October 28, 2016

Apotex Inc. chairman Barry Sherman, Finance Minister Bill Morneau

The federal lobbying commissioner is investigating the role Apotex Inc. is playing in a Liberal Party fundraiser that will take place in Toronto on November 7.

The Globe and Mail reports, "Federal lobbying commissioner Karen Shepherd said she will probe the role of Apotex Inc. chairman Barry Sherman in helping organize and sell $500 tickets for an elite Liberal Party fundraiser on Nov. 7 at the home of Toronto philanthropist Nancy Pencer and funeral home executive Michael Benjamin. Finance Minister Bill Morneau is scheduled to be the prize guest at the exclusive event. The lobbying commissioner usually does not comment on specific cases, but Ms. Shepherd noted The Globe had already reported that the generic drug manufacturer’s chief lobbyist, John Duffy, has lobbied the Finance Department three times in the past six months."

October 28, 2016

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter participated in a consultation on electoral reform with the Minister of Democratic Institutions last night.

The Government of Canada website had noted, "October 27th, 2016 - Federal electoral reform community dialogue tour with Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef, 7:00PM - 9:00PM, Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites - McKenzie Room, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria, BC." And a government media release highlighted, "Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, will be in Victoria to host a public dialogue on federal electoral reform with local residents. The Minister will meet with Canadians and stakeholders to hear their thoughts on electoral reform directly and discuss how we can improve Canada’s electoral system and our democracy."

October 28, 2016

The Blue Planet Project recommends From Bended Knee to a New Republic: How the Fight for Water is Changing Ireland by Brendan Ogle.

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow says on the book cover, “You have in your hands the inside story of one of the most important water justice fights in the world. We have watched from afar as the strong people of Ireland looked greedy power in the face and said, ‘Not here you don’t, not with our water!’ Brendan Ogle brings you into the heart of this struggle and challenges us to fight for justice with all our power.”

October 28, 2016

Blue Planet Project campaigner Meera Karunananthan speaking at last night's public forum. Twitter photo by Phil Soubliere.

The Council of Canadians Ottawa chapter hosted a public forum last night on the water crisis in San Miguel de Allende featuring Blue Planet Project campaigner Meera Karunananthan.

San Miguel de Allende is a municipality located in the eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.

Mexico faces increasing water scarcity, the over-exploitation of freshwater resources and deteriorating water quality. Water supplies have been diminishing dramatically in Mexico and water availability is expected to drop another 75 per cent over the next 15 years. In Mexico some 170 aquifers are now being over-exploited, a number that is expected to double over the next five years.

October 28, 2016

Walloon minister-president Paul Magnette answers questions from media. Photo by Yves Herman/ Reuters.

What can we discern from the news reports on the resolution of the impasse that stopped the signing ceremony yesterday for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)?

The impasse was led by the Belgian region on Wallonia and its Socialist Party minister-president Paul Magnette.