March 13, 2009

Last night, the Council of Canadians joined with a coalition of national and local water advocacy groups to illuminate the Peace Tower with a spectacular projection of blue light, and to offer a toast to public water to highlight the need for federal action to support Canada's public water resources and services.

To see some photos from last night, please go to You can also see a picture of the Peace Tower lit in blue on the front page of our website at

March 12, 2009

The Toronto Star reports today that, "The Conservative government plans to drop the barriers to foreign investment under $1 billion, a move critics say could lead to the hollowing out of Canadian business under increased foreign ownership...A special (government-appointed) competition policy review panel presented a report in June calling for Canada to throw open the doors to foreign ownership in telecommunications, air travel and uranium mining and even recommending bank mergers to avoid falling farther behind in the global economy."

Today's article continues, "'It is unfortunate to see the government of Canada acting more in the interest of foreign investment than in the development and support of a Canadian economy,' Brent Patterson, a spokesperson for the Council of Canadians, said yesterday."

March 12, 2009

In a letter to the editor published in the National Post on Monday, Nestle executive John Challinor writes in response to an article about bottled water bans that, "Relying on information from the Council of Canadians, this article states that '27 municipalities across the country are phasing out or restricting the sale and purchase of bottled water in municipal buildings and at city events.' This is incorrect. Eleven municipalities and two school boards have banned the sale of bottled water on their properties over the last three years and 36 local governments have rejected calls for bans over the last eight months. Another 17 jurisdictions are currently reviewing their options."

March 12, 2009

The Globe and Mail reports this morning that, "The world faces a bleak future over its dwindling water supplies, with pollution, climate change and rapidly growing populations raising the possibility of widespread shortages, a new report compiled by 24 agencies of the United Nations says."

"The warning from the UN is based on one of the most comprehensive assessments the global body has undertaken on the state of the world's fresh water and was commissioned for use at a major international water conference being held next week in Istanbul."

The World Water Assessment Programme website adds, "The United Nations World Water Development Report, released every three years in conjunction with the World Water Forum, is the UN’s flagship report on water. It is a comprehensive review that gives an overall picture of the state of the world's freshwater resources and aims to provide decision-makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of our water."

March 11, 2009

CBC reports today that, “oilsands giant Suncor and two of its contractors have been charged with 90 counts of dumping undertreated waste water into the Athabasca River and providing false or misleading information to the province about it, CBC News has learned. The charges, which were laid more than a year ago in February 2008 under Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, relate to the monitoring of waste water from a Suncor-owned work camp that houses up to 3,500 people at the company's operations north of Fort McMurray, Alta. Suncor, camp operator the Compass Group of Canada, and treatment plant operator Rodney McCabe and his company R&D McCabe Ltd. have all been charged.”