More than 60 people attended Bridgewater's Green New Deal Town Hall last night. Lots of positive energy, creative ideas-and passion! Thank you to the South Shore Chapter for co-sponsored this event and for all the great work happening in this community!
Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, delivered the following remarks this morning at the Seventh Annual Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College in Toronto. Her keynote speech explores the interconnections between poverty and populism and its implications for the environment.
It is a great pleasure and honour to be here with you today and to speak in the name of one of my all-time heroes. In reading your on-line description of the moment we are in, I became a bit overwhelmed at our collective task and, frankly, my ability to address it.
You described the “unprecedented display of wealth inequality” both globally and here in Canada; the historic numbers of people fleeing the ravages of war, extreme poverty and human rights violations; the rise of “strong men” bully-boy leaders (my term, not yours); the post-truth reality of fake news; the poisonous use of the internet by hate-filled trolls; and the rise of right-wing populism and its evil older sibling, white supremacy.
Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson, Blue Planet Project founder and internationally-renowned water activist Maude Barlow issued the following statement yesterday, May 21, 2019.
The Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT), a coalition of more than 30,000 small farmers and Indigenous people affected by the oil operations of Texaco (now Chevron) in the Ecuadorian Amazon, has been fighting for more than 25 years to make Chevron pay for the remediation of an environmental disaster it caused. Chevron emptied more than 60 billion gallons of toxic water into streams, rivers and lakes. The company spilled 650 thousand barrels of crude directly into the rainforest and left 880 pits filled with solid waste exposed.
Fridays for Future in London has grown! Join the London Chapter every Friday in front of City Hall from 3-5 p.m.
#CouncilChapters help put campaigns and social and economic justice issues in the spotlight in communities across the country. Chapter activists continue to be busy protecting public health care and water, challenging unfair trade deals, calling for urgent and immediate action on climate change, and to standing up for democracy. Here are just a few examples of their recent actions...
The Council of Canadians has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale calling for the immediate end to deportation proceedings against UN Convention refugee Mohamed Harkat.
Harkat has been subjected to a Security Certificate since 2002. After three and a half years in solitary confinement, Harkat was released under the strictest conditions in Canadian history. Now he is facing possible deportation to torture.