Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow comments, "A global corporate tax 'race to the bottom' is taking place. This is a dangerous trend that will deepen inequality and favour the already favoured."
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Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow highlighted the global water crisis in a series of tweets yesterday - New Year's Eve.
She tweeted these recent news articles:
May the new year bring us closer to the realization of: 1- The right to water and sanitation, clean drinking water for all...
The Blue Planet Project has been expressing its opposition to the 'El Zapotillo' dam in Mexico since January 2011.
The dam would likely be 105 metres tall, divert the course of the Verde River, involve the construction of a 140 kilometre long aqueduct, flood the towns of Temacapulín, Acasico and Palmarejo, displace the residents of these communities, and submerge cultural heritage sites and farmland.
The dam would divert water to the city of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco, the Los Altos region in Jalisco, and the city of León in the state of Guanajuato.
A major struggle has been under way to both stop the construction of the dam and/or to keep the height of the dam to 80 metres (which would mean the three communities would not be flooded).
Despite an October 2015 election campaign promise to review changes, restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards in the Navigable Waters Protection Act gutted by the Harper government, federal environment minister Catherine McKenna replied to the Council of Canadians Guelph chapter in this letter (dated December 27, 2017) stating processes are still underway (more than two years after the election).
In the midst of the holiday season, Council of Canadians chapters remain active on shared issues of concern:
Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations Marc-Andre Blanchard abstained at the United Nations General Assembly vote and says he will attend "with great pleasure" US Ambassador Nikki Haley's "friendship" party on January 3 for the countries that didn't vote against the United States moving its embassy to Jerusalem.
What was behind the Trudeau government's abstention in the United Nations General Assembly vote that overwhelmingly rejected the Trump administration's plan to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow has tweeted, "Is this to save NAFTA?!? Shame!"
During this season that celebrates peace and goodwill to all, let us continue to build a better world that includes: The right to water and sanitation...
Port Elgin, Ontario is situated on Lake Huron.
Canada is being challenged by Napa, California-based Tennant Energy under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Investment Arbitration Reporter reports, "The Government of Canada disclosed today [December 21] that it faces a new claim under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Request for Arbitration by US investor, Tennant Energy, LLC, was filed on June 1, 2017 and acknowledged today in a brief announcement on a Canadian government website."
As we move into the holiday season and the close of 2017, here is a snapshot of recent chapter activities...
The Volta Grande mine site.
In March 2014, The Council of Canadians joined the Belo Sun No! campaign opposing Toronto-based Belo Sun Mining Corp.'s plans to build the massive Volta Grande open-pit gold mine in Brazil. The mine would be located just 100 metres from the Xingu River, a southern tributary of the Amazon River in the state of Para.
The Indigenous Juruna and Arara peoples rely on the Xingu River for their drinking water and for fishing.
These peoples are already downstream from the Belo Monte dam now under construction and expected to be completed in 2019. Indigenous peoples were not consulted on this dam even though the flooding for its 500 square kilometre reservoir will affect the territories of the Kayapos, Araweté, IgarapéIpixuna, Koatinemo, Arara and Kararaô peoples.