May 20, 2009

The Canwest News Service reports that, "U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano expected to meet with Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan at the Detroit-Windsor border crossing, likely on May 26. Plans are in the works for Ms. Napolitano to visit Ottawa the next day."

"While details of Ms. Napolitano's trip are still being finalized, officials at Homeland Security and the Department of Public Safety have been trying to finalize a border security deal that would make permanent a little-known -- and potentially controversial -- pilot project allowing the RCMP and the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct joint armed patrols of shared waterways."

May 20, 2009

On The Current today, "the draught in Northern Mexico is more than 10 years old and it coincides with major changes in the Mexican economy and agriculture, namely the North American Free Trade Agreement and attempts to privatize the country's water supply."

The Current is on CBC Radio One starting at 8:30 am.

May 19, 2009

Reuters reports that, "Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt said in a statement (today that) C$650 million has been earmarked to help pay for large-scale carbon capture and storage demonstration projects as the government looks to follow through on agreements made during U.S. President Barack Obama's February visit to Canada...The Conservative Party government is looking to keep up with U.S. initiatives to stem climate change and to offset criticism of Canada's environmental record and of carbon-intensive oil production from the country's oil sands."

"Last year the federal government earmarked C$240 million to aid plans for a carbon capture program at a power plant in Saskatchewan while the Alberta government has a C$2 billion fund to support CCS programs in that province."

May 19, 2009

Our friends in Colombia have collected over 2 million signatures from their fellow citizens in support of a constitutional amendment supporting the fundamental human right to water.

Ten days ago the lower house of the Colombian House of Representatives pushed forward a law which directly contradicts the water referendum and promotes further water privatization in Colombia.

We would like to deliver a strong statement to the Colombian government that the world is watching these developments and stand in solidarity with our Colombian brothers and sisters.

We need many international organizations to sign the letter below by the end of day Wednesday, May 20th. Please send the name of your organization and country to This would be a strong statement of solidarity.

You may notice that the letter below is a translation from Spanish and is written in a formal manner for the government.

May 19, 2009

The Canwest News Service reports that, "The federal auditor general has delivered a scathing report on Ottawa's efforts to protect fish habitat, including a lack of monitoring, enforcement and accountability. The report by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development on behalf of the auditor general finds that Fisheries and Oceans Canada 'cannot demonstrate" that fish habitat is being adequately protected."

The audtor general's report states, "The department does not measure habitat loss or gain. It has limited information on the state of fish habitat across Canada - that is, on fish stocks, the amount and quality of fish habitat, contaminants in fish, and overall water quality."

Canwest adds, "The report also cites a lack of co-operation between the federal Fisheries Department and Environment Canada, adding the latter agency needs to develop better policies to pursue Fisheries Act violations, such as pollution damaging fish habitat."