May 25, 2012
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has just announced the
details of its biennial Public Meetings to be held in nine provinces on June 11.
The CPPIB are the people who make decisions about what corporations our retirement savings are invested in. They should also be held accountable and asked to publicly justify their decisions.
However, their public meetings are only held once every two years. So it's a bit of a rare opportunity to take advantage of when we can.
The times and places of their nine upcoming public meetings have just been listed on the CPPIB website.
Webcast viewers of these meetings can also submit questions but they need to register in advance. (Click the link at the bottom of CPPIB's "Public Meetings" page provided above.)
COAT Petition re: CPP and Israel
The Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) started a petition regarding CPP investments in companies that are supplying military/police/surveillance/prison-related technology and/or services that aid Israel's wars, its military occupation, the destruction of tens of thousands of Palestinian homes and orchards, and the building of checkpoints and the illegal separation wall, etc.
Almost 1000 have signed our petition so far. See confirmed signers and their comments here:
If you haven't already done so already, please take a minute to sign it now. Thanks:
Petition signatories who live in the nine cities where the CPP meetings will be held have been notified and organisations that have officially endorsed the petition* have been asked to tell their contacts.
Questions/Comments for the CPP meetings
People could ask general questions about the $1.4 billion that the CPP has invested in 66 companies that are complicit in supplying military/police/surveillance/prison-related technology and/or services to aid Israel's wars, its military occupation, the destruction of Palestinian homes and orchards, and the building of checkpoints and the illegal separation wall, etc.
Or, people could focus on one specific company that the CPP invests in. There are detailed articles dealing with 30+ such companies in the latest issue of COAT's publication, online at our website:
Others may want to ask those in charge of the CPP why our retirement savings have been invested in the...
Companies Building F-35 warplanes
World's Largest War Industries, 2010
World's Largest War Industries, prior to 2010
Companies that Design, Develop and Manufacture Nuclear Weapons
Anything that peace activists can do to help spread the word about the CPPIB meetings, or the COAT petition, would be much appreciated.
thanks and cheers
* Note re: Organisations endorsing the Petition
The organisations that have endorsed the COAT petition so far are: