Analysis

Why we’re demanding a federal environmental assessment for Goldboro LNG 

Robin Tress | May 14, 2021
Pieridae Energy has plans to build a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Goldboro, Nova Scotia—and it’s seeking one billion dollars in federal support to get the project off the ground. This project would bring with it incredible risk to Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia,…

The Tent Mountain mine needs a federal review. Here’s why

Natasha Brubaker | May 7, 2021
The Tent Mountain project, a massive coal mine proposed on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, has so far managed to dodge a federal review process, despite the far-reaching and irreparable damage it could leave behind. And while the province of Alberta has temporarily paused…

The effects of coal mining in Alberta would ripple throughout the Prairies

Natasha Brubaker | April 27, 2021
Coal mining projects on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains are a threat to water beyond the province of Alberta—they affect people and ecosystems across the Prairies. That’s why the Council of Canadians joined several other organizations—including conservation,…

2021 federal budget outlines a climate of inaction

Dylan Penner | April 23, 2021
The 2021 Federal Budget relies on magical thinking when it comes to the climate crisis. Instead of a real plan to begin a managed wind-down of the fossil fuel industry, it doubles down on business as usual with the window dressing of carbon capture and storage, a false and…

Local Green New Deals gaining steam in Canada

Dylan Penner | April 22, 2021
The Green New Deal is already here, all around us. And it’s growing. Three municipalities in Canada have already raised the bar on tackling the climate emergency with their own local Green New Deals. Across Canada, the U.S., and UK, 15 communities — a combined population of…

Trudeau abandons promised LTC standards in favour of weaker accreditation scheme, bowing to for-profit care agenda

Donya Ziaee | April 21, 2021
After promising to establish national standards for long-term care in response to the tragic outcomes of COVID-19, the federal government has now washed its hands of that responsibility. It is instead passing the buck to a toothless accreditation industry to create updated …

Goldboro LNG asks feds for a billion-dollar subsidy

Robin Tress | April 14, 2021
Alfred Sorenson is an illusionist. As the CEO of Pieridae Energy, the company behind a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) facility in Goldboro, Nova Scotia, he has managed to convince German banks, Canadian MPs and MLAs, his shareholders, and a handful of Mi’kmaq leaders that …

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…