March 27, 2015

March 31st, 2015, marks the one year anniversary of the expiry of the Health Accord.

Canada is facing an important next step in our medicare history. In 2014, the current health care accord – the deal that sets funding and health care service delivery agreements between the federal and provincial and territorial governments – expired. The federal government continues to ignore calls by the provinces and territories to work on a deal, and shockingly announced devastating health care cuts with the bulk of the cuts (over $36 billion) coming into effect after the next federal election in 2015.

March 26, 2015

Mark Calzavara in Queens ParkThe Council of Canadians supports legislation that would ban or place a moratorium on fracking at both the federal and provincial level.

The Canadian Press reports, "An NDP private member's bill to ban high volume hydraulic fracking to produce natural gas from shale in Ontario was quickly shot down by the Liberal government Wednesday. NDP environment critic Peter Tabuns introduced a private member's bill to have Ontario follow the lead of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and New York and ban fracking. Tabuns said fracking poses substantial risks to ground water, which is combined with toxic chemicals under extreme pressure to fracture shale deposits to free up natural gas for extraction."

March 26, 2015

Eric DohertyThe Globe and Mail reports, "An environmental organization and a group of concerned citizens are asking the Supreme Court of Canada to hear a complaint that the National Energy Board is violating their rights to free speech. ForestEthics Advocacy Association, and several individuals who live near the route of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, say the NEB is acting unfairly in limiting who can speak at the public hearings and in restricting the topics to be discussed."

March 26, 2015

Ryerson Game Changers

The Council of Canadians Game-changers campaign was at Ryerson University in Toronto earlier this week.

Council of Canadians Youth Vote campaigner Brigette DePape tells us, "We had a mix of young workers, students, and community members. There were people from student groups like Sustainable Ryerson and the Ryerson Students' Union. A huge thank you to our Toronto-based organizers Ailish Morgan, who did a fantastic job emceeing and leading the group facilitators, and Mark Calzavara for organizing, taking photos and for making the world's biggest Go Vote sign!"

March 26, 2015


Photos of the protest from the Fredericton chapter.

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter joined with the Peace & Friendship Alliance last night to protest outside the combined annual general meetings of several governing provincial Liberal party riding associations.

The rally was to demand that the New Brunswick government suspend forestry contracts that were signed without meaningful consultation. The province's Department of Natural Resources has signed agreements with forestry companies that guarantee an increased annual allowable cut for the next 25 years.