June 19, 2018

Photo of the Justice for Our Stolen Children CampPhoto of the Justice for Our Stolen Children Camp from the Troy Fleece at the Regina Leader-Post.  

Here’s some background on the camp and five ways to act in solidarity. 

On Monday June 18, the Regina Police tore down the Justice for Our Stolen Children Camp’s tipi and arrested six of the camp’s organizers. The camp had been active on the Saskatchewan Legislature Grounds in Regina for 111 days, and was first set up when Gerald Stanley and Raymond Cormier were acquitted in the Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine murder trials.

The camp’s organizers vowed to stay until they saw real action to stop the racialized violence in the justice system and of the kidnapping of children by Social Services. 

June 19, 2018

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter took part in the 'Street Ruckus 4 Wild Salmon' yesterday which began at a Tourism Victoria visitor centre and made its way through the streets to the BC Legislature. Photo by @cocvic

The provincial government of BC premier John Horgan will be announcing a crucial decision about fish farm tenures within hours.

The Vancouver Sun reports, "A group of 75 B.C. tourism operators, including whale watching companies and coastal resorts, are calling on Premier Horgan to cancel the tenures for 20 open-pen ocean fish farms before a renewal deadline [of June 20]."

The article adds, "The businesses presented a letter to Horgan’s office at the legislature Monday demanding the NDP live up to its promise to end ocean fish farms when the tenures come up for renewal Wednesday. ...They want a coast-wide moratorium on new fish farms, an end to open-pen fish farms, and government funding to help fish farms transition to new closed-containment facilities on land."

June 18, 2018

@jbmoorephoto - "A Honduran asylum seeker, 2, and her mother are taken into custody near the US-Mexico border. The Trump administration’s 'zero tolerance' policy for undocumented immigrants calls for the separation of parents and children."

The Council of Canadians shares in the global outrage at the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents crossing the United States-Mexico border and calls on the Trudeau government to take meaningful action.

CNN reports, "The Trump administration recently decided that every adult caught crossing the border illegally will be charged with federal crimes instead of referring those with children to immigration courts. The harsher punishments for immigrant parents mean their children are separated from them and there's no clear procedure for reunification aside from hotlines the parents can call to try to track down their children."

June 16, 2018

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson and Right Livelihood Award recipient Maude Barlow is calling for the release of Oyub Titiev, the head of the Chechnya office of the Russian human rights group Memorial.

The New York Times reports, "Ramzan A. Kadyrov did not sustain himself as the autocratic leader of the Chechen republic by failing to understand the value of propaganda and spectacle. ...He has convinced a parade of athletes and celebrities to come here to take his hand and his money. Sports like soccer, boxing and mixed martial arts serve as Mr. Kadyrov’s passions and attempts at international legitimacy, economic development, enhancing his cult of personality at home and extending his brand of macho nationalism."

The 2018 FIFA World Cup started on June 14 in Russia and will run through to July 15. Thirty-two teams are playing soccer matches in 11 cities and have base camps across the country. Notably, the Egyptian soccer team has its base camp in Grozny, the capital city of the Chechen Republic in Russia.

June 15, 2018

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter and water campaigner Emma Lui took part in a protest against water shutoffs in Detroit.

Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country:

Climate justice
1- Thirty-one chapters take part in #StoptheKMbuyout actions
2- Edmonton chapter and allies protest Trudeau's visit to Kinder Morgan terminal
3- Saint John chapter hold 'Passport to a Low Carbon Future EcoHomes Tour'
4- London chapter to protest vs Kinder Morgan buyout, June 16

5- Inverness, South Shore, Montreal chapters take part in Stop G7 actions
6- Montreal, Ottawa chapters host Gordon Laxer talk on NAFTA and energy proportionality
7- Halton chapter to host Gordon Laxer talk on NAFTA, June 19