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Letter: Commit to decarbonization to address today's crises

Robin Tress | May 19, 2022
See the full letter with French and German translation and full list of signatories here. Die deutsche Version des Briefs finden Sie hier. To: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chancellor Olaf Scholz Cc: Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Labour Seamus…

On June 2nd, vote for climate justice in Ontario

Vi Bui | May 19, 2022
In April 2019, I was among countless other Ottawa residents watching anxiously as the flood water rose past the historic level it had already reached only two years prior. This was just a few weeks after Premier Doug Ford made cuts to the funding and mandate of Conservation…

Equinor’s Bay du Nord offshore oil project must go!

Angela Giles | May 16, 2022
“For us in the North, climate change is not a distant future. It’s our current reality. It’s already here and impacting our people. With Canada’s recent approval of Equinor’s massive offshore oil project Bay du Nord, damages to our way of life will only worsen. With Equinor’s…

Developers or Ontarians: Who decides what your community looks like?

Vi Bui | May 16, 2022
As the Ontario population grows, residents across the province are creatively rethinking what their communities could look like. Ontarians in urban and rural areas alike are trying to address the housing crisis, build vibrant, sustainable communities, preserve the precious…

May Day message from the future: A just transition for Ontario

Dylan Penner | May 4, 2022
Below is the text of a speech by Dylan Penner, our Climate and Social Justice Organizer, at the May Day rally in Ottawa. The rally was part of a provincial day of action organized by the Ontario Federation of Labour.  Fellow workers! Bonjour tour le monde! I'm here with a…

Council of Canadians chapters celebrate May Day 2022 in Ontario

Vi Bui | May 4, 2022
On May 1, Council of Canadians chapters across Ontario joined our labour allies and community groups to celebrate International Workers’ Day. As the province heads into an election, workers and communities rallied for a better Ontario and called for fair wages and better working…

Letter from 113 organizations re: ending fossil fuel subsidies and public finance

Pam Woolridge | May 2, 2022
To: The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources Canada The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change C.c. Federal Cabinet Re: Ending fossil fuel…

Moderna plant in Montreal not a cause for celebration, vaccine equity advocates say

Donya Ziaee | April 28, 2022
Instead of rolling out the red carpet for private vaccine producers, we should reduce our reliance on corporations that put profits ahead of global public health   MONTREAL – On Friday morning, Prime Minister Trudeau and Quebec Premier François Legault are set to announce the…

‘Hope is a moral imperative’: A review of Maude Barlow’s new book

The Council of Canadians | April 25, 2022
Paul Moist Still Hopeful: Lessons from a Lifetime of Activism By Maude Barlow Maude Barlow has been on the frontlines of change for most of her life. A prolific author, she has written with passion about social justice issues and exposed injustices here and abroad. Her new…

Webinar: Policing, protest and the resurgence of the far right

The Council of Canadians | April 25, 2022
The Council of Canadians has a proud track record of defending the right to protest. We’ve also witnessed what members, supporters, and allies have experienced at the hands of the police while exercising this right. We have seen intimidation of LNG protesters, surveillance of…

The Liberals’ plan to fight fire with fire won’t turn down the climate heat

Dylan Penner | April 22, 2022
If the federal Liberal government was a firefighter, its fire hose would be filled with gasoline instead of water. Prime Minister Trudeau has been promising a Just Transition Act for three years, but instead he keeps delivering fossil fuel subsidies and pipelines. In the wake…

Coalition of environmental groups calls for a federal ban on thermal coal exports on Earth Day

Donya Ziaee | April 19, 2022
OTTAWA/TRADITIONAL, UNCEDED TERRITORY OF THE ALGONQUIN ANISHNAABEG PEOPLE – A coalition of environmental, health, and social justice groups are calling on Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault to ban the export of thermal coal from Canadian ports by 2023…