Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group wants to build a $10 billion manufacturing complex in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin to assemble liquid crystal display panels for televisions and other electronic devices - which would require about 7 million gallons of water to be drawn out of Lake Michigan each day.
Justine De Jaegher, Steven Shrybman and Andrea Furlong at our media conference on Parliament Hill, March 26.
Over the last five days, The Council of Canadians push for movement on Bill C-33, an Act to amend the Canada Elections Act, has picked up a lot of attention.
March 23 - The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students issued a media advisory stating, "While the Trudeau government introduced Bill C-33 to repeal the controversial provisions in the Fair Elections Act the legislation has been stalled since November, 2016."
Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui writes that Bill C-69 includes changes to the Harper government's Navigation Protection Act, now named the Canadian Navigable Waters Act by the Trudeau government. She says, "Despite Justin Trudeau’s commitment to restore protections and implement modern safeguards the bill does neither."
Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, is moving quickly through the different readings and stages. The Trudeau government introduced a Time Allocation motion at the end of February that shut down debate on the bill after just two days of debate.
Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
While the Council of Canadians has campaigned for years against Chapter 11 - the investor-state dispute settlement provision in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - because it is most commonly used by transnational corporations to curb environmental laws and other public interest legislation, why does the pro-corporate Trump administration oppose it?
Initially, Trump officials used a chauvinistic sovereignty argument. In June 2017, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the Senate, "I'm always troubled by the fact that nonelected non-Americans can make the final decision that the United States law is invalid. This is a matter of principle I find offensive."
Last week was an intense whirlwind of travelling through snowstorms on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore to attend meetings and public events, along the way taking in an overwhelming amount of knowledge and information about what the offshore oil industry could mean for our province, with a focus on what is at risk.
Last week, nearly 30 Council of Canadians chapters organized events from coast to coast to coast to promote water justice in Indigenous communities as well as in their communities. Chapters organized events and activities to draw attention to important water issues like fracking, the Site C dam, Blue Communities, Nestlé and other bottled water takings, offshore drilling, the Canadian Navigable Waters Act, wetlands and much more.
I am pleased to share with you this lovely poem by Leonard Desroches about understanding our relationship with water.
The CBC's investigative television program The Fifth Estate has reported, "Canada wasted $15 billion over the last five years on highly priced prescription drugs. Experts say misinformed prescribing practices, influenced by drug company marketing, are at the heart of the wasted spending."
I have just come back from a press conference on Parliament Hill and I am outraged. I was there on your behalf to send the Trudeau government a blunt message: Get on with passing Bill C-33 and your promise to repeal the so-called Fair Elections Act once and for all – before it’s too late.