September 15, 2014
Maude Barlow in Washington DC
Photo: Barlow speaking at World Bank protest in Washington, DC. Photo from CASJ Coalition tweet.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at a protest outside the World Bank in Washington, DC today.

September 15, 2014

Maude Barlow on FIPAThe Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) was ratified by the Harper government on Friday.

Harper went ahead with the deal despite a legal challenge by the Hupacasath First Nation which is still before the courts. Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow commented, “This is a terrible development. Once again, the Harper government is flagrantly ignoring the court system, and giving Chinese corporations and state-owned enterprises the right to sue us over our public and environmental protections."

September 15, 2014

The Montreal Gazette reports, "Speaking as president of the Montreal Metropolitan Community [a coordinating body that represents 82 communities in the region], Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre declared Friday he is not convinced Enbridge’s 9B pipeline project is safe for the region’s water supply or that Enbridge’s emergency plan is adequate in the event of an oil spill."

If it proceeds, Line 9 pipeline would allow the movement of 300,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen from Alberta's tar sands and fracked oil from North Dakota eastward to refineries Montreal. The pipeline was approved by the National Energy Board last March with 30 conditions placed on it.


September 12, 2014

In the world of official government announcements, a two-paragraph media release sent out in the late afternoon on the Friday before Parliament resumes sitting is the best way for a government to admit, "We know this is really, really unpopular, but we're doing it anyway."

That's the way the Harper government, by way of a release quoting Trade Minister Ed Fast, announced that it had decided to ignore widespread public opposition, parliamentary opposition from the NDP, Greens and even lukewarm Liberal criticism, an ongoing First Nations legal challenge, and even division at its own cabinet table and grassroots membership and proceed with the ratification of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA).

September 12, 2014

Opposition to fracking has swept the world in recent years, and rightly so. Dramatic images of tap water set on fire, compelling stories of people suffering from water and land contamination and clear scientific research documenting the risks. 

Much of this activism has focused on stopping fracking at the source, and this has seen real success. The decision to prohibit fracking with a moratorium in Nova Scotia being a recent example.