April 26, 2017

The Council of Canadians Campbell River chapter held a well-attended all-candidates 'meet and greet' on April 22.

Their promotion had noted, "On Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd  1-3pm, Council of Canadians Campbell River chapter is sponsoring an All Candidates Meet And Greet event at the Campbell River Library 1240 Shoppers Row in Campbell River."

Chapter activist Joanne Banks added, "The Meet And Greet will be an open format with no formal speeches or debates by the candidates. Come on out and chat with your candidates and ask them for their views on topics that concern you."

April 26, 2017

The Council of Canadians asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop the Canada-China Free Trade Agreement talks this afternoon.

Exploratory talks on the proposed deal are happening this week (April 24-28) at an undisclosed location in Ottawa.

Undaunted by the secrecy of the talks, Ottawa office staff held a banner in front of Langevin Block (where the Prime Minister's Office is located), knocked on the front-door in an effort to raise our concerns with a PMO representative, delivered a leaflet to the Langevin Block mailbox (after we were told no one from the PMO would speak with us), and even spoke briefly with Trudeau's driver to see if he would take a leaflet to pass on to the Prime Minister (he politely declined).

CTV was there to report on this action.

April 26, 2017

The Associated Press reports, "President Donald Trump plans to stick with his campaign pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 15 per cent... A senior administration official confirmed the planned reduction to corporate rates, speaking on condition of anonymity in order discuss details of the plan the president is expected to unveil Wednesday [April 26]."

The current corporate tax rate in Canada is 15 per cent (with most provincial rates in the 11 to 12 per cent range).

Trump has also promised to cut the personal income tax rate to 33 per cent from a top marginal rate of 39.6 per cent.

Maclean's has noted, "While the rate facing the highest earners in B.C. remains only 47.7 per cent, the top rate in Ontario, Quebec, and some other provinces now exceeds 50 per cent. In the U.S., the top federal income tax rate is currently 39.6 per cent, but states like California add up to 13.3 per cent more in state income taxes. New York City even has a municipal income tax rate of 3.9 per cent on top of the state and federal taxes."

April 25, 2017

The Council of Canadians PEI chapter is opposing a proposed commercial operation for genetically modified fish in Rollo Bay West, a community about 73 kilometres east of Charlottetown.

The chapter is at a public meeting tonight at the Fortune Community Centre organized by the PEI Department of Communities, Land and Environment.

The genetically modified AquaAdvantage brand Atlantic salmon are produced by the Massachusetts-based company AquaBounty. The salmon contains a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon and a gene from an ocean pout. The result is a fish that is large enough to eat in about a year and a half, rather than the typical three years. In other words, the salmon are genetically modified to grow at twice the rate of regular salmon. As originally proposed, the salmon would be raised in Bay Fortune, PEI and then exported to Panama where they would be grown to full size in above-ground tanks.

April 25, 2017

Hamilton City Council chambers.

The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter presented to their City's Board of Health on Thursday April 20 in support of a proposed ban on local groundwater extraction for non-agricultural commercial activity.

Councillor Aidan Johnson’s motion requests staff to study and report to the Board of Health on water-taking by water bottling facilities.

That motion notes, "the report [should] include the feasibility of a permanent ban on water-taking by water bottling facilities (commercial, not agricultural or residential water-taking) within the geographical area of the City of Hamilton."

Chapter activists David Bennett and David Cherkewski presented to the Board.