May 7, 2015

Opposition to fracking has been brewing in the Yukon for a number of years. The Yukon Party government's recent decision to allow fracking in the Liard basin in southeast Yukon has reignited resolve in the territory to protect the lakes and rivers from fracking, a practice that was recently found to contaminate drinking water in Pennsylvania.

Members of the Liard First Nation are concerned that the Yukon Party are making deals behind closed doors with their Chief and Council which will have adverse affects on community’s drinking water and health as well as the wildlife which they rely on for food.

It is within this context that Maude Barlow and I visited Whitehorse earlier this week to express our solidarity to members of the Liard First Nation and Yukoners who have been fighting to keep fracking out of their territory.

A workshop, rally and public event

May 6, 2015


Today, the Council of Canadians joined allies across Nova Scotia to demand the provincial government protect quality home care and stop trying to balance budgets off  cutting services the most vulnerable. Nine rallies occurred in communities across the province with over 600 patients, concerned citizens and health professionals calling on the Liberal government to do the right thing and stop the race to the bottom in home care. Home care needs to be about  the patients and providing them with quality care.


May 6, 2015

75 per cent Ontarians want a ban on fracking

Ontario MPP Peter Tabuns’ anti-fracking private members bill is getting a surprising amount of backlash from Ontario natural gas interests considering that there are supposedly no hydraulic fracturing projects in the works for the province.  Bill 82 goes for second reading at Queen’s Park this Thursday and both Union Gas and the Ontario Energy Association have sent letters to all MPPs asking them to vote against it.  The letters claim that the economic benefits from potential fracking in Ontario are significant and that it can be done safely.

May 5, 2015

Caribou Legs

The Council of Canadians is helping to sponsor Caribou Legs, an Indigenous ultra-marathon runner, to run the 4800 kilometres from Vancouver to Ottawa to highlight the waterways across this country that are under threat from pipelines, fracking, mining and extreme energy projects.

Caribou Legs, as Brad Firth prefers to be called, is a Gwich'in man who now lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The Gwich'in are one of the most northern Indigenous peoples. Their traditional territories extend from the interior of Alaska through the Yukon and into the Mackenzie Valley.

He will run 75 kilometres a day on this journey. He has previously run 3200 kilometres from Vancouver to Whitehorse, 1200 kilometres from Inuvik to Whitehorse, as well as numerous other runs of more than 100 kilometres in distance to highlight the threats to the Peel River watershed from mining.

May 5, 2015

Steven ShrybmanThe Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students and three voters will be in Ontario Superior Court this July 2-3 seeking an injunction to suspend key provisions of the Harper government's C-23, the so-called Fair Elections Act, for the upcoming federal election expected this October.

The Canadian Press has reported, "The new rules [in C-23] forbid voters from using the Elections Canada voter information card mailed to their home as proof of residency -- although some 400,000 voters used the cards for this purpose in the 2011 federal election. The law also now sets up a more restrictive process for attesting to the identity of voters who don't have proper identification -- a process known as vouching, which allowed 120,000 additional voters to cast a ballot in 2011."