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Comments on the forthcoming Drummond Commission report on Health Care
to the Commission for Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness.       Feb 1st. 2012

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I speak to you as someone who has seen decades of chinking away at the mortar that provides strength in our province to all, but especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged. Some programs work well and some do not. But this report by an economist with no background in health is disturbing.

Mr Drummond’s known bias is for seeking opportunities for private sector profits through pubic private partnerships. With their complex layers of subcontracts, concealed rates of return and conditions, P3s have cost the public billions of dollars already.

The Drummond report already sounds like it will be a cover for more of the familiar cuts to a system that will make the P3 option look like a solution instead of the hidden problem that it has become.

So what lessons have we learned from the P3 hospital builds versus public built? A subcontractor for two hospitals (one P3 and 1 publicly funded) approached me at a public event. He had worked on several subcontracts in both. His friends were part of a second P3 built hospital. He was privy to much negotiation when the deals being made and wanted us to know the facts. They coincide with the reports of the Ontario Health Coalition’s numbers re the vast difference between the North Bay construction cost per bed at $1,430,412. versus the Peterborough construction costs of $398,785 per bed. And the regrettable tally for the Wm Osler Health Centre lands in the middle of the pack at $1,069,078.

Then there are the costs per bed with equipment, interest and privatization of services included that indicate a shameful North Bay General Hospital P3 at $2,706,185. compared with Peterborough (public built) at $558,704.  Per bed! That is almost 5 times as much money to build a P3 hospital. Wm Osler Health Centre P3 costs were almost 3 times Peterborough costs.

I cannot leave this topic of P3s without sharing my grave concern for the secretive Canada-EU Comprehensive, Economic and Trade Agreement that our Prime Minister was touting in Europe last week. It is targeting municipalities and the provinces for service and procurement contracts and will include health and education. The leaked draft document states a priority for investor profits above all. They could drain the public purse now and for future generations since the contracts last for decades. P3s should not be used where the public good is the goal.

So what do we do to strengthen the system?

  • Community Health Centres are very efficient. Their proactive prevention saves money. The disaster or hospitalization is avoided. They have interdisciplinary teams that are more efficient than solo doctors.
  • Increase the salaried doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and nutritionists working with alternate health services to reduce health problems whether mental or physical.
  • Maintain adequate funding for childrens services and long term care services… the funding must allow proactive support services for individuals and families to get back on their feet in society. My social worker contacts can’t even fathom how cuts could be made. Keeping families together is so less costly than the group home options.

Duplicate the models that have worked well. Eg. “Better Beginnings and Better Futures”          resulted in great cost efficiency for Onward Willow in Guelph.

Support palliative care and hospice work. It is far cheaper than lingering in hospital.

  • Remove gag orders and listen to the frontline workers.
  • A “media clause” was inserted in local Community Care Access Centre contracts which  has served as an effective gag order preventing frontline healthcare professionals from speaking publicly about the effects of cuts to services.  But their input could save millions of dollars by decreasing hospitalizations.
  • Study the recommendations of the frontline workers . They know the real problems and how costs can be managed through proactive work that they do. Home Care under the CCAC is full of problems. The workers that I speak with say that it is not a lack of money in the system. The problems stem from the dollars being misdirected to the many layers of management at the CCACs and the for-profit service-provider agencies at the expense of the frontline. All parties agree to the importance of homecare. All parties agree that homecare is cost effective, that it frees up beds and that people want to be in their own homes if possible.

Example: In  2009/10 frontline services were cut suddenly and dramatically, affecting the livelihoods of hundreds of healthcare professionals in our community, i.e. speech therapist single parent went from 20 visits per week to 4;  OT went from 18 visits per week to 9, PSW hours were cut 1,000 per week without forewarning, to meet a WWCCAC budget shortfall.  Imagine the chaos on the person in the home striving to get better and the service is cut.

(While these cuts were made to the frontline,  all 350-plus office staff of WWCCAC  got pay increases above inflation and the upper echelon got 18.5% on average).

Despite funding increases in excess of 12% over two years, total number of clients served by the WWCCAC actually went down (37,570 in 2007/08;  34,300  in 2009/10)

The WWCCAC reduced waiting list was a result of arbitrarily tightened criteria for services so that fewer people are eligible for service.  For example, only those with severe disabilities who cannot move within their own homes can be assessed for a wheelchair.   Everyone who needs mobility aids to access the community is out of luck unless one can pay privately for an assessment, creating two-tier healthcare and a community of low income shut-insThis is what cuts do.

The individuals impacted by the service cuts are the most frail, the palliative, and the chronically ill. These are the most compromised individuals in our community, many of whom have limited financial resources.

  • An 89 year old woman had pin and plate surgery to repair a broken hip. She was abruptly discharged from hospital. She was told by the CCAC she would receive no help and no equipment. There was no assessment of her home environment. The only  CCAC’s support was a recommendation buy a raised toilet seat.
  • A 70 year old former nurse with Parkinson’s, severe osteoporosis and history of falls called the CCAC repeatedly because of safety concerns.  She was told she was eligible for service and was waitlisted for months.
  • A client was discharged from hospital following a second leg amputation. An occupational therapist visited immediately and found the client to be very weak and unable to transfer. She requested physiotherapy for strengthening, hoping he would improve. The CCAC Case Manager denied this request, stating that he had not progressed at the hospital and, therefore, likely had no potential of improvement at home.
  • Athena Masalas stated “You must fight for your services” on returning home from surgery. Only by going public and creating a “ruckus” did she receive nursing as she required. She stated she was specifically denied a home safety assessment by an occupational therapist, which she felt she needed. [Guelph Mercury December 7, 2009]

Value prevention since it provides the biggest efficiency in the health care system.

Therapists, nurses and social workers need recognition as an important part of a health plan.

Support  sustainable food production . New young farmers will be needed desperately since we are to lose many in the near future due to aging. Food production is being stressed by extreme climate events. Good food means good health. They can produce the food we need to support health. Check out   www.farmstart.ca

The Healthy Homes project. This new program will provide a tax credit of 15% of what a senior homeowner spends (up to a maximum of $10,000) towards renovations that specifically increase home accessibility. It is only for those who have $10,000. to spend on renovations, and who has taxable income against which to claim.  This initiative  does nothing for the many low income seniors who want to stay in their own homes, and the many others who do not own homes, but wish to stay in their longterm rental accommodations but face accessibility issues.

Logically, seniors who want to stay in their own home and have $10,000 to spend to make it more accessible because of disability, would likely do so without this program.  It’s the low income seniors that truly need government financial support, but are completely ignored by this program.

Above all:   Increase corporate taxes so they contribute to the public good .

The tax system reforms must expect corporations to be responsible. In 2000, the federal corporate income tax rate stood at 28%. It was cut to 21% under the Liberals, and then cut in stages, from 21% to 15%, under the Conservatives. The most recent cut was from 16.5% to 15%, effective January 1, 2012. Each one percent cut to the corporate income tax rate costs the federal government about $2 billion in annual revenues.

Ontario general corporate income tax rate (2009) dropped from 14% to 12%, effective July 1, 2010 and will continue to decrease this rate each July 1 thereafter until it reaches 10% on July 1, 2013. The rate will decrease as follows: to 11.5% in 2011, to 11% in 2012 and to 10% in 2013.”         http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ctao/

[The rebuttal from the corporations has always been that their increased after-tax corporate profits would be re-invested in company operations, boosting economic growth, productivity, and jobs. However, studies have shown that rising corporate after-tax profits have not resulted in increased real investment. ] more references at  http://canadians.org/healthcare/index.html

References: Council of Canadians. http://canadians.org/healthcare/documents/myths_of_profit_care.pdf

Persistent Poverty: voices from the margins. By Jamie Swift, Brice Balmer and Mira Dineen  Chapters: 9. The Cost of Hunger: Food Security and Health Issues                                                 10 Food Insecurity: A Source of Suffering and Ill Health                                                                   11. Poverty and Health: “I’m one stumble from the street.”

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AGM 2011 Resolutions

1. Call for Renaissance of the Bank of Canada

Submitted by Windsor-Essex Chapter, ON; London Chapter, ON; Vancouver/Burnaby Chapter, BC

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/CARRIED

Whereas our National Chairperson, Maude Barlow, has strongly urged us not to become discouraged by the recent election results which granted majority status to the Stephen Harper government which will probably bring relentless attacks on our cherished Canadian institutions and values, and she has stressed that “what is needed now is a coming together of progressive forces in civil society and the labour movement as never before in the nation’s history….  And we must work with, and demand active representation of, the opposition forces in the House of Commons”; and

Whereas, since it is difficult to unite into a common struggle our civil society organizations and unions which specialize in different areas of social concern, we need to identify some issue/issues which can effectively bring us together; and

Whereas the Harper government is intent on cutting funding for a wide range of our highly valued social programs including funding for opposition political parties, and justifies these cuts by claiming that government deficits and debts make such action imperative, and since virtually all civil society organizations work to maintain or to increase public funding for the various causes they espouse, this urgent need can enable us to focus on an issue of common concern; and

Whereas governments in Canada at all levels pay out each year some $60 billion in interest to private banks and other private money lenders for borrowing which is unnecessary because our publicly owned Bank of Canada could lend to all levels of government all the money needed, as was done between 1935 and 1975, essentially interest-free, thus reducing and even eliminating this enormous interest expense; and

Whereas Canadians need to understand that the Harper government may be inclined to merge our Canadian currency with that of the U.S. or perhaps with some new global currency, surrendering control over our Bank of Canada and over our own money supply, we need to be prepared to resist any such damaging move; and

Whereas the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform is urging Canadian civil society organizations to join in a Call for Renaissance of the Bank of Canada:

Therefore, be it resolved that the Council of Canadians endorse the “Call for Renaissance of the Bank of Canada”, which is posted on the website of the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform, www.comer.org , and which is summarized as follows: “Therefore, we Canadian civil society organizations, who work for public welfare, call on our federal government to revive the powers of the Bank of Canada to provide funding to all levels of government in Canada, largely with interest-free loans, as was done between 1935 and 1975 with very low inflation, enabling our nation to break out of the Great Depression, to fulfil extraordinary responsibilities during World War II, and to prosper while building our infrastructure and highly valued social programs during some thirty post-war years.  We Canadians now urgently need a renaissance of these powers of our Bank of Canada.” and

Be it further resolved that the Council of Canadians promote awareness of the dynamics of our money system, and call on other organizations also to endorse this “Call for Renaissance of the Bank of Canada”.

In the discussion that followed a number of comments were made about evaluating the original purpose of the Bank of Canada, examining role of the Bank of Canada domestically and internationally, and its role in the IMF and the World Bank.

Meeting Chairperson, Morna Ballantyne said there is nothing in this motion that precludes the Council from speaking on other components of this issue.  She suggested that the Board of Directors considers incorporating these issues, i.e. the democratization of the Bank of Canada, into their discussions and decide if we have a workshop on this topic at the next AGM.

2. Fundraising Strategies

Submitted by Vancouver/Burnaby Chapter, BC

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/CARRIED

Whereas the Council requires greater funding and a broader membership in order to achieve its goals:

Therefore be it resolved that the Council review its outreach strategy with a view to supporting chapters’ efforts to recruit as many new paying members as possible by, for example:

  1. developing a training program to help chapter members engage the public effectively and recruit new members when tabling;
  2. creating a concise and catchy slogan that captures the essence of the work we do and using it in all its online and printed materials;
  3. preparing a series of bullet point notes for members doing outreach work, regarding who we are, what we do, and the issues we work on, in order to provide more effective and consistent messaging;
  4. drawing on chapter email lists and other networks to try to convert ‘friends’ of the Council to active, paying members;
  5. developing strategies to attract more younger members; and

Be it further resolved that the Council review its national fundraising strategy in order to develop new sources of funding for the Council’s work, utilizing best fundraising practices for the NGO sector.

Executive Director Gary Neil said there appears to be an implication in this resolution that we are not currently doing this work.  He wished to assure members that there is a constant review of fundraising practices and that the Council is generally ahead of the curve.  He gave the example of phone calls that are made to monthly donors to pass mailed packages and information along to family and friends.   He also said that steps have been taken to establish a U.S. based charity as a means of fundraising more aggressively in the U.S. for the Blue Planet Project and Great Lakes work.

3. Against Storage of Nuclear Waste

Submitted by Quill Plains Chapter, SK; Moose Jaw Chapter, SK;  Prince Albert Chapter, SK;  Regina Chapter, SK

Moved by Ken Kavanagh /Seconded by James LeBlanc/REFERRED TO THE BOARD

Whereas the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), comprising members of the nuclear industry, is aggressively searching for a ‘willing community’ to become the long-term storage site of high level nuclear fuel waste from Canadian nuclear power plants, with the potential to import such material from other countries in the future; and

Whereas radioactive wastes created by nuclear power plants are among the most toxic and long-lived on the planet, presenting unacceptable risks and costs for this and many future generations; and

Whereas the transportation by trains or trucks of this waste presents grave and unacceptable risks to all life in or near cities, towns, schools, hospitals, farms and natural areas along the entire route of passage; and

Whereas centralized storage is being promoted in part so that nuclear wastes are retrievable for future reprocessing of plutonium, creating even more dangerous waste and, in the case of stockpiling plutonium, increasing the risk of nuclear proliferation; and

Whereas communities facing economic hardships should not be pressured or bribed to accept a nuclear storage site in or near their watersheds or ecosystems; and

Whereas nuclear wastes should be managed in the jurisdictions that create them and upgraded, secure storage on-site or near reactors should be managed with local, arm’s length democratic control:

Therefore be it resolved that the Council of Canadians reject the proposition being pursued by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization to secure a centralized site for high level nuclear waste disposal anywhere in Canada; and

Be it further resolved that the Council of Canadians pressure all provincial governments and the federal government to implement an immediate prohibition on the storage, transportation or importation of high level radioactive nuclear waste anywhere in Canada.

4. Against Fracking

Submitted by Quill Plains Chapter, SK; Moose Jaw Chapter, SK;  Prince Albert Chapter, SK;  Regina Chapter, SK

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/CARRIED

Whereas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a process in which sand, millions of gallons of water and hundreds of chemicals, many of which are toxic and/or carcinogenic, are forced, under extreme pressure, through pre-drilled holes thousands of feet underground in order to crack the rock and allow coalbed methane, shale oil and shale gas to rise to the surface where it can be captured; and

Whereas the exploitation of mineral rights for this process is increasing throughout Canada at an alarming rate; and

Whereas fracking is known to contaminate ground and drinking water. As well, as much as 70% of the water used in the process is never recovered and is lost to the natural system forever; and

Whereas the names, combination and quantities of chemicals used are considered proprietary trade secrets and are not made available to researchers or to the general public; and

Whereas there is a high risk for spills of chemicals and escape of their emissions into the atmosphere which can negatively affect local air quality and federal and provincial governments have yet to establish precautionary regulations and safety standards to protect people, animals, and the environment from harm;

Whereas numerous jurisdictions, including France, New Jersey and Quebec, have implemented moratoria or bans on hydraulic fracturing because of the risks posed by the process:

Therefore be it resolved that, given the growing number of documented cases of water and air contamination, as well as negative impacts on health and the environment, the Council of Canadians will pressure the provincial and federal governments to implement an immediate moratorium on hydraulic and other forms of fracturing in Canada.

5. News Network Resolution

Submitted by Edmonton Chapter, AB

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/CARRIED AS AMENDED

Whereas the Canadian public is poorly informed by right-wing corporate media regarding political and economic issues, particularly with the advent of Sun Media television, resulting in a shift of public perception toward corporate values; and

Whereas the majority government of Stephen Harper represents a threat to Canadian social and economic justice, particularly given the corporate media’s lack of diligence in holding his government accountable for its policies, tactics, and actions, stunting real political debate and change and allowing further erosion of Canadian rights and institutions:

Therefore be it resolved that the Council of Canadians explore a conference with progressive think tanks, public interest research groups, unions, environmental, social justice, alternative media, peace, and others to explore the feasibility of developing a non-partisan, preferably non-commercial, 24-hour news network similar in structure to other cable news networks such as CBC News Network.  It would report political, economic, environmental, healthcare, education, labour, energy, and trade news along with general national and international news in hourly updates from a progressive frame of reference similar to Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now and provide lively but penetrating features, panel discussions, interviews, documentaries, arts and culture, and general interest programming, etc. from a similar perspective.  It would be broadcast on cable television and/or the Internet, podcasts, network radio and satellite radio, paid for by donation, fund drives, or subscription and heavily promoted by the groups involved.  This could also form the nucleus of a non-partisan Canadian progressive coalition.  At a minimum a one-hour news program updated daily on the Internet could provide the basic service of an alternative to corporate news.

Moved by Bob Ages/Seconded by Ken Kavanagh/CARRIED

That the resolve clause be amended by deleting the word “spearhead” and replacing it with “explore” so the sentence reads:  “That the Council of Canadians explore a conference with progressive think tanks, …”

Executive Director Gary Neil spoke in favour of the amended resolution.  He reminded members that we are working with rabble.ca which is a progressive alternative to mainstream media.  He said the Council also partners with an outlet called Open Media and is aware of CACTUS, an organization made up of community-based television groups.  CACTUS has been trying to get the CRTC to use funds from cable companies to finance local community-based organizations to create an alternative to corporate media.  He said this resolution presents an opportunity to collaborate with these organizations.

6. Board Participation in Council Chapters Resolution

Submitted by Edmonton Chapter, AB

Moved by Karen Abramsen/Seconded by Gwyn Frayne/REFERRED TO THE BOARD

Whereas some Chapter activists do not attend Annual General Meetings, it would be more democratic for them to have an opportunity to meet members of the Board of Directors; and

Whereas it would likely improve the understanding of Board Directors of the grassroots dynamics of the organization if Directors were to meet members at occasions other than Annual General Meetings:

Therefore be it resolved that the Board of Directors adopt a policy requiring Directors to attend a Regional or a Chapter meeting once a year during each year of a Director’s term.

7.  Eradication of poverty and income inequality

Submitted by Moncton Chapter, NB and Peterborough Chapter, ON

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/CARRIED

Whereas studies by Wilkinson et al. (The Spirit Level) have shown that enhanced equality and the eradication of poverty lead to higher rankings on such indices as:

  • life expectancy
  • literacy
  • infant mortality
  • homicide rate
  • imprisonment
  • teenage births
  • trust
  • obesity
  • mental illness and addiction
  • social mobility; and

Whereas the existence of poverty in our wealthy nation is both reprehensible and immoral:

Therefore be it resolved that the Council of Canadians focus on the implications of poverty and income inequality in all its campaigns and programs and,
Be it further resolved that the Council of Canadians strongly urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments to declare and enforce a policy of zero tolerance toward poverty in Canada.

While the resolution was passed, it was suggested that we improve the language by referring to the website of Dignity for All.

8.  Cost-effectiveness of health care

Submitted by Moncton Chapter, NB

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/CARRIED

Whereas pharmaceutical corporations control the definition of what is to count as evidence-based health care in Canada; and

Whereas this control extends throughout the Canadian medical establishment, including  the dispensing and distribution of drugs,  medical research, training and deciding  which cures will be supported; and

Whereas the focus of all drug companies is on making a profit rather than on the prevention and cure of disease; and

Whereas according to a recent article in American Scholar, medical journals receive up to 99% of their advertising revenues from pharmaceutical corporations; and

Whereas the Canada Health Act guarantees accessible health care to all,

Therefore be it resolved that the Council of Canadians campaign to redress the unbalanced influence of pharmaceutical corporations in the Canadian medical establishment; for the introduction of a national pharmacare program in the Canada Health Act, and for assessments based on the public good rather than profit to be used as the basis for deciding which treatments are worthy of support.

9. Fluoride

Submitted by Toronto Chapter, ON

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/CARRIED

Whereas municipal drinking water borrowed from and returned to the environmental water commons should meet a continuum of quality, ethical purpose and sustainability both coming and going;

Whereas artificial water fluoridation is a practice whereby municipalities can add fluoride to their own drinking water but have no corresponding accountability for putting that fluoride into the downstream water commons via treated wastewater;

Whereas there are two guidelines for fluoride: Health Canada’s narrow-focused one of 0.7 mg/L for increased fluoride in municipal water, infringing on the sustainability of the water commons with a Canadian Water Quality guideline limit of 0.12 mg/L;

Whereas neither fluoride guideline is regulatory, but the Canadian Water Quality Guideline of 0.12 mg/L protects both human health and aquatic species and therefore should be observed; but the Health Canada guideline does not protect the health of several vulnerable groups including babies, and harms aquatic species;

Whereas the chemicals used to increase fluoride in municipal water to reach the Health Canada guideline, hydrofluorosilicic acid or sodium silicofluoride are not regulated by Health Canada at all, but are regulated by Canadian Environmental Protection Agency as Class 1 cumulative, persistent, hazardous toxins that must not be emitted to the environmental commons of soil, air or surface water at all;

Whereas anyone is free to decide to take fluoride drugs that Health Canada has approved and regulated, or food and drink with naturally occurring fluoride, without adding restricted fluoride pollutants to drinking water and the downstream water commons;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Council of Canadians provide national leadership towards a policy of drinking water quality regulation that disallows water fluoridation, based on Canadian Water Quality Guideline for fluoride in the environmental commons.

10. Waste Water

Submitted by Toronto Chapter, ON

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/CARRIED

Whereas water quality in human settlements is one of the determinants of Public Health; and

Whereas pathogens from untreated sanitary sewage are a cause of  serious illness; and

Whereas combined sewers in many older parts of Canadian cities overflow, keeping pathogens in close occasional contact with the general population on our beaches, lakeshore, rivers, parks and flooded basements; and

Whereas it is crucial that sanitary flows receive full secondary treatment at the sewage treatment plants before being released to the environment; and

Whereas storm water flows need to be directed to storm water facilities both decentralized (above-ground) and centralized that include treatment processes for the contaminants that are characteristic of storm water before being released to rivers, streams and lakes:

Therefore be is resolved that The Council of Canadians inform themselves as soon as possible of the serious public and environmental health issue related to overflow of untreated sanitary sewage in combined sewers in many older parts of Canadian cities; and further inform themselves of management options and, as soon as practicable, take a position that would protect the health of citizens and aquatic ecosystems now and in the future.

11. Support of the Canadian Boat to Gaza

Submitted by London Chapter, ON

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/CARRIED

Whereas the military blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip constitutes collective punishment against more that 1.5 million Palestinian civilians living in that territory; and\

Whereas the blockade of Gaza causes many violations of fundamental human rights, including freedom of movement and the right to safe drinking water; and

Whereas the Canadian Boat to Gaza is an entirely non-violent, people-to-people, civil-society initiative by Canadians:

Therefore be it resolved that The Council of Canadians supports the Canadian Boat to Gaza to end the illegal blockade of Gaza; and

Be it further resolved that The Council of Canadians calls on the Government of Canada, the United Nations and the international community to do everything in their power to ensure the safe passage of the Canadian Boat to Gaza and the safety of all those on board; and

Be it further resolved that The Council of Canadians calls for an end to the blockade of Gaza, in accordance with international law.

Since the time allocated for the report of the Resolutions Committee had expired, it was agreed to refer the remaining resolutions, including an emergency resolution, to the Board of Directors.

12.          Vision for Canada

Inverness County Chapter, NS

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/REFERRED TO THE BOARD

Whereas the Council of Canadians has taken effective and principled positions opposing unjust free trade agreements, the militarization of Canadian society, deep integration with the United States and mining and oil and gas extraction; and

Whereas the Council of Canadians has taken positions in support of valuable initiatives, services and resources such as universal healthcare, fresh water, and climate justice; and

Whereas the media, politicians and business elites present only one vision of endless economic growth fuelled by the destruction of the natural world; and

Whereas the Council of Canadians represents citizens from across the country and from various backgrounds; and

Whereas many progressive organizations do not present a vision and goal for their efforts:

Therefore be it resolved that the Council of Canadians, in consultation with chapter activists, develop a clear vision of the Canada we are proposing to work toward.  The product of this consultation should be an accessible, engaging, inspiring, meaningful and powerful document to engage Canadians and challenge the dominant, destructive worldview spouted by elites.

13. Return to peace keeping role

Submitted by the Kamloops Chapter, BC

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/REFERRED TO THE BOARD

Whereas Canada has a reputation as respected peace keepers, operating in difficult circumstances and in a non-violent manner, and

Whereas Canada has, in recent years, withdrawn from regular peace keeping activity with the United Nations in favour of a war fighting role, and

Whereas the need for peace keeping in the world is increasing.

Therefore be it resolved that the Council of Canadians engage in a campaign urging the Canadian government to restore Canada’s peacekeeping capacity and to commit a greater number of Canadian Forces to traditional peacekeeping roles within the United Nations.

14. Climate Change

Submitted by the Kamloops Chapter, BC

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/REFERRED TO THE BOARD

Whereas climate change is happening; and

Whereas the vast majority of climate scientists have concluded that climate change is largely caused by human activity; and

Whereas research is required to develop methods to moderate the human activity that is contributing to climate change; and

Whereas detailed research of the local effects of climate change is critical for the well being of Canadians; and

Whereas the extreme weather conditions that are associated with climate change means weather forecasting will become more critical for the safety of our citizens; and

Whereas good economic decision-making will be dependent on accurate forecasting of the long range weather changes:

Therefore be it resolved that the Council of Canadians urge the Harper government to:

  1. Reinstate full funding to Environment Canada and
  2. Cancel the layoffs of the climate research scientists and meteorologists.

The following resolution was received on October 21, 2011 and the Resolutions Committee ruled that it met the criteria for an Emergency Resolution.

15. U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

Submitted by the Windsor Essex Chapter, ON

Moved by Anne Levesque/Seconded by Pina Belperio/REFERRED TO THE BOARD

Whereas the U.S. government is using the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA) to obtain personal financial information from people they deem to be U.S. citizens living in Canada; and

Whereas failure to do so will result in a penalty of $10,000.00 and up to $50,000.00 for continued failure; and

Whereas FACTA will require foreign financial institutions to report directly to the IRS certain information about financial accounts held by U.S. taxpayers who are also Canadian citizens or by foreign entities in which U.S. taxpayers hold a substantial ownership interest:

Therefore be it resolved that the Council of Canadians send a strong message to the Canadian government opposing the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act as an infringement of Canadian sovereignty.

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