September 29, 2014

Paul Manly: El Salvador's struggle for democratic authority

I spent ten days in El Salvador this September representing the Council of Canadians on an international delegation examining metallic mining and how it affects communities. During the trip several events highlighted El Salvador's struggle to remain a truly democratic and independent nation.

September 29, 2014

Today, health coalitions from across Canada are holding press conferences and a day of action (see here, here, here, here and here) to highlight the substantial implications and the threat to universal public health care that the current court case regarding the for-profit Cambie Surgical Centre, and its co-owner Dr. Brian Day, has for all of us.

September 29, 2014

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow tweeted this morning about the threat posed to beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River by the Energy East tar sands pipeline.

September 29, 2014
Juncker  Cecilia Malmstrom
Photo: Juncker and Malmstrom

There is exciting news out of Europe with respect to the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision in the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is likely to have profound consequences for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

September 27, 2014
LNG forum in Squamish
Photo: LNG forum in Squamish, Sept. 25

On September 25, the Council of Canadians co-sponsored the My Sea to Sky LNG and Petro-State Politics public forum with Andrew Nikiforuk at Quest University Canada in Squamish, a community located about 75 kilometres north of Vancouver.

The Huffington Post reports, "Squamish is the site of a proposed LNG processing and export terminal of its own -- one that would have about one-tenth the export capacity of those proposed further north in the B.C. communities of Kitimat, Prince Rupert, and Terrace."