The Council of Canadians vision statement opens with these lines:
"Economic globalization and unregulated market capitalism have divided the world – and Canada – into rich and poor as at no time in living history and endangered the ability of the planet to sustain life. Tragically, most governments support an economic system that puts unlimited growth above the vital needs of people and the planet. The Council of Canadians is part of a global civil society movement to drive transformative change in the absence of true leadership by governments."
It then highlights that we promote:
Aine O'Connor of the Sisters of Mercy and Meera Karunananthan of the Blue Planet Project advocated for the public financing of the right to water at the United Nations in the lead-up to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau will be co-hosting the G7 Finance and Development Ministerial meeting this coming May 31 to June 2 in Whistler, British Columbia. The meeting will include G7 finance ministers, development ministers and central bank governors and feed into the G7 summit taking place June 8-9 in Charlevoix, Quebec.
Council of Canadians chairperson Leo Broderick.
The Council of Canadians has long called on the government of Prince Edward Island to maintain the 2002 moratorium on deep well irrigation and to furthermore legislate a complete ban on all deep well irrigation in the province.
In January 2014, the Journal Pioneer reported, "Leo Broderick with the Council of Canadians said there is a huge danger in allowing deep well irrigation in the province. 'Our ground water is not an infinite resource and we will suffer from long-term ground water depletion', he said. 'Eventually our water table will respond causing serious environmental damage and affecting individual and municipal water supplies.'"
In February 2014, Maude Barlow spoke at a public forum in Charlottetown highlighting similar concerns about deep well irrigation.
On May 30, 2017, Toronto-based Council of Canadians organizer Mark Calzavara delivered 8,000+ letters to the head office of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in Toronto calling on them to not invest in the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.
The Council of Canadians has opposed the possibility of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) investing in the Texas-based Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline for more than a year.
On February 5, Meera Karunananthan joined with allies and José Luis Abarca to ask Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Joe Friday to investigate the role the Canadian embassy in Mexico had in the death of Blackfire Exploration Ltd. opponent Mariano Abarca.
On November 27, 2009, Mariano Abarca was killed after blaming Calgary-based mining company Blackfire Exploration Ltd. for contaminated local rivers, the loss of local crops, and the death of livestock in his community.
Just days after his death, Maude Barlow stated, "A man deeply involved in the protest against the Canadian mining company Blackfire has been murdered outside his home. This tragic outcome can be traced directly to the Harper government’s refusal to end the impunity currently enjoyed by Canadian mining companies."
Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow says, "The Trudeau government talks a lot about progressive trade but as a first step to reach an agreement that is actually progressive, the Chapter 11 investor-state dispute settlement provision and the energy proportionality rules that prevent us from meeting our international climate commitments need to be removed."
The Canadian Press reports on some of the "flashpoints" that prevented a NAFTA deal being reached last week:
Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at the Conference of North American Right Livelihood Award Laureates in Santa Cruz this week.
The advance promotion for the gathering had noted, "In May 2018, a group of Right Livelihood change-makers based in Canada and the US will convene at the University of California, Santa Cruz to discuss challenges and opportunities for advancing social and environmental justice. In these tumultuous times, this meeting will deepen and ground our local efforts toward a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world."
Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter activist Mary Love presenting in favour of a municipal ban on bottled water in recreational facilities to the City of Hamilton's Board of Health on Monday May 14. Photo by Ute Schmid Jones.
Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country:
The Council of Canadians is planning a large rally against the Trudeau government's promise to indemnify Texas-based Kinder Morgan's controversial pipeline.
Earlier this week, CBC reported, "Canada is willing to write Kinder Morgan — or anyone else who steps up to the plate — a cheque to ensure the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets built despite British Columbia's opposition, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday. Morneau said the federal government is willing to compensate the pipeline's backers for any financial loss due to British Columbia's attempts to obstruct the company's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. ...Kinder Morgan has threatened to abandon the project if a clear path forward isn't reached by May 31."