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September 24, 2018

Ontario-based Council of Canadians chapter members have been making phone calls to Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Doug Ford’s supporters calling on them to close their wallets to his harmful and undemocratic agenda.

As reported by CTV, “The Ford government promised not to cut the Basic Income Pilot Program – they lied about that. They concealed their secret plans to gut Toronto City Council until after they were elected. And now they have announced they will use the notwithstanding clause anytime they want to ram through their agenda.”

Chapter members are calling names of publicly-listed PC Party donors, explained the Council’s Ontario-Quebec Organizing Assistant Rachel Small. “[Chapter members] are talking to them and saying while they may not be able to vote in the few years they can certainly vote with their wallet and effectively boycott the party until they stand up for democracy."

There are about 10,000 donors who gave nearly $5 million to the PC Party in 2017.

September 24, 2018

The website “Random Acts of Green” recently highlighted how one community in North America is saying goodbye to plastics.

Bayfield, Ontario, a small community that sits at the edge of Lake Huron in Ontario, has been an environmental leader in many ways. Most recently, it has done a lot of work locally to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of plastic and has become the first place in North America to be recognized as a “Plastic-Free Community.”

Plastic is a growing environmental concern, particularly its impacts on local waters. According to the website, recent studies of the Great Lakes indicate there are more than twice the pieces of plastics per square kilometre in the Great Lakes than in the oceans. The ocean has 220,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre of its surface while the Great Lakes have 450,000 pieces per square kilometre.

September 24, 2018

The Trudeau government is forcing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) through the House of Commons quickly without further public input, and after the deal has been widely denounced by Canadians. 

The CPTPP passed second reading in the House of Commons last week. Labour, environmental and civil society groups have widely criticized the deal.

The Trade Justice Network, a large group of civil society organizations that promotes fair trade, says “It is well documented that the CPTPP stands to threaten workers’ rights, farmer livelihoods, environmental protection, Indigenous sovereignty, public services and governments’ right to regulate, while causing job losses in Canadian manufacturing and wage stagnation throughout the economy. Canadians were shocked to see the Trudeau government sign the CPTPP, which, despite minimal changes and a new name, remains nearly identical to the TPP deal negotiated by the former Harper government.”

September 24, 2018

SOUTH AFRICAN WATER JUSTICE ROUNDTABLES

Rural and urban groups come together at South African water justice roundtable discussion in Cape Town

South Africa is at a critical conjuncture as communities facing the detrimental impacts of water and climate crises collide with a neoliberal state propelled by international financial institutions to facilitate corporate water grabs. These water grabs have taken various forms from the privatization of water and sanitation services to neoliberal “conservation” strategies aimed at promoting the financialization of freshwater resources.

On September 18 and 19, the African Water Commons Collective, the Surplus People Project, Tshintsha Amakhaya and the Blue Planet Project hosted a national roundtable on water justice in Cape Town. The event brought together frontline activists, academics and representatives of 34 South African organizations. The goal was to collectively map out a water justice strategy uniting rural and urban water struggles in South Africa.

September 21, 2018

Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi held a press conference today announcing a next step in the unfolding saga of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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