April 20, 2018

Council of Canadians South Shore chapter activist Marion Moore took part in the 'Stop The Big Heist' protest outside the Liberal Party convention in Halifax earlier today. The protest highlighted that the Trudeau government's Bill C-69 grants more power to industry-captured offshore petroleum boards and that Environment Minister Catherine McKenna recently approved BP to drill for oil and gas offshore of Nova Scotia.

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

April 20, 2018

NAFTA and Climate

Op-ed: By Maude Barlow and Sujata Dey, published in Ricochet, April 20, 2018

Pipeline giant’s putting the squeeze to the feds with Chapter 11 threat looming

On the one hand, the federal government is negotiating with Kinder Morgan, trying to find ways to bail out the company’s Trans Mountain crude oil pipeline expansion to the B.C. coast. On the other front, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is off to Washington to renegotiate NAFTA; some say a deal is imminent.

While the two issues may seem separate, they are in fact hyper-connected. The link: NAFTA’s Chapter 11.

April 20, 2018

The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter acting in solidarity delivered water to the people of Detroit, July 2014.

The Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project have been speaking against water shutoffs in Detroit - highlighting that they are a terrible violation of the human right to water - since they began in May 2014.

Four years ago, Maude Barlow, the honorary chairperson of the Council of Canadians and the founder of the Blue Planet Project, wrote, "Detroit is a victim of decades of market driven neoliberal policy that put business and profit ahead of public good. It is important to acknowledge the class and race dimension of this assault. There have been no stories on the cut-offs in the mainstream U.S. media. One cannot imagine that fact if the people losing their water were middle class white people. The daily cut-offs of water in Detroit, water needed for life and dignity, are an affront to the notion that we have advanced very far in our understanding of human rights or in its practice."

April 19, 2018

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow received a BresciaLEAD Lifetime Award from Brescia University College in London, Ontario this evening!

@BresciaUC tweeted Barlow saying:
- "Our planet is hurting, so we desperately need the leadership of everyone, but especially women."
- " ...fighting for social justice is like taking a bath, you do it every day or you stink."

And it retweeted Jane Antoniak's tweet of Barlow saying:
- "It’s not about getting power or half the piece of the pie. It’s about the getting the ingredients needed to transform the world"

April 19, 2018

NDP MP Kennedy Stewart and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will be among the speakers at the upcoming Council of Canadians' 'Separate Oil and State!' emergency rally on Parliament Hill.

The Council of Canadians is preparing to rally against federal legislation intended to impose the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline on British Columbia.

The Globe and Mail reports, "Ottawa is preparing to counter British Columbia’s bid to control the flow of oil through the province with legislation that will enhance federal power to push through the Trans Mountain pipeline. ...'We think that federal jurisdiction is clear; we’re looking at legislation to see how we can enhance that', federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in an interview on Wednesday."