The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter will be presenting to their City's Board of Health on Thursday (April 20) in support of a proposed ban on local groundwater extraction for non-agricultural commercial activity.
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The Council of Canadians Prince Albert chapter will celebrate Earth Day with a Seedy Saturday gathering and a climate justice march to City Hall.
The promotion for this on the chapter's Facebook page says, "We have the Earth Ball! As well as movies, speakers, music, and seeds, we have the Earth Ball for Earth Day. Join us as we have fun focusing attention on the need for environmental protection and the need to keep seeds in the Commons for food security. Where: John M. Cuelenaere Public Library. When: Saturday April 22, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm."
The Council of Canadians Campbell River chapter will be holding an all-candidates 'meet and greet' on April 22, Earth Day.
Their media release notes, "On Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd 1-3pm, Council of Canadians Campbell River chapter is sponsoring an All Candidates Meet And Greet event at the Campbell River Library 1240 Shoppers Row in Campbell River. Confirmed to attend are the following four candidates in the May 9th Provincial General Election vying to represent the North Island riding: Sue Moen (Green Party); Dallas Smith (Liberal Party); Claire Trevena (New Democratic Party), and John Twigg (B.C. First Party)."
Chapter activist Joanne Banks says, "The Meet And Greet will be an open format with no formal speeches or debates by the candidates. Come on out and chat with your candidates and ask them for their views on topics that concern you."
In 2015, the London chapter posed at a 'community' mailbox site transformed into a community garden of resistance.
The Council of Canadians London chapter distributed postcards and 'decorated' self-serve mailboxes yesterday to demand that the Liberal government fulfill its October 2015 election campaign promise to restore door-to-door postal service.
Liberal leader Christy Clark (left), NDP leader John Horgan (top), Green Party leader Andrew Weaver (bottom).
The Council of Canadians Williams Lake chapter is organizing an all-candidates debate for the upcoming provincial election in British Columbia.
It is doing so in partnership with the Social Planning Council and the BC Council for International Co-operation.
The Williams Lake Tribune reports, "Cariboo Chilcotin provincial election candidates Rita Giesbrecht (Green) and Sally Watson (NDP) will be participating in an all-candidates forum taking place Thursday, April 20 in Williams Lake. Liberal incumbent Donna Barnett’s campaign office in Williams Lake confirmed Monday that Barnett has declined because she is 'fully booked'."
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow and 350.org founder Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben, the founder of the climate campaign 350.org. calls Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a "stunning hypocrite" for saying "all the right things" but at the same time also "claiming the right to sell the oil that will use up a third of the earth’s remaining carbon budget".
McKibben writes in The Guardian, "Donald Trump is so spectacularly horrible that it’s hard to look away – especially now that he’s discovered bombs. But precisely because everyone’s staring gape-mouthed in his direction, other world leaders are able to get away with almost anything. Don’t believe me? Look one nation north, at Justin Trudeau."
The Council of Canadians and allies outside the Standing Committee's hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vancouver, April 18, 2016.
The Liberal-dominated House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade has issued its report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), just weeks before TPP negotiators are expected to meet in Canada to pursue the so-called 'TPP 11 coalition of the willing' option (the TPP without the United States).
The Council of Canadians Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Quill Plains chapters support the 'People's Climate March Regina' that will happen on April 29.
The Facebook promotion for the march notes, "We are pleased to announce that Regina will participate in the international People's Climate Marches on Saturday April 29th at 12:00 pm at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building! We will gather to celebrate our interdependent relationship to each other, and our dependent relationship to the Earth."
The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter attended an All Votes Count vision, strategy and tactics workshop on April 15.
The chapter is supporting their campaign for Local Proportional Representation.
Guelph chapter activist Norah Chaloner says, "The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter does support this project. We've given it great consideration and it's a step forward. We're proud to be promoting it."
And chapter activist Lin Grist highlights, "The idea of actually voting for someone I thought would do a good job is very attractive."
As noted on the campaign's website, "Local Proportional Representation takes an important part of our current voting system – having a representative from every riding in the country – and adds proportional representation."
The Council of Canadians Nelson chapter will have an information table focused on electoral reform at the Kootenay Country Store Co-operative on April 21.
Chapter activist Sandra Nelken tells us, "We will have a number of information materials on proportional representation and Nathan Cullen's petition for his Keep Your Promise cross-Canada tour."
That petition says: