Analysis

Celebrating 10 years of the human right to water

Vi Bui | 1 month ago
July 28, 2020 marks a significant milestone in the fight to protect water. Ten years ago, the United Nations General Assembly recognized water and sanitation as fundamental human rights.   Canada joined this international consensus in 2012, however, successive federal…

We need action, not another commission on long-term care

Jan Malek | 1 month ago
In May, as the COVID-19 death toll in long-term care homes climbed, the Ontario government announced it would convene an "independent commission" to review the state of nursing homes in the province. To date, 2,099 people have died in seniors' homes in Ontario – most of them…

What is missing in Ontario’s new water management framework?

Vi Bui | 1 month ago
By Vi Bui and Mark Calzavara Ontario has proposed making changes to the permit process that allows bottled water companies to extract groundwater. They have not revealed the specific details of the regulatory changes yet – and the devil will be in those details – rather, they…

It’s time for governments to listen to workers in long-term care homes

Jan Malek | 2 months ago
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a video conference where long-term care workers from across the country spoke about their experiences with the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada. Their stories echoed with sadness and frustration as they described the tragedy that has…

The call for “Schools Before Bars”

Victoria Marshall | 2 months ago
As provinces start relaxing their COVID-19 restrictions, the economy is “reopening.” Movie theatres, gyms and bars are beginning to welcome customers back, and have had government supporting safer re-openings. But what does this say about our governments’ priorities?  While you…

A Canadian mining company is threatening to sue Mexico to avoid paying taxes... and is asking Canada to help

Sujata Dey | 2 months ago
On July 1, 2020, something unprecedented happened. After decades of campaigning, the new NAFTA, or the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), came into effect without Chapter 11. Chapter 11 contained the rules that gave corporations the right to sue governments through…

Three decisions, two days, one major turning point towards a just recovery

Dylan Penner | 2 months ago
Three pipelines blocked this week are significant back-to-back wins for Indigenous and Black-led resistance and bad news for Big Oil. The era of fossil fuels is over. Fossil fuel CEOs are refusing to acknowledge their time is up, while denying the climate crisis itself.  The…

What we know (and don’t know) about Nestlé’s departure from Canada

Vi Bui | 2 months ago
Last week’s announcement of Nestlé Waters leaving Canada is a great milestone in this David vs Goliath story, and a victory for the community groups, First Nations and residents across Canada fighting the multi-national bottled water giant. We know the fight against water…

Nestlé Waters leaving Canada is a community success

Vi Bui | 2 months ago
This afternoon, Nestlé Canada Inc. announced it will leave the Canadian bottled water market and sell its bottled water brand, Nestlé Pure Life, to Ice River Springs. This is a significant win for communities across Canada, and everyone who has been fighting the bottled water…

Efforts to protect traditional land of the St’át’imc people finally come full circle

Jan Malek | 2 months ago
In May, the St’át’imc finally heard the news the had been waiting more than 20 years for – the B.C. assessment office has canceled the environmental certificate giving permission for a proposed ski resort at Sútikalh (Melvin Creek) in the middle of St’át’imc Territory. “To our…

Union files lawsuit over Kenney government’s law blocking protest and dissent

Jan Malek | 2 months ago
The Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE) has filed a lawsuit against the Alberta government’s new law that aims to stop protest and dissent.   Known as Bill 1, the “Critical Infrastructure Defence Act,” Kenney’s government launched the new law after Teck Resources announced…

Speak up for B.C. groundwater

Vi Bui | 2 months ago
At the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention last fall, a majority of local governments and First Nations voted to call on the province to stop issuing licences to commercial water bottling operations. It was an exciting win that demonstrated the power of grassroots…