Analysis

Council of Canadians tells MPs to stop infrastructure privatization

Dylan Penner | February 24, 2021
On February 23, 2021 the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met to discuss the mandate of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Included below are notes from Climate and Social Justice Campaigner Dylan Penner’s presentation to the …

Don’t let corporate lobbyists stand in the way of universal pharmacare

Donya Ziaee | February 23, 2021
After years of pledging to deliver pharmacare, the federal Liberals have yet again failed to follow through on that promise. On Wednesday, February 24, Liberal MPs joined Conservatives and the Bloc Quebecois in almost unanimously voting down Bill C-213 — a private member’s bill…

BREAKING: Nestle sells water business to Wall St for $4.3 Billion

Mark Calzavara | February 18, 2021
This week’s news that Nestlé is selling its bottled water interests in Canada is a capitalistic déjà vu for communities that have been fighting the bottled water giant for decades. The new owners will be private equity firms One Rock Capital Partners and Metropoulos & Co,…

Trudeau's transit announcement throws Just Recovery under the bus

Dylan Penner | February 12, 2021
The federal government has announced new federal funding for transit, following months of organizing by public transit advocates from coast to coast including the Keep Transit Moving coalition, which the Council is a part of.  The fight for public transit is a key part of our…

The Coal Hard Facts: What’s Happening with Alberta’s Coal Policy?

Chris Kruszewski | February 10, 2021
Yesterday, the Alberta government made an unprecedented announcement, stating they would reinstate the 1976 Coal Policy. This reinstatement is only a temporary measure as the government brings in consultation on a “new, modern coal policy” that it insists will protect the…

Guelph Students Take the Lead on Phasing out Gas Plants in Ontario

The Council of Canadians | January 29, 2021
Written by Lin Grist, Guelph Chapter  On December 14, five high school students and one university student deputed to Guelph city council asking them to pass a motion to phase out gas plants in Ontario. Their message to the Council:  while most of us can’t vote yet, we care…

Five reasons for Canada to say goodbye and good riddance to KXL

Robin Tress | January 20, 2021
The final nail has been placed in the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline’s coffin as TC Energy suspends work on the pipeline. While President Joe Biden might be delivering the final blow, the pipeline was primarily laid to rest by 13 years of hard-fought organizing and land defense led…

The federal government’s scheme to promote water P3s in Canada

Dylan Penner | January 20, 2021
Written by Vi Bui and Dylan Penner This past summer, the township of Mapleton, Ontario dealt a direct blow to the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s (CIB) attempt to privatize water in Canada by ending their Request for Proposals (RFP) process and choosing to finance their water and…

Hindsight: 2020 Part 3 - the road ahead

Robin Tress | January 19, 2021
This is the third post in a series. Read part one and part two. Goals for 2021: we need a real net-zero plan This year we need to build on what we managed to accomplish in 2020, and build back from the blows we were dealt. When it comes to organizing for climate justice, we…

Don’t let the federal government privatize your water – a lesson from Mapleton, ON

Dylan Penner | January 14, 2021
A small township outside of Guelph, Mapleton Ontario, had been promoted as the poster child for a federal effort by the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) to privatize water and wastewater across Canada. However, this past summer Mapleton called off its plans to privatize its…

Hindsight: 2020 Part 2 - climate policy, fossil fuel industry and land defense

Robin Tress | January 13, 2021
This is part two of a series: Read part one and part three. In 2020, while the focus of climate policy shifted significantly toward net zero emissions planning, governments continued to be guided by corporate interests and continued to criminalize land defenders working to stop…

Is Trudeau’s new climate plan enough?

Dylan Penner | January 8, 2021
Late in 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau launched a new climate plan, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy. It may well be the government’s most ambitious climate plan yet, but unfortunately due to decades of lackluster climate policies in Canada the bar has been set very low…