June 23, 2017

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Join the thousands of people who are saying U.S. President Trump and his views are not welcome here in Canada

New petition says Trump not welcome in Canada

Last weekend, the Council of Canadians launched a new online petition to give people an opportunity to add their voice to say U.S. President Donald Trump is not welcome in Canada. More than 15,000 people have signed the petition – and that number is growing every day.

“This overwhelming response is sending a strong message that Trump’s racist, misogynist, vulgar and dangerous words and actions are not welcome here,” said Leo Broderick, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “Trump’s vulgar rhetoric has insulted, demonized and endangered women, immigrants, Muslims, people of colour and many others.”

President Trump is expected to come to Canada for his first official visit since being sworn into office to attend the upcoming G7 summit, set to take place June 8-9, at a remote, luxury resort in Quebec.

Add your voice! Join the thousands of people who are saying U.S. President Trump and his views are not welcome here in Canada.

Sign the petition


Sixth round of NAFTA negotiations wrap up in Montreal

The sixth round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was held in Montreal last week. Members of the Council’s Montreal chapter were there, joining unionized workers from Unifor in a large rally and protest. Recent media reports suggest the Trudeau government may choose to “opt in” to NAFTA’s Chapter 11, the controversial investor-state dispute settlement provision. Chapter 11 allows corporations or investors to sue governments over decisions they feel affect profits, even if the decisions were made in the interest of the public or the environment. The Council of Canadians has been a long-time opponent of Chapter 11. Under it, Canada is now the most-sued developed country in the world with the majority of corporate lawsuits filed over environmental laws and protections.

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Boycott Nestlé campaign and fight for public water featured in new documentary

The Council of Canadians is thrilled to be teaming up with the amazing people at The Story of Stuff Project on the next steps in the fight to stop Nestlé’s bottled water grab. The Story of Stuff Project has released its latest short documentary on fights to secure safe, affordable, public water in communities across the country. A Tale of Two Cities shows how citizens of two very different Michigan communities – small town Evart and gritty, industrial Flint– have come to see their futures, and the future of their water, inextricably linked. In Evart, Nestlé is pumping the local water sources for bottling. In Flint, residents are forced to rely on bottled water after the government switched the town’s water supply from Detroit to the poisoned Flint River. The film features Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow as well as scenes from a recent water summit in Flint that the Council helped to organize to promote the importance of fighting against privatization and promoting water justice around the Great Lakes.

Watch the film.

Trudeau government signs secretive and undemocratic Trans-Pacific Partnership

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again showed his government’s commitment to unfettered trade deals by signing the 11-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Davos, Switzerland this week. The Council of Canadians has spoken out about the lack of public accountability and transparency in the negotiation of this deal, the potential impacts the agreement will have on jobs, our supply management system and the automobile sector, as well as the deal’s weak language on environmental and labour protections. The TPP is expected to be signed this March, but this isn’t over. With your support, we will continue to expose the Trudeau government’s failure to listen to the overwhelming 99 per cent of Canadians who called for the Harper-written TPP to be rejected in favour of the progressive trade Prime Minister Trudeau promised and Canadians want.

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Council chapter members and supporters join women’s marches

The Council of Canadians joined thousands of women in cities and communities across Canada on January 20 for the annual Women’s March. People took to the streets with signs and their voices to speak out against violence against women and for equality and solidarity. The women’s marches began last year in support of the Women’s March on Washington, which was organized in reaction to Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Keep the fracking ban in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia recently released its Onshore Petroleum Atlas, sending industry and government into a flurry of discussion about Nova Scotia’s ban on fracking. The Council of Canadians responded immediately, reminding Premier Stephen McNeil and Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan that Nova Scotians banned fracking for a reason – because we believe in clean water, respecting Indigenous opposition, and a better energy future.

We delivered this message to the Maritimes Energy Association Annual General Meeting last week in the middle of a snowstorm. Along with Indigenous, student and environmental allies, we held “No fracking” signs and other visuals made the last time we had to fight fracking in Nova Scotia, a reminder of the strong opposition that exists here.

Nova Scotia banned fracking to protect our water, farmland, health, and climate. Fracking didn’t get any less risky in the last four years, so why should we even consider opening that door again?

Help protect Nova Scotia’s hard-won fracking ban – send an email to Premier McNeil today.

Let’s all #RememberJan29

On January 29, 2017, around 7:52 p.m., a young, white man entered a mosque in Quebec City and murdered Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane. Five others – Aymen Derbali, Said El-Amari, Mohamed Khabar, Nizar Ghlai and Said Akjour – were badly injured.

This was the largest political mass shooting in Canada in 25 years, and the first time Muslims had been killed inside a mosque in North America. It is one of the most important moments in recent Canadian history. January 29 happened in the context of decades of wars against Muslim-majority countries, which has normalized the killing of millions of Muslims. This has resulted in a 253 per cent increase in the rate of attacks on Muslims in Canada between 2012 and 2015.

We hope you will take a few minutes to participate in #RememberJan29.

New human rights watchdog announced, but will it have teeth?

Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne recently announced the creation of a new human rights ombudsperson who will investigate allegations of abuse abroad concerning Canadian corporations. Champagne explained that the new watchdog, named the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), will be empowered to independently investigate complaints of human rights abuses at the hands of Canadian companies, to make public recommendations for remedies, and to monitor the implementation of those recommendations.

Rachel Small, the Council of Canadians’ Ontario-Quebec Organizing Assistant examines the new ombudsperson’s role, why it’s needed, and notes how the “devil will be in the details.”

Read Rachel’s blog post.

A Tale of Two Cities