation of a universal pharmacare program in Canada for years.

Now CBC reports, "Former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins will chair a federal government advisory council with a goal of creating a national pharmacare plan. Hoskins announced his resignation as minister this afternoon without providing any details. A federal government source [says] the council's mandate will be to 'consult a wide range of stakeholders, provinces, territories, Indigenous groups and experts' and then provide the government with options on how to proceed with a national pharmacare program."

February 25, 2018

James Laxer

The Council of Canadians mourns the passing of James Laxer. He died of natural causes on February 23 at the age of 76.

On Friday afternoon his son Michael posted on Facebook, "It is with an extremely heavy heart and great sadness that I have to share with you the news of my father, James Laxer's sudden death of natural causes in Paris. ...He was a loving and wonderful father, with a huge heart, great kindness and a tremendous, notoriously goofy sense of humour. He was greatly loved and will be terribly missed."

Michael highlights, "My father, Jim, was a exceptionally talented writer and a truly brilliant man. His writing and activism over the decades had a profound impact on the country from the Waffle to the present day."

February 23, 2018

The RCMP has confirmed that a so-called 'free speech area' will be located in 'a vacant lot' beside the Musée de Charlevoix which is almost 2 kilometres from the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, the luxury hotel where the Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump and the other G7 leaders are scheduled to meet on June 8-9.

The RCMP says, "The designated free expression area, where people can exercise their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, will be on a vacant lot located near the museum and protected area in La Malbaie." That's about 1.4 kilometres away by foot, 1.9 kilometres by car.

The RCMP also says (as seen in the photo below), "A fence will be erected between Chemin du Havre and Rue des Carrières."

The Council of Canadians has opposed previous 'free speech zones', notably at the time of the North American Leaders' summit in Montebello, Quebec (in August 2007) and the G20 summit in Toronto (in June 2010).

February 23, 2018

The Council of Canadians Delta-Richmond chapter has campaigned for 6+ years against the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. It now looks like the project may not go forward. More on this in this campaign blog.

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