April 18, 2017

The Council of Canadians delivered 20,000 petitions against the TPP to NDP MP Tracey Ramsey on Parliament Hill on October 26, 2016.

The Liberal-dominated House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade has issued its report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The Standing Committee recommends, "That, recognizing the United States’ withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and wanting to conclude agreements that are in the best interests of Canadians, the Government of Canada actively pursue a trade and investment agreement with Trans-Pacific Partnership signatories, as well as additional trade and investment agreements in the Asia-Pacific region."

The 10-member Committee was chaired by Liberal MP Mark Eyking and was comprised of six Liberals, three Conservatives, and NDP MP Tracey Ramsey.

April 18, 2017

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley shows her support for the 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East tar sands pipeline, March 2016.

The Council of Canadians is opposed to a Canada-China Free Trade Agreement given it would be detrimental to people and the environment in both Canada and China.

The Calgary Herald reports, "As Premier Rachel Notley heads east on her first Asian trade mission, Alberta’s NDP government is backing free trade talks between Canada and China. [Notley’s press secretary, Cheryl] Oates said the NDP government also backs the federal Liberal government in reviewing restrictions on state-owned-enterprises investing in the oilsands."

April 18, 2017

Councillor Aidan Johnson (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter will be presenting 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.

The chapter will be speaking in favour of Councillor Aidan Johnson’s motion on this.

At a meeting of the City's General Issues Committee on February 1, Johnson introduced a motion to request staff to study and report to the Board of Health on water-taking by water bottling facilities.

That motion included the request that, "the report 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."

April 18, 2017

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The Council of Canadians Prince Albert chapter will celebrate Earth Day with a Seedy Saturday gathering and a climate justice march to City Hall.

The promotion for this on the chapter's Facebook page says, "We have the Earth Ball! As well as movies, speakers, music, and seeds, we have the Earth Ball for Earth Day. Join us as we have fun focusing attention on the need for environmental protection and the need to keep seeds in the Commons for food security. Where: John M. Cuelenaere Public Library. When: Saturday April 22, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm."

As noted on the Seeds of Diversity website, "Seedy Saturdays are fun, inexpensive events where you can swap and exchange seeds, get exciting varieties that other seed savers are sharing (as well as the stories that come with them), attend workshops and talks, meet vendors and buy seeds from seed companies."

April 18, 2017

The Council of Canadians Campbell River chapter will be holding an all-candidates 'meet and greet' on April 22, Earth Day.

Their media release notes, "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. Confirmed to attend are the following four candidates in the May 9th Provincial General Election vying to represent the North Island riding: Sue Moen (Green Party); Dallas Smith (Liberal Party); Claire Trevena (New Democratic Party), and John Twigg (B.C. First Party)."

Chapter activist Joanne Banks says, "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."