Yesterday, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court upheld an injunction from Alton Gas barring Mi’kmaq water protectors from protecting their land and water. As described on the Stop Alton Gas website, “Alton Gas has a hugely destructive plan to create salt caverns in which to store natural gas, by dumping the equivalent of 3,000 tons of hard salt into the Shubenacadie River every day. This massive 50-year project would seriously harm the river ecosystem and put the health, livelihoods and rights of the Mi’kmaq people at risk. It is also in contravention of the Fisheries Act, which prohibits the deposit of ‘deleterious substances’ into water frequented by fish.”
The Nelson Chapter of the Council of Canadians is co-hosting an event on March 22 – World Water Day – to help raise community awareness about the importance of water.
The United Nations declared March 22 World Water Day in 1993. According to the UN’s website, the day is “a means of focusing attention on the importance of water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is 'Leaving no one behind.’”
As part of the global student strike for climate started by Greta Thunberg, an estimated 1.4 million youth walked out of class on Friday, March 15. This was spread across 2,229 events in 128 countries on every continent, and it was the largest ever climate mobilization to date.
In Canada, more than 160,000 took part in the global #FridaysforFuture day of action. Of these 150,000 were in one massive march in Montreal, which had the largest turnout of any city worldwide. But 79 other school walkouts took place across the country, with thousands turning up in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Victoria too.
The Council of Canadians mourns the 49 lives taken and dozens more injured in the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday.
We are grieving alongside Muslim communities everywhere and stand united in denouncing Islamaphobia and racism in all forms.
The purpose of trade agreements has fundamentally changed since the post-war Bretton Woods international institutions were established to rebuild a shattered world economy and promote international economic cooperation.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Racism (March 21st) the newly launched Migrant Rights Network (MRN) will be coordinating the first of four cross-country days of action this year to respond to the rise of anti-immigrant protests, racially motivated attacks, and forced displacements as climate change intensifies.
If you’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, I don’t blame you. Politics in Alberta feels pretty daunting right now.
But there’s too much at stake to give up. The Council of Canadians has a plan that will help get the best outcome for people and planet in this provincial election, all while laying the groundwork for a just transition in Alberta – but we won’t be able to pull it off without you.
Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. The Council of Canadians honours the struggles of women around the world for justice and equality.
We celebrate women’s achievements and recognize that as a society, we can still do better.
Across the country, Council of Canadians supporters and chapter activists are joining marches and actions in support of women’s aspirations for a better world.
We are inspired by the many examples of women who, through their solidarity and courage, demonstrate that a better world is possible. Today, and every day, we honour women’s struggles and commit to working collectively to build a better future for us all.
Bottled water that smells like "urine," tastes like "old socks" or reeks of "diarrhea." These were some of the complaints listed in four years' worth of government inspection reports obtained by CBC News.
CBC News noted that the reports revealed that “Dasani, owned by Coca-Cola; Real Canadian natural spring water, owned by Loblaws, one of Canada's largest grocery-store chains; and Refreshe spring water, from the Safeway grocery chain, are just some of the brands whose water has been hit with complaints over foul smells, tastes or unusually high levels of sulphur.”