Analysis

Making sense of the Conservative sweep in Nova Scotia

Angela Giles | August 25, 2021
As people across the country prepare to head to the polls for a federal election in a few weeks, here in the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw Nation called Nova Scotia we are reeling from the results of a provincial election held last week. The outcome was a Progressive…

An election in September, whether we need it or not

John Cartwright | August 19, 2021
Canadians will go to the polls on September 20th – a full two years before our set election date – at the request of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Few people feel that we need an election in the middle of a fourth wave of the pandemic. But the Liberal party believes this is the…

The Big Questions: Big Pharma

The Council of Canadians | August 17, 2021
The pandemic has revealed the undue influence that large multinational pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists have over our governments and our lives – whether it’s in their efforts to thwart a much-needed universal pharmacare program or the obstacles they’ve posed to an…

The Big Questions: Climate

The Council of Canadians | August 17, 2021
The climate crisis is a top federal election issue for people in Canada this year – and it has been for years. As we approach the election, here are some questions you can ask candidates, along with background information you can use to understand and evaluate their responses.…

The Big Questions: Long-Term Care

The Council of Canadians | August 17, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has put Canada’s long-term care system in the spotlight, exposing its many failures and vulnerabilities. Years of letting private profiteers take over care resulted in catastrophic outcomes for residents and workers in the homes. Below are questions on long…

The Big Questions: Electoral Reform

The Council of Canadians | August 17, 2021
Canada's electoral system is outdated and unfair. In the absence of proportional representation, the make-up of our parliament distorts Canadians' electoral preferences, fails to reflect who we really are, and creates voter apathy in the process. There is one simple question…

The Big Questions: Water

The Council of Canadians | August 16, 2021
In Canada, there is no national strategy to address urgent water issues, nor is there much federal leadership to protect our water resources from becoming polluted or privatized. Dozens of First Nations still have Drinking Water Advisories despite the federal government’s…

The Big Questions: Indigenous Rights

The Council of Canadians | August 16, 2021
Canada is still colonizing Indigenous peoples and their ancestral territories. Canada is far from a state of reconciliation – we are still collectively learning truths about the legacy of the Indian Residential School system and the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered…

Presenting the Blue Community of London

Mark Calzavara | August 4, 2021
The city of London, Ontario, is now formally recognized as a Blue Community. The Council of Canadians London chapter presented the official Blue Community certificate to the city’s mayor and water department during a ceremony in front of City Hall last week. You can watch the…

Alberta Coal Rush: Who will win and who will lose? (Part 2)

Natasha Brubaker | July 9, 2021
The economic boom promised by the coal industry is a fairy tale woven from speculation and wishful thinking. Missing from the story are the economic and environmental costs of coal. As Part 1 of this series on the new coal rush in Alberta revealed, the economic case for new…

Win! Pieridae Energy gives up on Goldboro LNG!

Robin Tress | July 2, 2021
Today Pieridae Energy announced that they are giving up on their Goldboro LNG project. The company says it will ”analyze strategic alternatives” to the Goldboro LNG project in Nova Scotia, and will look at options that are “more compatible with the current environment.” This is…

Net-Zero Act passes in the nick of time

Robin Tress | June 30, 2021
Canada’s Net-Zero Climate Accountability Act (Bill C-12) has passed! This historic bill – Canada’s first climate accountability legislation – passed through the House and Senate just before legislators broke for summer holiday. While the bill isn’t perfect, it is a step towards…