The Canadian Press reports, “Municipal councillors in Inverness County have passed a bylaw that bans hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Deputy warden Dwayne MacDonald was the only councillor to vote against the bylaw at a meeting Monday in Port Hood.”
The Hamilton Spectator notes, "It's Time to Take Back Our Democracy will be hosted by the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn St. S.
Speakers include freelance journalist Rick Salutin, and public interest lawyer and Council of Canadians board member Steven Shrybman."
Congratulations to Elysia Petrone of the Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter for receiving an 'Award of Merit' from the Hamilton Environmentalist of the Year Awards Committee.
CBC reports, "Elysia Petrone is being recognized for her efforts and leadership skills on a number of environmental issues in Hamilton, including the Hamilton 350 Committee on climate change, the 'System Change not Climate Change' caucus of the Hamilton chapter of the Council of Canadians, and a multi-group committee responding to federal omnibus bills."
The article notes, "The awards will be presented at the 34th annual Environmentalists of the Year Awards dinner on June 5..."
The Regina Leader-Post reports, "The public-private partnership (P3) model for building infrastructure has made inroads into provincial projects such as hospitals and schools. Now, municipalities are the targets, legal experts say, as Canada's growing P3 industry looks to evolve and expand its reach. Sitting in the bull's-eye are water and waste treatment facilities. ...Municipal projects are clearly the latest wave. A water and waste water treatment sector study completed by PPP Canada, a federal Crown corporation whose mandate is to promote the use of P3 models for building infrastructure, suggests Canadian municipalities need $88-billion to refurbish or replace current water and sewage treatment systems."
The Globe and Mail reports, "Canada’s Atlantic premiers want the Harper government to immediately suspend changes it made to employment insurance that target seasonal workers, arguing that the new system only increases the need for temporary foreign workers. ...The premiers’ annual meeting, which was held this year at White Point Beach Resort on Nova Scotia’s south shore, ended Monday... The premiers want the EI changes suspended until they have been able to conduct a comprehensive study of their impact on the region."
The Delta/Richmond chapter had a very successful event on Thursday night with the screening of the film 'Salmon Confidential'. This film documents the shocking actions taken by the federal government and uncovers the spread of deadly viruses to wild salmon. The film also explains the decline in wild salmon and the effects to the wild salmon economy.
Toronto's NOW Magazine notes as the Council of Canadians Toronto chapter organized '2013 Great Lakes Commons Water Forum' as a "can't miss" event this weekend.
The magazine says, "H20 is our precious shared resource and the Great Lakes our lifeline, so taking it for granted could be fatal. Hear the latest on the threats and strategies for protection at the Great Lakes Commons Water Forum. Reps from the Great Lakes Water Walkers, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and more report. Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians gives the keynote, and Alanna Mitchell, author of Sea Sick: The Global Ocean In Crisis, hosts. Saturday (April 27), noon to 5 pm. $10 or pwyc. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. canadians.org."
As further highlighted on our website:
What: 2013 Great Lakes Commons Water Forum
When: Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W, Toronto)
Guest speaker: Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
In December 2012, the Council of Canadians the Boreal Forest Network wrote to then Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty and Manitoba premier Greg Selinger to ask that each provincial government contribute $1 million annually to the Experimental Lakes Area for a minimum of three years until federal funding could be reinstated after the next federal election.
In January 2013, we received a letter from the Government of Manitoba declining our request. But the premier said at that time that he would work to encourage “the Government of Canada to ensure funding for this program.”
Undaunted, in February we repeated our request to the new Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne as well as to Selinger.
Today, the Canadian Press reports, "Ontario has found common ground with the federal government and Manitoba to keep a world-famous experimental research area open in the northwestern part of the province, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday.”
Council of Canadians Board member Roy Brady is profiled in a Peterborough Examiner article. It notes, "Locally, the Peterborough native and retired Grade 7 and 8 teacher is the face of The Left: front man for The Raging Grannies, present at rallies, protests, demonstrations and assorted community stunts, a persistent instigator, dissident, all-purpose pest and thorn in the side of the establishment."
Last week the Shelburne County Coast Guard reported, "A protest about new Employment Insurance rules will be held in Bridgewater on Friday, April 19. Protestors will meet at the Tim Horton's in the Eastside Plaza at 11:30 a.m. and march to South Shore-St. Margaret MP Gerald Keddy's office to protest the changes to EI."