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A battle to stop a mine that spanned generations

Nita Grass | 6 days ago
Nita Grass, a Tsilhqot'in, is an activist and member of the Council of Canadians’ Board of Directors. She is passionate about water and food safety issues and is a strong advocate for Indigenous rights. When the Supreme Court ruled last week it was denying Taseko Mines Limited's…

Progress for Green Jobs Oshawa

Robin Tress | 6 days ago
In Oshawa, Ontario, former auto manufacturing workers are clamouring to be put back to work to make much needed N95 masks. Green Jobs Oshawa began campaigning to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) in early April, and this work led to GM signing a contract with the…

Wet’suwet’en closer to recognition of title on their territory

Nita Grass | 1 week ago
The Wet'suwet'en Nation's long struggle has taken another small step towards taking back control over what happens within their territory. The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with both the B.C. government and the Canadian…

Tsilhqot'in Nation celebrates victory over Taseko Mines

Jan Malek | 1 week ago
Late last week, the Tsilhqot'in Nation got the news they have been waiting 30 years for. The Supreme Court of Canada denied Taseko Mines Limited's right to appeal a federal government decision rejecting the mining company’s proposal for a $1.5-billion open-pit copper and gold…

Oil and gas work sites spreading COVID-19 across Canada

The Council of Canadians | 1 week ago
In April, the Council of Canadians warned that over 100 energy megaproject work camps are continuing to operate, across B.C. and the prairies. Each of these camps houses hundreds of workers in close proximity despite the need for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Time to bring seniors’ long-term care under Canada Health Act

Jan Malek | 1 week ago
The COVID-19 pandemic is showing that we must change how we care for our seniors – and we need to act quickly with a coordinated national response. The Council of Canadians recently launched a petition, which has already garnered thousands of signatures, calling on the federal…

50+ groups across Canada call for emergency and permanent transit funding

The Council of Canadians | 2 weeks ago
The Council of Canadians joined more than 50 organizations across Canada to send a letter to the federal government calling for emergency and permanent transit operating funding. You can read the letter below. May 12, 2020 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Honorable Catherine…

Add your voice to protect the Great Lakes and shut down the Line 5 pipeline

Vi Bui | 3 weeks ago
Right now, we have a critical moment to protect the Great Lakes from Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.  Transporting crude oil and liquefied natural gas from Sarnia, Ontario, to Superior, Wisconsin, Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has been pumping more than 500,000 barrels of oil a day…

Addressing COVID-19 outbreaks in seniors’ care homes requires fixing the working conditions in them

Jan Malek | 4 weeks ago
Reports continue to pour in of COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care, assisted living and other seniors' care homes. More than 600 nursing and retirement homes across Canada have reported a rapidly growing number of COVID-19 infections, with Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia…

Polluter pays, or polluters get paid?

Robin Tress | 4 weeks ago
During the COVID-19 crisis there has been a huge amount of discussion around the oil and gas industry in Canada and how to respond to tanking oil prices and the shuttered industry.   In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of talk about a bailout (or ‘liquidity package’ as …

This May Day, take action to stop COVID-19 outbreaks at energy work camps

Dylan Penner | 4 weeks ago
The COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing and millions of Canadians out of work all contribute to a very different May Day this year.   While we won’t be able to gather in person this year, International Workers’ Day on May 1 is an opportunity show solidarity with frontline…

Commit to a bold, green and just recovery

The Council of Canadians | 4 weeks ago
The Council of Canadians joined progressive organizations in Toronto to call on Toronto Mayor John Tory and City Councillors to commit to a bold, green and just recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full letter below. April 29, 2020 Dear Mayor Tory and City…