Quebec green groups organize "Quiet Spring" protest

By Mike De SouzaPostmedia NewsApril 9, 2012 Quebec's attention has been arrested recently by the massive student protests against tuition hikes, but a group of artists and activists is planning an Earth Day protest to bring together Quebeckers opposed to the Harper government's environmental policies. Photograph by: Dario Ayala , The Gazette . Organizers of a "Quiet Spring" protest slated for ... [click title to continue]

Gloves are off in war on greens

BY SUSAN RILEYThe Ottawa CitizenMarch 15, 2012You don’t want to give too much credence to the unhinged accusations of crotchety Conservative senators, but their recent attacks on environmentalists suggest a bold escalation in the government’s anti-green messaging.At a recent meeting of a Senate committee examining foreign contributions to Canadian charities, Conservative Senator Percy Mockler described ... [click title to continue]

Harper Deals Threaten Human Rights and the Environment in Canada and China

By Maude BarlowCouncil of CanadiansFebruary 9th, 2012Prime Minister Stephen Harper is basking in the uncritical media reporting of his state visit to China. His “open for business” message has been very well received in Beijing where he has just signed a slew of trade and investment deals in energy, agriculture, and natural resources. Small wonder. The world is running out of conventional energy, ... [click title to continue]

Border Security Deal’s Ugly Twin Carries Major Energy and Environmental Implications for Canada

By Nelle Maxey  The Common Sense Canadian December 19, 2011  Harper's government officially announced in recent weeks a new Border Security deal with the US. However, little press space was given to the ugly twin of this deal - the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and their "Joint Action Plan". The RCC was set up to "streamline" regulations in four economic sectors ... [click title to continue]

Hope in Resistance Conference

The Council of Canadians and a number of Québec and First Nations peoples, student and labour groups came together for a major conference in Montréal October 21-22.The conference explored how we can work together as civil society movements in Canada, Québec, and the First Nations to create positive alternatives to a system that makes profits more important than people and the planet.People ... [click title to continue]

Indigenous People: A Key to Environmental Rescue

An interview with Clayton Thomas-Muller Michael Welch  Canadian Dimension December 15th 2011 Michael Welsh: Clayton Thomas-Muller, you’re on staff with the Indigenous Environment Network and a founder of Defenders of the Land. What distinguishes them from other Indigenous organizations?Clayton Thomas-Muller: Defenders of the Land is a new initiative. It was created to provide a forum for the ... [click title to continue]

Climate Action Network Canada responds to outcome of UN climate talks in Durban

Climate Action Network Canada December 11, 2011(Durban, South Africa) Following an extra day of negotiations, the UN climate change talks in Durban, South Africa have finished. Hannah McKinnon, Campaigns Director of Climate Action Network Canada has responded as follows:“The most important thing to understand out of Durban is that countries have not yet succeeded in moving the world away from a ... [click title to continue]

Secret U.S.-Canada Border Deal Hides GMO Takeover

Canada-U.S. Regulatory Co-operation Council under border deal coverage would put Canada under draconian Food Safety Modernization Act, fast track GMO approval. By Aaron Dykes December 3, 2011 Our report sounding the alarm that Obama and Harper’s secretive border deal, due to be signed next week, would be used to fast track GMO acceptance has been confirmed. The details have been ... [click title to continue]

Conservative free trade agenda low on jobs, environmental protection

Council of CanadiansNovember 15, 2011Free trade agreements with Panama and Jordan, legislation for which was announced today by International Trade Minister Ed Fast, will have little effect on jobs or the economy while putting Panamanian workers, Indigenous peoples and environmental protections at risk, says the Council of Canadians and MiningWatch Canada."The amount of trade Canada does with either ... [click title to continue]