August 21, 2014

In a recent Globe and Mail article, reporter Campbell Clark argues, "Stephen Harper could really use an angry, implacable opponent blasting him for signing free-trade agreements. Without it, the voters might not really reward him for the deals he’s done." He continues, "More generally, free trade is now widely accepted, so opposition beyond a relatively small minority depends on whether the trading partner is a little scary to Canadians. South Korea isn’t. Neither is the EU."

But is Mr. Harper's "free trade" deal with Europe really so widely accepted?

August 20, 2014

Indigenous women make up 4.3 per cent of the Canadian population but account for 16 per cent of murdered women and 11.3 per cent of missing women in Canada. Most recently, 15 year old Tina Fontaine of the Sagkeeng First Nation was found murdered in Winnipeg.

The three opposition parties agree that a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is needed to understand the root causes of this and to develop a national action plan.

August 19, 2014

The Council of Canadians has released a new report documenting the risks of the Energy East pipeline to waterways along its route.

Energy East: Where oil meets water provides preliminary analysis of the risks posed by Energy East to many waterways it comes near, over and under.  From Battle River, Alberta to the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, the report provides profiles with notable characteristics and attributes of these waterways that supply drinking water for millions of Canadians and run through the heart of cities such as Winnipeg, Ottawa and Quebec City.

August 19, 2014

The Council of Canadians mourns the death of Tina Fontaine.

CBC reports, "Tina Fontaine, 15, was reported missing on Aug. 9. Her body was found in the Red River near the Alexander Docks at about 1:30 p.m., more than a week after she was reported missing. Police are treating Fontaine’s death as a homicide."

August 19, 2014

An article in the Guardian UK raises the spectre of Monsanto using the investor-state provision of NAFTA to challenge recent court decisions in Mexico stopping the planting of genetically modified crops that kill honey bees, pollute the water, and violate Indigenous rights.

The newspaper reports, "A small group of beekeepers in Mexico has inflicted a blow on biotech giant Monsanto, which has halted the company’s ambitions to plant thousands of hectares of soybeans genetically modified to resist the company’s pesticide Roundup. A district judge in the state of Yucatán last month overturned a permit issued to Monsanto by Mexico’s agriculture ministry, Sagarpa, and environmental protection agency, Semarnat, in June 2012 that allowed commercial planting of Roundup-ready soybeans."