Analysis

Ford government an example of why long-term care shouldn’t be in the hands of the provinces

Jan Malek | September 24, 2020
On July 30, 2020, the Ontario government quietly released a study on staffing in long-term care. The government-initiated report recognizes "the critical importance of staffing in long-term care homes" and says the government must "urgently address the staffing crisis in long-…

Throne Speech full of big, vague promises – but will it deliver?

Christina Warner | September 23, 2020
This afternoon, in the looming shadow of a second wave of COVID-19, Prime Minister Trudeau set his government’s new agenda. The government’s response to the pandemic and its plans for a national recovery to the crisis will impact our country for years to come. As I watched the…

Pallister government using COVID-19 as an excuse to gut public oversight

Chris Kruszewski | September 23, 2020
What do you call a government using a global pandemic to push through legislation that takes away the right to public consultation and impartial oversight on water, electricity, hydro rates and other important services? Unfortunately, there is no punchline to this. Using the…

We need pharmacare now

The Council of Canadians | September 17, 2020
People should not have to worry about whether they can afford their medications - especially during a global pandemic. In the last few months, we've heard from hundreds of people who are struggling to be able to get the medicine they need. Read some of their stories here and…

Where does your MP stand on a just recovery?

Dylan Penner | September 14, 2020
We’re at a major turning point in the fight for a just recovery and a Green New Deal that supports people and the planet, not corporate bailouts. You’ve likely seen for yourself. The pandemic has exposed and sharpened the deep inequities and injustices that have always existed…

B.C. Supreme Court delivers massive win for public health care

Jan Malek | September 10, 2020
Today, B.C.’s Supreme Court struck down a Charter challenge against public health care. Launched by private clinic owner Dr. Brian Day, the case was a direct threat to Canada’s publicly funded medicare system.  The case, which went to trial in B.C. Supreme Court in 2016, pitted…

Liberals’ “ambitious green agenda” smells a lot like gas

Robin Tress | September 10, 2020
This week, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan gave a speech at the Gastech 2020 conference where he erroneously promoted liquified natural gas (LNG) as a sustainable and competitive resource and called on international investors to invest in Canadian LNG projects. This…

On Labour Day we celebrate the achievements of workers and their unions

The Council of Canadians | September 3, 2020
Labour Day is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the achievements of working people in this country, while focusing on the efforts needed to ensure a better future in which everyone is included. The rights that Canadians enjoy today were not achieved without struggle.…

The troubling financial connections between Big Oil and police

Dylan Penner | August 25, 2020
Big Oil is financing police foundations in Canada to the tune of at least $7.9 million, the bulk of which appears to be directed to police foundations in Alberta. According to Martin Lukacs and Tim Groves writing for the Tyee, some of these corporate funds have been funnelled to…

Out-of-date for-profit long-term care homes had highest number of COVID-19 outbreaks

Jan Malek | August 18, 2020
A new study of long-term care homes in Ontario shows that older facilities, with design standards dating back to the 1970s, were a significant factor in determining the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak. The study also revealed that homes owned by for-profit corporate chains…

The Council of Canadians submission to the Canada Water Agency Consultation

Vi Bui | August 13, 2020
For years, the Council of Canadians has been calling for a modernization of federal water policies, including the establishment of the Ministry of Water to coordinate water protection, management and stewardship.  In the 2019 federal election, the Liberals committed to…

Suspending water quality monitoring: oversight or disaster capitalism?

Vi Bui | August 12, 2020
This week, the Council of Canadians learned that the federal government has suspended water quality monitoring activities since the beginning of the pandemic. At the same time, the Canadian Press also shared news about a deal between the federal and Alberta governments to slash…