March 22, 2018

Organizers in Barcelona successfully gathered over 15,000 signatures required to hold a referendum on the remunicipalisation of that city's water supply in June. Today they released a video showing messages of support from around the world.

March 22, 2018

Brasilia –  The Fórum Alternativo Mundial da Água (FAMA) or Alternative World Water Forum concluded with a march today that saw 5-7,000 people from around Brasil and around the World take to the streets of Brasilia demanding an end to the privatization and commodification of water.
From March 17-22, the FAMA hosted meetings, workshops and panel discussions involving 7,000 water justice activists. The FAMA is held in opposition to the corporate-led World Water Forum, which is taking place in Brasilia this year. Brazilians are challenging the Temer government’s complicity with big corporations to commodify and privatize water supplies and services in the country. Earlier this year, the Temer government

March 22, 2018

Do you have 2 minutes to show your love for water? Today is World Water Day – a day for all of us to celebrate this life-giving resource, take action to protect it, and support communities suffering without access to clean, safe drinking water, including right here in Canada.

Here are some ways you can join in today’s celebration and make a real difference:

Support communities fighting back against Nestlé! Watch this amazing new video of the work the Council of Canadians is doing with communities and environmental groups to challenge Nestlé’s outrageous bottled water grabs.

March 22, 2018

The Council of Canadians opposes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) being used to limit the mandatory labelling of unhealthy foods, including foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The Globe and Mail reports, "The United States is using the North American free-trade talks to pressure Canada to abandon efforts to curb consumption of unhealthy foods."

That article notes, "For the past two years, Health Canada has been working toward a mandatory labelling system for unhealthy foods – a system that would place warning labels on items high in sugar, sodium or saturated fat. Officials in Mexico, too, have discussed plans to strengthen labels on food. But in the continuing NAFTA negotiations, the Americans have been urging its trading partners to walk away from these plans, according to sources. ...U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer [expressed] concern that countries might use such labels as a 'loophole to basically create a protectionist environment'."

March 21, 2018

We kicked off our coastal tour yesterday in Halifax with two meaningful meetings and a successful town hall.

The tour, which travels today to Shelburne and tomorrow to Lunenburg is featuring voices on the risks of offshore drilling in the wake of the federal government's recent approval of BP to drill up to seven wells, some of which are ultra deepwater wells, off the coast of Nova Scotia.  In Halifax, the tour featured Antonia Juhasz, a leading energy analyst, investigative journalist and author of Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill, Colin Sproul, a fifth generation lobster fisherman and serves on the board of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association and Michelle Paul, a Mi’kmaq activist and treaty rights holder involved with Idle No More, the Treaty Truckhouse and Alton Gas resistance.