November 26, 2009

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow writes in Edmonton's Vue Weekly on "the mass demonstrations 10 years ago in Seattle against the World Trade Organization" and the ongoing WTO agenda.

She highlights, "This week in Geneva, and later in Copenhagen, the Council of Canadians will once again join with thousands of farmers, fishers, civil society groups, environmentalists, social justice activists and leaders from the Global South to demand climate justice and a reversal on global trade talks."

She concludes, "I can't think of a better way to celebrate the 'Battle in Seattle' - can you?"

To read the full Vue Weekly piece, please go to

For more on our intervention in Copenhagen (from December 10-19), go to

November 25, 2009

A Canadians for Action on Climate Change media release states that, “On November 10, 2009 the Municipal Council of London, Ontario signed an emergency resolution urging the federal government of Canada to take action on climate change. Canadians for Action on Climate Change in solidarity with Council of Canadians and the David Suzuki Foundation have since been advocating that citizens, other NGOS and other civil society groups urge other towns and cities to do the same."

We are very pleased to share their news with you that on November 20 the Federation of Canadian Municipalities approved an emergency resolution on municipal leadership in climate change action.

The efforts of London chapter activists with the Canadians for Action on Climate Change were critical in moving this resolution forward.

The Council of Canadians also contributed to this effort through the widely circulated 'ACTION ALERT: Demand municipal action for climate justice'. That alert can be read at

November 24, 2009

The Edmonton Journal reports today that, “Alberta's latest step toward selling more water rights in a market system has prompted warnings that the province could lose control of a vital resource. ...Alberta Environment released three reports on Monday it solicited as advice on how to manage water licences in the province. The ministry plans to consult Albertans next summer on a draft plan to change the way it handles water allocations.”

November 24, 2009

Please see the following action alert from the Canadian Peace Alliance:

Election fraud. Torture. Increasing civilian casualties. If ever there was a time to ask the Afghan people what they want for their future that time is now.

Afghan MP Malalai Joya, "the bravest woman in Afghanistan", has been  speaking to audiences across Canada, to launch her new book, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.

Today we write to ask for your help in ensuring she speaks to your elected representatives about the future of Afghanistan.

All Canadian MPs and Senators have been invited to a Parliamentary Roundtable on Afghanistan with Malalai Joya, at 11:30 am, November 26, 2009 in Ottawa. You can make sure your MP hears what this courageous woman has to say about Canadian policy on Afghanistan.

Will your MP listen? Join the virtual march on Parliament Hill to make sure they do, by phoning and emailing your MP on November 24 and 25.

What you can say to your MP:

- On November 26 will you be participating in the Parliamentary roundtable discussion with Afghan MP Malalai Joya?

November 23, 2009

With just two weeks to go before world leaders meet in Copenhagen to deal with climate change, we’ve run out of time for compromise.

Let’s do something about it.

Take action #1: Take 3 minutes and watch “The Tar Sands BLOW” at:

We are happy to share with you a provocative and engaging new video that tells the story of the tar sands.

While the climate crisis demands urgent action, Canada is going in the wrong direction – we are stuck in the tar sands. The federal and Albertan governments are allowing huge extractions to continue in the tar sands, Canada’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.