February 26, 2017

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter is working to defend Harper Park. They were at the Peterborough Farmers Market yesterday to promote awareness of the park.

Peterborough Field Naturalists note, "Harper Park and its adjacent major open space lands contain a diversity of habitat types and are therefore the most ecologically significant lands within Peterborough, with high biodiversity and a high percentage of native plant species (78 per cent). Harper Park’s size (60 hectares) provides habitat for area-sensitive birds and mammals not normally found within city limits such as Sharp-Shinned Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Snowshoe Hare and Woodland Jumping Mouse."

Chapter activist Roy Brady describes the park as an "incredible watershed ecosystem".

February 26, 2017

The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter took part in a march for electoral reform today alongside Fair Vote Canada - Windsor chapter.

Chapter activist Randy Emerson has posted on Facebook, "Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex Chapter joined Fair Vote Windsor today for a Windsor Day of Action for National Electoral Reform. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed that the previous election would be the LAST First Past The Post. He has broken that vow. We have to remind him to keep his word."

February 25, 2017

Chapter activist André Clément and Liberal Members of Parliament Paul Lefebvre (top), Marc Serré (bottom).

The Council of Canadians Sudbury chapter has written the Liberals MPs for Sudbury and Nickel Belt on the issue of First Nations drinking water.

In his e-mail to MPs Paul Lefebvre (Sudbury) and Marc Serré (Nickel Belt), chapter activist André Clément writes, "It looks like First Nation issues are falling by the wayside with electoral reform. The Liberal 'team' is looking worse every day. What you need to do, Paul, is respond to my e-mail asking for clarification on the 'good news' about water projects in First Nation communities. Vague answers, waving at 'successes' don’t cut it for your electors. How is it that your electors are aware of facts while your boss and his caucus keep feeding of the Liberal PR?"

February 25, 2017

In the film Bottled Life: The Truth about Nestlé's Business with Water, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says, "They're after profit. They're predators. Water hunters looking for the last pure water in the world."

Nineteen Council of Canadians chapters are mobilizing for actions around World Water Day, which is on March 22.

So far, those chapters are:

February 24, 2017

The Council of Canadians South Shore, Quill Plains (Wynyard), South Niagara, Sudbury, Edmonton, Brandon, and PEI chapters joined a webinar this afternoon on "Rights to Fight with - Stopping Water Privatization at the Source" with Blue Planet Project director Meera Karunananthan.

Karunananthan began by noting that human rights instruments can serve as a tool for profound, even revolutionary change.

She cited the example of how the Kalahari people in Botswana argued the United Nations recognition of the human right to water and sanitation in a precedent setting case before the Botswana Court of Appeal in 2011. After diamonds were discovered in the late 1980s, the Kalahari were cleared from their lands. Although they were allowed to return in 2006, they were denied access to a borehole, their main source of water. The Botswana Court of Appeal upheld their right to water by quashing a 2010 decision that denied them access to a borehole on their ancestral lands.