Last week, legal expert David Schneiderman brilliantly argued in the Globe and Mail that rather than consulting with Canadians over the practice of including investor-state clauses that allow foreign investors to challenge government laws and regulations in trade agreements, Canada should drop them all together. He correctly pointed out that the Trudeau government appears wedded to the concept of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in deals that Canada signs. He noted that ISDS is contained in both the recent deals with Europe (CETA) and Asia Pacific (CPTPP) and also in a number of bilateral agreements.
U.S. based Food & Water Watch recently released a groundbreaking study that reveals that an estimated 1.4 million people in the United States experienced a water shutoff in 2016. Data projections suggest the number could go as high as 15 million, or a shocking 1 out of every 20 households.
Food & Water Watch is a Washington-based nonprofit organization that advocates for affordable and safe food and water for everyone. For the study, the organization requested public records from the two biggest water suppliers in each state on residential water shut-offs in 2016.
As reported by the Associated Press, the cities with the highest shut off rates that year, where at least 10 per cent of residential customers had their water shut off for some period of time, were Detroit, New Orleans, Springdale, Arkansas, and Oklahoma’s two largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
On October 24th constituents in over two-thirds of Canada’s 338 federal ridings delivered copies of the IPCC report to their MPs with letters calling for follow-through on their promises to take the action needed to stay under 1.5ºC.
UPDATE: Council staff member Rachel Small was arrested and charged during the protests against Steve Bannon and David Frum's debate on Nov. 2. She was one of 13 people arrested that night, of the 1500 people that mobilized outside Roy Thomson Hall to reject hate, white supremacy, white nationalism, imperialism, and violence in our communities. The following blog, written a few days before the protest, explains why she took a stand against Bannon being given a platform at the Munk Debates.
The NWT Chapter of the Council of Canadians stands with our neighbours and allies throughout Treaty 8 Territory in opposition to the Site C dam on the Peace River. We oppose this unnecessary, destructive and costly project for its negative downstream impacts, its trampling of Indigenous rights and title, and threats to food sources and water.
Diana Ginn, Paul Hutchinson and chapter member Betty Wilcox at Paul Hutchinson’s public lecture ‘Living Well with Differences: Reflections from a Northern Irish Peace Activist’. Photo: Council of Canadians PEI chapter.
The PEI chapter hosted Paul Hutchinson last weekend for a public lecture and a workshop on conflict resolution and peace to offer insight into re-imagining the idea of community. Mr. Hutchinson is a mediator, therapist, artist and retreat leader. He uses the tools of conflict transformation and peace-building to help individuals and organizations to address important and challenging issues. He is the former Director of Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Northern Ireland. He is currently Commissioner on the Northern Ireland Parades Commission.
Activists from six different chapters rallied in support of public health care at Queen's Park in Toronto.
Thanks to all our chapters for their hard work and determination, mobilizing across the country for social and environmental justice.
Climate and Energy:
Chapters across the country delivered copies of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report to their local MPs on October 24, including Northwest Territories, London, Thunder Bay, Guelph, Ottawa, Montreal, Campbell River and South Shore.
Maude Barlow and the Lord Mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter celebrate the city's commitment to the Blue Communities Project. Photo: Olaf Becker/München
Maude Barlow, founder of the Blue Planet Project and honorary chairperson of the Council of Canadians welcomed four German cities to the Blue Communities Project this week. The Blue Communities Project is a global initiative aimed at promoting local policies that recognize water and sanitation as human rights, keep water and sanitation services public and stop the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities.
If I learned one thing from my trip to southern Ontario it is that communities are are fired up and determined to protect water for communities and for ecosystems. Nestlé and other bottled water protects that commodify water are incompatible to protecting water for life and for future generations. It is frontline communities fighting water privatization and promoting the right to water that are our greatest hope for water justice.
Council of Canadians chapter activists from Peterborough, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph and London joined with thousands of people for a rally at Queen’s Park in Toronto today in support of public health care.
Organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, the rally included people from across the province, representing health care workers, doctors and patients. The message was clear: Ontarians do not support any form of health care privatization.