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Council of Canadians' blog

The Council of Canadians is Canada's largest citizens' organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 8
Map of Old Harry in Gulf of St. Lawrence
Andrea Harden-Donahue | The St. Lawrence Coalition issued a press release Monday denouncing numerous errors in the oil spill simulation submitted by Corridor Resources for its exploration permit in Old Harry.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 24
BP Deepwater Horizon Aerial View of Slick. Photo: Walter Shinn, Deepwater Horizon Response's photostream/Flickr
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Last week was the anniversary of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The release of about 4.9 million barrels of oil has been described as the largest human-caused environmental disaster in the U.S.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 13
Greenhouse gases from factory. Photo: CECAR - Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation R/Flickr
Andrea Harden-Donahue | The federal government released this year's greenhouse gas inventory report and Environment Minister Peter Kent insists it is a good news story.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 9
Adrienne Silnicki | The Wildrose claim that offering private health care creates more options, reduces wait times and protects and strengthens public health care. Each one of these points is false.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 30
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's budget speech delivered a fierce blow to environmental protection in Canada and undoubtedly put smiles on the faces of Big Oil executives.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 30
Brent Patterson | It's an austerity budget, whatever the government claims.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 29
Andrea Harden-Donahue | On energy and climate change, I expect this budget to reflect the confrontational tone set by the Harper government.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 29
Adrienne Silnicki | The budget gives the Harper government an opportunity to strengthen and expand health care in Canada -- but I'm feeling rather pessimistic that they'll take this opportunity.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 23
Photo: Stuart Trew, Hannah McKinnon and Evert Hassink (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) in The Hague, on EU Lobby Busting Tour. Credit: Ben Powless.
Andrea Harden-Donahue | This past week, Trade Campaigner Stuart Trew participated in a European Lobby Busting Tour exposing Canada's confuse-and-bully campaign against a European climate policy.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 20
Brent Patterson | AGI Italy reports that Pope Benedict XVI at Sunday Mass commented on the 6th World Water Forum.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 20
Brent Patterson | On Saturday afternoon, 1,000 right to water bookmarks were given to bystanders and even motorists during the major march through the streets of Marseille.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 20
Brent Patterson | Governments have been accused of backtracking on their commitments after ministers at the World Water Forum were charged with failing to define water and sanitation as human rights.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 17
Brent Patterson | An estimated 5,000 people marched for water justice this afternoon on the streets of Marseille, France.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 16
Brent Patterson | The corporate World Water Forum is dead. Long live the Alternative World Water Forum.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 16
Brent Patterson | A statement has just been released about the killing of Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, a Mexican civil society activist who has spoken out against the Canadian-owned Fortuna Silver Mine.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 16
Brent Patterson | Multiple sources at the World Water Forum in Marseille, France, have confirmed that Canada led the charge to have language that affirmed the United Nations-recognized right to water removed.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 15
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at the main plenary session on ‘the implementation of the right to water’ at the ‘Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau’ this evening in Marseille
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 15
Brent Patterson | We are at FAME (Forum Alternatif Mondial de l'Eau/ Alternative World Water Forum) this afternoon for a Municipal Services Project (MSP) session on the need to connect research and activism.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 15
Brent Patterson | In July 2010, the Blue Planet Project joined with people around the world to celebrate the United Nations General Assembly adoption of Resolution 64/292, the recognition of the right to water.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 15
Brent Patterson | Ottawa-based campaigner Meera Karunananthan, Mexico City-based organizer Claudia Campero Arena, New Delhi-based organizer Madhuresh Kumar, and Durban-based organizer Mary Galvin fanned in Marseille
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 14
Brent Patterson | Several thousand people have gathered for the opening ceremony of FAME (Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau/ Alternative World Water Forum) at 'Dock des Sud' in Marseille, France.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 14
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow just finished speaking at a labour-organized forum titled "Implementation of the human right to water and sanitation," that took place inside the WWF.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 14
Brent Patterson | Governments have been accused of backtracking on their commitments after ministers at the World Water Forum were charged with failing to define water and sanitation as human rights.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 14
Brent Patterson | A five-page Ministerial Declaration, endorsed by 130 national representatives including 84 ministers, was issued at the World Water Forum.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 13
Brent Patterson | The World Water Forum has blocked three governments from inviting Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow from speaking at a high-level panel tomorrow that will address ministers and government.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 13
Brent Patterson | Shortly after the World Water Forum opened Monday, five protesters were briefly detained after a group of activists caused a disruption by playing dead near the entrance, police said.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 13
Dirty Oil Diplomacy
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Dirty Oil Diplomacy: The Canadian Government's Global Push to Sell the Tar Sands is hard-hitting evidence of our government's strategy to promote the tar sands.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 12
Brent Patterson | It is becoming clearer from multiple sources that Canada was the country that pushed to have language that explicitly affirmed the United Nations recognized right to water and sanitation removed from
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 12
Brent Patterson | Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe - who has stated that the idea of water as a basic human right is “extreme” - is attending the corporate World Water Forum in Marseille, France.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 12
Brent Patterson | On Monday March 12, the water justice movement met with United Nations special rapporteur Catarina de Alburquerque, as well as eight national governments and the deputy mayor of Paris, outside the WWF

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