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tsWhat's New? -- Quoi de neuf?
tsTake Action! - Clean up oil in Government! 

Passez � l'action! - Sortez le p�trole du gouvernement!

(le Fran�ais suit) 

The Polaris Institute is calling on people from all walks of life to get active and expose Canada's troublesome position and track record on climate change going into this month's UN climate negotiations (COP17) in Durban, South Africa. You are invited to organize and 'plug in' to various actions that will be taking place in Canada during the negotiations, which will run from November 28th until December 9th.

The Polaris Institute proposes that you organize Clean-up Crews to denounce the Canadian government's cozy relationship with the multi-billion dollar oil industry. Please read this ACTION KIT that has been prepared by the Polaris Institute to help you get started!


For several years now, Canada held in contempt civil society's calls to take a sensible and proactive approach to our climate future. Instead, the Canadian Government has increasingly sided with the world's largest oil corporations, which it still subsidizes with over a billion dollars annually even while these companies make huge profits every year. To make matters worse the government continues to eliminate important renewable energy programs and cut funding to environmental agencies such as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.


We must hold our government accountable and move Canada towards a greener and more sustainable future. The Polaris Institute is therefore issuing a call-out for people to organize action raise the issue that this inaction is not acceptable and to pressure the Federal Government clean up its act.



L'institut Polaris lance un appel � tous � se mobiliser pour exposer la position du Canada sur les changements climatiques alors que les n�gociations de l'ONU sur les changements climatiques s'appr�tent � s'ouvrir � Durban. Vous �tes invit�s � organiser et participer dans diverses actions lors des n�gociations qui auront lieu du 28 novembre au 9 d�cembre.


Nous vous proposons d'organiser une �quipe de nettoyage de p�trole d�non�ant les liens trop �troits qui existent entre l'industrie p�troli�re multi-milliardaires et le gouvernement du Canada. Consultez cette TROUSSE D'ACTION que Polaris a d�velopp� pour vous aider (anglais seulement).


Depuis plusieurs ann�es maintenant, le Canada montre du m�pris envers les appels sens�s et proactifs pour notre avenir climatique fait par la soci�t� civile. Au lieu de travailler avec la soci�t� civile, le gouvernement se mets de plus en plus cat�goriquement du c�t� des plus grandes multinationales du p�trole de notre monde, auxquels elle accorde toujours plus d'un millard de dollars en subvention malgr� les profits annuels �normes qu'elles r�coltent. De plus, le gouvernement continue d'�liminer des importants programmes de soutien aux �nergies renouvelables et de couper le financement � Environnement Canada et � l'Agence canadienne d'�valuation environnementale.


Nous devons tenir notre gouvernement responsable et tourner le Canada vers des politiques plus vertes et durables pour notre avenir. 

occupyNew Inside The Bottle Website!!
Nouveau site de "Inside the Bottle"!!

As you may have noticed, our InsideTheBottle.org website has changed! It is now simpler and more resource oriented! New news article on water justice, bottled water and water privatization will be posted at www.polarisinstitute.org, in the water section.

The new site is now much easier to navigate if you are looking for tips, statistics and tools!

If you have questions, comments or suggestions do not hesitate to send us an email.




L'institut Polaris vient de Lancer son nouveau site de InsideTheBottle.org pour qu'il soit plus simple et centr� sur des ressouces et outils. Une section fran�aise est maintenant disponible avec nos ressources en fran�ais! Nos articles de nouvelles seront d�sormais sur le site www.polarisinstitute.org.


Si vous avez des question ou suggestions, envoyez nous un courriel!


Tony Clarke at the G20 and Group of 78 meeting

Tony Clarke au G20 et � la r�union du Groupe des 78

(Le fran�ais suit)


Reflections on the G20


Tony Clarke has recently returned from the latest G20 meeting that happened in Cannes, France November 3rd-4th. He has drafted a brief report on his impressions of the G20 and the state of global economic governance. You can read it HERE.


Tony Clarke's presentation to the Group of 78


In October 2011, Polaris Institute Executive Director Tony Clarke addressed the Group of 78, an organization that seeks to promote global priorities for peace and disarmament, equitable and sustainable development, and a strong and revitalized United Nations system. In his presentation Clarke traced four decades of increasing corporate control of the global economy and neo-liberal policies.


You can read a summary of his presentation HERE.




Le directeur de l'Institut Polaris, Tony Clarke, nous offre ses r�flexions sur le G20 qui a eu lieu � Cannes et sur l'�tat de la gouvernance �conomique mondiale. Vous pouvez trouver son rapport en anglais ICI.


Tony Clarke a �galement fait une pr�sentation au Groupe des 78, une organisation qui cherche � promouvoir des priorit�s mondiales de paix et d�sarmement, de d�veloppement �quitable et durable, et une ONU forte et revitalis�e. Lisez un sommaire de sa pr�sentation en anglais ICI. 

BWOffice Space Available

Espace de bureau disponible

The Polaris Institute is looking to share its office space with other non-profit organizations. Available are two large, bright and fully furnished corner offices located at 180 Metcalfe St, Suite 500, in Ottawa. The offices can be rented together or separately. Rental of the offices includes the use of shared spaces including a small kitchen area with sink and microwave as well as a meeting room. Shared resources include phone and internet access as well as the use of a printer, fax machine and photocopier. Cost can be negotiated depending on the space and shared resources required.

If interested, please contact Susan at the Polaris office, 613-237-1717 ext.101 or




L'institut Polaris cherche � partager son bureau avec d'autres organisations sans but lucratif. Nous avons 2 grands bureaux meubl�s, avec fen�tres, situ� au 180 Metcalfe, suite 500, � Ottawa. Les bureaux peuvent �tre lou�s s�par�ment ou ensemble. La location des bureaux inclus l'utilisation d'un espace commun qui inclut une petite cuisine avec lavabo, frigo et micro-onde, ainsi qu'une salle de r�union. Les ressources partag�es incluent le t�l�phone, internet et l'imprimante, le fax et la photocopieuse. Les prix peuvent �tre n�goci�s d�pendant de l'espace et des ressources requises.


Si vous �tes int�ress�s, contactez Susan au bureau de Polaris au 613-237-1717 poste 101 ou polaris@polarisinstitute.org 

Water Justice & newsTar Sands News

Nouvelles sur la justice li�e � l'eau et sur les sables bitumineux (Anglais)

Water News

  • Nestl� withdraws application for water withdrawal and county takes important steps to protect river from water takings. [Article]
  • Coca-Cola is said to have influenced the process of phasing out the sales of bottled water in the Grand Canyon, leading to a sudden stop to the project. [Article]
  • Nestl�'s first ever bottled water retail store in Bronx targets Latino community with its product. [Article]
  • The World Bank to partner with Nestl� and other large water multinational corporations to "transform" the water sector to include more industry influence and input. [Article]
  • The State of California is challenging industry efforts to greenwash their products by dubbing their plastics as "biodegradable". [Article]

Tar Sands News

  • The US State Department decided to get TransCanada to revist the Keystone XL trajectory effectively delaying any approval 2013, spreading rumors that it would spell the end for Keystone XL. [Article] However, in the past month much activity has sprouted in the world of pipelines. TransCanada is thinking of building part of the pipeline [Article] and Enbridge is pushing to build or reverse a section of pipeline that would help bring tar sands crude to the US Gulf Coast [Article].
  • Statoil fined and asked to give 200k to an industry association after being charged for 16 counts of water diversion violations and 3 counts of providing false reporting information. [Article]
  • Ethical Oil campaigner Alykhan Velshi named to be Harper's Director of Planning. [Article]


DonateDonate to Polaris!

Contribuez � Polaris!

Polaris has been doing very valuable work at home fighting against water privatization and commidification, promoting a just transition to a green economy and fighting against the corporate influence of the oil industry in Canada. Polaris has also been active on the international scene at the G20 and during international climate negotiations, in Cancun last december and in Durban this year.


But we can't do it without you. 


We need your help to continue doing this valuable work!


Please consider donating or becoming a Polaris sustainer and making monthly contributions.


To contribute, please visit our DONATIONS page.


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Polaris fait un travail tr�s important au Canada en luttant contre la privatisation et la marchandisation de l'eau, en faisant la promotion d'une transition juste vers une �conomie verte et en luttant contre l'influence de l'industrie p�troli�re au Canada. De plus, Polaris a �t� tr�s actif sur la sc�ne internationale notamment au G20 et pendant les n�gociations internationale sur le climat, entre autre � Cancun l'an dernier et � Durban cette ann�e.


Mais nous pouvons faire tout ceci sans vous.


Sous avons besoin de votre aide pour continuer notre travail!


S'il vous pla�t consid�rez effectuer un don ou une contribution mensuelle � l'Institut Polaris.


Pour faire une contribution, veuillez visiter notre page de DONS.


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