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September 25, 2019

Ottawa book tour

This week, Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow is in the Atlantic, speaking in East Coast cities about her new book, Whose Water is it, Anyway? Taking Water Protection Into Public Hands.

The multi-city tour got underway in Ottawa on September 16 where more than 100 people came to the event wanting to know more about what they could do to protect water in their city. Ottawa recently announced it will ban single-use plastics, including bottled water, by 2021. Many of those attending the book tour launch want to the city to go even further and signed up to work together to have Ottawa designated a Blue Community.

Then on Monday, Maude was in St. John’s in Newfoundland where she spoke to a crowd of about 90 people about the global water crisis, its impacts in Canada, and how the Blue Communities Project gives people a positive, proactive way to protect water sources.

September 23, 2019

Climate rally on Parliament Hill

Greta Thunberg, a 16 year-old student from Sweden, is trying to save our planet. As she says, our house is on fire. She and other youth like her are leading a wave of action around the world to help put out the flames of the climate crisis. The urgency is real and young people are leading the way to a safe climate future. They need your support.

Will you join them for the global climate strike?

Join an action for climate justice in Canada on September 27.

These youth are calling on everyone: young people, parents, workers, and all concerned citizens to join massive climate strikes and a week of actions which started on September 20. More than 4 million people around the world are taking part.

September 23, 2019

The Winnipeg Free Press recently published a book review of Maude Barlow’s new book Whose Water is it, Anyway?: Taking Water Protection Into Public Hands. Written by Matt Henderson, the review explores the book’s themes and concludes it “provides a blueprint for the work and pathway for hope.”

Here is the full review:

It’s difficult to fathom that a water crisis exists in Canada. As a hyper-privileged person on this planet, the lack of this public good and basic necessity for life seems like a problem that other people have. Think Flint, Mich.; Cape Town, South Africa; Chile; Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. Many Canadians live under the illusion that clean drinking water is in abundance, that it is somehow protected from the greedy reach of corporations and that we have designed a system of governance to ensure that we all have access to this most basic need.

September 12, 2019
Please join me in standing in solidarity

Coastal GasLink (CGL), owned by TransCanada, is a proposed pipeline intended to run from Groundbirch to Kitimat in British Columbia. This pipeline would be connected to a huge network of natural gas pipelines in Alberta and the company boasts that it could be converted to transport bitumen instead of natural gas in the future. Since the company tried to do just that with the now defeated Energy East Pipeline, this potential should be taken seriously.

If completed, the CGL pipeline would run through the unceded, unsurrendered territory of numerous Indigenous nations, including the Wet’suwet’en. Many of these nations have never signed treaties with Canada or the Crown and have lived on their land since time immemorial – and have oral and physical evidence to prove it.

September 12, 2019

The Council of Canadians supports the demand of the Rotinonhseshá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke that no development occur on Kanehsatà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka ancestral lands without their Free Prior and Informed Consent. The Canadian government has an obligation under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to respect the right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent on decisions that impact First Nations.

The Council of Canadians is working to dismantle colonialism within Canadian society and from all levels of government and public institutions and we reject the ideologies and instruments of colonialism, racism, and misogyny, both past and present. 

Kanehsatà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka ancestral lands are under threat from private developers, municipal governments and transnational corporations. The Federal government must place a moratorium on all such development and enter into meaningful negotiations as soon as possible.

Furthermore, we support the demands for an immediate cessation of all archeological digs in Parc national d'Oka and the return of all cultural heritage/artefacts to the Rotinonhseshá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke. 

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