February 10, 2016


Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow will be speaking to an audience of about 800 people at a pre-election Right2Change conference in Dublin this coming Saturday (Feb. 13).

Barlow will be there to speak about water justice.

A national election is taking place in Ireland on Feb. 26, less than two weeks after her visit.

Dublin-based reports, "The [Right2Change] campaign grew out of the Right2Water protest, calling for the abolition of water charges – and it wants that done within the first 100 days of the new government."

February 9, 2016
Mark D'Arcy
Council of Canadians campaigner Mark D'Arcy regularly meets with landowners in New Brunswick to hear their concerns about the Energy East pipeline.

The Council of Canadians is working with landowners in New Brunswick whose property would be crossed by the 1.1 million barrel per day TransCanada Energy East pipeline.

To set some context, on CBC Radio's Cross Country Checkup this past weekend, Maya Wengar, a landowner in Cecil Lake, British Columbia, spoke about how the National Energy Board and pipeline companies treat landowners. Even though she supports the Energy East pipeline (as a better way to move oil than by railway), Ms. Wengar commented, "The National Energy Board has a lot of rules that are very unfair against the landowners."

February 9, 2016
CFS parliament hill
Students lobby MPs for public education for the public good.

The Council of Canadians supports the call for free tuition for university students.

The Canadian Press reports, "The largest organization for post-secondary students in Canada is calling on the federal government to fund university and college education the same way it does health care and enshrine it in legislation. The Canadian Federation of Students is pushing for a federal post-secondary education bill that would see the federal government become more active in an area of provincial jurisdiction. The student group says the federal government should repurpose cash used for programs like the registered education savings plan and instead create a $3.3-billion annual transfer for provinces to make post-secondary education free for students."

February 9, 2016


The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter and allies are organizing a community forum on Feb. 17 about the proposed Steelhead-Malahat liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

February 8, 2016

In a news article late this afternoon, CBC indicates that the financial terms between the City of Saint John and the private consortium who won the contract to upgrade the city's water delivery system were settled just last week. The finalized documents will be discussed at the Saint John Council meeting tonight.

The CBC article states, "The deal will see a consortium of private companies under the umbrella of Port City Water Partners, which will design, finance, build and then operate the city's water treatment system for 30 years.

"Construction is expected to be substantially completed by the end of 2018."