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March 8, 2009

Today is being celebrated as the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.

ORIGINS
"In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States on February 28, 1909.. International Women's Day was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women's Day was transferred to March 8 and this day has remained the global date for International Wommen's Day ever since."

To read more about the history of IWD you can go to http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp

March 7, 2009

The CanWest News Service reports this afternoon that, "The Federation of Canadian Municipalities voted Saturday to adopt a resolution urging cities to phase out both buying and selling bottled water in civic buildings and at city events."

MORE CITIES TO FOLLOW
"The Council of Canadians says 27 municipalities across the country are currently phasing out or restricting the sale and purchase of bottled water in municipal buildings and at city events. The council, which lobbies governments to ensure water is a human right that should be free to all people, is confident all Canadian municipalities will follow suit."

March 7, 2009

We have just received word from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities that, "After a healthy debate, the following resolution (sponsored by Toronto and London) has just been overwhelmingly adopted (only 3 people opposed) by the FCM Board of Directors:"

The resolution says:
"That FCM urge all municipalities to phase out the sale and purchase of bottled water at their own facilities where appropriate and where potable water is available; and That municipalities be urged to develop awareness campaigns about the positive benefits and quality of municipal water supplies."

We have just issued a media release that says, "The Council of Canadians is claiming a decisive win today against the bottled water industry with the adoption by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) of a resolution that calls on Canadian municipalities to phase out the sale and purchase of bottled water in municipal buildings."

March 7, 2009

The Globe and Mail reports today that, "The Ganges is perhaps the most sacred body of water on Earth - 60,000 people go to its banks to worship every day, and every year millions make a pilgrimage to Varanasi, which has been considered a holy place for thousands of years."

THE GANGES IS ONE OF THE MOST POLLUTED RIVERS IN THE WORLD "The Ganges is also one of the world's most polluted waterways. It runs 2,525 kilometres from its source in the Himalayas to empty into the Bay of Bengal. There are 116 cities along its banks, all expanding rapidly, none effectively treating its sewage. The Ganges basin is home to 40 per cent of India's 1.2 billion people. Here in a city of two million in the heart of that basin, the river's fecal-coliform count is 3,000 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization."

March 7, 2009

Columnist Doug Saunders writes in the Globe and Mail today that Canadian diplomats "are under orders to have a top priority: the October, 2010, elections for the United Nations Security Council."

CANADA IN RACE AGAINST PORTUGAL FOR UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT "Canada is in a tight race with Portugal and Germany for two of the two-year seats on the 15-member council. If we win one, we get a vote on major world military and justice matters from 2011 to 2012. Germany is considered a sure winner, so we're up against Portugal for the second seat. This odd battle, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided, is our top international concern."

LOBBYING FOR UN SEAT AT THE 2010 OLYMPICS "In fact, there is a detailed plan to use the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia as a central lobbying event for the UN vote, each country attending the Games being assigned a targeted strategy, an intelligence file and a platoon of fluffers."

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