Fracking is not a right: Tell Lone Pine to drop its NAFTA lawsuit against Quebec’s moratorium on fracking!.
From the COC: “When the people of Quebec spoke out against fracking, the provincial government listened. Quebec put a moratorium on the controversial and dangerous method for extracting hard-to-reach natural gas until the environmental impacts could be [...]
NOW Magazine is calling this one of the city’s “can’t miss” events!
Last year at this time, the Council launched its Great Lakes Need Great Friends speaking tour right here in Toronto. This marks the return of the tour, and an opportunity for us to build on the great momentum that has been generated to [...]
What: 2013 Great Lakes Commons Water Forum When: Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Where: Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W, Toronto) Guest speaker: Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and others
The Great Lakes Commons theme reminds us that the City of Toronto is part of a larger community [...]
Cry for new environment laws unites Idle No More and chiefs, but not Ottawa. Montreal Gazette
OTTAWA – If there’s one issue that unites Idle No More protesters, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and militant and moderate First Nations alike, it is the federal government’s recent changes to environmental oversight.
But the united stand among First [...]
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 post is from Eliz Chow – but brought to our attention by Cory Doctorow – (SciFi writer and activist)
David says, “Canada used to have 2.5 million protected lakes and other bodies of water. After recent Conservative Omnibus bills, we’re down to 97. 87 of which are located in Conservative ridings (rich cottage country)”
[27-Nov-12] Stop the War on Science: Save the Experimental Lakes Area.
Winnipeg – Scientists, activists, and concerned citizens alike are uniting to send a clear message to the Harper Government: it is time to stop the war on science. One of the most devastating losses to Canada’s science capacity is the defunding of the Experimental [...]
[27-Nov-12] Water services excluded from Canada-EU trade deal but municipal governments have been ignored: leaked documents.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees are welcoming the exclusion of water services from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, according to leaked documents. But the groups are disappointed [...]
forwarded From Gail:
This month Premier Clark could give Encana license to take 3 billion litres every year from the Fort Nelson river – a river my community depends on.
The Fort Nelson River is the lifeblood of my community - the Fort Nelson First Nation. It’s where we hunt and fish. It connects our [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Canadians knew of geoengineering scheme to put iron sulfate in Pacific .
As controversy mounts over the Guardian’s revelations that an American businessman conducted a massive ocean fertilisation test, dumping around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate off Canada’s coast, it has emerged the Canadian government may have known about the geoengineering scheme and not stopped it.
The news [...]
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 [...]
UPDATE: Calzavara attends public forum on controversial ethanol refinery in Oshawa.
…..Additionally, “Brian Brasier, executive director of the Second Marsh, called the evening an ‘exquisite farce’… In their presentation, Oshawa Port Authority chair Gary Valcour and FarmTech president Dan O’Connor pointed to existing environmental studies, reviewed by a third-party company, to show environmental concerns were [...]
Disregard, Contempt, Open Defiance- Your government in action
[Fromo COC] Yesterday, the Environment Commissioner of Ontario issued the most scathing criticism I have ever seen from a government watch dog.
Gord Miller could not have been more critical in his annual report, citing the government’s contempt for environmental rules, and the deliberate [...]
Maude Barlow: Water Should be Free For Everyone, Not Bottled For a Few. Maude goes to Switzerland - warning tales here for Canada, water, and privatization…
… Nestlé was one of the first companies to commodify water. In the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, seeing what it did to the groundwater supplies of the surrounding [...]
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 [...]
Consultation on Canadian Environmental Assessment Act a hollow exercise | rabble.ca.
Interesting analylsis – mb.
“Consultation” process is a hollow exercise”
Although the invitation for feedback on the Project List Regulations is being called a “consultation” process, there is no information on the websites for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency or even the Canada Gazette [...]
Belo Monte dam construction halted by Brazilian court | World news | guardian.co.uk.
wow. (remember, James Cameron has been involved with this resistence…)
Opponents of the world’s biggest new hydroelectric project – the Belo Monte dam in Brazil – notched up a rare victory this week, when a federal appeals court ordered construction to [...]
NewsDaily: World over-using underground water reserves for agriculture.
LONDON, Aug. 9, 2012 (Reuters) — The world is depleting underground water reserves faster than they can be replenished due to over-exploitation, according to scientists in Canada and the Netherlands.
The researchers, from McGill University in Montreal and Utrecht University in the Netherlands, combined groundwater usage data [...]