February 26, 2019

The South Shore chapter hosted a screening of the visually-stimulating documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch this past Friday in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, with 150 people in attendance. The film as described on their website: “At the intersection of art and science, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch witnesses in an experiential and non-didactic sense a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.”

Given the intensity of the visuals and despite the length of the film, the chapter knew it was important to facilitate a debrief and discussion immediately afterward. Marion Moore, the contact person for the chapter and facilitator of the discussion, said that “... people were visibly moved and ... expressed feelings of despair.”

February 26, 2019

The Council of Canadians is an active supporter of public health care.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott announced the Ford government’s worst-kept secret today: its plans to overhaul the province’s public health system.

According to the CBC, the Doug Ford government is creating a “super-agency” called Ontario Health to oversee the province's $60-billion health-care system. It will dissolve 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and merge their duties with those of six provincial health agencies, including Cancer Care Ontario and eHealth Ontario.

The NDP revealed these secret plans last month in a series of leaked documents. While Minister Elliott attempted to claim these changes weren’t a done deal, and that the government would consult on any health care changes, today’s announcement proves otherwise.

The changes will be contained in new legislation, The People's Health Care Act, 2019, which Elliott is planning to table in the Ontario legislature today.

February 26, 2019

The Comox Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians is co-hosting a public forum to look at the future of LNGs, pipelines and fracking in the province. People will have a chance to hear from local speakers about the impacts of LNG projects and everything that happens on the way to the export facility.

As noted on the Facebook event page, people are invited to “come learn more about Fracking for LNG and its impact on Northern B.C. and the First Nations who live there. As well as the natural gas we burn, there’s a local connection with the (now ‘on pause’) Kwispaa LNG project proposed for Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.”

“The proposed gas transport pipeline to the facility would travel from the Chetwynd area to Williams Lake, southwest to Powell River, across the Strait of Georgia to the Island and land around Courtenay/Comox. It would then cross the Island to the Kwispaa LNG site at Sarita Bay.”

February 25, 2019

Photo by Ayse Gursoz for Indigenous Rising

The Council of Canadians is saddened by the recent passing of Anishinabek Elder Josephine Mandamin.

The Anishinabek Nation acknowledged her as a “kind and gentle Water Protector.” “It is a very sad day,” said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare. “We have lost a great advocate, teacher, and role model. She will be so deeply missed by all and will be fondly remembered for all of what she did to protect the water. Our prayers are with Josephine as she begins her journey home into the Spirit World and back to her ancestors. Our thoughts of comfort are with Josephine’s family and community as they prepare for her journey.”

February 25, 2019


It appears Canada will not be ratifying the new NAFTA unless the U.S. gets rid of steel and aluminum tariffs. According to news reports, Transport Minister Marc Garneau told a National Governors Association audience in Washington Sunday that, unless the steel tariffs come off, it will be very hard to pass the new agreement before Parliament’s summer break.

Canada is not alone. an Associated Press report quoted U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley as saying, after a meeting with the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., Martha Bárcena Coquilast, that Mexico also won’t ratify the deal until steel tariffs come off. He added that this is the position of congressional Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. as well.