Ottawa - The Harper government is using the Canada-European Union trade talks to lobby the EU on its climate policy, according to recently released briefing notes. But the connections between the proposed agreement and needed regulation of the tar sands doesn't end there.
Brazilian mining company Vale was recently dealt a serious blow in its bid for intervener status in a legal challenge launched last year by the Sandy Pond Alliance to Protect Canadian Waters. The Federal Court of Canada decision granted limited intervener status to Vale, the Mining Association of Canada, and the Mining Association of British Columbia.
The Council of Canadians condemns the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s decision late Friday to approve the transport of 16 radioactive steam generators by ship across the Great Lakes to Sweden.
Toronto – The Toronto Police Services Board should deny Chief Bill Blair’s request tomorrow to buy the controversial sound cannons that the federal government lent them for the G20 meeting last June, says the Council of Canadians. Blair has asked for funding to buy four of the Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs) from the Harper government instead of returning them.
Ottawa – The Chilean water utility Essbio has named Coca-Cola director Jorge Lesser García-Huidobro as the new president of its Board of Directors. This appointment is sparking new concerns about the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan role in water privatization in Chile, especially given Coke’s controversial history in the region, says the Council of Canadians.
LONDON – This morning a group of campaigners protested outside the Canadian High Commission in London, to mark the visit of Ron Liepert, Alberta’s Energy Minister. The minister is here to lobby on behalf of the Province of Alberta’s Tar Sands industry, and encourage Europe to get more involved in what has been dubbed the world’s most destructive project.
The Botswana Court of Appeal upheld the Kalahari Bushmen’s right to water by quashing a 2010 decision that denied the Bushmen access to a borehole on their ancestral lands.
BRUSSELS, Belgium – European and Canadian civil society groups joined together today outside Canada-EU free trade talks to give a clear warning to the public and negotiators that increasing Europe’s involvement in the Canadian tar sands is unacceptable.
Overall, the results of recent Environics polling clearly indicate that the vast majority of Canadians are concerned about the root causes of climate change, and believe that dramatic, systemic change is required to deal with it.
Ottawa - Twenty five years ago tomorrow, a news release was issued announcing the formation of The Council of Canadians, which has since grown into Canada’s largest member-based social justice organization.