The Maritimes Energy Association hosted another conference promoting fossil fuel expansion in the region yesterday, this time in Moncton with the focus on natural gas.
A large part of the Council of Canadians’ strength comes from our chapters working to build the kind of Canada we want.
The Council of Canadians recently launched a new Blue Communities video that gives an overview of the Blue Communities Project where municipalities, faith-based and other communities resist the corporate takeover of water.
Joining a chapter is a great opportunity to meet with other Council of Canadians supporters who share your passion and vision for a better Canada.
The Advisory Council on Implementation of National Pharmacare held their final consultation last night in Halifax, wrapping up several months of cross-country meetings to gather feedback on how Pharmacare should be implemented.
Over 100 people attended the event, which consisted mostly of an open-mic style participation by the audience with intermittent comments from Council members Diana Whalen (former MLA in Nova Scotia) and Camille Orridge.
In the aftermath of a drought and the shadow of so-called “day zero,” it is becoming clear that the Cape Town residents who cannot afford to pay for water will live on the edge this YEAR END’s “festive” season. While four communities are still recovering from fire disasters, the politicians see fit to use this opportunity to tap into people’s vulnerability to mobilise for the 2019 National elections.
This week the Nova Scotia Advocate reported on efforts by German anti-fracking activists to stop the German government from giving a financial guarantee to Peridae, the company behind the Goldboro LNG proposal. This proposal includes an Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) plant designed to export LNG from Goldboro, Nova Scotia in Guysborough County.
I am writing this to urge you to read a new book called Corporatizing Canada: Making Business out of Public Service, edited by Jamie Brownlee, Chris Hurl and Kevin Walby and published by Between the Lines.
The book contains 16 chapters on many aspects of this important and dangerous development written by the top experts in the field in Canada. While they are all excellent, I must give a personal shout out to one in particular. Emma Lui, the Council of Canadians’ national water campaigner, writes a powerful chapter on the danger of governments running water services as if they are a business.
Many of us have fought privatization for years, understanding it to be a vital component of the neo-liberal economic globalization experiment that has failed so many so badly. But we have paid less attention to a parallel threat that has been building in our public institutions. Corporatization is the practice of using a market model to run public agencies, utilities, regulatory bodies and public services. Originally it was introduced to set up a buffer to protect public servants from political interference when governments of different political stripes gained office. But today's corporatization is a way for public institutions and services to act at arms-length from the public they serve and where the needs of the public become subordinate to the economic bottom line. Public services become commodities to be bought and sold and service users are treated more as customers than citizens. Corporatized services are less accountable, less transparent and less democratic than true public services.
Since its inception, the Council of Canadians has built its strength and credibility with powerful grassroots activists in communities across Canada.
Last Sunday, Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician known for making homophobic and misogynist statements and supporting neoliberal policies and military dictatorship, won Brazil’s presidential election.
According to the National Observer, “[Bolsonaro] has threatened to ‘disappear’ Indigenous peoples and has vowed to open up the rainforests of the Amazon to extractive industries. With time running out to avert climate breakdown, Bolsonaro's election is a catastrophe — he recently threatened to follow the lead of Donald Trump and quit the Paris climate agreement.”
Bolsonaro has promised to make it easier for mining companies regardless of the impacts on the environment or on Indigenous peoples.