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.
Canada’s reputation throughout the Global South is tarnished by the human rights and environmental violations of its mining companies abroad. Seventy-five per cent of the world’s mining and exploration
A vibrant global movement for climate justice is animating a transition to a fossil‐free future. This movement recognizes the interconnectedness of struggles for human rights and social, economic and ecological justice. It is about transformation toward equitable economies and societies in harmony with nature.
In 2008, Maude Barlow, the Council’s National Chairperson, was appointed Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly. This report was initiated following Ms. Barlow’s appointment, from a concern over the degree of fragmentation and corporate influence appearing in the work of the United Nations (UN) to manage the planet’s shared water resources.
Canada-European Union free trade talks are moving quickly and entering a critical stage. Water services are on the table for the first time ever in a Canadian trade agreement. Why? Europe is home to the largest water corporations in the world. Expansion for these companies means the privatization of public utilities.
The current system of purchasing drugs in Canada is a hybrid of public and private. It leaves Canadians paying the second highest price for prescription drugs in the developed world - according to Statistics Canada, 8 per cent of Canadians claim that they did not fill a prescription in the last twelve months due to costs. Our current system is broken; it’s time for a new and affordable one.
This report cautions provincial and territorial governments about the effect of proposed services, investment and procurement commitments in CETA on public water systems and water management in Canada. It explains the benefits of public ownership and management of water utilities and the importance of public finance for urgently needed municipal and First Nations water system upgrades.
Download, print, and mail this postcard to Prime Minister Harper to let him know that you demand a national water policy for Canada!
The Harper and Alberta governments, along with Big Oil and gas 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. The Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines, the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and the Pacific Trails Pipeline are critical components to this vision.