Northumberland View reports, "Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd welcomed residents to a trio of Pre-Budget Consultation events on Wednesday, February 10th. The events were held in Port Hope, Colborne and Newcastle. The Port Hope event was held at the Town Park Recreation Centre in Port Hope and included several members of Port Hope Council, including Mayor Bob Sanderson, Cobourg Mayor and County Warden Gil Brocanier, Wendy Curtis from Northumberland CFDC, Pat Daily from the Northumberland Chapter of the Council of Canadians, and several other residents."
Vancouver-based Council of Canadians political staff AJ Klein and Emma Lui express their solidarity with Treaty 8 land defenders opposed to the Site C dam.
The Council of Canadians joined with more than 25 organizations today in an open letter calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take immediate action to halt construction of the Site C dam.
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.”
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."
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."