May 27, 2015

Karunananthan speaks at the UN last week on unregulated private sector participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The United Nations is calling on the Harper government to increase its foreign aid spending to help finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unfortunately, there are strong indications that they are also discussing - and supporting - "private sector" funding for the SDGs.

May 27, 2015
Nashwaak River
The Sisson Brook mine would be built at the headwaters of the Nashwaak River

The Council of Canadians is skeptical about a new group that will seek to attract resource extraction projects to New Brunswick.

Global News reports, "The new natural resources task force includes companies such as TransCanada, Sisson Partnership and Ignite Fredericton. Greg Davidson, community relations manager with the Sission Brook Mine project, says the force is about having an open dialogue. ...Joel Richardson of the Canadian Manufactures and Exporters Association is concerned that the provincial government has stalled on encouraging some resource development [presumably following its decision to implement a moratorium on fracking in the province]."

May 26, 2015

"oops, maybe I should have voted instead of going golfing..."

It’s a sad day for health care in British Columbia as Doctor Profit (Brain Day) was elected president of the Doctors of B.C. When the ballots were counted up, Dr Day won by a single vote (Dr. Alan Ruddiman, a rural family physician in Oliver, garnered just one vote less — 945 — and Dr. Lloyd Oppel, an emergency medicine physician at the University of BC Hospital, got 285 votes).

May 26, 2015

The Council of Canadians opposes the ending of minimum processing requirements (MPRs) under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

The Newfoundland and Labrador government had traded MPRs away under CETA with the understanding that the federal government would pay $280 million into a $400 million provincial fisheries fund. But later the Harper government balked at that saying the payment would be tied to "demonstrated losses" in the fisheries and that it was never intended to be a "blank cheque".

Now, Newfoundland and Labrador says MPRs will not be removed as required by CETA.

May 26, 2015

On Friday, the Council of Canadians joined the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, Rights Action and allies to confront Hudbay Minerals at their annual shareholders’ meeting. More than 60 protestors gathered in downtown Toronto outside the meeting in solidarity with impacted communities from across the Americas who denounce Hudbay for human rights violations, environmental abuses, and land theft.