Analysis

We need pharmacare now

The Council of Canadians | 3 days ago
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 | 6 days ago
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 | 1 week ago
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 | 1 week ago
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 | 2 weeks ago
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 | 3 weeks ago
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Out-of-date for-profit long-term care homes had highest number of COVID-19 outbreaks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 | 1 month ago
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 | 1 month ago
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 | 1 month ago
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…

BP plans to keep it in the ground, sort of

Robin Tress | 1 month ago
British fossil fuel giant and sixth biggest polluter of all time, BP, is making a move away from continued fossil fuel extraction. BP has announced plans to cut extraction of fossil fuels to 40 per cent below 2019 rates by the year 2030. This, as Oil Change International notes, …

Total quits the tar sands and CAPP

Robin Tress | 1 month ago
This week, French oil and gas company Total announced that it would stop investing in tar sands projects, referring to resources wrapped up in projects that are intended to carry on for more than 20 years as “stranded assets.” At the same time, the company revoked its membership…

Canada LNG Alliance – new name, same old fossil fuel giants

Robin Tress | 1 month ago
A consortium of oil and gas companies involved in the liquified natural gas (LNG) industry in Canada have banded together to lobby together under the banner of the Canadian LNG Alliance. This is an industry support group focused primarily on maximizing profits. The companies…