Analysis

A Canadian mining company is threatening to sue Mexico to avoid paying taxes... and is asking Canada to help them do it

Sujata Dey | 5 days ago
On July 1, 2020, something unprecedented happened. After decades of campaigning, the new NAFTA, or the Canada United States Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), came into effect without Chapter 11. These are the rules which gave corporations the right to sue governments over laws they put…

Three decisions, two days, one major turning point towards a just recovery

Dylan Penner | 6 days ago
Three pipelines blocked this week are significant back-to-back wins for Indigenous and Black-led resistance and bad news for Big Oil. The era of fossil fuels is over. Fossil fuel CEOs are refusing to acknowledge their time is up, while denying the climate crisis itself.  The…

What we know (and don’t know) about Nestlé’s departure from Canada

Vi Bui | 1 week ago
Last week’s announcement of Nestlé Waters leaving Canada is a great milestone in this David vs Goliath story, and a victory for the community groups, First Nations and residents across Canada fighting the multi-national bottled water giant. We know the fight against water…

Nestlé Waters leaving Canada is a community success

Vi Bui | 1 week ago
This afternoon, Nestlé Canada Inc. announced it will leave the Canadian bottled water market and sell its bottled water brand, Nestlé Pure Life, to Ice River Springs. This is a significant win for communities across Canada, and everyone who has been fighting the bottled water…

Efforts to protect traditional land of the St’át’imc people finally come full circle

Jan Malek | 2 weeks ago
In May, the St’át’imc finally heard the news the had been waiting more than 20 years for – the B.C. assessment office has canceled the environmental certificate giving permission for a proposed ski resort at Sútikalh (Melvin Creek) in the middle of St’át’imc Territory. “To our…

Union files lawsuit over Kenney government’s law blocking protest and dissent

Jan Malek | 2 weeks ago
The Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE) has filed a lawsuit against the Alberta government’s new law that aims to stop protest and dissent.   Known as Bill 1, the “Critical Infrastructure Defence Act,” Kenney’s government launched the new law after Teck Resources announced…

Speak up for B.C. groundwater

Vi Bui | 2 weeks ago
At the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention last fall, a majority of local governments and First Nations voted to call on the province to stop issuing licences to commercial water bottling operations. It was an exciting win that demonstrated the power of grassroots…

Campbell River chapter takes part in Black Lives Matter protest

The Council of Canadians | 2 weeks ago
As we all watched the outpouring of emotion flooding the streets in the U.S., and as thousands protested around the world, on Saturday, June 4 Spirit Square in downtown Campbell River, B.C. flowed with the same outcry of injustice for George Floyd. This was a peaceful protest…

Guelph Chapter's Lin Grist testifies on homecare bill to Ontario government

Mark Calzavara | 3 weeks ago
This is the text of the presentation that Lin Grist of our Guelph Chapter gave by video conference to Ontario's Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly regarding Bill-175. More than 5,000 people have emailed Premier Ford telling him to reverse the privatization and…

Kenney government threatens to close or privatize 175 provincial parks

Chris Kruszewski | 3 weeks ago
Earlier this spring, the Alberta government revealed its plan to remove 175 of Alberta’s provincial parks from the park system. This decision, made without public consultation or park-by-park justification, shows the Alberta government’s intention to place private interests over…

Mike Harris is raking in profits from long-term care system he helped create

Jan Malek | 1 month ago
Twenty-five years ago, Mike Harris and his Progressive Conservative party ousted Rae's NDP government in Ontario, starting the so-called "Common Sense Revolution." Pledging to tackle Ontario's deficit, the Harris government pushed tax reductions and slashed public spending on…

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

Jan Malek | 1 month 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…