May 19, 2018

On May 30, 2017, Toronto-based Council of Canadians organizer Mark Calzavara delivered 8,000+ letters to the head office of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in Toronto calling on them to not invest in the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.

The Council of Canadians has opposed the possibility of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) investing in the Texas-based Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline for more than a year.

In February 2017, Reuters reported, "Kinder Morgan Inc. has begun talks with institutional investors including major Canadian pension funds and private equity firms to raise capital for the $6.8 billion expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline project, according to people familiar with the process. Kinder Morgan has held discussions with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, three of the biggest Canadian pension funds, the people added. It was unclear whether talks with the three pension funds were still ongoing."

May 19, 2018

On February 5, Meera Karunananthan joined with allies and José Luis Abarca to ask Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Joe Friday to investigate the role the Canadian embassy in Mexico had in the death of Blackfire Exploration Ltd. opponent Mariano Abarca.

On November 27, 2009, Mariano Abarca was killed after blaming Calgary-based mining company Blackfire Exploration Ltd. for contaminated local rivers, the loss of local crops, and the death of livestock in his community.

Just days after his death, Maude Barlow stated, "A man deeply involved in the protest against the Canadian mining company Blackfire has been murdered outside his home. This tragic outcome can be traced directly to the Harper government’s refusal to end the impunity currently enjoyed by Canadian mining companies."

May 19, 2018

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow says, "The Trudeau government talks a lot about progressive trade but as a first step to reach an agreement that is actually progressive, the Chapter 11 investor-state dispute settlement provision and the energy proportionality rules that prevent us from meeting our international climate commitments need to be removed."

The Canadian Press reports on some of the "flashpoints" that prevented a NAFTA deal being reached last week:

1- Autos - the United States "still wants 40 per cent of every car built in a high-wage jurisdiction; 75 per cent of all parts to be North American; and 70 per cent of steel to be North American"

May 18, 2018

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at the Conference of North American Right Livelihood Award Laureates in Santa Cruz this week.

The advance promotion for the gathering had noted, "In May 2018, a group of Right Livelihood change-makers based in Canada and the US will convene at the University of California, Santa Cruz to discuss challenges and opportunities for advancing social and environmental justice. In these tumultuous times, this meeting will deepen and ground our local efforts toward a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world."

Barlow received the Right Livelihood Award in 2005 at a ceremony in Stockholm for her "exemplary and longstanding worldwide work for trade justice and the recognition of the fundamental human right to water." Their website notes, "The Right Livelihood Award—widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’—was established in 1980 to honor and support courageous people and organizations offering visionary and exemplary solutions to the root causes of global problems."

May 18, 2018

Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter activist Mary Love presenting in favour of a municipal ban on bottled water in recreational facilities to the City of Hamilton's Board of Health on Monday May 14. Photo by Ute Schmid Jones.

Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country:

1- Hamilton chapter celebrates Board of Health vote to ban bottled water in recreational facilities