Earlier this month, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau gave a speech to the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships where he promoted Public-Private Partnership (P3s) as a solution to infrastructure needs. The Harper government has also been promoting P3s in infrastructure projects such as water and wastewater and transportation through the P3 Canada Fund. A P3 model is also being planned for a new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford.
Five years ago today, anti-mining activist Mariano Abarca Roblero was killed in Chiapas in southern Mexico. He had blamed the Calgary-based mining company Blackfire Exploration Ltd. for contaminated local rivers, the loss of local crops, the death of livestock and had called for the company to leave his community.
In 2009, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow said, "A man deeply involved in the protest against the Canadian mining company Blackfire has been murdered outside his home. This tragic outcome can be traced directly to the Harper government’s refusal to end the impunity currently enjoyed by Canadian mining companies."
During the health care lobby this week, Council of Canadians health care campaigner Mike Butler met MP Andrew Cash along with the Ontario Nurses Association and health justice activist Dr. Ritika Goel.
In July 2012, pro-private health care physician Dr. Brian Day launched a court challenge in British Columbia using Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedom. He contends that our public health care system is infringing on a person’s security, right to life and liberty when there is a wait time. Day argues that if you have the money, you should have the right to buy your way to the front of the line.
Edmonton-based Council of Canadians organizer Aleah Loney.
Edmonton-based Council of Canadians organizer Aleah Loney is on her way today to the United Nations climate summit in Lima, Peru as part of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition delegation. She will be blogging for us on what takes place at this summit.
Manly shares the Council of Canadians statement on Burnaby Mountain yesterday.
The Council of Canadians formally expressed its solidarity with the protests against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline on Burnaby Mountain yesterday.