October 4, 2015


It is expected that Canada, the United States, Mexico, Japan and eight other countries will conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership 'free trade' deal at some point today.

October 4, 2015


Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow will be visiting Elora, Ontario later this month to speak against the Middlebrook Water Company being purchased by Nestle Waters.

On September 21, the Guelph Mercury reported, "If acquired, Middlebrook would act as a supplementary source of water for [Nestle's] Aberfoyle factory, meaning that if Nestlé expands its water-bottling operation, Middlebrook water would be trucked in to increase the water supply. Middlebrook would also allow the company some flexibility if it chose to shut down its Aberfoyle well. ...Middlebrook's permit, which expires at the end of October, allows water-taking at a rate of 300 US gallons per minute. If Nestlé goes ahead with Middlebrook it would need to acquire a new permit, but would not seek to take more water than the current permit allows, [Nestle Waters natural resources manager Andreanne] Simard said."

October 3, 2015

NL vs Harper

The Council of Canadians St. John's chapter protested Conservative leader Stephen Harper's visit to Newfoundland and Labrador today.

CBC reports, "Conservative Leader Stephen Harper ventured into a lion's den that is perhaps the least fertile electoral ground for him in Canada on Saturday. The Tory leader attended a rally in the riding of Avalon in Newfoundland and Labrador. ...By mid-afternoon Harper supporters and protesters had gathered at the site of his rally at Harbour International in Bay Roberts, N.L., some waving placards and chanting slogans. ...The event in Bay Roberts is Harper's first foray into the province this election campaign. Newfoundlanders have shown little electoral warmth toward Harper. In the 2011 federal election they elected only one Conservative MP."

October 3, 2015


The Council of Canadians Windsor chapter marched in Detroit today for "complete justice" including the human right to water and sanitation.

Outreach for the march noted, "Detroit didn’t just put the world on wheels. The Motor City created a living wage and made social justice a reality for workers across America. And in a Wall Street economy where justice too often takes a back seat to profit, Detroit is still fighting for a living wage — and for clean air, access to drinking water, and freedom from pollution that is disrupting our climate and threatening our lives. It’s a fight that touches all of us, every day, but it’s a fight some of our leaders want to ignore. Here’s something our leaders can’t ignore: thousands of workers, families, doctors, children, teachers, faith leaders, and activists from all walks of life — all marching in the streets of Detroit."

October 3, 2015
Photo: Tony Seed

The Council of Canadians Sudbury chapter participated in a Sisters in Spirit march yesterday calling for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.