April 28, 2015

Halifax-based Council of Canadians organizer Tori Ball held a Game-changers Tour event in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia this weekend.

From the event, Ball tweeted, "We can't trust politicians to come up w issues that matter to young people. We need to get on the ground." And afterwards she told us, "It was a great day on the South Shore! We had around 30 people come to the event and came up with lots of great ideas! We even had a few high school students there which was great to see."

The gathering also included presentations by Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia chairperson Michaela Sam and organizer David Etherington.

April 28, 2015

The film Fractured Land has its world premiere in Toronto today. The film is focused on the life and work of Caleb Behn, an Eh Cho Dene and Dunne-Za from the Fort Nelson First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in British Columbia, and the struggle to defend the land and water there from fracking operations.

Toronto Film Scene reports, "Thirty-one-year-old Behn has spent the past nine years studying to be a lawyer, and in the process has become one of the most outspoken and sought after speakers from the First Nations community to talk about the controversial process of fracking and how it pertains to land and water rights and conservation issues."

April 27, 2015


A dozen Council of Canadians activists recently met with migrant detainees at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario to hear first hand their experiences with indefinite detention. What we heard moved us and reaffirmed our commitment to end this injustice. We urge all our supporters to join us in trying to stop indefinite detention by signing the End Immigration Detention petition, which can be found here.

The Council of Canadians is opposed to immigration detention, particularly indefinite detention. Immigration detention is imprisonment without charges or trial.

April 27, 2015
Barlow speaking at the United Nations
Barlow speaking at the United Nations. Photo by Meera Karunananthan.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke about harmony with nature today at a United Nations plenary session presided over by UN General Assembly president Sam Kahamba Kutesa.

Barlow tweeted this morning, "At UN General Assembly. High level panel on the rights of nature. Excellent statements from president and secretary general."

April 27, 2015
Delta-Richmond chapter
The Delta/Richmond chapter were at the second annual "Peep-in" yesterday.

The Council of Canadians Delta/Richmond chapter joined with Citizens Against Port Expansion and others yesterday to witness the migration stopover of western sandpipers on Roberts Bank.

For some context, Roberts Bank is an undersea bank on the south side of the estuary of the Fraser River approximately 35 kilometers south of Vancouver. The western sandpiper is a small shorebird whose breeding habitat is the tundra of eastern Siberia and Alaska and that migrates to both coasts of North America and South America.