March 9, 2009

The Guardian reports this morning that, "Premier Robert Ghiz says the province is seriously discussing a ban on bottled water within government facilities.The issue was brought up Thursday when the senior water adviser to the United Nations and Council of Canadians chair Maude Barlow met with the premier to discuss her concerns about access to clean water on P.E.I."

The article notes, "She offered several suggestions on how Prince Edward Island can sustain and protect its groundwater supply. Banning the sale and purchase of bottled water in all provincial public spaces, including the legislative assembly and in all provincial government buildings, would promote and support the Island’s public water, Barlow said."

Barlow says, "We’ve asked the premier and other premiers to ban bottled water and to invest in more infrastructure into our public water so it’s supporting public water."

March 9, 2009

CBC reports this morning that, "The P.E.I. government intends to ban the sale of cosmetic pesticides starting in 2010. Environment Minister Richard Brown told CBC News Friday that regulations are being drawn up, and they will be straightforward...Brown said Islanders were very clear about what they wanted, in their presentations to a legislative committee looking into lawn chemicals in 2007."

The full report can be read at

NAFTA CHALLENGE AGAINST QUEBEC FOR THEIR PESTICIDE BAN In October 2008, CBC reported that, "A company that makes the commonly used herbicide ingredient 2,4-D is challenging the Quebec government under the North American Free Trade Agreement for banning its product. The Canadian unit of Dow AgroSciences alleges the prohibition of the weed killer is without any scientific basis and in violation of the trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico."

March 8, 2009

It is with sadness that I share the news with you that Ottawa chapter activist Jeremy Wright passed away early this morning.

Jeremy was a committed chapter activist dedicated to a better Canada and will be remembered fondly by many from his participation at our annual general meetings and at Ontario-Quebec regional meetings.

Jeremy was a retired federal civil servant who contributed his considerable skills and energy to grassroots organizing and documentary film-making in the belief that a better world is possible. We honour him for this dedication and for his volunteerism.

Thank you to Peterborough chapter activist Roy Brady for letting us know about Jeremy's passing. We extend our condolences to Jeremy's family, friends, and fellow Ottawa chapter activists.

March 8, 2009

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

"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

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."

"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."