This is the twelfth weekly sit-in at her constituency office and activists pledge to continue until Matthews commits to opposing further privatization. Armed with banners and visual props, activists use the opportunity each week to raise awareness of the issue and to attempt to secure appointments with Matthews.
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On December 17th, the Ontario government announced Phase 2 of their Moose Project designed to help the declining moose population. While the first phase shortened the moose hunting season and number of moose tags issued, Phase 2 involves an unscientific attempt to help the moose population by encouraging the hunting of wolves.
From August 2 to 8, the Anishnaabe Water Walk from Eagle Lake to Shoal Lake covered more than 125 kilometers along the proposed Energy East pipeline route to raise awareness of the threat to water and to assert Anishnaabe People’s right to control industrial development in their territory.
Yesterday, the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) and allies held a vigil at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) annual conference to declare that “Canadian Mining Kills.” PDAC is the largest mining convention in the world, with over 25,000 attendees each year. While companies and investors gathered in the Investors Exchange to discuss profits, activists were there to remind them of the deadly toll of Canadian mining.
Over the weekend, more than 300 community organizers and activists gathered in Detroit for the International Social Movements Gathering on Water Rights and Housing Rights. The gathering was organized by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and the Detroit People’s Water Board Coalition and brought together activists from across the United States, as well as Canada, Italy, Brazil, and Mexico. Over the course of the weekend, participants discussed strategies and solutions to demand water and housing affordability for all people, grounded in the conviction that water is a human right. The Council of Canadians was there in solidarity and to strategize on protecting the human right to water.
On Friday, the Council of Canadians joined the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, Rights Action and allies to confront Hudbay Minerals at their annual shareholders’ meeting. More than 60 protestors gathered in downtown Toronto outside the meeting in solidarity with impacted communities from across the Americas who denounce Hudbay for human rights violations, environmental abuses, and land theft.
Last night, Fractured Land premiered to a sold-out audience at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto. The film follows the story of Caleb Behn, an Eh Cho Dene and Dunne-Za activist and lawyer from Fort Nelson First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory. Fractured Land is a powerful and inspiring story of community resistance that earned a standing ovation from the crowd.
Almost 100 protestors gathered outside Barrick Gold’s Annual General Meeting in downtown Toronto yesterday to confront the company about human rights abuses and environmental violations at their mines and to stand with impacted communities. Although restricted to 10 inches of sidewalk space outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, we made our presence known to the shareholders inside through chants and musical performances. An 8-foot house of cards was erected across the street to represent the shaky foundations upon which Barrick builds its business.
The David Dunlap Observatory Forest is under threat from developers. The 125 acre piece of land in the heart of Richmond Hill is a site of cultural, scientific, and environmental importance. The observatory was given by the Dunlap family to the University of Toronto in 1932 for research, with the condition that it would be returned to the family if the university no longer needed it as an observatory. After a legal battle over this condition, the university successfully sold the property to Metrus Properties for $70 million. In May 2013, the Ontario Municipal Board facilitated a multi-party settlement agreement between Metrus and community groups. The agreement will allow Metrus to rezone the property to build 520 housing units and give the town of Richmond Hill ownership of the actual observatory and 40 hectares of forest as a cultural heritage landscape under the Ontario Heritage Act.