April 17, 2017

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter attended an All Votes Count vision, strategy and tactics workshop on April 15.

The chapter is supporting their campaign for Local Proportional Representation.

Guelph chapter activist Norah Chaloner says, "The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter does support this project. We've given it great consideration and it's a step forward. We're proud to be promoting it."

And chapter activist Lin Grist highlights, "The idea of actually voting for someone I thought would do a good job is very attractive."

As noted on the campaign's website, "Local Proportional Representation takes an important part of our current voting system – having a representative from every riding in the country – and adds proportional representation."

April 17, 2017

The Council of Canadians Nelson chapter will have an information table focused on electoral reform at the Kootenay Country Store Co-operative on April 21.

Chapter activist Sandra Nelken tells us, "We will have a number of information materials on proportional representation and Nathan Cullen's petition for his Keep Your Promise cross-Canada tour."

That petition says:

April 17, 2017

Photo by Montreal chapter activist Abdul Pirani.

The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter attended a talk by Avi Lewis on the Leap Manifesto at Concordia University on April 9.

The Council of Canadians formally endorsed the 15 demands of the Leap Manifesto in September 2015.

Those demands are as follows:

1- The leap must begin by respecting the inherent rights and title of the original caretakers of this land, starting by fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

2- The latest research shows we could get 100% of our electricity from renewable resources within two decades; by 2050 we could have a 100% clean economy. We demand that this shift begin now.

3- No new infrastructure projects that lock us into increased extraction decades into the future. The new iron law of energy development must be: if you wouldn’t want it in your backyard, then it doesn’t belong in anyone’s backyard.

April 16, 2017

Chapter activist Elaine Hughes

The Council of Canadians Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter is raising their concern about Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall owning shares in Whitecap Resources and other oil companies.

The Regina Leader Post reports, "Wall has personally invested in three of the oil companies he is trying to lure to Saskatchewan. His public disclosure statements show he has investments in Whitecap Resources and five other oil companies. ...Combined, Wall and his wife Tami have 1,826 shares in Whitecap worth $18,842 as of March 30. That represents 37.3 per cent of their total $50,466 in energy holdings, primarily in a registered retirement savings plan and a locked-in retirement plan. Saskatchewan’s Conflict of Interest Commissioner Ron Barclay [says], '[Wall is] not in breach of the Members’ Conflict of Interest Act'."

April 15, 2017

The Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter has received an email Wallonia's minister-president Paul Magnette about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

On April 12, the chapter wrote, "Those of us here in Canada who are familiar with CETA and the impacts of so-called 'free trade' stand with you in your appraisal of CETA. Jobs will be lost, inequality will increase, the ability of governments to act in the public interest will be profoundly diminished, and the benefits will go to large corporations. There is nothing in this agreement that will benefit the working people of Canada or Europe."

In an 1100-word reply sent on April 14, Magnette notes, "Your message of support reached me well, and I want to express how, together with very many other testimonies of confidence and sympathy, your support has helped strengthen my position and that of the Walloon government since last October."