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April 1, 2019

On Monday, March 25, I joined our Regional Organizer Mark Calzavara in Toronto at a conference on building the people power to stop the Ford government’s regressive plans for the province.

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) organizers of the Power Of Many gathering had reportedly been expecting 300 participants. Over 900 labour and community activists showed up, highlighting the appetite for serious organizing to resist Ford’s attacks on people and the planet.

The gathering began with an Indigenous welcome and territorial land acknowledgement, which recognized the need to disrupt colonialism as we build the resistance to the Ford agenda.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

In office for less than a year so far, Ford’s attacks have already been swift and far-reaching.

April 1, 2019

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer put a stop work order on a project to build a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac for Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

Line 5 is a 65 year-old oil and natural gas pipeline that crosses under the St. Clair River where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet, bringing crude to refineries in Sarnia, Ontario.

According to an article in the Sarnia Observer, “the pipeline was built to carry Western Canadian oil and natural gas liquids between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia but, in recent years, attracted the attention of Michigan politicians and environmental groups who warned a rupture in the straits could contaminate the Great Lakes.”

The Council of Canadians was one of the groups objecting to the project based on the danger the aging pipeline poses to the Great lakes, which provide life and livelihood to more than 40 million people and are the economic centre at the heart of the continent.

March 29, 2019

With most eyes focused on the Trudeau-SNC Lavalin drama, another back-and-forth is going on involving ratification of the new NAFTA, dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Though the new agreement contains some improvements, notably the curbing of the investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms giving corporations the power to sue governments, and the end of energy proportionality requiring Canada to meet thresholds on energy exports to the U.S., it still a corporate-first deal.

March 29, 2019

London Chapter
The London Chapter hosted an event on World Water Day. See the highlights here.

Thank you to all Council of Canadians chapters for everything done to advance social and environmental justice in communities across Canada! Council chapters are made up of volunteers who work with local community groups, organized labour and others to promote the Council’s campaigns to protect water and public health care, work for fair trade, climate justice and democracy as well as other issues of social and economic concern. Check out some of our chapters’ actions below and be in touch if you are interested in getting involved in a chapter near you.

March 28, 2019

There are troubling new reports that Prime Minister Trudeau is on the verge of rushing the ratification of NAFTA 2.0 through Parliament.

There are troubling new reports that Prime Minister Trudeau is on the verge of rushing the ratification of NAFTA 2.0 through Parliament.

On Tuesday, Canada’s ambassador to Mexico, Pierre Alarie, told Mexican media that Canada is ready and keen to ratify. Alarie noted that getting the deal done before our federal election this October is a priority for the Trudeau government.

And in order to do that the government would have to move swiftly from here.

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