October 5, 2015

TPP protest

Canada, the United States, Mexico and nine other countries – together representing more than 40 per cent of the global economy – announced the conclusion of negotiations on the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership 'free trade' deal this morning. What's in that agreement and why should we be concerned?

October 5, 2015

Maude introducing Naomi  Namoi

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow introduced Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa this evening just prior to a special screening of their new film 'This Changes Everything'.

October 4, 2015

By Maude Barlow and Andrea Harden-Donahue. Published in Huffington Post, October 4, 2015

"What would induce anyone at this stage to hold on to power only to be remembered for their inability to take action when it was urgent and necessary to do so?"

Pope Francis' compelling appeal for bold leadership to act on climate change could not be further from the current Canadian political landscape.

Federal leadership on climate change has been absent so long it has become normalized. The irony of Liberal and NDP leaders chiding Harper for failing to see a oil sands pipeline project to fruition barely elicited a critical response from mainstream media. Projects like Kinder Morgan's planned expansion and TransCanada's Energy East would make meeting even our underwhelming targets for reducing climate pollution near impossible. And the few voices that dared to suggest that the tar sands were better off staying in the ground were pilloried.

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."