March 23, 2017

Toronto-area Liberal MP Judy Sgro chaired the Standing Committee that failed to restore protections for lakes and rivers.

In 2012, Stephen Harper's Conservative government decimated the Navigable Waters Protection Act by removing federal oversight on pipelines and power lines from it and by reducing its scope to just 159 lakes and rivers, leaving more than 31,000 lakes and 2.25 million rivers without federal scrutiny.

During the October 2015 federal election, the Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party criticized the Harper government's "elimination of the Navigable Waters Protection Act" and specifically promised to "review these changes, restore lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards".

Now, 17 months after being sworn into office, the Liberal-dominated Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities have made their recommendations on the Act - which clearly fail to restore lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards as had been promised.

March 23, 2017

The South Shore chapter's display table at the film screening.

The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter screened the documentary Water on the Table on World Water Day in Mahone Bay.

The chapter tells us, "More than 50 people came out to watch the film. The evening opened with a member of the local Mi’kmaq community welcoming everyone to unceded Mi’kmaq territory. During the break, participants had a chance to take part in a water taste test (town water, rural well water, bottled water), make a tap water pledge, pick up a chart to track home water usage, and check out displays from Council of Canadians, CUPE and CPONS (Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia)."

March 23, 2017

MaudeToday, I am honoured to present at the Water Justice global conference hosted by Trinity Institute in New York City and webcast all over the world.

Economist Richard Sandor, the “father” of carbon trading, predicts the near-term launch of a global water futures market. He says water will replace oil as the number one commodity of the 21st century and that it will be bought, sold and traded on the open market.

Sandor is not alone. In business schools across the world, students are taught that the solution to the global water crisis is to commodify water and let the market settle who gets water and how.

March 23, 2017

The Council of Canadians Quinte chapter had an information table at the Belleville Library for World Water Day yesterday.

The chapter tells us, "There was a steady stream of people (young and old) stopping at our table from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. We had some good discussions and 5 people signed up as being interested in joining our Water Group. We also had an invitation from Loyola Community Learning Centre to speak to a group of immigrants to explain about the safety and importance of drinking tap water."

The chapter worked in shifts to keep the table staffed throughout the day.

Twenty-four Council of Canadians chapters participated in World Water Day actions across the country this year.

March 23, 2017

Chapter activist Roy Brady

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter is critical of the federal government's commitment to affordable housing.

The Peterborough Examiner reports, "Roy Brady, chairman of the local chapter of the Council for Canadians, was skeptical [the government's budget announcement] will make much of a difference for the homeless of Peterborough. He said he's still waiting for the National Housing Strategy that the Liberals promised before they were elected."

The Toronto Star reports, "The federal government’s 2017 budget pledges more than $11 billion for affordable housing, but backloads almost all the spending until after the next election, with just $20 million of the new money slated for this year."