A year ago today a coalition of nine Canadian non-governmental groups* filed a memo with the RCMP asking that Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration Ltd. and its Mexican subsidiary be investigated under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.
Ottawa – The record-setting $130-million NAFTA settlement with AbitibiBowater has effectively privatized Canada's water by allowing foreign investors to assert a proprietary claim to water permits and even water in its natural state, says trade lawyer and Council of Canadians board member Steven Shrybman, in a presentation to Parliament today.
Toronto – The Council of Canadians called on the Ontario government to oppose the London Stock Exchange bid to take over the TMX Group at public hearings on the issue today at Queen's Park.
Ottawa - The Council of Canadians has raised several concerns with the Safe Drinking Water For First Nations Act (Bill S-11) in a submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.
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.