Chile’s water crisis is a lesson in the disadvantages of privatised water and sanitation services, but teachers from Ontario may be able to help. 95.8% of the population is served by private utilities – the most privatised water and sanitation in the world.
Retired teacher Roy Brady helps those attending the OTPP annual general meeting understand what it means to lose access to water.
Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter activist Roy Brady called on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP) at their annual general meeting in Toronto yesterday afternoon to commit to a strategy to divest from private, for-profit water and sanitation services in Chile.
The OTPP administers the pensions for 178,000 public school teachers, principals and school administrators, and pays pensions to 117,000 retirees.
I was very pleased to award the World Council of Churches (WCC) a 'blue community' certificate on October 25. Protecting water and assuring just distribution of this life-giving resource is among the most critical of eco-justice issues.
Civil society groups worldwide that support Salvadoran communities and organizations working on mining and environmental issues reacted to today’s decision by the ICSID.
We KNOW that mining abuses the environment and miners and residents’ rights to water, health and a healthy environment. But maybe policy makers will hear this when it comes from Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic. Its newly released report is entitled “The Cost of Gold: Environmental, Health, and Human Rights Consequences of Gold Mining in South Africa’s West and Central Rand”. Or at least it gives us something to organise around to hold the mines and the government accountable.
The Council of Canadians has joined with MiningWatch Canada, Rights Action and numerous other organizations in sending a letter to the Canadian government following the murders of land defenders Berta Cáceres and Nelson Garcia, ongoing threats against the Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), and the precarious situation of Mexican activist Gustavo Castro, who witnessed Berta's murder.
Flint's drinking water supply became contaminated with lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money. It had been accessing its drinking water through the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, but Flint's emergency manager, appointed by the state, ordered the city to draw its water from the long-polluted and corrosive Flint River to save about $5 million.
The Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project have worked with Greek allies to oppose this mine since meeting with them outside the World Water Forum in Marseille, France in March 2012.
On Oct. 26, 2015, the Council of Canadians visited Detroit to learn more about environmental and water justice issues there. On that tour, local activists told us about the Marathon refinery in Detroit.