The Council of Canadians Regina chapter took part in a protest against police violence yesterday.
The Council of Canadians Chilliwack chapter is set to protest against the proposed Aevitas Inc. hazardous waste recycling site, which would be situated less than 200 metres from the Fraser River. That means the facility would be located on the floodplain of the largest river system in British Columbia.
Each month, the facility would handle 350,000 litres of transformer oil, 5,000 litres of oil with PCBs, 50 tons of transformers containing PCBs, and 500,000 lamps (CFL bulbs) containing mercury. The Vancouver Observer highlights, "One study of the Fraser predicts that [with climate change] what was a one-in-100 year flood cycle in the 20th century will become a one-in-four-year flood cycle by the end of the 21st century."
The Council of Canadians Williams Lake chapter will be screening the documentary Defensora on March 16.
As noted on the film's website, "Defensora documents the historic and on-going land and community defense struggles of Mayan Q’eqchi communities in eastern Guatemala, and their struggle for justice and remedy in Canadian courts against the nickel mining company Hudbay Minerals." Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says, "Defensora is a deeply moving testimony to incredible courage in the face of wanton brutality and a shining tribute to the human search for justice."
As a local member of the Fredericton chapter of Council of Canadians, I am so proud of our group's continued effort over the last two years to hold TransCanada accountable to the citizens of Fredericton. Here is our chapter's Press Release, released today in English and French.
At least nineteen Council of Canadians chapters will be joining a national day of action against C-51 this weekend.
The Council of Canadians Mid-Island chapter has asked Nanaimo city council to work with the Nanaimo Regional District, First Nations, senior levels of government and landowners to begin a process to make the Nanaimo community drinking watershed a publicly owned and controlled asset.
Every year, Council of Canadians chapter activists, Board members and staff gather together for regional meetings to connect, put forward ideas, learn, and discuss plans. These gatherings are vital and enable us to share campaign strategies and strengthen our overall capacity.
The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter is working to defend the CBC.
The Council of Canadians Brockville chapter submits a letter to the editor and pays for a 2" x 3" advertisement in their local newspaper every month. The letter to the editor is printed in a newspaper with a circulation of 6,000 readers and the advertisement goes in a newspaper with a circulation of 24,000 readers. Their letter last month focused on the Harper government's neglect of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter and its allies – the Sacred Water Circle, the Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group, and KTRSG Nibi Emosaawdimojig (Those Who Walk for the Water) – are calling for a national inquiry on murdered and missing Indigenous women.
In their letter to the editor published in Peterborough This Week, they write, "When there is a federal government that can ignore the reality of almost 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women, we are in deep trouble as a ‘civilization’." Highlighting that "Indigenous women are seven times more likely to be murdered than non-Indigenous women" and other facts, they note, "This is a horrendous series of events that would not likely be tolerated if occurring within the mainstream population. So far, the federal government has not recognized this national crisis."