March 7, 2009

The Globe and Mail reports today that, "The Ganges is perhaps the most sacred body of water on Earth - 60,000 people go to its banks to worship every day, and every year millions make a pilgrimage to Varanasi, which has been considered a holy place for thousands of years."

THE GANGES IS ONE OF THE MOST POLLUTED RIVERS IN THE WORLD "The Ganges is also one of the world's most polluted waterways. It runs 2,525 kilometres from its source in the Himalayas to empty into the Bay of Bengal. There are 116 cities along its banks, all expanding rapidly, none effectively treating its sewage. The Ganges basin is home to 40 per cent of India's 1.2 billion people. Here in a city of two million in the heart of that basin, the river's fecal-coliform count is 3,000 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization."

March 7, 2009

Columnist Doug Saunders writes in the Globe and Mail today that Canadian diplomats "are under orders to have a top priority: the October, 2010, elections for the United Nations Security Council."

CANADA IN RACE AGAINST PORTUGAL FOR UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT "Canada is in a tight race with Portugal and Germany for two of the two-year seats on the 15-member council. If we win one, we get a vote on major world military and justice matters from 2011 to 2012. Germany is considered a sure winner, so we're up against Portugal for the second seat. This odd battle, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided, is our top international concern."

LOBBYING FOR UN SEAT AT THE 2010 OLYMPICS "In fact, there is a detailed plan to use the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia as a central lobbying event for the UN vote, each country attending the Games being assigned a targeted strategy, an intelligence file and a platoon of fluffers."

March 6, 2009

A Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade media release issued yesterday states, “The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today announced that Canada and the European Union have agreed on the areas to be negotiated in a possible comprehensive economic agreement, which are outlined in a joint report.”

The joint report outlines findings in the areas of trade in goods, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, technical barriers to trade, trade facilitation, customs procedures, cross-border trade in services, investment, government procurement, regulatory cooperation, intellectual property, movement of persons, competition policy and other related matters, institutional arrangements and dispute settlement, and sustainable development.

March 6, 2009

Great news today! Toronto Mayor David Miller has signed the Council of Canadians ‘tap water pledge’.

It only takes a moment to do this, so please add your name today at

March 6, 2009

The Saint John Telegraph-Journal reports this morning that, “Mayor Ivan Court is hinting he may try to reopen the debate on banning the sale of bottled water in municipal buildings. Court presented a motion to common council last fall that called for a ban, which he said would promote the city's water supply, while encouraging consumers to spend less on plastic bottles that often end up in landfills. But several councillors argued consumers should have the right to choose between bottled and tap water and the mayor's motion was narrowly quashed. Court said Thursday he may ask naysayers to rethink their positions should a national lobby group (the Federation of Canadian Municipalities) call for a country-wide ban during a vote expected this weekend.”