September 19, 2014

Two sacred fires are now burning on the grounds of the $351 million Canadian Museum for Human Rights as it opens today in Winnipeg.

The fire on the north side of the museum is to recognize the overall situation of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The Winnipeg Free Press reports, "On the south side, a second fire is the site of a peaceful demonstration over the value of water and the contradictions critics see in federal support for the new monument to civil rights. Sponsored by a coalition of environmental and aboriginal groups, including the Council of Canadians, the Wilderness Committee and Amnesty International, the fire is symbolic of federal neglect to ensure safe drinking water for First Nations and of additional federal measures to relax laws that once protected waterways under federal jurisdiction, organizers said."

September 19, 2014

The Yukon, like BC, is home to some of the largest shale gas deposits on the planet. The difference is that BC has already gone wild on fracking, whereas the Yukon has shielded itself with a moratorium. 

The Council of Canadians and the The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) partnered on events about Fracking and LNG as the Yukon Government Select Committee Regarding the Risks and benefits of Hydraulic Fracking reviews the possibility of nixing its 2012 moratorium and future possible fracking projects. 

September 18, 2014

The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees hosted a town hall meeting on public health care tonight in Sault Ste. Marie. The gathering featured Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow, CUPE president Paul Moist, and Cathy Syrette, the executive director of the Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre.

This evening Barlow tweeted, "Packed crowd at the Sault St Marie town hall on health care. People are passionate about Medicare!!!"

And Council of Canadians Board member Pam Beattie tweeted, "@MaudeBarlow: health care has to be the major issue in 2015 election." She also tweeted, "Harper government is the best thing to happen to corps says Maude But we can stop him" and "@MaudeBarlow: Let's be angry and let's not lose this beautiful social program."

CTV and a local Sault Ste. Marie radio station covered the public forum.

Next up, Barlow and Moist will be speaking at public forums on health care in:

September 18, 2014


Juergen Maier, the managing director with Forums Umwelt & Entwicklung (Forum for Environment and Development) warns about the investor-state provision in the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

September 18, 2014

CETA protest on Parliament Hill

The Council of Canadians and allies are organizing a protest against CETA on September 26 in Ottawa.

Council of Canadians trade campaigner Scott Harris writes, "On September 26, officials from Canada and the European Union will meet at a ceremony in Ottawa to officially announce that negotiations for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are finished and the text has been finalized."