June 7, 2018

Informed and engaged voters are essential to our democracy. Thank you for doing your part!

Today is Election Day in Ontario.

As a Council of Canadians supporter we know that you take meaningful action throughout the year to build a better Ontario and Canada. But today we need you to take the simple – and vital – step of casting your ballot.

This election is incredibly important and is absolutely one where every vote will count – the latest polls suggest the Ontario NDP is running neck and neck with Doug Ford’s Conservatives. If you haven’t already, please head to your polling station and vote.

Elections Ontario polls are open today – Thursday, June 7 – from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

June 7, 2018

To sign our petition to make this the last G7 summit, click here.

The upcoming G7 summit is likely to discuss the role of transnational capital under the theme of "investing in growth that works for everyone".

The Canadian Press has reported, "Canada hopes the [G7] meetings will generate fresh ideas on how aid money can be leveraged to entice the private sector to boost investments in poorer parts of the world. ...Earlier this year, [Canada] became the last G7 country to create a development finance institution [to lure more private capital into developing nations as a way to help make up for inadequate levels of foreign aid]."

Canada's official development assistance is now about 0.26 per cent of its gross national income, which is well below the 0.7 per cent target established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1970.

June 6, 2018

Maude Barlow has stated, "Droughts, climate change and over-extraction continue to impact our finite groundwater sources. We need to move to a bottled water free future to protect aquifers that communities rely on for drinking water."

Will the upcoming G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec discuss a plan to move us toward a bottled water free future?

The Canadian Press reports, "Doubt is percolating about Canada's ability to deliver on its two biggest environment commitments at this week's G7, with no agreement yet on a plastics waste charter and Canada's recent pipeline purchase casting a pall over its commitment to climate change."

June 6, 2018

The Council of Canadians protested outside the G7 finance ministers summit in Whistler last weekend. Just days earlier Finance Minister Bill Morneau had announced the Trudeau government would spend $4.5 billion on buying the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

A new study just released by four organizations - the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Overseas Development Institute, and Oil Change International - reveals disturbing information about G7 support for Big Oil and the fossil fuel industry as a whole.

The Narwhal reports, "The study found that G7 governments provide at least US$100 billion a year to support the production and consumption of oil, gas and coal, despite repeated pledges [over the past nine years] to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025."

June 5, 2018

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow is now at the 'Toward a Greener Attica – Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People' international ecological symposium in Athens, Greece, where Bartholomew I has just spoken.

Bartholomew I is the Archbishop of Constantinople, is regarded as the primus inter pares (first among equals) in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and is the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide. His commitment to ecology and environmental protection has earned him the title 'The Green Patriarch'.

Barlow tells us that in his address he talked about Paris and Berlin being blue communities, celebrating Thessaloniki becoming a blue community just yesterday, and said that all of Greece should become a blue community.

The Green Patriarchate has tweeted, "Watch the opening remarks here!"