Analysis

8 questions about Alberta’s coal policy consultation

Donya Ziaee | March 30, 2021
After its about-face on the province’s coal mining policy, the Alberta government has finally kicked off its promised public consultations around a new coal policy. It has struck a five-member committee that it says will listen to Albertans and make its own independent…

Time is running out for public transit

Dylan Penner | March 30, 2021
Public transit systems are on the brink. Thanks to our advocacy work with other allies in the Keep Transit Moving coalition, the federal government made a much-needed investment in public transit last year through the Safe Restart Agreement — to help municipalities maintain…

Albertans deserve meaningful consultation on coal policy

Donya Ziaee | March 26, 2021
The Alberta government has promised to start consultations on a “new, modern coal policy” on March 29. Yet, it has so far announced no details indicating this will be a meaningful or transparent process. In fact, all signs point to the government using the consultation to clear…

Supreme Court decision on carbon pricing is both a win and a call to action

Robin Tress | March 25, 2021
Today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the federal government’s carbon pricing plan is entirely constitutional and that provinces can’t choose to opt out of a federal climate plan. Several provinces — notably Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Ontario — had challenged the…

International Day of Action of Rivers is March 14

The Council of Canadians | March 12, 2021
The Council of Canadians Winnipeg Chapter Several decades ago, Manitoba Hydro was granted an 1973' CRD Interim Licence which allowed operation and fluctuations of the Churchill River Diversion by two feet over a twelve-month period. The rise in water levels would have been…

Do Not Consume

Mark Calzavara | March 12, 2021
In 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to eliminate all long-term drinking water advisories on First Nations reserves by March of 2021. As his deadline expires, it is clear that he has failed due to a lack of effort and commitment. There were drinking water advisories…

Mobilizing Canada for the climate emergency webinar

Robin Tress | March 11, 2021
What if our governments treated the climate crisis like a real crisis? What if we mobilized public resources to fight the climate crisis with the full recognition that our lives and society depend on it? How can we organize enough political power to drive this kind of action?…

The Council mourns the loss of world-renowned ecologist David Schindler 

Dylan Penner | March 9, 2021
This past Thursday, March 4, 2021, the world lost Dr. David Schindler, “Canada’s leading ecologist.” The Council extends its condolences to his friends and family.  Dr. Schindler was Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta’s Department of…

Protect Our Water and Say No to Coal

The Council of Canadians | March 8, 2021
The Council of Canadians Edmonton Chapter Corinne Benson, Peter Loney, Richard Merry, Brian Sawyer, Josefine Singh After mounting public pressure, the Alberta government announced in early February that it would reverse its decision to rescind the 1976 Coal Policy. Instead, it…

Council of Canadians makes landmark nomination of Cuban Medical teams for Nobel Prize

The Council of Canadians | March 4, 2021
By Rick Arnold, Northumberland Chapter of the Council of Canadians Cuba’s medical health teams nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize A year has passed since the first COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Canada. Our federal and provincial governments were ill-prepared when this…

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…