January 31, 2018

The Council of Canadians petition against Trump's visit to Canada.

US Donald Trump's planned visit to the United Kingdom later this year is sparking a mass mobilization against his racist and misogynist views.

Our ally UK-based ally Global Justice Now director Nick Dearden has posted, "The Stop Trump Coalition has already put Trump off coming to London twice, and we look forward to making it third time also unlucky. If he does come, make no mistake, there will be massive demonstrations and protests to show exactly how we feel about this US President, and give voice to those who he has attacked and demeaned.”

Dearden adds, “Theresa May should never have offered a state visit to Trump, particularly at a time when he’d just entered office on the back of a disgraceful, hate-filled campaign. This was completely unprecedented and in no way reflected what the British people think of this man. She has no one but herself to blame for this embarrassing situation."

January 31, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's special envoy on NAFTA talked up the 'free trade' deal in Washington yesterday.

The Canadian Press reports, "Former prime minister Brian Mulroney offered a spirited defence of NAFTA in Washington on Tuesday [to the US Senate committee on foreign relations]. Mulroney was warmly greeted by the majority of US senators on the committee, who were largely united in their belief that while NAFTA needs to be modernized, the deal itself had been a boon to their country and North America."

Furthermore, 36 Republican Senators have now written US president Donald Trump asking that he "keep NAFTA in place, but modernize it" because that would serve to "expand energy exports to maximize domestic energy production" and along with other measures (including his corporate tax cuts) "fuel historic growth".

January 30, 2018

The Council of Canadians has supported Indigenous-led efforts calling for the removal of a statue of Edward Cornwallis from a downtown park in Halifax.

The Chronicle Herald explains Cornwallis was "a soldier who infamously issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi'kmaqs".

This past weekend we tweeted our support of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs call for the immediate removal of the statue.

Halifax-based Council of Canadians organizer Robin Tress had also planned to be at a 'Removing Cornwallis Rally' this coming Sunday (which may still happen) and participated in rallies this past summer as noted in this blog and this blog.

January 30, 2018

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter helped block the Kinder Morgan terminal yesterday in opposition to the 890,000 barrel per day Trans Mountain pipeline.

Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline may have just been dealt a decisive blow by the BC government.

The Globe and Mail reports, "British Columbia's NDP government is moving to block Kinder Morgan Inc.'s planned pipeline expansion with new oil-spill regulations that would prohibit companies from expanding shipments of diluted bitumen from the oil sands through the province until it can review oil-spill response capabilities."

The BC government will launch an independent scientific panel to study the ability to mitigate spills and while provincial environment minister George Heyman says new oil-spill response rules could become law "later this year or in early 2019", Global News reports the study itself "could take about two years to complete".

January 30, 2018

Picture of early morning pancakes not pipelines blocking of Westridge Marine Terminal
Photo Credit: Facebook Justin Trudeau Brigade

Early in the morning January 29 close to 100 people joined an action serving blueberry pancakes outside the Westridge Marine Terminal undergoing construction to accommodate the hotly contested 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan pipeline. 

Yesterday's actions are part of a series of acts on the part of (primarily) local residents under the banner 'Justin Trudeau Brigade' who are using their bodies and banners to slow and stop construction equipment from entering the terminal. Usually in teams of 2 to 8 people, yesterday's presence that persisted despite heavy, cold rain, was much larger thanks to a bus full of close to 60 people joining from Victoria. 

Photo Credit: Murray Bush, Facebook