December 22, 2017

Photo and caption by Wadena News.

As we move into the holiday season and the close of 2017, please see below a snapshot of recent chapter activities:

1- Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter screens 'Hoodwinked', outlines NAFTA critique in Wadena News op-ed
2- Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter meets with Youth Political Activist Coalition to discuss anti-poverty activism

Climate justice
3- Hamilton chapter expresses its support for the blockade of the Line 10 construction yard
4- Montreal chapter & Leap-Montreal screen two short films and host hip-hop performance
5- Montreal chapter attends BAPE session on proposed airport fuel supply terminal

December 21, 2017

A new report by the Water Citizens’ Network in Ghana traces the history of resistance to pre-paid water metres and the successful campaign to stop the Ghanaian government’s most recent attempts to implement metering schemes. The report argues that the government’s latest initiative - a direct result of pressures from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to implement full-cost recovery in public services as part of a 2013 bailout package – flies in the face of evidence gathered during previous attempts to establish water meters in Ghana.

December 20, 2017

Andrea, Cherri, Maude

Three years ago Cherri Foytlin, a resident of south Louisiana and author of Spill It! The Truth About the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion, joined Maude Barlow and Council staff in a series of meetings and public talks warning of the dangers of TransCanada’s, now dead, Energy East pipeline project.

Cherri’s warnings to fisherman and communities dependent on clean waters for their livelihoods were stark. In her own words speaking about the impacts on the Louisiana coast and the Gulf of Mexico from the BP spill, “After a storm, we still have oil in our wetlands and on our beaches. Sea turtles and dolphins continue to wash ashore at an unprecedented rate. Our fisheries and fishing families are still trying to recover.”

At the time, these words were directed at the possibility of a major tar sands oil spill in the Bay of Fundy, but these words are ringing in my ears today.

December 18, 2017

Five years ago we were honoured to support the beginnings of Idle No More with round dances, flash mobs, and marches across the country (see our photos from actions across the country here). Join us in Toronto on Thursday as we mark the five-year anniversary of this amazing social movement.

December 18, 2017

The Volta Grande mine site.

In March 2014, The Council of Canadians joined the Belo Sun No! campaign opposing Toronto-based Belo Sun Mining Corp.'s plans to build the massive Volta Grande open-pit gold mine in Brazil. The mine would be located just 100 metres from the Xingu River, a southern tributary of the Amazon River in the state of Para.

The Indigenous Juruna and Arara peoples rely on the Xingu River for their drinking water and for fishing.

These peoples are already downstream from the Belo Monte dam now under construction and expected to be completed in 2019. Indigenous peoples were not consulted on this dam even though the flooding for its 500 square kilometre reservoir will affect the territories of the Kayapos, Araweté, IgarapéIpixuna, Koatinemo, Arara and Kararaô peoples.

The dam will keep the Xingu River at a consistently low level thus impacting the Juruna and Arara peoples.