April 18, 2017

In 2015, the London chapter posed at a 'community' mailbox site transformed into a community garden of resistance.

The Council of Canadians London chapter distributed postcards and 'decorated' self-serve mailboxes yesterday to demand that the Liberal government fulfill its October 2015 election campaign promise to restore door-to-door postal service.

The outreach noted, "HELP US GET HOME MAIL DELIVERY BACK! Come help us distribute postcards and info letters to the neighbourhoods which were targeted for cuts to door-to-door service in 2015. In opposition and during the election, the Liberals opposed these service cuts -- which were implemented in London AFTER they were elected in October 2015! Now they are in office, PM Trudeau and Minister Judy Foote (responsible for the Post Office) need reminding that a Parliamentary committee has recommended restoring Door-to-Door mail delivery in areas where this service was cut."

April 17, 2017

Liberal leader Christy Clark (left), NDP leader John Horgan (top), Green Party leader Andrew Weaver (bottom).

The Council of Canadians Williams Lake chapter is organizing an all-candidates debate for the upcoming provincial election in British Columbia.

It is doing so in partnership with the Social Planning Council and the BC Council for International Co-operation.

The Williams Lake Tribune reports, "Cariboo Chilcotin provincial election candidates Rita Giesbrecht (Green) and Sally Watson (NDP) will be participating in an all-candidates forum taking place Thursday, April 20 in Williams Lake. Liberal incumbent Donna Barnett’s campaign office in Williams Lake confirmed Monday that Barnett has declined because she is 'fully booked'."

April 17, 2017

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow and founder Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben, the founder of the climate campaign calls Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a "stunning hypocrite" for saying "all the right things" but at the same time also "claiming the right to sell the oil that will use up a third of the earth’s remaining carbon budget".

McKibben writes in The Guardian, "Donald Trump is so spectacularly horrible that it’s hard to look away – especially now that he’s discovered bombs. But precisely because everyone’s staring gape-mouthed in his direction, other world leaders are able to get away with almost anything. Don’t believe me? Look one nation north, at Justin Trudeau."

April 17, 2017

The Council of Canadians and allies outside the Standing Committee's hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vancouver, April 18, 2016.

The Liberal-dominated House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade has issued its report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), just weeks before TPP negotiators are expected to meet in Canada to pursue the so-called 'TPP 11 coalition of the willing' option (the TPP without the United States).

On April 10, the Standing Committee recommended:
"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. These agreements should be pursued on a priority basis, and should supplement other measures designed to support the trade and investment activities of Canadian businesses in the Asia-Pacific region."

April 17, 2017

The Council of Canadians Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Quill Plains chapters support the 'People's Climate March Regina' that will happen on April 29.

The Facebook promotion for the march notes, "We are pleased to announce that Regina will participate in the international People's Climate Marches on Saturday April 29th at 12:00 pm at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building! We will gather to celebrate our interdependent relationship to each other, and our dependent relationship to the Earth."

The national mobilizing website for the march adds, "On April 29th we will be in the streets across Canada, in solidarity with the march in Washington, DC, to show the world and our leaders that we will resist fossil fuel projects and policies that attack our people, our communities and our planet."