The Sierra Club, Sierra Club Canada, the Mexican Action Network on Free Trade, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Council of Canadians have released a report titled, 'NAFTA: 20 Years of Costs to Communities and the Environment'.
The provincial government of Christy Clark in British Columbia has introduced its Water Sustainability Act to replace the current 105-year-old Water Act.
The Globe and Mail reports, "(The new Act) promises to regulate groundwater, to manage water use during droughts, and to measure large-scale water use. ...The act will allow the province to limit water use if a significant water shortage is declared. That means all users could face potential curtailment during periods of scarcity. Under the proposed law, critical environmental flows will have priority over licensed rights on streams and connected groundwater users, meaning that companies such as Nestlé could see the taps turned off in some circumstances."
You may have noticed that your provincial health coalition, health care unions, community groups and friends of health care have been getting louder over the past few months. Actions and events, protests and rallies have been taking place across the country. In BC, concern is mounting over the Dr.
We're ecstatic to announce that CUPE and the Council of Canadians will be visiting 8 ridings across Canada to raise awareness on the loss of a health accord and the abdication of the federal government from health care.
The campaign focuses on door-to-door canvassing in conservative-held ridings in an effort to force the Conservatives to host a pan-Canadian conversation on the future of health care and to meet with the first ministers to strengthen public health care for everyone.
The campaign will roll out across the country between April 1st and the end of August with townhalls by Maude Barlow and Paul Moist.
The eight ridings include:
Vancouver Island North, BC
North Bay-Nipissing, ON
Moncton- Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, NB
E-oaxaca reports (in Spanish), "Twenty organizations of Mexican and international civil society presented the report 'Justice for San Jose del Progreso', generated from a Civil Observation Mission on Human Rights held in late 2012 and now updated. The report shows the systematic human rights produced by the imposition of 'San Jose' mining project in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, powered by the (Vancouver-based) company Fortuna Silver Mines since 2006." Blue Planet Project campaigner Meera Karunananthan and I participated in that Civil Observation Mission in Oaxaca.