(L-R) Montreal chapter activist Abdul Pirani with Eau Secours activists Joceline Sanschagrin, Jean-Yves McGee, Charles Sainte-Marie, and Nathalie Robitaille.
The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter took part in Earth Day activities in Bécancour on April 23.
Bécancour is a city located on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River at the confluence of the Bécancour River, opposite Trois-Rivières.
The outreach had highlighted, "The gathering of April 23 is intended to be family and festive. There will be music, speakers, workshops 'placards 101' and other surprises. By saying loud and clear #YouNoteNow!, we want to tell governments and companies that we will not accept the development of fossil fuels in Quebec. Looking forward to meeting you on the Quai de Bécancour, an inspiring, central and highly symbolic place with shale gas projects on one side of the river, the route of the East Energy pipeline on the other."
The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter hosted trade campaigner Sujata Dey at their monthly meeting on April 25.
Chapter activist Kathie Clark tells us, "The title of her presentation was Do You Hear The People Sing: Opposition to trade deals everywhere. She spoke to us from her home in Montreal via Skype. Her PowerPoint presentation was awesome. The members very much appreciated the update Sujata presented on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)."
Dey highlighted key dates in the coming months:
Health Minister Jane Philpott says pharmacare is not part of her mandate, but people want to see action on this significant issue.
With one month still to go, 11 Council of Canadians chapters have expressed their interest in participating in a day of action in support of pharmacare on Saturday May 27 (or in the days just before or after this date).
Those 11 chapters are: Hamilton, Peterborough-Kawarthas, Peel Region, Thunder Bay, Kitchener-Waterloo, Vancouver-Burnaby, Comox Valley, Kamloops, Quill Plains (Wynyard), Winnipeg, and Prince Edward Island.
By yesterday evening, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled back from his comment made earlier in the day that he would issue an executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But yesterday's bluster suggests that negotiations could begin this August and be concluded by April 2018.
The Associated Press reports, "The president made the announcement at the end of a dramatic day following an evening phone chat Wednesday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, followed by another call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Trump sounded satisfied that his peers had agreed to negotiate swiftly. This has been a top concern of Trump’s administration, which has expressed frustration over the pace."