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VIDEO: Maude Barlow opens the People's Summit in Toronto

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In her blog, Council of Canadians director of organizing Carleen Pickard wrote, "700 people packed the Carlu in downtown Toronto (on June 18) for the opening event of the People's Summit. Council of Canadians national chairperson Maude Barlow opened the event, challenging the legitimacy of the of the G8 and G20, noting that the costs of the summits are reaching the annual budget of the UN and proposed this as the democratic place that leaders should meet to tackle the global problems that confront us."

"Maude also talked about the fake lake being created by Harper at the same time that the Canadian Fisheries Act - through Schedule 2 - allows the destruction of pristine lakes in Canada, when mining companies apply to dump their toxic garbage in them. She spoke of the strength of climate justice movement in Copenhagen to challenge closed door meetings and likened the World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba earlier this year to the People's Summit."

To see the 11-minute video, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpSUW69sQUo.

To read Carleen's blog, go to http://www.canadians.org/activistblog/?p=175.

Brent Patterson, Director of Campaigns and Communications, Council of Canadians www.canadians.org

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