Chapters this Week!

Despite an October 2015 election campaign promise to review changes, restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards in the Navigable Waters Protection Act gutted by the Harper government, federal environment minister Catherine McKenna replied to the Council of Canadians Guelph chapter in this letter (dated December 27, 2017) stating processes are still underway (more than two years after the election).

In the midst of the holiday season, Council of Canadians chapters remain active on shared issues of concern:

1- Quinte, London & Kent County chapters support Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter e-petition on postal banking
2- Guelph chapter told by federal environment minister to wait on water protection
3- Brandon-Westman chapter defends public health care vs Fraser Institute attack
4- Montreal chapter opposed to jet fuel terminal on the St. Lawrence River
5- Kent County chapter tells Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency it's opposed to BP drilling in the Scotian Basin
6- NWT chapter tweets its opposition to the Site C dam
7- NWT chapter pleased that the proposed Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline has been shelved
8- NWT chapter says NWT government's obsession with roads for the mining industry threatens endangered caribou herds
9- Kent County chapter sets up Twitter account
10- Kent County chapter tweets its embarrassment over Canada abstaining on United Nations vote on US embassy move to Jerusalem
11- South Shore chapter in the Chronicle Herald opposing BP drilling exploration wells in the Scotian Basin
12- Comox Valley chapter says arrest of Ma’amtagila grandmother Tsastliqualus Umbas unjust
13- Comox Valley chapter says Supreme Court of British Columbia ruling to grant Marine Harvest an injunction against Indigenous wild salmon defenders unjust
14- St. John's chapter supports call for water protection to avoid another lost water body like Sandy Pond

Upcoming in 2018!
15- Chapters to talk about 'Unsettling Canada' in cross-country conference call book club discussion (January 4)
16- Chapters looking to participate in Women's March (January 20-21)
17- Montreal chapter to take part in NAFTA rally during 6th round of talks (January 27)
18- NWT chapter planning to screen 'Water Warriors' documentary (February)
19- Chapters prepare annual activity and financial reports (February 8)
20- Prince Albert chapter to hold Valentines for Peace event (February 14)
21- PEI chapter to participate in Canadian Health Coalition lobby day on Parliament Hill (February 26-27)
22- Montreal chapter to approach Mayor Valerie Plante to support blue communities resolution (March)
23- Chapters to mobilize for World Water Day (March 22)
24- South Niagara, Hamilton, Halton and Guelph chapters plan to hold fair trade conference (April)
25- Prince Albert chapter to hold Earth Day/Seedy Saturday event (April 21)
26- Prince Albert chapter to mark National Aboriginal Day (June 21)
27- Chapters to gather in Ottawa for Groundswell 2018 annual conference (June 22-24)
28- New Brunswick chapters prepare for provincial election (September 24)
29- Pacific region chapters prepare for referendum on electoral reform (November)
30- Halton chapter plans to hold public forum on health care
31- Victoria chapter plans to hold a pharmacare public forum
32- Prince Albert chapter to screen 'Silent Transformation'

To see updates on chapter activities on a daily basis please go to @CouncilofCDNs and @CBrentPatterson on Twitter.

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