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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how we should take Germany’s rightful concern over investor-state dispute settlement provisions as an opportunity to reevaluate what we expect to accomplish through trade and investment agreements such as CETA.

For further reading…- Peter Clark, Michael Geist and Scott Sinclair discuss Germany’s objections to new trade agreements with Canada and the U.S. in particular, while reminding us why we should be wary of handing undue power to the corporate sector as well. And Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder and Rhea Tamara Hoffmann discuss (PDF) Germany’s past experience with ISDS in detail.- Meanwhile, Patricia Ranald notes that (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Germany to reject Conservatives’ Canada-EU free trade deal

A victory for Canadian democracy as Germany rejects the Harper Conservatives’ reviled multi-billion dollar Canada-EU free trade deal.

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The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights: Council of Canadians Delivers Water to Detroit

The Council of Canadians this week continued its support of the international human right to water by delivering convoy of water to Detroit city residents.

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The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline: TransCanada told to “cease and desist”

The Council of Canadians this week told TransCanada to “cease and desist” from the deplorable practice of purchasing the silence of Canadian towns likely to be affected by the Energy East tar sands pipeline.

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The Canadian Progressive: Secretive critical talks on the TPP happening in Ottawa

The ongoing secretive TPP negotiations could result in the largest global ‘trade’ agreement encompassing about 40 per cent of the world economy.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Canada setting new global standard for TPP secrecy: Council of Canadians

Despite being less than a week away from hosting hundreds of negotiators and other officials from the other 11 TPP member countries, the Canadian government has kept a tight lid on any details about the Ottawa meeting.

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Politics and its Discontents: Motor City Madness: A Mound of Sound Guest Post

The City of Detroit is the poster child for municipal meltdown. It’s generally known that Detroit is bankrupt after decades of steady decline and the flight of most of its wealthy (white) citizens. There is no shortage of graphic photographs of abandoned and derelict buildings, the remnants of once viable neighbourhoods.

Not everyone could afford to flee Detroit. Poverty was their invitation to stay put. However staying put in a city in collapse ain’t cheap. With businesses gone and wealthy residents gone someone still has to pay for basic infrastructure and that someone would be the poor who can’t afford (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper’s “Fair” Elections Act to face Charter challenge

The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students announce a Charter challenge against Harper’s Fair Elections Act, which received Royal Assent and became law last week.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Maude Barlow: “A life of activism gives hope, energy and direction”

by: Maude Barlow | June 19, 2014

I received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University in Toronto this morning. Here are my speaking notes for the Convocation ceremony:

Chancellor Gregory Sorbara, President Mamdouh Shoukri, the Senate of York University, and all the graduation students,

It is a great honour to share this convocation with you today. I am moved by your grace, energy and hope on this lovely June day.

In the few minutes I have to share with you I would like to urge you all, no matter what your education specialty, what vocation you choose, or (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Five strategies to stop Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline

by: Brent Patterson | First published by The Council of Canadians on June 16, 2014

A map of Enbridge’s proposed $6.5 billion Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. Map from Mining.com

The Harper government must announce its decision on the 525,000 barrels per day Northern Gateway tar sands export pipeline by midnight tomorrow.

On CTV’s Question Period yesterday, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, said, “We fully expected the Harper government to make every effort to ram this project through. But…there’s enormous solidarity here in British Columbia between First Nations people, (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s “racist” changes to health care for refugees has threatened lives

by: Adrienne Silnicki | First published by The Council of Canadians on June 12, 2014

Another June 16th, is almost upon and we’re once again offering our support and solidarity to incredible organizations like Canadian Doctors for Refugees who are organizing yet another day of rallies and protest against the racist and discriminatory cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (aka health care for refugees).

This June 16th, the Council of Canadians will once again join health care professionals, lawyers, students,labour brothers and sisters, and civil society to yell “shame!” at a government that feels no shame in (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Control Freak PM Steve Harper Is Monitoring Anti Fracking Protesters

Richard Hughes

 

With our paranoid PM Steve Harper it is all about control and with this reality in mind we head into what promises to be a hot summer of discontent.

He has empowered his ‘Government Operations Centre’ to monitor all anti fracking protests.

Monitoring is really just a polite term for spying. Canadians have come to expect this from a desperate PM Harper who is under ever-increasing pressure to deliver on his promises to Chinese government investors as well as major oil and gas corporations who have invested heavily in what can properly be described as the worlds (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Parliament Hill gets “Fracked”

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The number of concerned Canadians opposed to hydraulic fracturing, aka ‘Fracking’ is increasing on a daily basis.

The Council of Canadians are among them and carried their protest to Parliament Hill to bring their message to the MP’s and policy makers.

In spite of known risks the oil and gas industry just plows ahead in this gold rush frenzy to make the big bucks, aquifers and drinking water be damned. The biggest ponzi scheme ever has gained momentum that challenges rational thought or action.

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Parliament Hill gets “Fracked”

‘Frack Corp’ fracked Parliament Hill this morning (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Fracking: Council of Canadians’ ‘Frack Corp’ Fracks Parliament Hill

by: Council of Canadians | Press Release | May 1, 2014

‘Frack Corp’ fracked Parliament Hill this morning using a 14-foot fracking rig spilling fracking wastewater in the process. The Council of Canadians, the organization behind the action, said it was to highlight the grave risks associated with fracking such as well leaks and wastewater spills.

“We organized this action to drive home to Members of Parliament why Canadian and Indigenous communities are calling for a ban on fracking,” says Emma Lui, water campaigner with the Council of Canadians. “Affected communities have been sounding the alarm on fracking for years because (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Majority of Canadians Oppose Harper’s “Unfair Elections Act”: POLL

by: Council of Canadians | Press Release

A new poll released today shows that a majority of Canadians oppose central features of the so-called “Fair” Elections Act, known as Bill C-23.

The provisions in the Unfair Elections Act that would eliminate the voucher system, prevent Elections Canada from publicly reporting on election fraud, and cancel Elections Canada’s research and public education programs received the most significant opposition. The poll was jointly commissioned by the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students, and LeadNow.ca.

Seventy per cent of respondents said that the act’s elimination of Elections Canada’s ability to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Fracking in Canada: Why the Council of Canadians’ new “Fracktivist’s Toolkit” matters

by: Obert Madondo

In this age of the Harper Conservatives and a rampaging fossil fuel industry, Canadian anti-fracking activism requires more than a sense of environmental and social justice. It requires a toolkit of knowledge about what’s happening and how to effectively respond at the local, national and global level.

The Council of Canadians’ new “Fracktivist’s Toolkit” is one such toolkit.

The toolkit empowers Canadians to push back against fracking, protect Canada’s water sources, combat climate change, and partner with First Nations in their ongoing struggle to protect their besieged rights. It was inspired by the Council of (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: More On The Harper Contempt For Democracy Act

If twisted autocracy is not your political cup of tea, please consider signing this petition sponsored by The Council of Canadians in protest of the misnamed Fair Elections Act.

As well, please consider making a Call For Democracy to your local M.P. today sometime between 12:30 and 6:30 P.M.

You may even wish to invite your Facebook friends. Recommend this Post

Paul S. Graham: Video: No Prairie Pipeline

TransCanada Pipelines’ proposed “Energy East” pipeline project, which is intended to transport Alberta tar sands crude to eastern Canada, is meeting growing opposition from First Nations, environmentalists and citizens who live along the planned route.

The Winnipeg chapter of the Council of Canadians, along with Idle No More and the Boreal Forest Network held a public forum on the issue on October 22, 2013. Speakers included Maryam Adrangi, the Council of Canadians’ Energy and Climate Campaigner, and Crystal Green, Michael Kannon and Nina Was’te of Idle No More. The forum was moderated by Susan McCrea of the Boreal Forest (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Nova Scotians overwhelmingly support continued ban on fracking

A just released poll shows that Nova Scotians overwhelmingly support a continued moratorium on fracking, unless an independent review finds there is no risk to drinking water, human health, the climate or communities.

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The Canadian Progressive: More than 30 organizations uniting to safeguard Canadians’ privacy rights

With Parliament set to resume, coalition calls for effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against government intrusion

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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Justin Ling reports on the federal government’s covert surveillance of Idle No More: Sitting in her teepee on Ottawa’s Victoria Island in December 2012, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence was officially starting her hunger strike, breathing fire into the Idle No More movement and setting off a chain reaction that would eventually force Ottawa into talks on the nature of Canada’s relationship with First Nations. Meanwhile, five blocks away as the crow flies, the federal government’s security and emergency nervous system was ramping up its efforts to keep tabs on the movement. Just (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: TransCanada’s Energy East oil pipeline will face fierce opposition: Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians announces a national campaign to stop TransCanada’s proposed $12 billion Energy East pipeline, which would ship Alberta‘s dirty tar sands oil to Canada’s East Coast.

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The Canadian Progressive: Great Lakes saved from nuke waste contamination

The Great Lakes have been saved from nuke waste contamination after Swedish company Studsvik canceled its plan to ship radioactive waste across the Lakes, says Emma Lui, the Council of Canadians’ water campaigner.

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The Canadian Progressive: Enbridge to delay required pipeline safety fix for three more years

Enbridge “will delay required crude oil pipeline safety fix for three more years”, according to a document received by the Council of Canadians via an access to information request.

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The Canadian Progressive: B.C. residents off to Fort McMurray to witness impact of the tar sands

by: Council of Canadians | Press Release:

Photo Credit: www.healingwalk.org

VANCOUVER, June 28, 2013 – On July 4th, dozens of residents from Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will be driving to Fort McMurray, Alberta to take part in the 4th Annual Healing walk, and responding to northern Albertan communities’ call to “Stop the Destruction and Start the Healing.”

“Pipeline opposition is really gaining momentum in this province,” says Ian Stephen, a resident of the Fraser Valley who will be attending the Healing Walk with his daughter. “But we need to know what is going (Read more…)

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