Maude Barlow reports back from a two-day conference on water and women in Guatemala, organized by Asociacion Aqua Rios y Pueblos (Water, Rivers and People).
Real solutions to climate change invite a radical rethinking of the present economic system that is based on limitless growth and puts profit ahead of people and the planet. We need to question economies that offer huge bailouts to banks and businesses at great expense to taxpayers, but fail to invest great amounts in renewable energy and sustainable solutions.
Expanding Canada’s trade horizons beyond North America is a reasonable goal for a country that has become dependent on the U.S. market. Based on a leaked copy of the CETA text and limited public information about the talks, it is clear Canada has much to lose and little to gain from the deal.
A study conducted in British Columbia that less than five per cent of women and 11 per cent of men over the age of 65 had the income required to live in a for-profit long-term care facility. Yet for-profit facilities are increasing much more quickly than public facilities. In Canada 35 per cent of long term care beds are now provided in private facilities.
The Harper and Alberta governments alongside Big Oil companies have made it abundantly clear they view the tar sands (also known as oil sands or natural bitumen) as a key economic driver in Canada. They are intent on increasing production and exports. The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are critical components to this vision.
People in communities across the country are coming together under the banner of Common Causes/Causes Communes to send a strong message to Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.
As the examples of the Swedish, French and British health care systems demonstrate, there isn’t one “European solution” that can be applied to Canadian health care problems.
What’s been a bonanza for big corporations and private investors has been bad news for the rest of us — and for the public good. Our resources and the environment are under threat. Our public services such as health care are being cut and privatized. Our jobs and the promise of a living wage are being steadily eroded.
A compilation of blog posts written by Maude Barlow, detailing her experiences while in Mexico as a panelist for the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal - an independent international panel that examines and provides judgments on human rights violations. Maude and the Blue Planet Project team also participated in a public forum on the right to water in Mexico City, and traveled to Cerro de San Pedro a