November 24, 2015

Last Friday was the deadline for public submissions to the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing, the province’s 3-person panel regarding the future of the fracking industry in the province. Despite feeling fresh of the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracking Review Panel public consultation train, we also made a detailed submission from the Council of Canadians to the NB Commission.

Different than other review panels like the Wheeler review in Nova Scotia and the ongoing Gosine review panel process in Newfoundland and Labrador, the NB Commission is a citizens’ panel (more information including biographies found on their website), appointed by the provincial government to re-examine the conditions for which the current moratorium might be lifted.

November 24, 2015

Photo: Barlow at a rally at the time of the UN climate talks in Copenhagen, December 2009.

Is it possible that the COP 21 climate summit could be used as a moment to promote the tar sands and export pipelines?

CBC reports, "Rather than sound the death knell for Alberta's oilsands, industry watchers should view the annual UN Conference of Parties gathering, also known as COP21, as a fresh start, a chance for the oilpatch to clean up its image. ...Paris might offer a window of opportunity for Alberta's oilpatch. A chance to change its stained image, increase support for pipelines in Canada, and showcase the technological advances it has made. It may be hard to believe, but the oilsands might emerge as a winner as part of the world's largest climate change conference."

The article highlights, "Alberta's new NDP government certainly views it that way."

November 24, 2015


The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter, in collaboration with Windsor On Watch, showed the film 'This Changes Everything' at the University of Windsor yesterday.

Windsor On Watch notes, "We had 80+ people there and had a lively discussion afterward." The chapter and WOW organized "the free showing in order to generate greater community awareness of the dangers posed by uncontrolled climate change" and "as a first step to building a climate justice movement in Windsor".

November 23, 2015

Photo: Sarah Tamula and Nouhad Mourad.

Two Council of Canadians PEI chapter activists are working to confront Islamophobia and racism.

CBC reports, "Nouhad Mourad and Sarah Tamula are members of the Council of Canadians and are organizing a rally in support of Muslims and refugees in front of Province House in a couple of weeks, as well as a series of workshops aimed at helping the public understand and accept newcomers."

The rally will take place on December 10, Human Rights Day, starting at 12 pm noon at Province House.

November 23, 2015

P3sBy Gaurav Dwivedi, a water expert from Manthan Adhyayan Kendra.

During the past decade and half, India has seen reforms to the water sector based on the financial sustainability model put forward by the international institutions. These reforms are based on principles like full cost recovery, rationalisation of water tariffs, privatisation, and public-private partnerships across urban, rural and agricultural sub-sectors. They are paving the way for privatisation, commercialisation and commodification of the water sector.