MAHONE BAY – Just in time for the election, frontline water defenders will gather this evening to talk about the major changes needed to defend land, water and our collective rights in Nova Scotia.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy of avoiding confrontation with U.S. President Trump puts water on both sides of the border in peril, says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, in a new report titled Water For Sale: How Free Trade And Investment Agreements Threaten Environmental Protection Of Water And Promote The Commodification Of The World’s Water.
As Toronto hosts two days of high-level TPP talks in an undisclosed location, civil society groups warn that TPP cannot be the basis for Canada’s future trade relationships
Today, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) released a study predicting meager GDP gains of $220 per Canadian under CETA.
This week, Canada-China free trade talks are taking place in an undisclosed location in Ottawa. While Canada has not officially launched free-trade negotiations with China, Ottawa is indicating it will move quickly, despite growing concerns about the impacts these talks could have.
In the last week, Donald Trump has upped the ante in NAFTA negotiations, threatening Canadian dairy and imposing tariffs on softwood lumber. Today he announced he would unilaterally pull the U.S. out of NAFTA. The Council of Canadians is available to comment on these developments.
“Vulnerable groundwater supplies can still be extracted and shipped thousands of kilometres away in single-use plastic bottles,” says Emma Lui, water campaigner for the Council of Canadians.
Antigonish – On Wednesday, frontline water defenders shared stories of corporate trickery, modern impacts of colonization, and struggles to protect their communities from the expansion of a toxic industry. They were talking about the Alton Gas project.
“In the guise of allowing beer and wine to cross the border, and marijuana to be sold, they are also opening the door to more nefarious provisions: allowing corporations to sue provinces, like in Chapter 11 in NAFTA,” says Sujata Dey, Trade Campaigner with the Council of Canadians.
Well-known water justice activist Maude Barlow will be in Victoria on Saturday, as part of a 5-city tour in B.C. to launch her new book Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis