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Hello, I just got back from the Canada Post picket lines. I want to ask you to stand in solidarity with us and help end the strike.
A large part of the Council of Canadians’ strength comes from our chapters working to build the kind of Canada we want.
Last Sunday, Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician known for making homophobic and misogynist statements and supporting neoliberal policies and military dictatorship, won Brazil’s presidential election.
According to the National Observer, “[Bolsonaro] has threatened to ‘disappear’ Indigenous peoples and has vowed to open up the rainforests of the Amazon to extractive industries. With time running out to avert climate breakdown, Bolsonaro's election is a catastrophe — he recently threatened to follow the lead of Donald Trump and quit the Paris climate agreement.”
Bolsonaro has promised to make it easier for mining companies regardless of the impacts on the environment or on Indigenous peoples.
The Canadian Labour Congress’ Young Workers Department has just published a major new report on young Canadians and the reality of the precarious work they face with low wages, no security and few benefits. Titled Diving Without a Parachute, the report says Canada’s youth are diverse, adaptable and underemployed.
Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, says the report paints a frightening picture for today’s youth. “It starkly reminds us that the neoliberal promises that privatization, deregulation, free trade, job outsourcing and economic globalization would be good for the many, not just the few, was a lie,” she said.
U.S. based Food & Water Watch recently released a groundbreaking study that reveals that an estimated 1.4 million people in the United States experienced a water shutoff in 2016. Data projections suggest the number could go as high as 15 million, or a shocking 1 out of every 20 households.
Food & Water Watch is a Washington-based nonprofit organization that advocates for affordable and safe food and water for everyone. For the study, the organization requested public records from the two biggest water suppliers in each state on residential water shut-offs in 2016.
As reported by the Associated Press, the cities with the highest shut off rates that year, where at least 10 per cent of residential customers had their water shut off for some period of time, were Detroit, New Orleans, Springdale, Arkansas, and Oklahoma’s two largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Council of Canadians chapter activists from Peterborough, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph and London joined with thousands of people for a rally at Queen’s Park in Toronto today in support of public health care.
Organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, the rally included people from across the province, representing health care workers, doctors and patients. The message was clear: Ontarians do not support any form of health care privatization.
The Council of Canadians proudly welcomes the Sisters of Mercy, recognizing the religious congregation as the 47th Blue Community worldwide.
As reported in St. John’s Telegram, Andrea Furlong, the interim executive director of the Council of Canadians presented the Blue Communities designation to Sisters of Mercy representative Sister Diane Smyth during a ceremony at McAuley Convent in St. John’s last Friday.
The Blue Communities project encourages municipalities and Indigenous communities to support the idea of a water commons framework, recognizing that water is a shared resource for all, by passing resolutions that recognize water and sanitation as human rights, ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events and promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services. Communities like the Sisters of Mercy who are resisting the corporate takeover of water and promoting the Blue Communities Project are our greatest hope for water justice.
This week, Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow and Trade Campaigner Sujata Dey were in Italy to meet with concerned groups and politicians about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the threats trade agreements pose to food production and water.
The Canadian government ratified CETA despite massive public opposition, but Italy has held out, concerned about the harm CETA will do to the country’s agricultural and food traditions.
The the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report that says governments must make "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" to avoid disastrous levels of climate change.