April 19, 2018

The Council of Canadians and Wellington Water Watchers take action at the Nestle facility in Aberfoyle, Ontario, November 27, 2017.

Almost two years after Nestle's permit to take water in Aberfoyle expired and with a provincial election in Ontario just weeks away, the transnational corporation's water taking permit applications for Aberfoyle and Hillsburgh have not yet been posted on the Environmental Registry of Ontario's website.

The Council of Canadians is deeply deeply concerned that Nestle's provincial permit to take 3.6 million litres of water a day in Aberfoyle expired on July 31, 2016, while its permit to take 1.1 million litres a day in Hillsburgh expired on August 31, 2017. We estimate that Nestle has pumped more than 1 billion litres of water on these expired permits.

Why the delay?

April 19, 2018

The 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline is a climate crime.

The Council of Canadians stands with the more than 150 people now facing criminal contempt charges for blocking the Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby in defence of the climate, water and Indigenous rights.

StarMetro Vancouver reports, "In Vancouver, people arrested for breaking a court-ordered injunction while protesting in front of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm are now facing criminal — rather than civil — contempt of court charges. ...The B.C. Prosecution Services took over the cases after Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Affleck recommended last week that criminal charges be brought against the people facing charges for disregarding a court-ordered injunction banning protesters from being within five metres of Trans Mountain’s worksites."

April 19, 2018

One more stalled or broken promise.

The Council of Canadians stands in solidarity with charities across the country that are working to defend the environment, human rights and the public good.

In May 2015, Maude Barlow wrote in Broken Covenant: How Stephen Harper set out to silence dissent and curtail democratic participation in Canada that, "[The Harper government has] earmarked $13.4 million so the Canada Revenue Agency can audit civil society opponents that have charitable status. Sixty organizations in Canada have been targeted. They include progressive think tanks such as the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a host of environmental organizations such as the David Suzuki Foundation and Environmental Defence, anti-poverty groups such as Make Poverty History, and international aid and development agencies such as Oxfam."

April 19, 2018

Cedar George-Parker addresses the crowd as protesters opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline extension defy a court order and block an entrance to the company's property, in Burnaby, B.C., on April 7, 2018. Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Op-ed: By Maude Barlow and Pamela Palmater, published in the Ottawa Citizen, April 19, 2018

The federal Liberal government recently introduced Bill C-69, which, in its current form, would make sweeping changes to Canada’s water, environmental and energy legislation. Unfortunately, the bill is deeply flawed. 

What’s the best way to fix it? Scrap it and start over.

April 19, 2018

People in Halifax unwelcomed BP while the company's drilling rig was en route to Nova Scotia waters without consent of the Mi'kmaq people or having a permit from the CNSOPB to enter Nova Scotia's waters.