June 29, 2015

On June 25, the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment voted in support of the human right to water and sanitation.

Our ally Food & Water Europe states in a media release that, among various measures the Committee, "Considers it imperative that production, distribution and treatment of water and sanitation are excluded from any trade agreements, including TTIP [the United States-European Union Trade and Investment Partnership] and TISA [the Trade in Services Agreement now being negotiated on the sidelines of the World Trade Organization by a group of 23 governments representing 50 countries, including the European Union, Canada and the United States]."

How would a 'trade' agreement like the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) impact on water?

June 29, 2015

The NDP government in Alberta appears to be supporting both the TransCanada Energy East and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipelines.

The Calgary Herald reports, "Premier Rachel Notley’s party, elected last month, has taken a much more skeptical stance toward pipelines than the previous Tory government, dropping the province’s lobbying efforts for the controversial Keystone XL and Northern Gateway lines. However, the rookie government has given its seal of approval to TransCanada Corp.’s $12-billion Energy East project... In question period [on June 23], Notley said she had spoken earlier this week to [New Brunswick premier Brian] Gallant about the two provinces’ 'common interest' around Energy East."

June 28, 2015

London chapter

The Council of Canadians London chapter recently participated in a regional day of action protest against health care cuts and privatization.

CTV reports, "About 200 people gathered to demand an end to health care cuts outside MPP Deb Matthews' office on Piccadilly Street Friday afternoon." AM 980 adds, "Demonstrators brought signs, balloons, sang songs and chanted despite Matthews not being there to witness the event. The rally, led by the Ontario Health Coalition, is in response to cuts being made by the Liberal government, which is having a detrimental effect on London’s hospitals."

June 28, 2015

Calgary chapter greets Caribou Legs

The Council of Canadians Calgary chapter greeted Indigenous ultra-marathon runner Caribou Legs yesterday.

On their Facebook event page for this picnic potluck greeting, the chapter said, "Please Join us at the Eau Claire Market to welcome and meet Caribou Legs, learn about what inspired him to take on the this running adventure and discuss what we can do to help protect our lakes and rivers."

Picnic in Calgary

June 27, 2015
Shoal Lake 40 ceremony
The Winnipeg chapter attended the ceremony at Shoal Lake 40 this past Thursday.

Two members of the Council of Canadians Winnipeg chapter attended a ceremony at Shoal Lake 40, a First Nation situated about 160 kilometres east of Winnipeg near the border between Manitoba and Ontario, on June 25.

Representatives from the Manitoba provincial government and Winnipeg city council were there to recommit their $10 million each for the construction of a $30 million all-weather road - named 'Freedom Road' by residents - to connect the First Nation to the mainland. The road is needed because the First Nation was cut off a century ago when an aqueduct was built to supply Winnipeg with its drinking water.

The federal Natural Resources minister Greg Rickford was also at the ceremony. His presence created the hope and expectation that he would announce the needed $10 million federal portion of funding for the road.