October 30, 2018

Diana Ginn, Paul Hutchinson and chapter member Betty Wilcox at Paul Hutchinson’s public lecture ‘Living Well with Differences: Reflections from a Northern Irish Peace Activist’. Photo: Council of Canadians PEI chapter.

The PEI chapter hosted Paul Hutchinson last weekend for a public lecture and a workshop on conflict resolution and peace to offer insight into re-imagining the idea of community. Mr. Hutchinson is a mediator, therapist, artist and retreat leader. He uses the tools of conflict transformation and peace-building to help individuals and organizations to address important and challenging issues. He is the former Director of Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Northern Ireland.  He is currently Commissioner on the Northern Ireland Parades Commission.

October 28, 2018

Activists from six different chapters rallied in support of public health care at Queen's Park in Toronto.

Thanks to all our chapters for their hard work and determination, mobilizing across the country for social and environmental justice.

Climate and Energy:

Chapters across the country delivered copies of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report to their local MPs on October 24, including Northwest Territories, London, Thunder Bay, Guelph, Ottawa, Montreal, Campbell River and South Shore.

The Northwest Territories Chapter published a debrief of the recent visit by anti-Site C activist Wendy Holmes. The chapter also sent a letter to NWT leaders and activists calling for abandonment of the dangerous Site C dam.

October 25, 2018

Maude Barlow and the Lord Mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter celebrate the city's commitment to the Blue Communities Project. Photo: Olaf Becker/München

Maude Barlow, founder of the Blue Planet Project and honorary chairperson of the Council of Canadians welcomed four German cities to the Blue Communities Project this week. The Blue Communities Project  is a global initiative aimed at promoting local policies that recognize water and sanitation as human rights, keep water and sanitation services public and stop the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities.

Augsburg – October 24

October 25, 2018

I saw “Save Our Water” signs and blue ribbons tied on trees and porches throughout the community of Elora when I visited last week. The Blue Ribbon campaign was launched by local groups Save Our Water and Wellington Water Watchers as a way for residents to show their opposition to Nestlé’s bottled water takings and their collective goal to protect water for current and future generations.

Two years ago, Nestle bought the Middlebrook well on the edge of Elora, Ontario despite the local township of Centre Wellington attempting to buy the well to safeguard water for local residents.

I went to the Middlebrook well (photo above) with Donna McCaw and Jan Beverage of Save Our Water who talked about how vulnerable Elora’s drinking water supplies are. Elora, which is a community in the township of Centre Wellington, rely on three wells for drinking water. One well is stable but the other two wells are so vulnerable they cannot be pumped at the same time.

October 23, 2018

Council of Canadians chapter activists from Peterborough, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph and London joined with thousands of people for a rally at Queen’s Park in Toronto today in support of public health care.

Organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, the rally included people from across the province, representing health care workers, doctors and patients. The message was clear: Ontarians do not support any form of health care privatization.