November 11, 2017

A few highlights from the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature presented a Rights of Nature report as an alternative framework for justice and climate rights. With contributions from global leaders including Pablo Solon (Bolivia); Cormac Cullinan (South Africa) Maude Barlow (Canada) and many others, this report explores not just the idea of a radical shift toward recognizing rights of ecosystems (and our responsibilities to the Earth) but includes global examples from around the world where these new laws are taking root. Please download and share this new report.

November 11, 2017

What was the deal that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to yesterday in Vietnam just before midnight local time?

On Friday, a Global Affairs media release noted, "[International Trade Minister François-Philippe] Champagne welcomed the progress made on the margins of the APEC Trade Ministerial Meeting on a framework for a new Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership. Environment and labour rights will form crucial pillars of a new agreement and will be subject to dispute settlement mechanisms. However there still are a number of issues that remain outstanding for Canada."

On Saturday, a draft statement from Canada and ten other countries stated, "Ministers are pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership."

November 10, 2017

Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians fully supports the work of our climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue and deplores the misogynistic and violent threats she has recently received on Facebook.

Andrea has been a central figure in the Council's campaign to stop the Energy East tar sands pipeline because of the threats it posed to the the climate, drinking water and Indigenous rights. The hate messages directed at her appear to be driven through pro-tar sands Facebook sites and demonstrate a relationship between misogynist, racist, xenophobic and anti-immigrant social views and unfettered fossil fuel development.

November 10, 2017

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter visited the First Nation occupation happening at the Norwegian-owned Marine Harvest fish farm on Midsummer Island in the Broughton Archipelago off the coast of British Columbia.

Please see below this week's snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country.

November 10, 2017

Trudeau waves as he arrives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam yesterday. Photo by Adrian Wyld/ Canadian Press.

Justin Trudeau has broken his election promise of consultation and transparency with the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks.

On October 5, 2015, just two weeks before the last election, Trudeau responded with this statement to the Harper government's announcement that it had reached agreement with eleven other countries on a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.