Common Causes: Human rights policies eroding under Harper government. [extracts from Maude Barlow’s report on the goals and aims of Common Causes, a new community democracy project of the Council of Canadians launched this week]
“Through a wide variety of initiatives, policies and positions at both national and international levels, Canada’s traditional reputation as a [...]
ACTION ALERT – Harper is Gambling with Municipalities: Cities, towns included in CETA despite widespread resistance.
COC says: “We need a strong national debate on CETA before the provinces and federal governments can take the deal any further. Our municipalities, and the rights they would lose under CETA, are fundamental to that debate. ..It’s all [...]
How are fracking and water protection affected by eliminating the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission?.
[more information from COC on dismantling transparency and environmental protection via the Omnibus - note the stats below on increasing lack of compliance by industry since 2009...]
This morning the Senate approved Bill C-45, Harper’s second omnibudget bill of the [...]
This Article was forwarded by a member, who reminds us about the Humanist Principles of Democracy:
OHS GUIDING PRINCIPLES / Adopted by OHS as one of our founding documents
2. Humanists uphold the broadest application of democratic principles in all human relationships.
AMSTERDAM DECLARATION 2002 / International Humanist and Ethical Union
3. Humanism supports democracy [...]
LETTER: Brady opposes Canada-China FIPA.
Action in Peterboro! By Brent Patterson, Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 More Sharing ServicesShare Print
Council of Canadians Board member and Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter activist Roy Brady wrote the following letter of opposition to the Canada-China FIPA in the Peterborough Examiner:
“MP Dean Del Mastro has repeated the federal government arguments for [...]
[Forwarded from members] From the Council of Canadians regional office:
Harper’s budget bills gut environmental legislation without public debate. Come to an Emergency Townhall meeting with Megan Leslie (NDP Environment Critic), Elizabeth May (Leader of the Green Party), Ben Powless, Anil Naidoo and myself in Ottawa on November 27 at 7:30pm. We’ll be meeting at [...]
Harper government blocking human rights language in Canada-EU trade deal, claims it would violate state sovereignty.
The Harper government is throwing the most unusual roadblock in front of its prized Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. During meetings with members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, Blair Redlin (CUPE) and I learned that [...]
NEWS: Freshwater research facility to be transferred by Harper government to institute funded by Suncor, Enbridge.
NEWS: Freshwater research facility to be transferred by Harper government to institute funded by Suncor, Enbridge By Brent Patterson, Thursday, November 15th, 2012 More Sharing ServicesShare Print
The Globe and Mail reports, “The federal Conservative government is attempting [...]
Humanists for Social and Environmental Action: Pipeline: COC and Maude Barlow, UofT, Nov. 17 10-5.
THE TAR SANDS COME TO ONTARIO – NO LINE 9! Resistance, education and alternatives
Sat. Nov 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George St., University of Toronto Lunch provided, building is accessible
Special guests will [...]
ACTION ALERT: We need a NEW environmental assessment of the Canada-China FIPA. (WHERE TO SEND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMENTS REGARDING FIPA’s ENVIROMENTAL ASSESSMENT)
The Harper government has not yet ratified the highly controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement. One reason for this could be that a final step in the environmental [...]
FROM COC: ACTION ALERT: Oppose the FIPA with India – Say no to anti-democratic corporate rights pacts.
Prime Minister Harper and International Trade Minister Ed Fast are in India this week to try to speed up bilateral free trade and investment negotiations that have stalled. There are growing concerns in India with how investment treaties, [...]
Reflections on the ‘no pipelines, no tankers’ tour.
[inspiring words from the West Coast...]
Maude Barlow: “Hallowe’en afternoon and I am on my way home from a ten-day visit to Alberta and British Columbia that included a fabulous rally against new or expanded oil and gas pipelines, a visit to stand in solidarity with the [...]
NEWS: Harper legislation guts protection for waterways.
Where did your lake go?
Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui points out that there are at least 31,752 lakes in Canada, according to Natural Resources Canada. Today, the Harper government introduced legislation that says a list of just 97 lakes, 62 rivers and 3 oceans will [...]
What doesn’t Nestle want you to know?.
On October 1st, the Guelph Mercury released the article City cancels film screening after complaint from Nestle Waters.
Nestle’s presumption that they have the right to influence the City of Guelph’s decision in whether or not to screen the bottled water documentary Tapped is particularly audacious. The trend [...]
NEWS: The rights of the Whanganui River recognized.
“In a landmark case for the Rights of Nature, officials in New Zealand recently granted the Whanganui, the nation’s third-longest river, with legal personhood… The decision follows a long court battle for the river’s personhood initiated by the Whanganui River iwi, an indigenous community with strong [...]
NEWS: Report released prior to UN ’special discussion’ on the global water crisis.
n advance of a United Nations meeting on the global water crisis later this month, the Canadian Press reports, “A prestigious group of former world leaders and experts is sounding the alarm about a water crisis that threatens peace, political stability and [...]
RIO+20: Canada, Last Holdout, Drops Opposition to Water as Human Right – IPS ipsnews.net.
”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does. – “Anthropologist Margaret Mead
UNITED NATIONS, May 31, 2012 (IPS) – Canada, in a dramatic political turnaround, has [...]
NEWS: Barlow speaks in Owen Sound about the Great Lakes.
The Owen Sound Sun Times reports, “Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, was in Owen Sound for the seventh stop on an eight-city speaking tour on the Great Lakes basin. She was joined by speakers from the Canadian Environmental Law Association [...]
UPDATE: Council of Canadians supports proportional representation. (A couple of members attended the FAIRVOTE.ca AGM in Toronto – and reported it was energetic and positive – if you want to know more, send your email to MaryBeaty@ontariohumanists.ca
As the Harper agenda steamrollers forward, it may be that proportional representation will be a bigger issue in [...]
ACTION ALERT: Help keep the Great Lakes great
The Ontario government will soon be introducing a Great Lakes Protection Act to protect the lakes and improve people’s connection to the lakes. They are consulting with community groups, First Nation leaders, mayors and environmental experts so we need to demand real protection for our Great Lakes [...]