The Globe and Mail reports, "Canada has historically matched its [greenhouse gas emission] targets with those set south of the border, a bar that was raised late last month when the U.S. said it would cut emissions by 26 per cent to 28 per cent by 2025, relative to 2005 levels, and is on track for an 80-per-cent cut by 2050. However, at a media event in Winnipeg on Thursday, [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper suggested the lock-step approach with the U.S. is about to end."
As the October 19, 2015 federal election looms, the Council of Canadians will be in communities across Canada encouraging people to 'Go vote!'. We will hold town hall meetings, campus-based events, distribute thousands of Voter’s Guides and give people the tools and information they need to inspire democratic participation in their communities.
The town hall meetings we have been planning start one week from today!
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Maude Barlow, Paul Moist, Brigette DePape, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Itrath Syed, territorial welcome from Cecilia Point, Musqueam Nation
The Council of Canadians is supporting a May 30th "End of the Line" march in Saint John against the Energy East pipeline and the new Irving marine export terminal that would be associated with it. Reuters reports, "Irving’s role [in the Energy East project] would be to build and operate a $300 million 850,000 storage tank facility capable of serving more than 100 ocean-going tankers per year."
Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow recently met with Dorothea Haerlin in Berlin. Haerlin helped to form Berlin Wassertisch (Berlin Water Table) in 2006 to defend water as a human right and to advocate for a referendum to force the publication of the secret purchase contract between the Berlin water utility and two transnational corporations.
The recent report Here to Stay: Water Remunicipalisation as a Global Trend explains:
The Declaration of the World Uranium Symposium calls on all nations to put an end to the mining and use of uranium.
A media release notes, "It is a call to action, urging governments to ban the mining and processing of uranium, to eliminate the use of nuclear energy, and to renounce nuclear weapons. ...Some 300 experts, members of civil society and indigenous peoples from around the world, meeting recently at the Symposium in Quebec City, launched this global appeal."
The demands in the declaration include: