March 29, 2019

With most eyes focused on the Trudeau-SNC Lavalin drama, another back-and-forth is going on involving ratification of the new NAFTA, dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Though the new agreement contains some improvements, notably the curbing of the investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms giving corporations the power to sue governments, and the end of energy proportionality requiring Canada to meet thresholds on energy exports to the U.S., it still a corporate-first deal.

March 29, 2019

London Chapter
The London Chapter hosted an event on World Water Day. See the highlights here.

Thank you to all Council of Canadians chapters for everything done to advance social and environmental justice in communities across Canada! Council chapters are made up of volunteers who work with local community groups, organized labour and others to promote the Council’s campaigns to protect water and public health care, work for fair trade, climate justice and democracy as well as other issues of social and economic concern. Check out some of our chapters’ actions below and be in touch if you are interested in getting involved in a chapter near you.

March 28, 2019

There are troubling new reports that Prime Minister Trudeau is on the verge of rushing the ratification of NAFTA 2.0 through Parliament.

There are troubling new reports that Prime Minister Trudeau is on the verge of rushing the ratification of NAFTA 2.0 through Parliament.

On Tuesday, Canada’s ambassador to Mexico, Pierre Alarie, told Mexican media that Canada is ready and keen to ratify. Alarie noted that getting the deal done before our federal election this October is a priority for the Trudeau government.

And in order to do that the government would have to move swiftly from here.

March 27, 2019
Photo from Climate Justice Climatique Ottawa
Photo: Climate Justice Ottawa

At the intersections of the climate crisis and the system that created it there is much work to be done.

This is true in the sense that there are many more good jobs to be had in a just transition to a low carbon economy than there are in fossil fuel expansion. It's true in the sense that we have a lot of organizing to do to win a future that avoids the worst possible outcomes of the climate crisis.

It’s also true that this is a necessity in the face of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report this past Fall that warned we have until 2030 to change course.

I'm looking forward to contributing to this urgent work as the Council of Canadians’ new Climate and Social Justice Campaigner.

March 27, 2019

The Council of Canadians congratulates the City of Montreal and McGill University for becoming Blue Communities on World Water Day, March 22, 2019. Montreal joins more than 40 Blue Communities around the world, including major cities such as Paris, Berlin and Victoria. McGill University becomes the fourth university in the world to obtain this certification.

The Blue Communities Project encourages municipalities and Indigenous communities to support the idea of a water commons framework, acknowledging that water is a shared resource for all. They do this by passing resolutions that recognize water and sanitation as human rights, ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events, and promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.

The United Nations passed resolutions confirming the human rights to water and sanitation in 2010. This requires governments to implement these rights and ensure access to safe, clean water and sanitation services.