Analysis

Council’s pharmacare survey reveals concerns with high cost of drugs and dispensing fees

Jan Malek | 2 days ago
The Council of Canadians recently conducted a survey asking people to share their experiences accessing medications during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a record number of people losing their jobs, some are also losing access to employer-paid benefits plans that cover the cost of…

Military report on long-term care homes reveals long-known truths

Jan Malek | 6 days ago
Cockroach and bug infestations, seniors calling out repeatedly for help, rotting food, COVID-19-infected patients put in the same room with those who are healthy, missed meals, seniors left in soiled diapers and linens - these are just some of the things Canadian Armed Forces (…

Stop Nestlé executive’s appointment to Swiss agency in charge of water aid

Vi Bui | 1 week ago
The Council of Canadians is joining with allies in Canada, U.S. and Europe to oppose the appointment of Christian Frutiger, Nestlé’s current global head of public affairs, as vice-president of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The SDC is responsible for…

Demand a just recovery

Dylan Penner | 1 week ago
It’s time for a political revolution. Are you ready? The pandemic has exposed and entrenched the deep inequities of our existing system and opened a pathway to leave these injustices behind. We can’t go back to normal; we must find a better way. It’s not just you and me who…

A battle to stop a mine that spanned generations

Nita Grass | 1 week ago
Nita Grass, a Tsilhqot'in, is an activist and member of the Council of Canadians’ Board of Directors. She is passionate about water and food safety issues and is a strong advocate for Indigenous rights. When the Supreme Court ruled last week it was denying Taseko Mines Limited's…

Progress for Green Jobs Oshawa

Robin Tress | 2 weeks ago
In Oshawa, Ontario, former auto manufacturing workers are clamouring to be put back to work to make much needed N95 masks. Green Jobs Oshawa began campaigning to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) in early April, and this work led to GM signing a contract with the…

Wet’suwet’en closer to recognition of title on their territory

Nita Grass | 2 weeks ago
The Wet'suwet'en Nation's long struggle has taken another small step towards taking back control over what happens within their territory. The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with both the B.C. government and the Canadian…

Tsilhqot'in Nation celebrates victory over Taseko Mines

Jan Malek | 2 weeks ago
Late last week, the Tsilhqot'in Nation got the news they have been waiting 30 years for. The Supreme Court of Canada denied Taseko Mines Limited's right to appeal a federal government decision rejecting the mining company’s proposal for a $1.5-billion open-pit copper and gold…

Oil and gas work sites spreading COVID-19 across Canada

The Council of Canadians | 3 weeks ago
In April, the Council of Canadians warned that over 100 energy megaproject work camps are continuing to operate, across B.C. and the prairies. Each of these camps houses hundreds of workers in close proximity despite the need for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Time to bring seniors’ long-term care under Canada Health Act

Jan Malek | 3 weeks ago
The COVID-19 pandemic is showing that we must change how we care for our seniors – and we need to act quickly with a coordinated national response. The Council of Canadians recently launched a petition, which has already garnered thousands of signatures, calling on the federal…

50+ groups across Canada call for emergency and permanent transit funding

The Council of Canadians | 3 weeks ago
The Council of Canadians joined more than 50 organizations across Canada to send a letter to the federal government calling for emergency and permanent transit operating funding. You can read the letter below. May 12, 2020 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Honorable Catherine…

Add your voice to protect the Great Lakes and shut down the Line 5 pipeline

Vi Bui | 4 weeks ago
Right now, we have a critical moment to protect the Great Lakes from Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.  Transporting crude oil and liquefied natural gas from Sarnia, Ontario, to Superior, Wisconsin, Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has been pumping more than 500,000 barrels of oil a day…