Updates

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 01:57

The Botswana Court of Appeal upheld the Kalahari Bushmen’s right to water by quashing a 2010 decision that denied the Bushmen access to a borehole on their ancestral lands.

"This is a major win, it's the first test case of the right to water resolution at the United Nations," says Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians chairperson and former Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the UN General Assembly.  The UN General Assembly and UN Human Rights Council passed resolutions last year recognizing the right to water and sanitation.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 01:56

(Ottawa) Community actions are being held in 25 cities across Canada today to step up the opposition to Stephen Harper’s agenda. Community members will gather as part of the launch of Common Causes, a new collaboration of Canadians to defend democracy, the environment, and human rights. The day of action was planned jointly with Idle No More grassroots founders as well as regional organizers from across Canada.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 01:53

OTTAWA — In a show of solidarity with Chief Spence and the Idle No More movement, Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, announced that she would be returning her Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

“I encourage other medal recipients to also return their medals,” said Barlow. “We can’t accept this honour from the Governor General if he won’t honour the Crown’s commitment to First Nations by meeting with Chief Spence.”

Naomi Klein announced on Twitter earlier in the day that she would be returning [turning down] her medal.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 01:52

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and the Council of Canadians are calling on the provincial premiers to urge the Prime Minister to meet with Chief Theresa Spence before it is too late. Dave Coles, President of CEP, Paul Moist, President of CUPE, and Maude Barlow, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, are asking the premiers to voice their support for an immediate meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chief Spence.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 01:51

After a six-day federal court hearing, eight electors in six ridings have made a strong case that there was widespread voter suppression in the 2011 federal election that benefited Conservative Party candidates. They have asked the federal court judge to annul the results in the six ridings.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 01:50

The Council of Canadians is challenging the assertions by Conservative Party lawyer Arthur Hamilton that the election fraud case is some kind of 'cash cow' for the organization, and is calling on Canadians to continue donating to the Democracy 24-7 Legal Fund.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 01:48

Evidence filed in the Federal Court today includes detailed accounts from voters targeted by fraudulent or harassing calls intended to discourage them from voting in 56 ridings across Ontario, BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec (the ridings are listed below), likely in violation of the Canada Elections Act.  The evidence includes voters in three of the six ridings where applicants are seeking to overturn the results in a court action that will be heard beginning December 10. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 19:55

Ottawa – The Council of Canadians says the federal budget outlines a plan to deliberately undermine health care, water, and the climate.

“Budget 2012 continues the Harper government’s full on attack on environmental protection and a sustainable energy future,” says Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner for the Council of Canadians. “There is no money towards ‘no brainer’ investments like energy efficiency and renewable energy, plenty of money to subsidize the tar sands and a slashing and burning of environmental assessments.”

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 14:36

By Manuel Perez-Rocha and Stuart Trew
Foreign Policy In Focus

The United States recently announced that Canada and Mexico will join negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a secretive U.S.-led multinational trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated with eight other countries in the Pacific Rim region.  

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 14:32

Maude Barlow
The Windsor Star