E-oaxaca reports (in Spanish), "Twenty organizations of Mexican and international civil society presented the report 'Justice for San Jose del Progreso', generated from a Civil Observation Mission on Human Rights held in late 2012 and now updated. The report shows the systematic human rights produced by the imposition of 'San Jose' mining project in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, powered by the (Vancouver-based) company Fortuna Silver Mines since 2006." Blue Planet Project campaigner Meera Karunananthan and I participated in that Civil Observation Mission in Oaxaca.
The Prince Albert Daily Herald reports, "Since its formation in 2009, Renewable Power -- The Intelligent Choice (RPIC) has been at the forefront of the fight for sustainable energy in Prince Albert and area."
"As RPIC members began to plan out their spring agenda at Monday’s meeting, the group’s partnership with the Council of Canadians illustrated how such organizations are pooling their resources to attract the widest possible audience. In the coming months, RPIC plans to throw its support behind the Council’s planned activities for World Water Day and Earth Day, which take place respectively on March 22 and April 22." The article also notes that like the Council of Canadians, RPIC seeking to "attract younger generations to the cause".
The London chapter of the Council of Canadians is participating in a province-wide campaign opposing the provincial government's plans to contract out of health care services. They are helping to organize a referendum on this issue that will take place on Saturday April 5.
An Ontario Health Coalition media release yesterday notes, "More than a thousand volunteers will be going door-to-door starting today to ask Ontarians to vote in volunteer-led referendum to save our local public hospitals.
On Friday, Council of Canadians activists and chapters from Toronto, York University, London, Hamilton, South Niagara, Guelph, Peterborough, and Thunder Bay protested the NEB's approval of LIne 9. With large rallies in Toronto/Hamilton/Peterborough, and numerous press releases from chapters across Ontario/Quebec, the message is clear that Canadians are going to fight back.
As we announced on Friday, I’m here in Brussels this week with Council of Canadians Executive Director Garry Neil and RQIC coordinator Pierre-Yves Serinet for a transatlantic NGO strategy session on the EU trade deals with the United States and Canada. The occasion is a fourth round of EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations also happening this week. About 80 organizations from Europe, the United States and Canada are here to talk about the threats to democracy, climate change, workers and consumers from this WTO-plus and CETA-plus agreement.