September 11, 2017

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow has tweeted her solidarity with 29-year-old Canadian activist Anton Bueckert.

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), a Toronto-based non-governmental organization supported by Canadian journalists and advocates of freedom of expression, has reported that Bueckert was arrested on August 22 at the St. Clair River-U.S.-Canada border crossing while en route to the Burning Man arts festival in Nevada.

September 11, 2017

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has concluded "that Minnesota would be better off if Enbridge proposed to cease operations of the existing Line 3, without any new pipeline being built." Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the construction of the new Line 3 pipeline in November 2016 (at the same time he approved the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline).

The building of Line 3 would mean 1,600 kilometres of new pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior Wisconsin, which is situated on the western tip of Lake Superior. The original 390,000 barrel per day Line 3 pipeline was built in 1968 and would be decommissioned and left underground. The new larger pipeline would carry 760,000 barrel per day and would have the capacity to carry diluted bitumen for 50-60 years. Enbridge admits the pipeline would mean 19 to 26 megatonnes of upstream greenhouse gas emissions each year.

September 11, 2017

With 90 per cent of China's goods exported by ship, a Trudeau cabinet decision expected in October on pursuing a Canada-China Free Trade Agreement, climate change melting northern waters, and the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, recently completing a voyage through the Northwest Passage, it is worthwhile thinking about the impact of cargo ship traffic in the Arctic, notably the risks of oil spills and ship emissions on Indigenous peoples, the ocean and marine life.

September 9, 2017

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliament Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette, House of Commons Standing Committee on Health Chair Bill Casey.

Two federal reports are expected on pharmacare in the coming weeks.

On March 7, 2016, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (HESA) agreed to adopt "a study on the development of a national Pharmacare program as an insured service for Canadians". In April of this year, the CBC reported, "The House of Commons health committee is studying the idea of national pharmacare and is expected to release a report with recommendations this fall."

Furthermore, on September 27, 2016, the Committee requested that the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) estimate the cost of implementing pharmacare. The website for the Parliamentary Budget Office now notes that its report on the 'Federal Cost of a National Pharmacare Program' will be released on September 28.

September 8, 2017

The Atlanta-based credit monitoring company Equifax Inc. has admitted that names, birthdates, addresses, driver's licence numbers, and the detailed financial history of individuals were stolen in a cyberattack on the company that lasted from mid-May to July of this year.

Now CBC reports, "Canadians who have accounts with [Toronto-based] Equifax Canada are expressing frustration after the firm's U.S. parent unveiled a cybersecurity breach that exposed the information of millions of people. ...[The company says] that the information of an undisclosed number of people in Canada and the United Kingdom was compromised. ...On social media, many Canadian users expressed frustration with Equifax Canada, calling on the company to let them know how they can check if their personal information has been part of the security breach."