Analysis

Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en

Mark Calzavara | 2 days ago
Yesterday morning, police in Ontario began arresting land defenders on Tyendinaga territory near Belleville who were protesting next to the CN Rail line that cuts through Mohawk territory. The Tyendinaga Mohawk are acting in support of the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en…

Teck Resources' withdraws Frontier mine application citing climate change concerns

The Council of Canadians | 2 days ago
In a shocking turn of events, Vancouver-based mining corporation Teck Resources announced yesterday that it is withdrawing its application for the controversial Frontier mine project. Indigenous, environmental and social justice groups such as the Council of Canadians, along…

Five things you should know about the Wet’suwet’en’s fight for their rights

The Council of Canadians | 2 days ago
Blockades of rail lines, roads, ports and more have been happening across the country in support of the Wet'suwet'en. Public pressure is building through mass protests, road, rail and ferry blockades as people across the country are showing their support for the Wet’suwet’en’s…

CETA: "Fake news" and "Canada bashing"?

Sujata Dey | 2 days ago
On February 18, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) passed in the lower house of the Netherlands Parliament by just three votes, 71 to 68. After a raucous debate, several days in the making, it is looking like CETA may have survived for…

Profit over people: What the Wet’suwet’en struggle reveals about corporate capture

Chris Kruszewski | 2 weeks ago
As the International Days of Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en build in momentum across Turtle Island, the responses of the Canadian and British Columbian governments have been abysmal. The Delgamuukw Supreme Court decision in 1997 affirmed that Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have…

Alton Gas would violate Fisheries Act, feds custom-tailoring regulations to benefit corporate interests

Robin Tress | 2 weeks ago
The Alton Gas project is a proposal to store extremely high pressure natural gas in underground salt caverns. To create these caverns the company would drill wells into the salt deposit and dissolve the salt with water from the Shubenacadie River. The resulting brine would be…

Show Your Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en

Chris Kruszewski | 2 weeks ago
Early in the morning on February 6, the RCMP raided the supporter camp down the road from Gidimt'en and Unist'ot'en, in Wet'suwet'en territory. At the time of writing this, up to six people have been arrested. The Unist’ot’en camp lost radio contact with Gidimt’en after…

Lessons from NAFTA 2.1. Future trade deals must be open to the public!

Sujata Dey | 2 weeks ago
From the beginning, it was clear CUSMA was going to be a corporate-friendly trade agreement. With President Trump in the White House, the old NAFTA as a template, media hysteria around the possible loss of NAFTA, and corporations being granted preferential access to the…

The fight against corporate greed in Regina

The Council of Canadians | 2 weeks ago
The standoff between the Co-op Refinery and its workers shows a skewed balance of power – and one that is becoming all too common. On one side is the Co-op Refinery Complex. Owned by the Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), the refinery generates $3 million in profits every…

Activists vote on Green New Deal ACT NOW Nelson Statement

The Council of Canadians | 2 weeks ago
In early December, local activists in Nelson, B.C. tackled the question of “what is the Green New Deal?” in a voting action evening held in the Nelson United Church Hall. The one-page statement included seven parts agreed to after a ranked vote process. While the Nelson…

Not another NAFTA rubber stamp: We need a real debate in Canada on NAFTA 2.1

Sujata Dey | 4 weeks ago
The Trudeau government says NAFTA 2.1 is the first order of business when Parliament resumes and the Liberals are urging other parties to swiftly ratify the deal. But not so fast! In the U.S., lawmakers, spurred on by newly elected U.S. House Democrats, worked over a year on…

Canada Infrastructure Bank eyes privatizing local water systems across the country

The Council of Canadians | 1 month ago
Press Progress reports that buried in the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB)’s annual report is praise for the water system in the town of Mapleton in Wellington County, Ontario as an example of a good private-public partnership (P3). The CIB report says there is “potential” for…