The Harper and Alberta governments alongside Big Oil companies have made it abundantly clear they view the tar sands (also known as oil sands or natural bitumen) as a key economic driver in Canada. They are intent on increasing production and exports. The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are critical components to this vision.
Common Causes is an assembly of social movements dedicated to defending democracy, social justice, the environment and human rights in the face of an all-out assault by the Harper government.
As the examples of the Swedish, French and British health care systems demonstrate, there isn’t one “European solution” that can be applied to Canadian health care problems.
What’s been a bonanza for big corporations and private investors has been bad news for the rest of us — and for the public good. Our resources and the environment are under threat. Our public services such as health care are being cut and privatized. Our jobs and the promise of a living wage are being steadily eroded.
Canada’s reputation throughout the Global South is tarnished by the human rights and environmental violations of its mining companies abroad. Seventy-five per cent of the world’s mining and exploration
A compilation of blog posts written by Maude Barlow, detailing her experiences while in Mexico as a panelist for the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal - an independent international panel that examines and provides judgments on human rights violations. Maude and the Blue Planet Project team also participated in a public forum on the right to water in Mexico City, and traveled to Cerro de San Pedro a
A vibrant global movement for climate justice is animating a transition to a fossil‐free future. This movement recognizes the interconnectedness of struggles for human rights and social, economic and ecological justice. It is about transformation toward equitable economies and societies in harmony with nature.
Maude Barlow reports back from a two-day conference on water and women in Guatemala, organized by Asociacion Aqua Rios y Pueblos (Water, Rivers and People).
Canada-European Union free trade talks are moving quickly and entering a critical stage. Water services are on the table for the first time ever in a Canadian trade agreement. Why? Europe is home to the largest water corporations in the world. Expansion for these companies means the privatization of public utilities.