Analysis

A better North America is possible, says Maude Barlow

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
On page A4 of today's Ottawa Citizen, Maude Barlow answers the question, 'What should Harper say to Obama to get the most out of this visit?' She writes, "While he is unlikely to do so, I would want Prime Minister Harper to say that a better North America is possible and that…

Baird plans changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The National Post reported on January 12 that, "Among the laws earmarked for revision (by the Harper government) is the Navigable Waters Protection Act, which was enacted in 1882 to regulate the construction of dams and bridges and guard marine routes from intrusions by the…

It's time to renegotiate NAFTA, critics tell Harper

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
Linda Diebel writes in the Toronto Star today that, "A coalition of major Canadian organizations yesterday urged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to signal Canada's willingness to renegotiate NAFTA in talks next week with President Barack Obama." SIGNATORIES TO THE LETTER "Among…

G7 targets spectre of "economic nationalism"

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The G7 finance ministers are meeting in Rome today. The G7 is comprised of the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Britain, Japan and Canada. G7 OPPOSES 'PROTECTIONIST' MEASURES Eric Reguly writes in today's Globe and Mail that, "A draft declaration circulating last night…

Is the world facing 'water bankruptcy'?

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
IPS reports today that, "Rarely a week goes by without a problem of water scarcity hitting the headlines. The acute droughts in Kenya, Argentina and the U.S. state of California are among the latest phenomena to illustrate that the global environment has been dangerously…

Maude Barlow on the World Water Protocol

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
EurActiv reports today that Mikhail Gorbachev, "the former Soviet leader launched a high-profile water initiative in the European Parliament yesterday, calling for water issues to be included in UN negotiations over a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, due to be…

Some details emerge on the Canada-US climate pact

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The Globe and Mail has reported that, "Stephen Harper's Conservative government has called for a joint Canada-U.S. pact on greenhouse-gas emissions and energy security, in part to ensure that the oil sands are not hit by punishing U.S. regulations under Mr. Obama's environment-…

Alberta issues 20-year "plan" for the tar sands

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The Canadian Press reports today that, "Alberta has released a 20-year plan intended to give its oilsands developments a cleaner environmental image around the world, but the strategy is light on specifics." The article notes, "A government report Thursday calls for action to…

Maude Barlow addresses 'Peace with Water' conference

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
Maude Barlow has just finished her plenary session speech on 'the vision and expectations of peoples' at the 'Peace with Water' conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. This international conference was organized by the World Political Forum, in collaboration…

Canada posts first monthly trade deficit since 1976

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
CBC reports today that, "A sharp fall in exports in December pushed Canada to its first monthly trade deficit since March 1976, Statistics Canada said Wednesday. The overall trade deficit for December was $458 million. In November, the trade surplus was $1.2 billion...The move…

Prentice questioned on Council energy day action concerns

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
If you go to the CPAC website http://www.cpac.ca/forms/index.asp?dsp=template&act=view3&pagetype=vod&lang=e&clipID=2329 or our energy campaign multimedia web-page at http://www.canadians.org/publications/audio/energy/index.html, you can see the video of the…

Obama2Canada.org

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
CBC reports today that, "A coalition of Canadian and U.S. environmental groups has launched a cross-border campaign ahead of Barack Obama's visit to Canada, urging the U.S. president to stick to his new energy plan amid possible pleas for him to support oil production from the…