How To Save Our Great Lakes

By Maude BarlowHuffPostDecember 14, 2011There are huge and growing problems in the Great Lakes.Water use is growing at a rate double that of the population, and we now know that by 2030, global demand will outstrip supply by 40 per cent. Lack of access to clean water is the greatest killer of children by far.So we who live around the Great Lakes of North America have a very special responsibility to ... [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]

TransCanada Says Keystone Pipeline Could Be Used for Bulk Water Removals

Council of Canadians August 16, 2011 Ottawa and Washington, D.C. — The Council of Canadians and Food & Water Watch are sounding the alarm over TransCanada’s speculation that the Keystone Pipeline could potentially be used for bulk water removals from the Ogallala aquifer.TransCanada pipelines operations director Jim Krause testified at the Nebraska state assembly earlier this year that ... [click title to continue]

Canada a major exporter of virtual water, says new Council of Canadians report

Council of CanadiansMay 25, 2011Ottawa - The Council of Canadians is releasing a new report today called Leaky Exports: A portrait of the virtual water trade in Canada. This report highlights the daily loss of massive amounts of the country’s fresh water used to produce commodities, minerals and energy for export. Virtual, or embedded, water is the sum of water used in the production of ... [click title to continue]

Protect the Great Lakes as a Commons, says Council of Canadians

Council of CanadiansMarch 22, 2001World Water DayAs the federal government prepares to introduce its budget, the Council of Canadians is calling for the allocation of significant resources to protecting the Great Lakes as a Commons, a Public Trust and a Protected Bioregion. The Council of Canadians outlines how and why to do this in a new report today entitled Our Great Lakes Commons: A People’s ... [click title to continue]

Canada urged to protect boreal forest watershed

Report cites untouched lakes, rivers and wetlands - says conservation efforts often overlook watershedBy Allan DowdReuters Wed Mar 16, 2011VANCOUVER, March 16 (Reuters) - Canada's northern forest harbors a vital freshwater reserve, but the environmental value of the resource is underappreciated and it needs more protection, according to a study released on Wednesday.The boreal forest, stretching right ... [click title to continue]

AbitibiBowater NAFTA settlement has privatized Canadian water, trade committee hears

Council of CanadiansMarch 8, 2011Ottawa – The record-setting $130-million NAFTA settlement with AbitibiBowater has effectively privatized Canada's water by allowing foreign investors to assert a proprietary claim to water permits and even water in its natural state, says trade lawyer and Council of Canadians board member Steven Shrybman, in a presentation to Parliament today."It would be difficult ... [click title to continue]

Canada-EU trade talks put Canada’s water up for sale, says new report

Canadian Union of Public Employees/Council of CanadiansDec 16, 2010 Report HEREOTTAWA -- Canada’s already challenged public water systems are under threat from a broad free trade agreement being negotiated by Canada and the European Union (EU). A new report released today, Public Water for Sale: How Canada will privatize our public water systems, warns that public water in Canada will be lost unless ... [click title to continue]

Groups demand release of parliamentary findings on tar sands and water

Council of CanadiansThe Indigenous Environmental Network and the Council of Canadians are calling on the Federal government to immediately release the findings of the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development regarding the impacts of Tar Sands operations on Alberta water resources. The Committee had been working on a report after an 18 month investigation, but according ... [click title to continue]