February 23, 2018

#JusticeForTinaFontaine gatherings are taking place today in Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax, on February 24 in Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Oriliia and Regina, and on February 25 in Guelph, Calgary and London. There is also an ongoing presence of people camped outside the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg.

February 23, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The Ontario government is demanding the Trudeau government commit to $2.66 billion in compensation for the province before ratifying the 'comprehensive and progressive' Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The date for a ratification vote in the House of Commons has not been set, but the deal is to be signed on March 8 in Chile and news reports suggest the deal will come into force at the end of 2018 or the first half of 2019.

The Globe and Mail reports, "Premier Kathleen Wynne on Thursday called for Ottawa to provide $1.26-billion for the province's auto sector and $1.4-billion for agricultural producers that will face loss of sales under the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)."

February 22, 2018

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow and then-CEP president Dave Coles met with Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence inside her tipi on Victoria Island on the Ottawa River on December 23, 2012.

Five years ago (on January 24, 2013), Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence ended her 44-day hunger strike – that began in part due to the Harper government's gutting of the Navigable Waters Protection Act – following the (then-opposition) Liberal Party of Canada Parliamentary Caucus agreeing to a 13-point plan.

Two of the key promises made in that plan were "the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples" and "that all federal legislation has the free, prior and informed consent of First Nations where inherent and Treaty rights are affected or impacted".

February 21, 2018

The Council of Canadians has opposed the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision in NAFTA since the early-1990s.

This provision allows a corporation based in one country to sue the government of another country - in a non-transparent tribunal process rather than through established domestic courts - for lost future profits resulting from public interest legislation, most commonly laws that protect the environment.

Now, Inside US Trade reports, "During a meeting with their U.S. counterparts this week, Canadian negotiators will pitch the elimination of the deal’s investor-state dispute settlement provision -- and the U.S. is expected to agree to that proposal, allowing for what private-sector and congressional sources called a 'win' for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in one of his priority areas in the talks."

The 7th round of NAFTA talks is expected to formally begin in Mexico City on February 26 and run through to March 6.

February 21, 2018

In April 2015, the Council of Canadians Delta-Richmond chapter joined with Against Port Expansion and others to witness the migration stopover of western sandpipers on Roberts Bank.

The Council of Canadians Delta-Richmond chapter has campaigned for 6+ years against the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project.

The proponent's website notes, "The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is a proposed new three-berth container terminal at Roberts Bank in Delta, B.C., on Canada’s west coast. The Project would provide 2.4 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of container capacity and is needed to meet forecasted demand for trade of goods in containers."

Roberts Bank is an undersea bank on the south side of the estuary of the Fraser River approximately 35 kilometers south of Vancouver.