he Globe and Mail reports, "Most Canadians are giving the Liberal government’s second budget a thumbs down, according to a new survey for The Globe and Mail by Nanos Research.
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Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow will be speaking at the 'Untrouble the Waters' summit at the University of Illinois on May 10-11.
As noted in the promotion for the summit, "Various concerns impacting the Great Lakes region will be the focus when government officials, researchers and community leaders from the U.S. and Canada convene at 'Untrouble the Waters', a summit organized by The Freshwater Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Panels and working groups will address critical issues impacting the Great Lakes region, such as lead poisoning, oil pipelines, budget cuts, clean water access and environmental protection. Speakers include Maude Barlow, national chairperson for the Council of Canadians."
The Council of Canadians has identified numerous threats to the Great Lakes including:
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow speaks to a rally during our annual conference in St. John's, October 2016.
Eighteen Council of Canadians chapters had a one-hour telephone conference call this evening to discuss the best ways to move forward on the resolutions passed at our annual conference in St. John's last year.
The twelve resolutions that were passed cover a wide variety of concerns including support for frontline work in rural areas, funding for small and rural chapters, creating a youth section, organizing climate protests, challenging militarism, ending homelessness, and reforming offshore petroleum boards.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
A second round of exploratory talks on a proposed Canada-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will be happening in Ottawa this coming April 24-28.
The Globe and Mail reports, "Next Monday, Chinese and Canadian negotiators will sit down for five days in Ottawa for a second round of exploratory trade discussions. The first set of talks was held in Beijing in February."
In advance of those talks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had an hour-long telephone conversation with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
US President Donald Trump has vowed to eliminate Canada's "very unfair" dairy supply-management system.
In a speech in the dairy state of Wisconsin, Trump stated, “NAFTA has been very, very bad for our country. It’s been very, very bad for our companies and for our workers and we’re going to make some very big changes. Or we’re going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all. We cannot continue like this, believe me.”
While it has been widely reported that Canada's ambassador to the US David MacNaughton says, “Canada does not accept the contention that Canada’s dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States," that does not mean that supply management isn't vulnerable during the upcoming NAFTA negotiations.
The Council of Canadians in Detroit in solidarity with the right to water struggle there, July 2014.
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says the water shutoffs that started in Detroit today are a "terrible violation of the human right to water!"
The Detroit News reports this hour, "The city’s water department on Wednesday began shutting off water to residential customers with delinquent accounts and about 18,000 households are currently at risk."
On September 22, 2016, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow announced our Boycott Nestlé campaign. To date, 51,855 people have signed this pledge.
Ontario residents are waiting for a critical decision to be made by Premier Kathleen Wynne on the bottled water industry after the provincial government held a series of consultations on this issue over the past several months.
One consultation related to a moratorium on new or expanded bottled water operations. We helped to generate thousands of submissions emphasizing that a permanent moratorium was needed, but the government has only implemented a two-year moratorium.
Quill Plains chapter activist Elaine Hughes
The Council of Canadians Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter is speaking against small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) in Saskatchewan.
CBC reports, "Researchers from the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan are looking into what it would take to build a small modular nuclear reactor in Saskatchewan. ...The project is meant to benefit countries considering adopting nuclear power, and aims to provide a comprehensive approach for adopting nuclear energy and siting nuclear power plants."
In addition, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has stated that nuclear energy could help Canada reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Monsanto Tribunal hearings. Judge Lamm (Argentina), Judge Shrybman (Canada), Judge and chair Tulkens (Belgium). October 15, 2016.
Council of Canadians Board member Steven Shrybman was on a tribunal that has found Monsanto guilty of several environmental and human rights abuses.
Telesur reports, "The tribunal found the multinational guilty of a number of environmental and human rights abuses. The legal findings of a civil society trial on whether Monsanto is guilty of ecocide, subsequently fostering human rights abuses, were delivered in the Hague Tuesday [April 18]."
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says the Town Council of Erin made "a big mistake" by voting in favour of accepting funds from Nestlé Waters Canada in relation to the water the transnational extracts from the local Hillsburgh well for their bottled water operations.