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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…

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…

A path to get out of Code Red

John Cartwright | November 2, 2021
This op-ed first appeared in The Tyee on October 28, 2021. As world leaders prepare for the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow next month, our survival demands their commitment to a rapid, just transition to a sustainable, decarbonized economy. It’s easy to feel…

Children to Trudeau: End Drinking Water Advisories on First Nations!

Mark Calzavara | October 29, 2021
More than 1,600 elementary school students from across Canada have prepared “Water Drop” messages to Prime Minister Trudeau: hand-written notes and drawings asking that he finally put an end to Drinking Water Advisories on First Nations reserves. The messages are searing, frank…

Alton Gas Quit! Company Announced Project Decommissioning Today

Robin Tress | October 22, 2021
Today Alton Gas announced it will be decommissioning its Alton Natural Gas Storage Project! After eight years of constant resistance from Mi’kmaw water protectors, grassroots grandmothers, Elders, youth, and settler allies, including Council of Canadians staff and supporters, …

Flood Parliament with support for just transition legislation

The Council of Canadians | October 21, 2021
Join the Council of Canadians in demanding just transition legislation in the first 100 days of Parliament. Our members and supporters are out in their communities, collecting signatures on a petition for just transition legislation. They’re bringing those petitions to their…

Iqaluit water contamination crisis exposes vulnerabilities across Canada 

Mark Calzavara | October 15, 2021
After Iqaluit residents reported a strong fuel smell in their tap water for more than 10 days, the government of Nunavut declared a local state of emergency on October 15th due to contamination of the city’s main water supply. The community of more than 8,000 is currently…

Climate Code Red And Flood Parliament FAQ

The Council of Canadians | October 15, 2021
What is a just transition?  A just transition is a process of supporting oil and gas workers, other affected workers, and their communities -- while we decarbonize the economy and wind down the fossil fuel sector. This process should be guided by affected workers and…

Why hasn’t Canada banned thermal coal exports?

Natasha Brubaker | October 7, 2021
In recent months, the people of Alberta have delivered a series of crushing setbacks to coal expansion in the province. The decision by the provincial government in May 2020 to revoke policies that had long protected the Rockies from coal exploration was met by swift and…