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Nestlé packed its bags

BREAKING: Nestlé sells water business to Wall St for $4.3 Billion

This month’s news that Nestlé is selling its bottled water interests in Canada is a capitalistic déjà vu for communities that have been fighting the bottled water giant for decades. The new owners will be private equity firms One Rock Capital Partners and Metropoulos & Co, who have paid Nestlé U.S. $4.3 billion for several bottled water brands in the U.S. as well as the “Pure Life” brand bottled near Guelph, Ontario and in Hope, B.C.

The Nestlé sale comes on the heels of recent disturbing news that Wall Street has begun trading water futures — treating water like any other commodity. The creation of the water futures market is a direct response to water scarcity issues in the U.S. related to overuse and climate change.

Council of Canadians supporters like you have fought hard to stop Nestlé’s water profiteering. Tens of thousands of people joined a boycott on Nestlé’s products, demanded better regulations, and engaged in conversations about water commodification and why we must keep water public and protected. We want to say thank you to all our chapters, members, donors and supporters across the country. Your collective activism makes people-powered progress like this possible. Read more about the sale and what you can do to keep up the fight against water taking! Universal Pharmacare

Don’t let corporate lobbyists stand in the way of universal pharmacare

After years of pledging to deliver pharmacare, the federal Liberals have yet again failed to follow through on that promise.

On Wednesday, February 24, Liberal MPs joined Conservatives and the Bloc Quebecois in almost unanimously voting down Bill C-213 — a private member’s bill from NDP MP Peter Julian that promised to set the legal framework for a national pharmacare system.

Despite their rhetoric, the Liberals seem to be buckling under the pressure coming from Big Pharma and drug insurance companies, which are pulling out all the stops to prevent the realization of universal pharmacare.

Read more about the behind-the-scenes lobbying efforts by Big Pharma. Dylan Penner

Council of Canadians tells MPs to stop infrastructure privatization

On February 23, 2021, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met to discuss the mandate of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. We’ve posted notes from Climate and Social Justice Campaigner Dylan Penner’s presentation to the committee about why the bank should stop supporting privatization and public-private partnerships.

Watch a video of the presentation and read a transcript of Dylan’s remarks. Is this Jason Kenney's vision for our Rockies?

The Coal Hard Facts: What’s Happening with Alberta’s Coal Policy?

This month, the Alberta government made an unprecedented announcement, stating it would reinstate the 1976 Coal Policy. This reinstatement is only a temporary measure as the government brings in consultation on a “new, modern coal policy” that it insists will protect the Eastern Slopes.

While this is a significant win for our movement, we must keep pushing. Now is the time to increase pressure to ensure the protection is complete and not just smoke and mirrors. Together, we can ensure the only viable position for the government to take is: no more coal.

Click to learn more and demand the Alberta government halt all coal exploration and ensure a meaningful public consultation on the new Coal Policy to fully protect the Rocky Mountains and headwaters.

Cuban Medical Teams for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

The Council of Canadians was proud to be part of nominating Cuban Medical Teams for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Read more about our efforts. In February, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Cuba’s Ambassador to Canada, sent the Council and our Northumberland Chapter a video of thanks for our work on this nomination effort. We are honoured to have received this recognition from the Cuban Ambassador.

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