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.”

February 11, 2016

Vrooman Video on the TPP

The Liberal "consultation" on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is raising concerns.

In this comedic video commentary, Scott Vrooman says, "The Liberals can now ratify the TPP any time they want, but in the meantime they say they're 'open to consulting with Canadians'. Consulting us in the same sense you consult an alarm clock set to 6 a.m. with a giant snooze button. Justin Trudeau said that the 'Liberal Party of Canada is a pro-trade party'. As though being against the TPP means you're anti-trade. Anti-TPP is not anti-trade."

February 11, 2016

Leap Year 2016

The Council of Canadians is looking to the federal and provincial governments to commit to "a 100% clean economy by 2050" at a first minister's meeting in Vancouver on Thursday March 3.

But the Canadian Press reports, "The federal and Ontario environment ministers say a highly anticipated meeting next month between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers isn't likely to conclude in a new climate plan for the country. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Wednesday [Feb. 10] that a pan-Canadian climate strategy is going to take time and next month's meeting is designed to lay the foundation for that plan. ...Trudeau's promise to convene a first ministers meeting to work out a climate plan within 90 days of December's Paris climate conference [had] set high expectations."

February 11, 2016

Lui interviewed by reporter Dan Fumano in the The Province newsroom

The Council of Canadians has released a new report on British Columbia's Water Sustainability Act.

February 10, 2016


Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow will be speaking to an audience of about 800 people at a pre-election Right2Change conference in Dublin this coming Saturday (Feb. 13).

Barlow will be there to speak about water justice.

A national election is taking place in Ireland on Feb. 26, less than two weeks after her visit.

Dublin-based reports, "The [Right2Change] campaign grew out of the Right2Water protest, calling for the abolition of water charges – and it wants that done within the first 100 days of the new government."