Ottawa – A seventh round of Canada-European Union free trade negotiations, set for April 11-15 in Ottawa, should be put on hold until a new federal government has been elected, says the Council of Canadians. The organization is also calling on provincial and territorial governments to use this pause in the negotiations to consult publicly on what, if anything, should be put on the table.
Ottawa/Toronto – Yesterday’s budget indicates that environmental priorities will continue to be neglected, despite the opinions of Canadians.
As the federal government prepares to introduce its budget, the Council of Canadians is calling for the allocation of significant resources to protecting the Great Lakes as a Commons, a Public Trust and a Protected Bioregion. The Council of Canadians outlines how and why to do this in a new report today entitled Our Great Lakes Commons: A People’s Plan to Protect the Great Lakes Forever.
Burnaby, BC – The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees has presented a certificate for becoming the first Blue Community in Canada to the City of Burnaby, the third largest municipality in BC.
Ottawa - A new Environics Research poll commissioned by the Council of Canadians indicates that 73% of Canadians want the Harper government to recognize the human right to clean and safe water and sanitation.
Winnipeg (MB) - On Tuesday, March 22nd, World Water Day, the Council of Canadians – Winnipeg Chapter launches its “Show Us the Deal” Campaign with an online petition and by presenting a film screening of Water Makes Money - a documentary of numerous cities, including Paris, that have fought to regain their waste and water systems after negative experiences with Véolia.
Ottawa - The Council of Canadians is calling on the Harper government to prioritize water in the upcoming budget, which will be delivered on March 22 – World Water Day.
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.