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The House of Commons Standing Committee on Health is studying the idea of national pharmacare and is expected to release a report with recommendations at some point this fall (after the House reconvenes on September 18).
The Council of Canadians Kamloops chapter participated in their local Pride march yesterday.
CFJC reports, "Almost 40 years after the inaugural Vancouver Pride Parade, downtown Kamloops hosted its very first march for the LGBTQ2+ community today. Hundreds of people took to the streets while hundreds more cheered them on from downtown sidewalks."
The article adds, "After the success of this inaugural Pride parade, [Kamloops Pride president Kirstin] McLaughlin says Kamloops Pride has already started work on next year’s Pride celebrations."
The Council of Canadians calls for an end to homophobia, a stop to all manifestations of hatred and violence, and supports the full realization of rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, Two-Spirit and gender nonconforming people.
The first round of talks (August 16-20) just concluded in Washington, DC, the second round will take place September 1-5 in Mexico City, and given the choice of locations so far, it might be expected that the third round in late-September will take place in Ottawa (though that has not yet been confirmed). A fourth round will take place in the United States.
The Trudeau government has until September 28 to respond to the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Co-operation on its failure to enforce the Fisheries Act in relation to water pollution emanating from the tar sands.
The Canadian Press reports, "The environmental arm of NAFTA is demanding Canada explain what it is doing to stop oilsands tailings ponds from leaking into Alberta waterways. The request comes in a decision by the Commission for Environmental Co-operation, which oversees the environmental pact Canada, the United States and Mexico signed as a parallel agreement to NAFTA. Canada has until Sept. 28 to officially respond to allegations it is failing to enforce the Fisheries Act by allowing contaminants from the ponds to leak into water without forcing the companies involved to fix the problem."
The Council of Canadians opposes Article 605, the energy proportionality provision in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The provision basically says that Canada must maintain at least the same level of oil and gas exports to the United States as it had supplied for the past thirty-six months. Only if Canadian consumption is cut proportionately, and then only in times of crisis, could the Canadian government cut export levels to the US.
To put numbers to this situation, the US imports about 3.76 million barrels a day of oil from Canada (that's about 1.37 billion barrels a year), while Canada consumes about 2.32 million barrels a day.
Clan mothers have set up a roadblock in Caledonia (which is located about 10 kilometres south of Hamilton, Ontario).
The Hamilton Spectator reports, "Doreen Silversmith and a 12-member group of mostly women — supporters of the Six Nations hereditary government known as the Haudenosaunee Confederacy — [established the blockade on August 10]."
That article adds, "Reading a statement to reporters, Silversmith said the barricade is a direct consequence of the Ontario government's failure to live up to a negotiated land settlement that led natives to dismantle barricades they set up during an intense occupation of the Douglas Creek Estates [DCE] housing project in 2006. The new barricade is at the entrance of DCE, which was never been resolved."
Photo by Brigette DePape
Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow spoke in Winnipeg today to Unifor's Canadian Council, an annual gathering that brings together more than 900 members from across the country.
Barlow stated, "Tommy Douglas had a dream. He believed with all his heart that it is the right of every Canadian, regardless of place of origin, income or age, to universal public health care. He knew that universal insurance coverage, as important as it is, was only part of the bigger picture and understood that without universal care for prescribed medicines, many Canadians would not have access to true health care. It is time to complete this dream."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline in November 2016, but a review process is still underway in Minnesota.
The building of Line 3 would mean 1,600 kilometres of new pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior Wisconsin, which is situated on the western tip of Lake Superior. The original 390,000 barrel per day Line 3 pipeline was built in 1968 and would be decommissioned and left underground. The new larger pipeline would carry 760,000 barrel per day and would have the capacity to carry diluted bitumen for 50-60 years. Enbridge admits the pipeline would mean 19 to 26 megatonnes of upstream greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Linamar Corp. CEO Linda Hasenfratz
U.S. President Donald Trump has ended two of his business advisory groups - the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum - after numerous CEOs resigned from them in protest, but questions remain about the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.
Bloomberg reports, "Only a day after President Donald Trump labeled as 'grandstanders' the growing number of CEOs quitting his business council to protest his response to a white-supremacist rally that turned violent, the president abolished the advisory groups rather than put pressure on executives to stay."