May 4, 2016

The people of North Bay are ramping up the fight against the Energy East pipeline project. Last week, Maude Barlow and I spent three amazing days there working with friends and allies to stop this dangerous and unneeded tar sands export pipeline.  We were hosted by Stop Energy East-North Bay, a vibrant and very active local group that co-authored a report with us, When Oil Meets Water: How the Energy East pipeline threatens North Bay watersheds which we released at a press conference first thing Monday morning. The report received broad coverage in regional media and drew a weak response from Energy East’s proponent TransCanada Pipelines Inc. 

May 4, 2016

There is now an evacuation order for the whole city of Fort McMurray. Photo by CBC/Reuters.

As a wildfire devastates the Fort McMurray area, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow has tweeted, "Horrible! Hearts go out to residents!"

CBC reports, "A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., destroyed an entire neighbourhood and burned homes and businesses in several others Tuesday, and continues to rage out of control. By late afternoon, the entire city of 60,000 had been ordered evacuated. Residents by the thousands fled the fire, and for hours caused gridlock on Highway 63, and even overwhelmed oilsands work camps [north of the city], where beds and meals were offered. Fire chief Darby Allen said the entire neighbourhood of Beacon Hill 'appears to have been lost' and the fire burned many homes in other parts of the city."

May 3, 2016

The Council of Canadians supports Réseau FADOQ, along with Quebec and national health care advocates in Montreal today as they demand the federal government fulfill their responsibility and enforce the Canadian Health Act (CHA)

May 3, 2016

Last night was arguably one of the most stormy and surprising Council meetings in recent memory here in Fredericton - Video 1, Video 2 and Video 3.   Citizens witnessed an unexpected double victory for transparency at the Fredericton Council-in-Committee meeting:  

Fredericton City Council publicly took back the Letter of Support for the proposed TransCanada Energy East Pipeline Project that they approved in a secret meeting and sent to the Prime Minister of Canada;

May 3, 2016

Twitter photo by Canada Trade.

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter held a town hall meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership on April 27.

About 125 people came out to hear the panel featuring Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives researcher Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, retired Health Canada scientist Dr. Shiv Chopra, Osgoode Hall Law School professor Gus Van Harten, and parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade David Lametti.