May 31, 2018

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow has tweeted, "US has launched trade war. In effect killed WTO and NAFTA."

She adds, "Trump’s trade war has effectively killed NAFTA. He would not participate in a Chapter 19 challenge or abide by a trade ruling. NAFTA is dead."

Barlow's tweets follow the news the United States will impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico (as well as the European Union) effective at midnight tonight. The Toronto Star reports, "The official justification for the tariffs is national security. The Trump administration, however, made it clear that the president is actually acting because the talks over NAFTA have stalled."

May 31, 2018

Photo by AEOPAS.

Blue Planet Project founder and global water justice advocate Maude Barlow has just tweeted, "Meera Karunananthan and I are in Madrid with water activists and public water operators to promote Blue Communities."

Today's strategy session includes AEOPAS (a Spanish network of public water operators), City of Madrid officials, unions and water justice movement activists.

A 'blue community' is a municipality that adopts a framework that recognizes water as a human right, opposes the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events, and promotes publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services. A blue community can also be a university, faith-based grouping, union, First Nation, or another kind of association.

Globally, blue communities now include:

May 31, 2018

Twenty-one Council of Canadians chapters have now signed up to take part in the #StoptheKMbuyout day of action on Monday June 4.

The Council of Canadians Mid-Island, Ottawa, Fredericton, Kent County, Powell River, Comox Valley, Saskatoon, Nelson, London, Montreal, Chilliwack, Prince Albert, Campbell River, South Niagara, Guelph, Inverness County, Peterborough-Kawarthas, Regina, PEI, Saint John and South Shore chapters will take part in rallies on Monday to express opposition to the Trudeau government's multi-billion-dollar purchase of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project.

The Council of Canadians is working with Leadnow, 350, Sierra Club, The Leap and other allies on this day of action.

May 30, 2018

Over the years, The Council of Canadians has been critical of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board's investments in Goldcorp (the transnational mining corporation), Laricina Energy Ltd. (that has major holdings in the tar sands), and Anglian Water (the private, for-profit water company in England).

One year ago today, Council of Canadians organizer Mark Calzavara delivered boxes of petitions - signed by more than 8,000 people - to the head office of the CPPIB in Toronto calling on the investment board to not invest in the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.

In the months leading up to that action, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan had made it clear that it wasn't in talks to finance the pipeline (though it is one of eight large Canadian investors that in total own nearly $2 billion worth of shares in Kinder Morgan Inc.), but the CPPIB remained silent.

May 29, 2018
This morning the Trudeau government confirmed that it would pay $4.5 billion to buy the Kinder Morgan pipeline. The pipeline project is estimated to cost up to $ 7.4 billion. 
This decision was made as the total number of drinking water advisories (DWAs) on First Nations reserves significantly increased this month. There were a total of 124 DWAs at the beginning of May and now the number has spiked to 174 advisories in the last couple of weeks.
The Trudeau government had committed to ending DWAs by 2021. But there hasn’t been a significant decrease in the total number of drinking water advisories and the numbers in fact increased this month.