October 2, 2015


Earlier this week, the Globe and Mail ran an article regarding health care in Canada. In a classic piece of partisan elections journalism, the author seemed to be trumping the false rhetoric and talking points directly out of the Conservative's playbook. While any discussion on health care in the media is welcomed during this election, the piece in question was bereft of quality and factual analysis the topic deserves.  The follow is a version of the letter to the editor which, not surprisingly, was not printed. 


October 2, 2015

Faeza Meyer

The Blue Planet Project is active in the Beacon Valley sub-section of the Mitchell’s Plain township, which is situated about 32 kilometres outside the city of Cape Town, South Africa.

Mitchell's Plain is one of South Africa's largest townships (with an estimated population of about 300,000 people). The township was constructed under Apartheid in the early 1970s. It is also one of the many poor communities in South Africa that continues to struggle for its constitutional right to clean, safe drinking water.

In 2009, the Inter Press Service reported, "In the Western Cape, the City of Cape Town has started to roll out Water Management Devices (WMDs) in townships, meters programmed to dispense a daily, pre-agreed amount of water. ...Pre-paid water meters allow households a free basic monthly allowance of 6,000 litres of water before shutting off automatically. Residents then have to pay for more water."

October 2, 2015

ISDS Report

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow wants to see a provision included in the agreement expected to be reached at the United Nations COP 21 climate summit in Paris this December that would protect governmental measures that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) challenges.

Barlow writes, "There is a problem that needs to be addressed if any agreement or treaty reached at the Paris summit is to be realized in the home countries of the parties. The central problem is that many of the same countries pledging to take serious action on climate change are also party to, or are aggressively negotiating, trade and investment deals that contain a mechanism that gives large corporations the right to challenge any changes to the current rules under which they operate."

September 30, 2015

Tweet by Maude Barlow

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at York University in Toronto yesterday.

As noted by York University, "On Sept. 29, Maude Barlow, the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, will present a special lecture marking the launch of 'Our Blue Future', a series of events that focus on water. 'Our Blue Future' featuring Maude Barlow, is sponsored by the President’s Sustainability Council, the Office of the Vice President Finance & Administration, FES [the Faculty of Environmental Studies], the Executive Learning Centre at the Schulich School of Business, the Underground Campus Kitchen, York University Food Services, and the York Federation of Students."

Her visit to York University helped to mark a major milestone for the university.

September 29, 2015


Ottawa area farmers brought a long convoy of tractors into downtown Ottawa this morning for a protest against the concessions the Harper government is poised to make at the Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Atlanta this week.

CBC has reported, "Canada is preparing to open the border to more American milk, without getting reciprocal access for Canadian dairy farmers in the United States... Trade Minister Ed Fast will leave the campaign trail to join his counterparts in Atlanta on Wednesday [Sept. 30], intent on concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks. ...What Fast offers could seriously disrupt the supply-managed dairy sector. The short strokes on dairy come down to how much of Canada's domestic market would be opened up to American products to compensate U.S. dairy producers for opening up their market to TPP partners such as New Zealand, an aggressive and competitive dairy exporter."