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.
Ottawa – The Council of Canadians and MiningWatch Canada have made public a report drafted by Environment Canada in December 2007 revealing that the agency had documented crucial information regarding the looming freshwater crisis in Canada.
By Maude Barlow, Alex Neve and Roch Tasse. Published in The Ottawa Citizen, June 5, 2007. While charges against Omar Khadr were dropped yesterday on a technicality, he continues to face indefinite imprisonment as an "enemy combatant" under the U.S. Military Commissions Act.
We thought members – both new and long-standing – would enjoy seeing this news release issued Monday, March 11, 1985, 10:30 a.m., announcing the formation of The Council of Canadians. See a timeline of our history here.