June 28, 2018

More than 600 rallies will be taking place around the world - including in Canada - on Saturday June 30 as part of a day of action against US President Donald Trump's child separation and family detention policies.

The Associated Press has reported, "The administration recently put into place a 'zero tolerance' policy in which all unlawful border crossings are referred for prosecution – a process that moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation. The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors were separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security."

When public opposition mounted against this child separation policy, Trump signed an executive order enforcing family detentions.

June 27, 2018

The Council of Canadians took part in this February 2010 protest in Williams Lake against the proposed Prosperity Mine.

The Council of Canadians stands with the Tsilhqot’in Nation in their opposition to Taseko's proposed activities on their territory.

The Georgia Straight reports that B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carla Forth has ruled that Taseko Mines can continue with exploration in an area under a provincial permit granted by the outgoing Christy Clark government. The Narwhal notes this would include "a 50-person work camp in an area considered a sacred site by the First Nation ... 122 exploratory drill holes, 367 excavated test pits and 20 kilometres of seismic lines".

The article highlight, "The federal government [has] contended [that] the activities are not truly exploratory, but instead, are detailed design work for the proposed New Prosperity Mine - a plan that has already been rejected. The mine, proposed for an area 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, cannot be built without federal approval."

June 26, 2018

Finance minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Several months ago, Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow commented, "A global corporate tax 'race to the bottom' is taking place. This is a dangerous trend that will deepen inequality and favour the already favoured."

CBC now reports, "In the face of a growing number of calls for Canada to match a recent U.S. corporate tax cut, Finance Minister Bill Morneau has embarked on a 'listening' tour of Canadian businesses and is mulling new measures to level the playing field - which could come as early as the fall economic statement."

That article explains, "U.S. President Donald Trump has cut the top corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 21 per cent beginning this year. Canada's combined corporate tax rate hovers above 25 per cent, depending on the province."

The Business Council of Canada, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have all reportedly called on the federal finance minister to cut the corporate tax rate.

June 25, 2018

The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter took part in the 'Walk for the Women of the Port Arthur Health Clinic' tonight.

In advance of the march, CBC reported, "Supporters of the striking workers at the Port Arthur Health Centre will hold a walk on Monday evening to urge the workers' employer to come to the bargaining table. About 65 appointment secretaries, medical aides and medical records staffers have been on the picket line since April 9. All of them are women. Unifor, their union, says low wages and a lack of permanent stable employment are key issues in the dispute, and the employer has twice refused mediation, the union said."

June 25, 2018

Lois Little is co-chair of the N.W.T. chapter of the Council of Canadians. (CBC)

The CBC reports:

As the Northwest Territories government plans for changes to major natural resource and environmental management legislation, the Council of Canadians says it's not living up to its commitments to Indigenous rights.

The N.W.T. chapter of the council penned a letter to Premier Bob McLeod on June 12, outlining its concerns that the post-devolution laws make no reference to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples nor to the human right to water.

"It seemed to us that it was an obvious omission, so we thought we'd ask the premier as to why that commitment to a UN declaration wasn't reflected in our legislation," said Lois Little, co-chair of the N.W.T. chapter of the council.