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May 4, 2018

Council of Canadians chapters are taking part in these actions calling on Liberal Members of Parliament to reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline:

Delta-Richmond chapter
Liberal MP Carl Qualtrough

Montreal chapter
Liberal MP Marc Garneau


Hamilton chapter
Liberal MP Filomena Tassi

Hamilton chapter
Liberal MP Bob Bratina


South Niagara and Hamilton chapters
Liberal MP Chris Bittle

London and Kent County chapters
Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos

May 4, 2018

Yesterday, I attended Hudbay Minerals' Annual General Meeting of shareholders to confront the company about their terrible track record of violence at their present and former mines in Canada, the US, Guatemala, and Peru. Here is a transcript of what I said:

"Let's take a brief look at each of Hudbay’s current and former operations.

At the Rosemont mine in Arizona just two weeks ago the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Hopi Tribe all launched a lawsuit alleging that the mine is going to deprive tribal members of ancestral praying grounds, destroy a critical part of their heritage including burial grounds and stop members from engaging in important cultural practices and religious traditions. And this is just one of several lawsuits launched against this mining project.

May 4, 2018

The Council of Canadians will be on Parliament Hill on Monday in solidarity with the Labrador Land Protectors and Grand Riverkeeper-Labrador and their opposition to the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric dam.

The Facebook event page for the rally highlights, "On Monday, May 7, the Ontario-Muskrat Solidarity Coalition and Direct Action Muskrat (DAM) will hold a rally on Parliament Hill (traditional, unceded Algonquin territory) and an act of civil resistance (aka civil disobedience) from which individuals trained in nonviolence will nonviolently enter the Parliament building and place the names and faces and words of all those whose lives are at risk at Muskrat Falls on the desks of MPs in the House of Commons. These will be representative of the people from whom the government has failed to seek and obtain free, prior, and informed consent (as required by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)."

May 4, 2018


A still from the Comox Valley chapter video Link Arms With Us. Video footage by Clayoquot Action and Sea Wolf Adventures.

The provincial government of BC premier John Horgan will soon be making a crucial decision about fish farm tenures.

Global News has reported, "Twenty of B.C.’s 115 fish farms’ tenure expire this June, many of them in First Nations territory, which [biologist and long-time fish farm opponent Alexandra] Morton said presents Premier John Horgan with a big decision."

The British Columbia government reportedly cannot ban open-net fish farms because they are regulated and licensed by the federal government, but it can reject foreshore tenures that allow people to access fish farms from land and/or anchor the structures to land because those tenures are provincially issued.

May 3, 2018

Progressive trade is something that we hear a lot about.  The federal government has staked its lot on rhetorically changing the nature of trade agreements.

Progressive trade is often a nebulous concept.  That is why the Council of Canadians and Unifor are trying to put some meat on the idea.  On April 20th and 21st, they held two Hamilton events, a Unifor People’s Trade Town Hall and a Council of Canadians regional trade forum.  It was hosted by the Hamilton chapter of the Council of Canadians and Unifor.

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