October 2, 2018

Canadian and American negotiators came to agreement on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), or NAFTA 2.0.

First, the good news. Thanks to Council of Canadians supporters fighting for trade that is truly fair, together over the last year we pushed relentlessly for and won two significant changes in this new deal:

October 1, 2018

Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow travelled to Quito, Ecuador last week for the Global Alliance on the Rights of Nature Symposium. She shared the following updates and photos on Twitter throughout the week.

Arrived at 2:00 a.m. in Quito after a very long trip. The opening Indigenous welcome was very moving. Packed event at the Simón Bolívar University.  This crucial gathering comes as Ecuador is welcoming massive hydroelectric projects and just yesterday, distressingly reversed its rejection of ISDS and entrenched the rights of foreign investment in the aftermath of the terrible Chevron ISDS decision. How could they?

If we don’t fight for water and forests and the people and ecosystems here and everywhere who will?

The symposium began with an Indigenous welcome. Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network spoke.

October 1, 2018
Public forum on the TransCanada's Energy East project at Dalhousie University, Sunday October 26, 2014
Public forum on the TransCanada's Energy East project at Dalhousie University, Sunday October 26, 2014. - Tim Krochak

Op-ed published in The Chronicle Herald, October 1, 2018

This week, the Maritimes Energy Association will host its Core energy conference on Canada’s East Coast energy future. Unfortunately, far too much of the conference will focus on the energy of the past.

This summer’s extreme climate events – from wildfires to torrential rain to heatwaves – are yet another reminder that we need to stop expanding the use and production of fossil fuels, and plan for a just transition to a sustainable energy future.

October 1, 2018

People before profit

At midnight last night, Canada and the U.S. agreed on a new deal on NAFTA, one which would now be called the USMCA, the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, as if that was easier to pronounce. Use May Ca?

Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly within the agreement.

Good news first

No Chapter 11 between the U.S. and Canada

For many years, the Council of Canadians and others have been writing and advocating to get rid of Chapter 11, the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) process. These are the provisions that allow corporations to sue countries over decisions, even if they are made in the public interest. For years, Canada has faced corporate lawsuits that made provinces renounce public auto insurance, accept toxins, and pay for refusing dangerous quarries.

September 28, 2018

I want to tell you about the incredible fall coming up for me and my work with the Council. 

This week, I am in Quito, Ecuador. It is the 10th anniversary of the Global Alliance on the Rights of Nature. I am on the executive committee. The symposium will be followed by a round-table of about 35 invited participants to plan next steps in our movement.

This issue, the rights of nature or Mother Earth, is being raised more and more by Indigenous allies here in Canada and by many of our chapter members and I am keen for us to address it more. 

In October, I travel to Europe with stops that include Rome, for a big anti-CETA event with Sujata Dey, our trade campaigner (Italy is the only country still holding out against the deal); Zurich, to take part in a public event and press conference against a planned privatization of their water services; then celebrations of three German cities becoming Blue Communities: Berlin, Augsburg and Munich. This is a huge deal for the Blue Planet Project and will get a lot of media in Germany.