February 12, 2016

Site C Dam

A CBC headline this morning trumpets, "Clean-energy deal being signed today 1st step to green NAFTA".

While there are no real specifics yet, the article tells us, "Canada, the United States and Mexico will sign a trilateral agreement Friday [Feb. 12] that could mark the start of discussions on the first North American accord on climate change and clean energy. ...Sources tell CBC News the emphasis will be on a 'low-carbon future' for North America. This essentially kickstarts the detailed, behind the scenes work needed for a continent-wide agreement that will enable all three countries to work together on clean energy and options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

February 11, 2016
The Victoria chapter joined the Wilderness Committee action yesterday.

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter participated in a creative demonstration on Feb. 10 in defence of the Walbran Valley, which is located in the unceded territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation.

February 11, 2016

The Council of Canadians Northumberland chapter participated in a recent consultation on the federal budget.

Northumberland View reports, "Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd welcomed residents to a trio of Pre-Budget Consultation events on Wednesday, February 10th. The events were held in Port Hope, Colborne and Newcastle. The Port Hope event was held at the Town Park Recreation Centre in Port Hope and included several members of Port Hope Council, including Mayor Bob Sanderson, Cobourg Mayor and County Warden Gil Brocanier, Wendy Curtis from Northumberland CFDC, Pat Daily from the Northumberland Chapter of the Council of Canadians, and several other residents."

February 11, 2016
AJ Klien and Emma Lui
Vancouver-based Council of Canadians political staff AJ Klein and Emma Lui express their solidarity with Treaty 8 land defenders opposed to the Site C dam.

The Council of Canadians joined with more than 25 organizations today in an open letter calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take immediate action to halt construction of the Site C dam.

February 11, 2016

The Blue Planet Project joined the Transnational Institute, the Municipal Services Project and other allies last week to submit recommendations for an upcoming report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation dealing with the issue of development cooperation. The submission was an opportunity for the water justice movement to highlight our concerns regarding the role of bilateral and multilateral donors in promoting the privatization of water and sanitation services and facilitating corporate water resource grabs.

As noted in the submission, “based on the overwhelming failures of privatization schemes around the world, we call for the suspension of grant and loan programmes, which implicitly or explicitly promote public –private-partnership (PPP) schemes. At the very least, there must be sufficient relevant data collection and independent assessment of existing PPP schemes with adequate access to legal recourse for communities whose rights have been violated by these PPPs.”