Last night, a historic election surprised and stunned us all. There are many thoughts and emotions that surface for me right now and I want to share them with you.
Maude Barlow's blog
Ask Canadians about the most pressing issues facing their country and, alongside concerns about the economy and healthcare, they will inevitably raise the need for action on climate change. And no wonder: British Columbia and the Prairies were in the grips of a serious drought this summer and, only weeks after our election, world leaders will head to Paris to try to come up with a serious plan to stop global warming.
Yesterday, the CBC reported that 436 voters in Calgary received voter information cards from Elections Canada directing them to the wrong polling station. And this isn’t an isolated incident. Voters in B.C., the Yukon, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, PEI and beyond report similar incidents of being sent the wrong information.
The time is coming when we will have no choice but to confront climate change and growing inequality, and we can only hope we will have the tools to cope. The Leap Manifesto is a way to think ourselves out of this box of inaction and lack of forward vision. After a decade of grey, it is time to dream in colour.
A year ago – Sept. 26 to be exact – Prime Minister Harper announced the conclusion of negotiations of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Juan Manual Borroso, then-president of the European Commission and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, flown in to celebrate at the taxpayers expense – the flights alone cost $300,000.
You'd be forgiven for thinking gotcha moments and clever memes are going to decide this election. Social media thrive on short bursts of stupidity, and this campaign is definitely turning out to be a spectator sport. But hairdos and coffee cups aside, it might do well to remember what is at stake Oct. 19. Many of us are worrying about civil society. We're not just talking manners -- though manners wouldn't hurt.
On July 25/26, I had the honour of visiting the Village of Donnottar, a lovely lake community located on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipeg, forty minutes north of Winnipeg. I was speaking at the Community Awareness Day, guest of Mayor Rick Gamble, a remarkable environmental activist, the local village council and several community organizations. I took part the next day in a Walk for Water that ended with a bbq and concert. I was also looked after with much care by Don and Donna Winstone, a wonderful couple who live right on the lake in this enchanting village.
This week, ministers from 12 countries representing 40 per cent of the world's economy will meet to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the largest trade agreements ever. As talks are rushed to conclusion, Canada is still fighting to have its supply management system excluded from the deal.
Five years ago this week, the United Nations adopted a historic resolution recognizing the human rights to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as “essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life.”
The United Nations reports that we have 15 years to avert a full-blown water crisis and that, by 2030, demand for water will outstrip supply by 40 percent. Five hundred renowned scientists brought together by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that our collective abuse of water has caused the earth to enter a “new geologic age,” a “planetary transformation” akin to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years ago. Already, they reported, a majority of the world’s population lives within a 30-mile radius of water sources that are badly stressed or running out.