March 4, 2010

Tamara Lorincz, the executive director of the Nova Scotia Environmental Network, and Andrea Harden-Donahue, energy campaigner with the Council of Canadians, write in today's Halifax Chronicle Herald that green collar jobs are vital to a sustainable Nova Scotia economy.

They write in their op-ed that, "In the (provincial) consultations, Back to Balance, one of the four questions that the government has asked is: What investments should be made today that will help grow the economy in the long term? We believe a green-collar job strategy is a critical investment to stimulate the economy, reduce poverty and protect the environment."

To read their full op-ed, please go to

If you live near Halifax, there is also a free public event on this subject tonight from 7:30-9 p.m. in Room 104, at Dalhousie Law School, 6061 University Ave.

Andrea will be giving the keynote address at tonight's event, which has been organized by the Nova Scotia Environmental Network and the Council of Canadians.

March 3, 2010 columnist Murray Dobbin details the harm Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing to the political and social fabric of Canada in a new essay commissioned by The Council of Canadians.

This article - - is an excerpt taken from the essay, the first in a 10-part series on Harper's assault on democracy.

Part two of Murray Dobbin's series is on the implications of the two prorogations of Parliament. It will be published tomorrow, March 4, to coincide with the federal budget and the reconvening of Parliament. The results are due out shortly of a major poll by Environics on proportional representation, made for The Council of Canadians.

March 2, 2010

The G8 will be meeting in Huntsville on June 25-26, followed by the G20 meeting in Toronto on June 26-27.

What will be on the agenda?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said, “As hosts, our government will have considerable say over the agenda. It will be a tremendous opportunity to promote Canada’s values and interests; to advocate for open markets and trade opportunities; to assist on global action against global warming; and to champion values like freedom, democracy and human rights and the rule of law."

The Council of Canadians believes that the G8 and G20 will be promoting a 'business as usual' agenda rather than what is needed, namely trade, climate and water justice.

The G8, as well as the G5 countries of China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa, have already committed themselves to reaching an 'ambitious and balanced' conclusion to the Doha round of World Trade Organization negotiations in 2010.

March 2, 2010

Columnist James Daw writes in the Toronto Star today that, "A leading champion for Canada's water supplies is chiding the investment managers and Ontario teachers for investing $1.1 billion in Chile's water systems."

"The chair of the Council of Canadians, a 70,000-member public advocacy group, says it's fundamentally wrong for our public educators to profit from owning essential public services. The campaign led by Maude Barlow strikes at the heart of investment strategies at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, which is the lead investor in companies controlling 37 per cent of Chile's water and sewage services."

"Working on behalf of labour, human rights and environmental movements in Chile, Barlow met last Thursday with the Ontario Teachers' Federation. 'I'm steamed,' the energetic volunteer declared afterward. Her colleague Meera Karunananthan was no happier after meeting later the same day with Jim Leech, president of the OTPP."

March 2, 2010

The Victoria Times Colonist reports that, "RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) is a charitable organization that provides financial resources to assist Aboriginal Nations within Canada in lawfully forcing industrial development to be reconciled with their traditional ways of life..."

"(They have) produced a documentary film, Blue Gold, the Tsilhqot'in Fight for Teztan Biny (Fish Lake)... The film looks at Taseko Mines Ltd.'s proposed 'Prosperity' mine that would see Fish Lake (Teztan Biny), Little Fish Lake (Naba) and the surrounding area destroyed as they gain access to the gold and copper reserves in the earth."

"Recent changes in the Fisheries Act allow for the destruction of freshwater bodies in Canada. Once added to Schedule 2, lakes and rivers lose the protections of the Fisheries Act and are allowed to be used as toxic dumpsites for metal mining corporations."