October 23, 2018

Council of Canadians Interim Executive Director Andrea Furlong presents a Blue Community certificate to Sister Diane Smyth.

The Council of Canadians proudly welcomes the Sisters of Mercy, recognizing the religious congregation as the 47th Blue Community worldwide.

As reported in St. John’s Telegram, Andrea Furlong, the interim executive director of the Council of Canadians presented the Blue Communities designation to Sisters of Mercy representative Sister Diane Smyth during a ceremony at McAuley Convent in St. John’s last Friday.

October 23, 2018

Today the National Post reported on an oil spill that has been taking place in the Gulf of Mexico for 14 years, and is soon to surpass the 2010 BP oil spill in barrels of oil spilled. 

October 22, 2018

Maude Barlow, founder of the Blue Planet Project and Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians spoke in Zurich last week urging the city not to privatize its drinking water systems. 

Her intervention comes at a time of heated debate regarding the future of public drinking water systems in Switzerland.

In July this year, the parliament of Zurich voted to revise local legislation in order to allow for private investments.

As Barlow argued, there is overwhelming evidence demonstrating that privatization has been disastrous for communities around the world: 

“The public and communities lose control as local government officials abdicate control over a vital public service,” she explained. “Private water companies are accountable to their shareholders, not to the people they serve and often restrict public access to information about their operations Because they have to make a profit, they have to cut corners, raise water rates or lay off workers - often all three.”

October 19, 2018

Investor-state dispute settlement was tempered in the USMCA, but the government needs to justify why it persists asking for it in other agreements.

Blog written by Maude Barlow and Sujata Dey posted in the Huffington Post, October 19, 2018.

The current Liberal government recently had a road to Damascus moment. After defending Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions (ISDS) around the world, suddenly Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she championed the elimination of Chapter 11 between Canada and the U.S. in the new USMCA.

October 19, 2018
Climate Justice Edmonton's anti-TMX land art project People on the Path, August 2018. Photo by Abdul Malik. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recently released special report can be summed up as: “it’s worse than we thought, and we’re doing less than we promised.” This isn’t new – it has been the crux of every international climate report we’ve had since the UN started working on them in 1988. But as we get closer to our planetary tipping points, the implications are becoming much more existential. To have a decent chance at staying below global warming of 1.5ºC, we will need to cut our emissions in half in the next 12 years.