ACTIVlist Update - May 8, 2017

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Barlow pays tribute to labour leader Bob White in CLC video
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow pays tribute to labour leader Bob White in a video that was shown to a large audience at the Canadian Labour Congress convention now underway in Toronto.

Kinder Morgan sells space & looks for investors for its $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline
Texas-based Kinder Morgan Inc. is booking space on its 890,000 barrel per day Trans... Mountain tar sands pipeline and has filed a prospectus for an initial public offering (IPO) to sell shares in the pipeline to institutional investors, which could include the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

Samsung pile driving threatens Chatham groundwater supplies.
Any day now, electronics giant Samsung will begin pile driving more than 1500 massive steel beams into the bedrock near Chatham Ontario to anchor the foundations of 34 giant wind turbines they are installing for the North Kent 1 Wind Project.

Tell Trudeau & Philpott to reject private, for-profit plasma clinic in Moncton
Canadian Plasma Resources is now booking appointments at its new collection centre in Moncton.

TransCanada's profits boosted by natural gas pipelines in the U.S. and Mexico
The Calgary-based transnational TransCanada Corp. saw increased profit this first-quarter notably from natural gas pipelines in the United States and Mexico.

Is Canada blocking Roma passengers related to CETA implementation?
Are Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) 'liaison officers' at European airports now blocking Roma passengers from various countries entering Canada after the Trudeau government eased travel requirements for Romanians and Bulgarians last week in order to secure the approval of those governments for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)?

Trudeau says he will work closely with French president-elect Macron to implement CETA
Emmanuel Macron won the presidency of France today with an estimated 65.5 per cent of the vote.

Almost 20 blue communities now in place in Switzerland
There are now almost twenty blue communities in Switzerland.

Would NAFTA allow Canada to ban U.S. thermal coal exports from B.C. ports?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reportedly asked federal trade officials about the possibility of banning the export of thermal coal - mined in the United States - from ports in British Columbia, as well as possibly banning the export of thermal coal mined by an American corporation in Alberta.

Trudeau NAFTA adviser Burney says energy exports to the U.S. a negotiating strength
Former Canadian ambassador Derek Burney, who is currently advising Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on how to proceed with the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), says that Canada's energy exports are a "trump card" in the upcoming talks expected to start this August.

Barlow to speak at 'Untrouble the Waters' summit in Chicago
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow will be speaking at the 'Untrouble the Waters' summit at the University of Illinois on May 10-11.

Victoria chapter to attend Provincial Peace & Disarmament Summit, May 12-13
The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter will be attending the 'Provincial Peace and Disarmament Summit' at the University of Victoria on May 12-13.

Five chapters to attend Waterstock water festival & rally in Erin, Ontario on June 11
At least five Council of Canadians chapters are expected to be at the Wellington Water Watchers and Riverfest Elora organized Waterstock gathering on June 11, from 12 pm to 5 pm, at the Erin Fairground in Erin.

Hamilton chapter says CETA will hurt agriculture in Canada
The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter has commented in a newspaper op-ed on the impact of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on agriculture in Canada.

Fredericton chapter organizing June 10 march against the Energy East pipeline
The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter is organizing a march against the Energy East pipeline that will take place on Saturday June 10.

Northumberland chapter to attend trinational meeting on NAFTA in Mexico City
The Council of Canadians Northumberland chapter will be at the 'Trinational Meeting of Social Movements from Canada, Mexico and the United States on NAFTA' this coming May 26-27 in Mexico City.

Chapters this Week!
Council of Canadians chapters take action for social, economic and environmental justice.

Northumberland chapter op-ed on trade appears in digital & print editions of newspaper
The Council of Canadians Northumberland chapter has had their opinion column expressing concerns about 'free trade' agreements published in the digital and print editions of Northumberland Today.

Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter at protest against indefinite immigration detention
Four members of the Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter joined with the End Immigration Detention Network and other allies yesterday to protest against indefinite immigration detention and a harsh new policy that makes it harder for immigration detainees to receive visits in jail.

Vancouver-Burnaby chapter distributes 1100 leaflets on BC provincial election issues
The Council of Canadians Vancouver/Burnaby chapter is encouraging people to vote for candidates who will create more jobs in sustainable ways, reduce poverty, tax fairly, increase climate justice, strengthen public health, restore BC Ferries as a crown corporation, and enhance democracy.

Regina chapter activist travels to regional meeting on soon-to-be shuttered STC bus service
Council of Canadians Regina chapter activist Jim Elliott travelled to our Prairies-Northwest Territories regional meeting in Saskatoon this weekend via an STC bus.

South Shore chapter to hold public forum on Alton Gas storage project, May 12
The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter, along with frontline water protectors and the Canada Research Chair for Sustainability and Social Change, will be holding a public forum in Mahone Bay on May 12.

Saint John chapter concerned by RCMP surveillance of anti-Energy East pipeline activists
The Council of Canadians Saint John chapter is raising concerns about RCMP surveillance of environmental activists.


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