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September 8, 2017

Click here to sign the petition!

The Council of Canadians Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter has launched a House of Commons e-petition calling for postal banking.

The guide for e-petitions notes, "An e-petition will remain open for signatures for 120 days. To receive final certification, an e-petition must receive a minimum of 500 valid signatures during this period. ...The Standing Orders (the rules governing the House of Commons) require the government to respond within 45 calendar days to every petition presented in the House of Commons. You, the supporters, the signatories, and the sponsor will be notified by e-mail when the response is tabled in the House."

Postal banking is a crucial issue.

Our ally the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has stated, "Canada needs a postal bank. Thousands of rural towns and villages in our country do not have a bank, but many of them have a post office that could provide financial services."

September 8, 2017
Photos by Chris Gadsden.
 
The Council of Canadians Chilliwack chapter joined a rally in Vancouver yesterday in solidarity with Indigenous peoples to call for an end to open-pen fish farms. The Rally to End Fish Farms in the Broughton Archipelago took place as the new British Columbia government met with First Nation leaders at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
 
CBC reports, "Dozens of Indigenous leaders and protestors rallied outside the Vancouver Convention Centre [on Thursday September 7] urging the province to dismantle salmon farms along the British Columbia coast. The calls came as environmentalists and members of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw and the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis First Nations occupy two [Norwegian-owned] Marine Harvest Canada salmon farms in their territorial waters off the north end of Vancouver Island."
 
September 8, 2017
The Council of Canadians Fredericton and Saint John chapters gathered at the Nashwaak River on June 10 to oppose the Energy East pipeline.
 
The Council of Canadians welcomes the news that TransCanada may abandon its Energy East tar sands pipeline project.
 
The Energy East pipeline would move 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil per day, generate about 32 million tonnes of upstream greenhouse gas emissions a year, enable a 39 per cent increase in tar sands production from 2012 levels, cross 2,900 waterways, would threaten the drinking water of 5 million people, and is opposed by the 122 First Nations in both Canada and the U.S. that comprise the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion.
 
September 7, 2017

The Council of Canadians Regina chapter joined with allies this past Monday to march in the Labour Day parade in their community. For additional photos of chapters at Labour Day events across the country, please click here.

Council of Canadians chapters take action for social, economic and environmental justice. Here is a snapshot of some of their recent activities:

Labour Day
1- Hamilton chapter hands out 'Stop Line 10' leaflets at Labour Day parade
2- Regina chapter at Labour Day parade
3- Campbell River chapter at Labour Day picnic
4- Kamloops chapter at Labour Day gathering
5- Kelowna chapter celebrates Labour Day
6- London chapter has information table at Labour Day gathering
7- Guelph chapter celebrates Labour Day
8- Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter promotes pharmacare at Labour Day event

September 6, 2017

The Council of Canadians is celebrating the British Columbia government's decision to cancel construction on the proposed Massey Bridge in Metro Vancouver.

The Vancouver Sun reports, "British Columbia's NDP government has cancelled construction of a bridge to replace the Massey tunnel, putting an end to former premier Christy Clark’s signature solution to traffic congestion at a key Metro choke point." The CBC adds, "The government has cancelled the current procurement process for building the bridge while a review is undertaken."

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