May 22, 2018

The Council of Canadians held a rally today in opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline that drew 200+ people to Parliament Hill, 24,000 views on CBC and another 20,000 views via the Coast Protectors Facebook page.

We called this rally after federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Trudeau government was willing to provide indemnification to Texas-based Kinder Morgan - or another investor willing to take on the pipeline - for any financial loss due to British Columbia's opposition the pipeline. While Morneau refuses to say how much the government is willing to compensate Kinder Morgan, and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the public won't know until a deal is struck, a former TransCanada chief executive officer has suggested it could be a $10 billion indemnity.

May 22, 2018
Atlantic Regional Organizers Robin Tress and Angela Giles (left to right) take action on Bill C-69 outside of Darren Fisher's constituency office last Thursday. Fisher is an Environment Committee member and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.
Tonight a key decision will be made about Bill C-69, an omnibus bill that makes sweeping changes to Canada’s water, environmental and energy laws. In fact, this Bill hands even more power to corporations in environmental, water, and energy decision making.
At 9 p.m. this evening, the Liberal-dominated Environment Committee will shut down debate on the Bill and force a vote regardless of whether or not the committee has finished debating amendments from opposition parties.
May 22, 2018

The Council of Canadians vision statement opens with these lines:

"Economic globalization and unregulated market capitalism have divided the world – and Canada – into rich and poor as at no time in living history and endangered the ability of the planet to sustain life. Tragically, most governments support an economic system that puts unlimited growth above the vital needs of people and the planet. The Council of Canadians is part of a global civil society movement to drive transformative change in the absence of true leadership by governments."

It then highlights that we promote:

1- Fair trade over free trade - We support trading relationships that advance inclusive economies, promote a fair distribution of wealth, protect the environment, encourage renewable energy, and respect Indigenous rights.

May 22, 2018

Aine O'Connor of the Sisters of Mercy and Meera Karunananthan of the Blue Planet Project advocated for the public financing of the right to water at the United Nations in the lead-up to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau will be co-hosting the G7 Finance and Development Ministerial meeting this coming May 31 to June 2 in Whistler, British Columbia. The meeting will include G7 finance ministers, development ministers and central bank governors and feed into the G7 summit taking place June 8-9 in Charlevoix, Quebec.

The Canadian Press now reports, "When G7 finance and international development ministers convene in British Columbia next week, Canada hopes the 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."

May 20, 2018

Council of Canadians chairperson Leo Broderick.

The Council of Canadians has long called on the government of Prince Edward Island to maintain the 2002 moratorium on deep well irrigation and to furthermore legislate a complete ban on all deep well irrigation in the province.

In January 2014, the Journal Pioneer reported, "Leo Broderick with the Council of Canadians said there is a huge danger in allowing deep well irrigation in the province. 'Our ground water is not an infinite resource and we will suffer from long-term ground water depletion', he said. 'Eventually our water table will respond causing serious environmental damage and affecting individual and municipal water supplies.'"

In February 2014, Maude Barlow spoke at a public forum in Charlottetown highlighting similar concerns about deep well irrigation.

In October 2015, Broderick presented to the P.E.I. Environmental Advisory Committee on the province's draft Water Act reiterating the need to legislate a ban on deep well irrigation to prevent long-term groundwater depletion.