Analysis

Federal net-zero emissions legislation: 2050 is too late

Robin Tress | November 23, 2020
Last week, the federal government tabled Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. This act sets a target for Canada to emit net-zero carbon by 2050 but doesn’t say much else. Overall, this legislation does not contain a compelling framework for effective…

Public-private partnerships have no place in Canada’s post-COVID just recovery

Dylan Penner | November 12, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and amplified many structural inequalities in our societies. As workers and communities continue to struggle with the ongoing consequences of the pandemic, we urgently need government to put people at the core of its COVID-19 response and…

NEWS: Clearwater to be sold to coalition of Mi’kmaq First Nations, Premium Brands Holding

Angela Giles | November 10, 2020
Late yesterday, the Membertou First Nation announced that Clearwater Seafoods is set to be sold to a coalition of Mik’maq First Nations and Premium Brands Holding Corp of B.C.   Read news articles with details of the announcement here from CBC, Chronicle Herald and Financial…

Urgent action needed now for people in long-term care

Jan Malek | November 5, 2020
COVID-19 outbreaks are continuing in long-term care homes as the second wave of the virus surges across the country. Homes in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Ottawa and other cities and towns are battling outbreaks. In Quebec, the government is sending in "swat teams" where…

No loopholes on community consent

Mark Calzavara | October 30, 2020
Nestlé is still pumping out Ontario groundwater while it looks for a new buyer for its bottled water business in Canada. The multinational corporation takes what should be a shared public resource, puts it in hundreds of millions of single use plastic bottles, and then sells it…

DFO is taking Mi'kmaq fishers' traps in St Peter's Bay, Unama'ki (Cape Breton, NS)

Robin Tress | October 29, 2020
In mid-October, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) seized around 200 lobster traps from Mi’kmaq fishers in Unama’ki (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia). Before taking the traps, DFO sent a letter to Potlotek First Nation saying the department would seize all gear that didn’t…

Don’t let the second wave sink public transit

Dylan Penner | October 22, 2020
Across the country, transit agencies are on the brink of collapsing or being forced to cut service routes and jobs because of the impacts of COVID-19. The pandemic has added additional pressure to our transit systems, compounding decades of neglect, cuts and privatization. Now…

Policing protest: a double standard

Robin Tress | October 18, 2020
In the past week we’ve seen shocking acts of violence and vandalism in the St. Mary’s Bay area of Nova Scotia as non-Indigenous fishers continue to oppose Mi’kmaq rightsholders exercising their treaty right to fish. Settlers trapped two Mi’kmaq fishermen in a lobster pound,…

Trapped in Conflict: How the corporate megafishery Clearwater has set the stage for violent conflict in Mi’kma’ki

Robin Tress | October 15, 2020
Today, across the country, people woke up to see reeling images of violence and racism carried out against Mi’kmaq fishers. Many people are asking key questions such as: Why hasn't the RCMP proactively intervened and defended Mi’kmaq leadership and fishers? What are the economic…

B.C. chapters use election to call on politicians to end fossil fuel subsidies

The Council of Canadians | October 14, 2020
During the B.C. election, the Council of Canadians, through our B.C.-based chapters, is joining a broad coalition of other groups to demand that the B.C. government end the many ways it subsidizes fossil fuel corporations. Our question for all candidates is simple: Will you end…

A promise is a promise! Liberal government should end back-room, corporate trade negotiations

Sujata Dey | October 7, 2020
Free trade agreements have consistently worked against the interests of people and the planet. Trade deals are hatched in secret, with corporate interests represented around the table. The Council of Canadians and our labour, environment and civil society allies have to fight…

Yes, We Can! Climate Lessons from A Good War

John Cartwright | October 7, 2020
A year ago, millions of people took to the streets demanding real action to address the climate emergency. Inspired by Greta Thunberg and a dynamic movement of students and youth across the globe, Fridays for Future seemed to be an unstoppable force in world politics. And then…