October 20, 2016

The Peterborough chapter was at Maryam Monsef's consultation on electoral reform on September 6. Photo by Jessica Nyznik/ Peterborough Examiner.

Twenty-three chapters have engaged in various forms of consultation on electoral reform over the last year.

In the October 2015 federal election, the Liberal platform promised, "We will make every vote count. We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system. We will convene an all-party Parliamentary committee to review a wide variety of reforms, such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting. This committee will deliver its recommendations to Parliament. Within 18 months of forming government, we will introduce legislation to enact electoral reform."

October 20, 2016

Chapter activists and allies gathered on October 15 to protest austerity and the Muskrat Falls dam.

Council of Canadians chapter from across the country participated in the Groundswell 2016 conference in St. John's this past October 14-16.

Thirty-five chapter activists from our four regions came together for three days of meetings, workshops, panels, protests, resolutions, connecting, and much more.

October 20, 2016

The Council of Canadians Moncton chapter participated in an occupation of the lobby of the Newfoundland and Labrador legislative building earlier this week.

Chapter activists Duc and Ylang Phi joined Atlantic organizers Angela Giles and Robin Tress and allies in the occupation on Monday October 17 to demonstrate their opposition to the Muskrat Falls dam.

The Muskrat Falls hydro-electric dam project would see two large dams - a 32-metre high north dam and a 29-metre south dam - on the lower Churchill River in Labrador. The federal government has played an instrumental role in enabling this dam by providing a $6.4 billion loan guarantee and by removing federal oversight of the Churchill River in the Navigation Protection Act.

October 20, 2016

About 25 people came together in Kitchener-Waterloo last night to launch a local chapter of the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest social activist group.

Those gathered learned about the organization, ongoing campaigns, and the vital role that chapters play in taking action for social and environmental justice. A strong interest was expressed in organizing locally around water issues, electoral reform, healthcare, and in solidarity with social movements globally.

The chapter will hold its first meeting next week. Contact regional staff member Mark Calzavara ( for information on how to get involved.  

October 20, 2016

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin. Photo credit: Ottawa Citizen.

On September 29, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow wrote to about 2,000 of our supporters in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

She noted, "I urgently need your help. Residents in and around Ottawa and Gatineau, like you and me, need to ready ourselves because the fight to stop the proposed Energy East pipeline is entering a pivotal phase. Over the coming weeks, our city councillors across the National Capital Region will be considering their position on the controversial mega-project and making a recommendation either for or against it. The City of Gatineau’s environment commission will hear arguments from the proponents and opponents of the Energy East pipeline on October 6 before making a recommendation to city council on whether or not to support the pipeline."