Majority of Albertans against putting water rights on the market

“Most Albertans believe the province should put river health first when it comes to handing out water rights, and human consumption should take priority over businesses during a drought, according to a new poll released Thursday.”

“if businesses and farmers are allowed to sell unused portions of their water licences it would quickly drive up water use in some of the driest areas of the province.”

Read more: http://bit.ly/1b5kL4q

We need to stand up and protect our rivers and lakes. Good to hear most Albertans want them protected as well, but that will not stop private businesses trying to exploit them.

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What’s the deal with Europe and CETA?

In case you are unaware (which would be no surprise because of the secrecy behind this deal) CETA  stands for the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between Europe and Canada. It is not just about trade though. This agreement will allow companies to sue municipalities and Canadians companies for creating policies that go against their bottom line and increases the privatization of our public services.

The Red Deer City Council has already passed a motion to not agree to this (http://www.canadians.org/node/4471), mainly because when they requested information on the CETA, they were not given any. When an agreement has such a huge effect on the municipalities, they deserve information to be kept updated because they too represent the people.

“Harper is under enormous pressure from corporate lobby groups and the media to do whatever he has to do to get a deal done with Europe. What will this cost our public services, the environment and local democracy?”

Read more to see what you can do to prevent this: http://www.canadians.org/ceta-deal

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80% of Albertans were not aware of the water consultations

New poll released today shows that “While the government spent a million dollars to go to over 20 cities and towns and talked with only 1000 people, 80% of Albertans were not aware that the consultations even took place.”

Read more: http://ourwaterisnotforsale.com/media-release-poll-reveals-majority-of-albertans-reject-government-water-plans/

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Don’t let our government look the other way, ask to join #HealingWalk

ACTION: Ask Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver & Premier Alison Redford to meet face-to-face with the communities most deeply affected by the Tar Sands — http://www.leadnow.ca/healing-walk
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New Steering Committee Officers

Tonight was our Annual General Meeting and we have elected the next Steering Committee Officers for the next year. For Chair we have Derrick Callan, for Vice Chair we have Chris Dlima, for Secretary we have Alice Williamson, and for Treasurer we have Ken Collier.

Welcome new Steering Committee and we look forward to the next year!

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Pros & Cons: Policies for People and the Planet

This event has been postponed. Stay tuned for updates in the future!

Pros & Cons: Policies for People and the Planet
A teach-in presented by Common Causes

Saturday June 29, 2013 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Castell Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB (map)

Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

This is a free event, but due to limited seating, registration is required.

Featuring:

  • Maude Barlow (National Chairperson, the Council of Canadians)
  • Chief Theresa Spence (Chief, Attawapiskat First Nation)
  • Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (Quebec student leader, former spokesperson for CLASSE)
  • Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation)
  • Andrew Nikiforuk (Author and journalist)
  • Steven Shrybman (Lawyer, Robocalls election fraud case)
  • Ricardo Acuña (Executive Director, Parkland Institute)
  • Dave Coles (President, Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union)
  • … and more!

From June 27-29, the Conservative Party of Canada will descend on downtown Calgary for the party’s first national policy convention since 2011. In the wake of the court decision that found widespread voter suppression during the 2011 federal election, the deepening Senate scandal, the impacts of the omnibus budget bills, along with ongoing environmental devastation from policies based on extraction and export, this convention will set the Conservative agenda heading into the next election.

At the convention, Conservatives will debate policy resolutions that would:

  • “move to a less progressive tax system”
  • “support the sale of public assets”
  • restructure the CBC with the aim of the “elimination of all public funding of the corporation”
  • “integrate our foreign policy with policies on trade and national defence”
  • support “right to work legislation” while severely limiting how unions can spend members’ dues
  • gut public sector benefits and pension plans
  • unilaterally change how land on First Nations’ reserves is governed
  • push for even more so-called public-private partnerships

Join us for a free teach-in to learn about the potential impacts of these policies. Hear from a range of provincial and national speakers about a different vision, one that focuses on progressive policies for people and the planet.

The teach-in will be followed by a rally starting at 12:30 p.m. at Calgary’s nearby City Hall, and we encourage everyone to join us in the streets!

This free event is brought to you by Common Causes, an assembly of social movements dedicated to defending democracy, the environment, and human rights.

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Welcome to our website!

Come and join us by empowering people to fight for fairness, respect, and love. Act by speaking out to one, two, or hundreds of people of injustices that are done to them. Come perform or watch some street theatre, or to engage in some peaceful civil disobedience. Or, if you like to be behind the scenes, come to a meeting and help plan an event.

Meetings are every third Monday of every Month at 7:00 p.m. in the Sunnybrook Church (just off 32nd Street in Red Deer) or contact us for more information.

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