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August 13, 2018

Watch this presentation by the World Council of Churches on their decision to join the Blue Community project, a joint initiative by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees that is now expanding to communities in other parts of the world.

A “blue community” is one that adopts a water commons framework that treats water as belonging to no one and the responsibility of all. View our Blue Communities work here.

August 12, 2018

Here are just some of the ways our amazing network of chapters activists across the country campaigned for social justice this week. Thanks to all for your inspiring activism!
 

Water

The London Chapter highlighted the London Blue Communities facebook group established by the chapter’s new co-chair, Julie Picken-Cooper (Roberta Cory has retired as the London Chapter co-chair after 4 years of dedicated service!)

The Ottawa Chapter shared Water Campaigner Emma Lui’s article about Nestlé's continued permitless pumping.

August 9, 2018

The Council of Canadians joined with allies in enviornmental, union, health and social justice movements in sending a letter to Ontario Premier Ford demanding action on climate change.

Since coming into office, the Ford government has:

August 8, 2018

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature has launched an important proclamation to further build the recognition and respect for the rights of our planet in face of the growing impacts of climate change.

As described in the book published by the Council of Canadians, Fundacion Pachamama and Global Exchange The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, the momentum to recognize the rights of nature intensified in April 2010 when Bolivia hosted a gathering for climate justice activists in the wake of the failed United Nations Copenhagen Climate Summit (COP 15). More than 32,000 people from around the world came together for the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Bolivia to send a message that a far stronger commitment was needed to address climate change and to ensure a safe and sustainable future.

August 7, 2018

The Canadian Press reported this week on the ongoing water protectors’ presence at the Alton Gas work site near Stewiacke, Nova Scotia.

 

Credit: Andrew Vaughn/Canadian Press.

CP writes, “For the past 12 years, a Calgary-based company has been planning to pump water from the river to an underground site 12 kilometres away, where it will be used to flush out salt deposits, creating huge caverns that will eventually store natural gas. AltaGas says the leftover brine solution will be pumped into the river, twice a day at high tide, over a two- to three-year period. The initial plan is to create two caverns about a kilometre underground. But the company has said it may need as many as 15 caverns, which would be linked to the nearby Maritimes and Northeast natural gas pipeline, about 60 kilometres north of Halifax.”

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