October 27, 2009

The Telegraph-Journal reports today that, "The New Brunswick government is coming under intense pressure to provide details of talks with Quebec concerning NB Power, but officials insist there is still no deal to reveal."

"Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams warned that he would do everything in his power to stop Hydro-Québec from getting control of NB Power, a move he said was rooted in 'greed.' He charged that Quebec is trying to get a lock on a vital transmission gateway to electricity markets in the United States."

Williams said, "If it looks like that is not good for the people of Atlantic Canada, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, the people of the country, then we'd certainly consider going before the Competition Bureau with an anti-competitive claim."

"Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter also waded into the debate Monday, saying he shares many of Williams's concerns."

Dexter said, "Anything that concentrates the power utilities in the hands of a single entity like (Hydro-Québec) has potential ramifications for the energy corridor (to New England)."

October 26, 2009

NDP International Trade Critic Peter Julian has tabled a second private members bill in a series of "Fair Trade" legislative initiatives designed to "advance sustainable practices, domestic job creation and healthy working condition," according to a statement on October 21. Bill C-463, an Act to Prohibit Sweatshop Labour Goods, would block "the importation of goods that fail to meet the labour standards as set out by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention and Protocols to which Canada has agreed to." It is a companion piece to Julian's Bill C-435, The Made In Canada Procurement Act, tabled September 17, which would require the federal government to "give a preference to Canadian companies in the transfer of money to the provinces, municipalities and private companies, or in the direct purchase of goods and services," even if this would cost up to 10 per cent more than the cheapest foreign company bid.

October 26, 2009

Yo Dona, a Spanish magazine for women with a readership of 456,000, has just named Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow one of the '25 most important women-leaders of the Eco World'.

An article and photo of Maude will appear in the November 7 issue of the magazine.

We will post that article when it becomes available.

Congratulations for another well-deserved honour Maude!

October 26, 2009

The Canadian Press reports in newspapers across the country today that, "Ian Lee (at Carleton's Sprott School of Business) says a deal (with the European Union) could lay the political footings for trade talks with other countries - particularly in Latin America and Asia - and could even mark the underpinnings of a new North American trade agreement, should the United States choose to reopen NAFTA..."

"It's that sort of talk that scares the Council of Canadians, who are concerned that the Canada-EU talks could open the door to privatization of Canada's public infrastructure, including municipal water and sewage treatment plants. Placing public utilities in the hands of the private sector could undermine water safety and cost cities and towns even more in the long run than they currently spend on running those services, says the council's Stuart Trew who wants Ottawa to abandon the talks."

October 26, 2009

Please consider attending (as well as promoting awareness of) our upcoming Blue Summit.

All the details are at