Montreal and Toronto – As the third round of NAFTA negotiations ends in Ottawa, the Council of Canadians and the Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale (RQIC) will release the names of more than 100 Canadian, Indigenous and Quebec artists who have signed a letter asking the Canadian government to not trade away culture at the bargaining table on Wednesday.
On September 29-30, 2017, concerned residents from across Michigan, Ontario and Indigenous communities will gather for the Water Is Life: Strengthening the Great Lakes Commons summit in Flint, Michigan to organize and challenge Nestlé’s bottled water takings and Great Lakes threats and to promote human rights and water sovereignty.
Today, in response to news reports that the proportionality chapter of NAFTA – which forces Canada to export quotas of energy to the United States – might be extended to Mexico during renegotiations, the Council of Canadians is available for comment.
Chatham, ON – Twelve Chatham area well owners have now filed water well interference complaints with the Ontario government following the start of construction on a 34 turbine wind power project near their farms. The Council of Canadians is demanding work stop on the project following this 12th complaint.
With the approach of NAFTA’s third round of negotiations, civil society groups are disturbed by the absence of any stakeholder round in the NAFTA talks. In response, they will be holding their own multinational meeting on Friday in Ottawa that will include prominent civil society activists and politicians from all three countries involved.
Ottawa – As the third round of NAFTA negotiations start in Ottawa on Saturday, most Canadians want the government to walk away from the deal if it is not good for people and the environment.
Chatham, ON – Eleven Chatham area well owners have now filed water well interference complaints with the Ontario government following the start of construction on a 34 turbine wind power project near their farms. The Council of Canadians is demanding work stop on the project following this 11th complaint.
Despite a proposal from the USTR suggesting that countries be able to opt-out of Chapter 11’s corporate tribunals in NAFTA, media reports indicate the Canadian government says this is not negotiable.
Ottawa – Today, as negotiations on a new form of the TPP without the United States start in a secret location in Sydney, Australia, the Council of Canadians is perplexed at how the government can continue to participate in negotiations when Canadians have written to it overwhelmingly opposing the deal.
The Council of Canadians is available for comment on the National Energy Board (NEB) decision to include both upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions in the upcoming review of the 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East project.