September 21, 2018

The meeting of G7 Environment, Oceans and Energy Ministers is happening in Halifax this week, and yesterday they held an expo at our recently-completed P3 Trade Centre. Solidarity Halifax organized an info picket for the event, which included some of us going inside to hand out leaflets while others stayed outside to hold signs and hand out leaflets about offshore drilling.

Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna is hosting the event, focused on gaining momentum for the Plastics Charter signed by most leaders at the G7 meeting in Charlevoix Québec in June (the United States and Japan did not sign).

The hypocrisy in calling the G7 ministerial meeting, “Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy”, and hosting it in a province where our Environment Minister approved BP to drill in our oceans, is incredible.

September 20, 2018
The Council of Canadians is calling Progressive Conservative donors across Ontario to ask them to boycott the party over anti-democratic actions.
Media Release | September 20, 2018

The Council of Canadians is calling donors to the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (PCO) and asking them to stop giving the party money until the Ford government stops undermining democracy in the province.

“The Ford government promised not to cut the Basic Income Pilot Program – they lied about that,” said Mark Calzavara, an Organizer with the Council of Canadians. “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.”

Council of Canadians chapter volunteers have started calling PCO donors listed on the Elections Ontario website (sample script below). 10,510 donors gave $4.9 million to the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario in 2017.  

September 19, 2018
A round dance during the Trespassers Powwow at the Justice for our Stolen Children Camp. Photo: Brandon Harder, Regina Leader-Post.

This is a guest blog from Jim Elliott, the chairperson for the Regina Chapter of the Council of Canadians.

September 19, 2018

The United Steelworkers are calling on the Trudeau government to dump the so-called “Comprehensive and Progressive” Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The CPTPP is a large multilateral trade agreement between 11 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

The Harper government started negotiations on the deal, and the Trudeau government signed it in 2016. The enacting legislation is now being fast-tracked through the House of Commons.

The United Steelworkers said: “Amidst the turmoil of a tariff war and trade negotiations with a hostile U.S. administration, it is unacceptable that the federal Liberal government is pushing ahead with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – a flawed trade deal projected to kill 58,000 Canadian jobs.”

September 19, 2018

Jim Carr, International Trade Diversity MinisterYesterday, Bill C-79, the bill to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for TransPacific Partnership passed the House of Commons’ second reading by a vote of 242 to 48.   Otherwise known as the modified TransPacific Partnership (TPP), the bill was supported by the Conservatives and Liberals and opposed by the Greens, NDP, and Bloc Québécois.  To check what your own MP did, check this out:   

The government dramatically cut short the debate.  The bill went to the floor a few hours on Monday, and was completed by Tuesday evening.  Bill C-79 was the House’s first piece of legislation of the fall sitting.