By Andrea Harden-Donahue and Andrea Peart.
Common Causes is an assembly of social movements dedicated to defending democracy, social justice, the environment and human rights in the face of an all-out assault by the Harper government.
Canada’s health care system is under threat. Private investors, many based in the United States, are clamouring to cash in on Canadian health care in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that opens the door in Quebec to the purchase of private health insurance for publicly insured services when
waits prove unacceptable.
This report highlights a little understood practice in Canada: the daily loss of massive amounts of the country’s fresh water used to produce commodities, minerals and energy for export. Virtual, or embedded, water is the sum of water used in the production of a good or service.
The Council of Canadians has launched a campaign calling on the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) to support public water services in Chile over the current privatized system. Teachers have a long history and commitment to supporting public services. To maintain this commitment, teachers should be asking tough questions about where their pension plan money is being invested.
The Albertan and Canadian governments have been engaged in a sustained lobbying effort to challenge the inclusion of a specific value for bitumen (also referred to as tar sands and oil sands) in the European Commission’s proposal for the European Union Fuel Quality Directive (FQD).
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).