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Don’t let the federal government privatize your water – a lesson from Mapleton, ON

Dylan Penner | January 14, 2021
Written by Vi Bui and Dylan Penner A small township outside of Guelph, Mapleton Ontario, had been promoted as the poster child for a federal effort by the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) to privatize water and wastewater across Canada. However, this past summer Mapleton called…

Hindsight: 2020 Part 2 - climate policy, fossil fuel industry and land defense

Robin Tress | January 13, 2021
This is part two of a series. Read part one. In 2020, while the focus of climate policy shifted significantly toward net zero emissions planning, governments continued to be guided by corporate interests and continued to criminalize land defenders working to stop unsustainable…

Is Trudeau’s new climate plan enough?

Dylan Penner | January 8, 2021
Late in 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau launched a new climate plan, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy. It may well be the government’s most ambitious climate plan yet, but unfortunately due to decades of lackluster climate policies in Canada the bar has been set very low…

Hindsight: 2020 part 1 - transformation is possible

Robin Tress | January 8, 2021
The COVID-19 crisis sent a shock through our entire society, revealing deep inequalities and deficiencies in our democratic processes. Our collective responses to COVID-19 showed us that rapid and transformative change is possible but that our governments are still regularly …

How we respond to threats against democracy

Christina Warner | January 8, 2021
I was horrified by the scenes of violence that unfolded earlier this week in Washington, D.C. Witnessing the violent interruption of democratic proceedings so close to home is unsettling, and the continued presence of white supremacy in our society is deeply disturbing. These…

Blue Communities in Latin America: Solidarity and Self Determination

The Council of Canadians | December 23, 2020
Blue Communities are those that are committed to other ways of relating to nature. They protect water as a common good, are against its privatization and in favor of public community partnerships. Written by Penca de Sábila, Colombia The Blue Communities Project is an…

Does accountability delayed mean accountability denied?

Angela Giles | December 17, 2020
After years of stalling, the RCMP has finally been rebuked for stomping on the rights of peaceful protesters in 2013: conducting warrantless searches, stops and spot checks and the retention of personal and social media data.   A few weeks ago, the CRCC (Civilian Review and…

The Liberal "Promise Recycling" Update

Dylan Penner | December 9, 2020
As the climate crisis worsens and the pandemic’s second wave rages, people and communities need a just recovery and a Green New Deal. The Liberal’s recent Fall Economic Update failed to deliver on the bold transformation needed to rise to the challenges we’re facing. It's…

We need a just recovery for public transit

Dylan Penner | December 8, 2020
The fight to defend and expand public transit is about more than funding. It’s about priorities. It’s about building a bigger vision. A vision for the future of public transit The fight for public transit can and must be a key part of our collective fight for climate justice…

The Canada Infrastructure Bank should not be part of the post-COVID recovery

Dylan Penner | December 8, 2020
Written by Vi Bui and Dylan Penner As communities continue to face the consequences of the pandemic, protect our most vulnerable members and begin rebuilding, it has become clear that we cannot go back to business as usual. Any COVID-19 recovery plan must put community and…

Push back against Doug Ford and developers

Mark Calzavara | December 7, 2020
Doug Ford is plowing forward with his developer-friendly agenda to dismantle useful programs, regulations and government bodies that protect our watersheds and communities. His latest attack is jammed into the provincial budget bill, under the guise of helping the province…

Federal net-zero emissions legislation: 2050 is too late

Robin Tress | November 23, 2020
Last week, the federal government tabled Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. This act sets a target for Canada to emit net-zero carbon by 2050 but doesn’t say much else. Overall, this legislation does not contain a compelling framework for effective…