September 26, 2016

Liberal MPP Jeff Leal (to the right in jeans) looks at information being shared by chapter activists Roy Brady and Kathryn Langley.

The Council of Canadians Peterborough chapter had an information table at the 6th annual Purple Onion Festival in Millennium Park yesterday.

The Peterborough Examiner has reported, "The Local Food Month anchor event celebrates local produce, food security, arts, entertainment, wellness and community. As it continues to grow in its sixth year, festival organizers added three new elements for 2016, including a Craft Beer Garden, Art of the Leaf and an Eat Local Challenge Food Wall."

September 26, 2016

Bulldozer plowing gravel and dirt from a Peace River island into the river. Site C construction site, June 2015. Photo by Garth Lenz.

A United Nations (UN) monitoring mission will be examining the impact of the Site C dam on the Peace–Athabasca Delta and Wood Buffalo National Park this week.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be visiting Wood Buffalo National Park, which UNESCO designated a world heritage site in 1983, at the request of the Mikisew Cree First Nation. The Mikisew wants the park to be also listed as being under threat from various developments, including mega-projects like the Site C dam.

September 25, 2016

Barlow speaking in defence of the Guarani Aquifer, November 2011.

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow says, "Water hunter Peter Brabeck of Nestle wants to control the Guarani Aquifer in Brazil!"

Reuters reports, "On Tuesday [September 20]. Brazil launched a multibillion-dollar plan to auction off oil, power rights and infrastructure concessions. The government will sell operating licenses for airports in the cities of Porto Alegre, Salvador, Florianopolis and Fortaleza by the first quarter of 2017. It also plans to sell rights to operate federal roads in the center-west and south regions later next year. Center-right President Michel Temer has vowed to shift economic policy away from the interventionist policies of his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff."

The Correio do Brasil adds (in Portuguese) that this "privatizing wrath" could extend to the Guarani Aquifer. According to the newspaper, a senior official at the National Water Agency (ANA) has revealed that the Guarani aquifer will appear on the list of public goods to be privatized.

September 25, 2016

A Common Front meeting in September 2015.

The Council of Canadians NWT chapter and allies have formed a Common Front in the Northwest Territories to promote social justice.

NWT chapter activist Lois Little has highlighted, "We will have our second Common Front gathering on Saturday October 1st and are so pleased that we can Skype Brent Patterson in to do the Trudeau Tracker segment on promises made, broken and fulfilled. We are still registering people but it looks like we'll have a couple dozen folks from a variety of civil society and Indigenous organizations committed to working together to express our common values."

Some of the issues that could be raised in the "Trudeau Tracker" segment might include the federal government:

September 25, 2016

Emma Lui at paint night in Vancouver.

Council of Canadians campaigner Emma Lui organized a paint night in Vancouver last night, and regional organizer Brigette DePape organized a similar event in Winnipeg on September 23.

In 2012, the Harper government gutted the former Navigable Waters Protection Act through omnibus bills. C-38 removed pipelines and power lines from provisions of the Navigable Waters Protect Act while C-45 significantly reduced the Act's scope over waterways. Maude Barlow has commented, "The Harper government killed the Navigable Waters Protection Act, stripping protections from 99 per cent of lakes and rivers in Canada. Major pipelines and inter-provincial power lines now have the green light to cross over and under more than 31,000 lakes and 2.25 million rivers without federal scrutiny."