The South African Coalition Against Water Privatisation writes, "In its historic judgement handed down on the 30th April 2008, the Johannesburg High Court declared prepaid water meters both illegal and unconstitutional and ordered the City of Johannesburg to provide residents with 50 litres of free water per person/per day."
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Ricardo Acuña, executive director of the Parkland Institute, writes in Edmonton's Vue Weekly that, "After years of pressure from environmental groups, First Nations communities, public interest organizations and virtually everyone else with an eye to the long-term well-being of Alberta, players in Alberta’s tar sands have shelved the massive expansion plans they have been pushing."
The Globe and Mail reports today that, "Abitibi is preparing a challenge to Newfoundland's move (to expropriate their assets) under the NAFTA treaty - since the company is considered to be a U.S. entity. It will soon file a notice of intent, which will begin the process, and in that document the company will detail its exact claims for the value of the assets that are being expropriated."
On page A4 of today's Ottawa Citizen, Maude Barlow answers the question, 'What should Harper say to Obama to get the most out of this visit?'
The National Post reported on January 12 that, "Among the laws earmarked for revision (by the Harper government) is the Navigable Waters Protection Act, which was enacted in 1882 to regulate the construction of dams and bridges and guard marine routes from intrusions by the logging industry."
Linda Diebel writes in the Toronto Star today that, "A coalition of major Canadian organizations yesterday urged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to signal Canada's willingness to renegotiate NAFTA in talks next week with President Barack Obama."
The G7 finance ministers are meeting in Rome today. The G7 is comprised of the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Britain, Japan and Canada.
IPS reports today that, "Rarely a week goes by without a problem of water scarcity hitting the headlines. The acute droughts in Kenya, Argentina and the U.S. state of California are among the latest phenomena to illustrate that the global environment has been dangerously degraded."
EurActiv reports today that Mikhail Gorbachev, "the former Soviet leader launched a high-profile water initiative in the European Parliament yesterday, calling for water issues to be included in UN negotiations over a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, due to be agreed in Copenhagen in December."
The Globe and Mail has reported that, "Stephen Harper's Conservative government has called for a joint Canada-U.S. pact on greenhouse-gas emissions and energy security, in part to ensure that the oil sands are not hit by punishing U.S. regulations under Mr. Obama's environment-conscious administration."