As the marine shipping industry releases their report The Economic Impacts of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System 2010 today, the Council of Canadians is reaffirming their support for stringent regulations on ballast waters to prevent further spread of invasive species in the Great Lakes Basin.
Detroit, MI – Flow for Water, a coalition of several national and state organizations, Council of Canadians, and On the Commons are excited to announce participation in Great Lakes Week in Detroit from October 12 – 14.
The world-wide occupations seek to draw attention to the corporate control of our economy, and the resulting wealth inequalities, austerity measures, environmental harms, loss of democratic rights, and exclusion of popular voices.
The Council of Canadians commends today’s European Commission decision to assign a higher carbon emission value to crude from the tar sands than other fossil fuels under the EU’s proposed Fuel Quality Directive. The organization will be encouraging EU member states, notably the UK and Netherlands, not to challenge the policy when they must vote on the directive in a few months.
In the critical days before Ontarians vote in a provincial election, the Council of Canadians is urging Ontario Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty to put a stop to Bruce Power’s planned shipments of nuclear waste on the Great Lakes.
The United Nations Human Rights Council has just taken an earlier recognition of water as a human right a significant step further by outlining the responsibilities in a new resolution which passed by consensus on September 28.
More than 200 people risked arrest on Parliament Hill today in the largest climate-related civil disobedience action in Canadian history. Over 100 participants were released with a trespassing ticket.
Ottawa – Canada and the United States are close to agreeing on a joint policing program that could give US security agencies substantial control of their northern border while deputizing US police agents in Canada.
(Ottawa) – Nine Canadian celebrities have added their support for a mass act of civil disobedience in Ottawa on September 26 protesting the tar sands industry and pushing for a clean, green energy future that honours Indigenous rights and prioritizes the health of the environment and communities.
Ottawa – The Council of Canadians is urging the federal government to let the Canada-US government procurement agreement expire as planned later this month. The Council is calling on the government to follow US President Obama's lead by increasing funding to municipal infrastructure while attaching 'Buy Canadian' conditions to it.