April 1, 2015
Game Changers: Nipissing
Game-changers tour at Nipissing University.

The Council of Canadians was at Nipissing University in North Bay earlier this week helping to get out the youth vote for the upcoming federal election. The intervention was done in partnership with the Nipissing University Students Union and the Canadian Federation of Students.

Council of Canadians youth vote campaigner Brigette DePape says, "Thanks to the wonderful people who came out to the event. The last race was so close with a difference of only 18 votes, and you all give me hope that in 2015, we can really turn things around."

She also notes, "We even had three wonderful people from our Sudbury chapter drive two hours in the snowy weather to participate in this!"

April 1, 2015
Council of Canadians organizers and allies protest "four and four" rule outside Conservative MP Joe Oliver's office in Toronto.

A program of mass deportations from Canada is set to begin.

Today the Harper government will begin implementing its new "four and four" rule for temporary foreign workers (in so-called low-skilled industries such as retail, food and manufacturing) and live-In caregivers. This rule says that migrant workers who have been employed in Canada for more than four years must leave the country and that they cannot return for another four years. It has been estimated that this rule could apply to as many as 70,000 people across the country.

The Council of Canadians opposes this.

April 1, 2015
Michael Butler in Brampton
Council of Canadians health care campaigner Michael Butler speaks outside Conservative MP Bal Gosal's constituency office yesterday.

Eighteen Council of Canadians chapters protested yesterday to mark the one year anniversary of the expiry of the Canada Health Accord, to condemn the $36 billion in reduced funding that will come with the Harper government's new funding formula for health care, and to call for a new health accord.

The chapters that took part in the day of action were St. John's, Charlottetown, Halifax (in the Atlantic region), Peel Region, Sudbury, Windsor-Essex (in Ontario-Quebec), Edmonton, Calgary, Regina (in the Prairies-NWT region), and Nelson, Vancouver, Comox Valley, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Mid-Island, Kamloops, Kelowna, Victoria (in BC-Yukon).

March 30, 2015

Former foreign affairs minister John Baird is now a member of the international advisory board for the Toronto-based mining giant Barrick Gold.

March 30, 2015

In a joint statement issued today, 16 social justice organizations, faith groups, trade unions, and environmental organizations are calling on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to immediately withdraw the province’s 10 year plan for clearcut logging on the traditional territory of the Grassy Narrows First Nation.

Read the joint statement

30 March 2015
News release