Former Sentate page, Brigette DePape, examines the the potential of, and the need for People Power to achieve real change in Canada.
Trade with Europe would be a good idea if it meant more good jobs and better social services. But like all “free trade” agreements, the CETA is not about that. It’s about boosting corporate rights, lowering environmental standards, and weakening public services.
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
Few European citizens are aware that their governments are in the midst of negotiating an ambitious trade deal that could boost Europe’s involvement in the world’s most destructive project – the Canadian tar sands.
A growing number of communities in Canada and abroad are fighting the environmental and human rights abuses of bad Canadian mining. Shout Out Against Mining Injustice will shine a spotlight on the key struggles listed below. These are only a small sample of the devastating battles being fought around the world against transnational mining companies.
Northern Alberta’s tar sands are home to 175 billion barrels of recoverable bitumen, a tar-like substance that requires intensive processing to become liquid fuel. Approximately 1.4 million barrels of bitumen are produced daily with plans to increase to 2.2 million barrels by 2015. But The impacts of this massive project stretch much further than just Alberta.
The Canadian and BC governments are currently exploring the development of Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) around the province with a specific proposal for a zone at Deltaport, which is located south of Delta near the community of Ladner, BC. There has been very little public information provided about this proposed zone, or debate about its potential social, environmental and economic impacts.
There are two competing narratives about the earth’s freshwater resources being played out in the 21st century.
Instead of renewing its support for public health care, the federal Conservative government is letting the forces of privatization dismantle our most treasured social program. Unless ordinary Canadians from every part of the country rise up to defend it, our public health care system will not survive this onslaught from the for-profit sector.
Texas-based Kinder Morgan was founded by Richard Kinder and Bill Morgan, both former Enron executives and billionaires. Now they want to make more profits by expanding a current pipeline to export tar sands oil to new markets.