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Tell our ministers what matters to you

Christina Warner | January 13, 2022
It’s been just over 50 days since the federal government’s new cabinet was sworn in. Last month, the Council of Canadians issued four mandate letters – on water, trade, the climate crisis, and health – that lay out a progressive agenda for the new federal government. Two days…

New LNG exports not a pathway to zero

Robin Tress | January 5, 2022
Just before the holidays, we learned that NL LNG, a company based in Newfoundland and Labrador, registered their Placentia Bay LNG Facility and Marine Terminal with the provincial government. This proposed LNG project would liquefy and export 4 million tons per year of natural …

Headwinds for the Energy Transition

Laura Stewart | December 21, 2021
Laura Stewart travelled from Regina to Winnipeg to build support for just transition legislation. After her local MP, Conservative member Michael Kram (Regina – Wescana), refused to table and speak about our petition calling for just transition legislation, Laura decided to not…

Racism, resources, and the 'rule of law' in Wet'suwet'en territory

Dylan Penner | December 21, 2021
This past year, Canadians were exposed to deeper truths about systemic anti-Indigenous racism and the genocide perpetrated through the “Indian residential school” system. At the time, we underscored the importance of turning the collective grief that followed into deeper…

The RCMP serves and protects fossil fuel CEOs

Dylan Penner | December 14, 2021
Double standards of racism and colonialism Canada has a climate double standard. While land and water defenders face serious criminalization, repression, and police brutality, we’re continuing to witness in Wet’suwet’en territory, corporations – backed by the RCMP – get away…

REPORT: How Big Foreign Oil captures energy and climate policy (Part 1)

Gordon Laxer | December 8, 2021
This is the first instalment in a series of excerpts from Gordon Laxer's new report, "Posing as Canadian: How Big Foreign Oil captures energy and climate policy" — co-published by the Council of Canadians, CCPA BC, and CCPA Saskatchewan Alberta’s recent public inquiry into “…

How Canada became a vaccine villain

Nikolas Barry-Shaw | December 6, 2021
Originally published in The Breach, December 2, 2021. Until recently, nobody could accuse Justin Trudeau of being Big Pharma’s BFF.  In fact, the pharmaceutical industry used to have an adversarial relationship with the Liberals, thanks to Trudeau’s suggestion that domestic…

Grassy Narrows needs our support: Tell Ford to cancel all mining and logging permits!

Mark Calzavara | November 26, 2021
The Ontario government is once again violating the rights and sovereignty of Grassy Narrows First Nation and threatening their lands and way of life. Breaking its own rules, the Ford government granted eight new mining permits to three companies on Grassy Narrows territory…

2021 Throne Speech fails the climate test

Dylan Penner | November 23, 2021
The absence of a commitment to a just transition in today’s Throne Speech is a failure of leadership. This past summer a heat dome killed hundreds. Wildfires destroyed an entire town in moments. A bomb cyclone became the biggest storm the Pacific Northwest has ever seen. Now B.…

Just transition campaign update: the waves are starting 

Robin Tress | November 15, 2021
The need for a just transition is getting clearer every day. This year has been marked by both the global pandemic, and the fires, floods, and heat waves brought on by the climate crisis. In the last two weeks we've seen government negotiators, fossil fuel lobbyists, and…

Bolivia, Big Pharma and Vaccine Apartheid

Nikolas Barry-Shaw | November 10, 2021
Generic COVID-19 vaccines could help overcome #VaccineApartheid and end the pandemic. A Canadian company has been trying to do just that — but the federal govt has been stonewalling it for months. Sign this petition 🖊 Sign this petition and tell Trudeau to free the…

Wet’suwet’en peoples defend Wedzin Kwah river from imminent threat

AJ Klein | November 9, 2021
I heard about the water that flowed in the Wedzin Kwah (otherwise known as the Morice River) long before I ever tasted it myself. For more than a year before I made the trip to the solidarity camp in July of 2015 with some comrades, people kept telling me that it was safe to…