September 25, 2016

Barlow speaking in defence of the Guarani Aquifer, November 2011.

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow says, "Water hunter Peter Brabeck of Nestle wants to control the Guarani Aquifer in Brazil!"

Reuters reports, "On Tuesday [September 20]. Brazil launched a multibillion-dollar plan to auction off oil, power rights and infrastructure concessions. The government will sell operating licenses for airports in the cities of Porto Alegre, Salvador, Florianopolis and Fortaleza by the first quarter of 2017. It also plans to sell rights to operate federal roads in the center-west and south regions later next year. Center-right President Michel Temer has vowed to shift economic policy away from the interventionist policies of his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff."

The Correio do Brasil adds (in Portuguese) that this "privatizing wrath" could extend to the Guarani Aquifer. According to the newspaper, a senior official at the National Water Agency (ANA) has revealed that the Guarani aquifer will appear on the list of public goods to be privatized.

September 25, 2016

A Common Front meeting in September 2015.

The Council of Canadians NWT chapter and allies have formed a Common Front in the Northwest Territories to promote social justice.

NWT chapter activist Lois Little has highlighted, "We will have our second Common Front gathering on Saturday October 1st and are so pleased that we can Skype Brent Patterson in to do the Trudeau Tracker segment on promises made, broken and fulfilled. We are still registering people but it looks like we'll have a couple dozen folks from a variety of civil society and Indigenous organizations committed to working together to express our common values."

Some of the issues that could be raised in the "Trudeau Tracker" segment might include the federal government:

September 25, 2016

Emma Lui at paint night in Vancouver.

Council of Canadians campaigner Emma Lui organized a paint night in Vancouver last night, and regional organizer Brigette DePape organized a similar event in Winnipeg on September 23.

In 2012, the Harper government gutted the former Navigable Waters Protection Act through omnibus bills. C-38 removed pipelines and power lines from provisions of the Navigable Waters Protect Act while C-45 significantly reduced the Act's scope over waterways. Maude Barlow has commented, "The Harper government killed the Navigable Waters Protection Act, stripping protections from 99 per cent of lakes and rivers in Canada. Major pipelines and inter-provincial power lines now have the green light to cross over and under more than 31,000 lakes and 2.25 million rivers without federal scrutiny."

September 25, 2016

The Council of Canadians London chapter held a yard sale yesterday to raise funds for its ongoing activism.

Their outreach said the donations they were accepting for the yard sale included: perennials in pots, furniture, musical instruments, clothes, muffins, cookies to sell, garden equipment, sports equipment, camping equipment, small appliances that work, are and other things. They asked for those things to be dropped off by Friday (at 4 pm) for the Saturday (8 am to 1 pm) yard sale. Chapter activist Julie Picken-cooper posted, "You never know what you will find at a yard sale...come on down and find your bargain!!! It supports Council of Canadians."

After the yard sale, Picken-cooper posted, "We had a wonderful sunny day for our yard sale. Thanks so much to all who donated and shopped! Thanks so much from the London chapter of The Council of Canadians!!!"

The London chapter campaigns on numerous issues.

September 24, 2016

The Syrian war has left nearly 2 million people in the city of Aleppo without drinking water, a clear violation of their human right to water.

The Guardian reports, "Heavy bombardment [by Syrian and Russian air forces] of the rebel-held eastern area of Aleppo has left about 1.75 million people without running water, the United Nations has said. Intense attacks on Friday prevented repairs to the city’s damaged Bab al-Nayrab pumping station, which supplies water to 250,000 people in the eastern parts of the city, according to the UN’s children’s agency, UNICEF. In retaliation, the nearby Suleiman al-Halabi station [located in a rebel-held district], which pumps water to 1.5 million people in the [Syrian-regime held area] west of Aleppo, was switched off [by opposition forces], it said."