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Huge win against Big Coal: The Grassy Mountain project has been rejected!

Donya Ziaee | June 18, 2021
The movement against Big Coal has won a major victory. The Grassy Mountain project, a massive steel-making coal mine in the heart of the Rockies, has just been defeated. On June 17, 2021, a joint federal-provincial review panel denied the operating company’s application, saying…

Alberta Coal Rush: Who will win and who will lose? (Part 1)

Natasha Brubaker | June 11, 2021
Coal companies promise that mining in the Eastern Slopes will bring an economic boom. It’s time to sort facts from fiction. There’s coal in them thar hills! You can hear echoes of the past in the Alberta government’s rush to develop a new coal policy in the name of revitalizing…

Justice in response to genocide

The Council of Canadians | June 10, 2021
Ravi Joshi and Christina Warner Interim Co-Executive Directors June 24th update: Since issuing this statement, there have been hundreds more children’s remains found at Indian Residential School sites across the country. While these events are not shocking or a surprise to…

Do Residential Schools ever close?

Eagleclaw Thom | June 4, 2021
There is a lot of anger. There’s a building on the west side of Regina, Saskatchewan, called The Paul Dojack Youth Centre. It is a jail for children, or… as it’s called in polite society, a “Youth Correctional Facility.” Youth advocates I’ve spoken to have described the…

Why stopping Grassy Mountain is so pivotal to moving Canada beyond coal

Natasha Brubaker | May 19, 2021
If the Grassy Mountain mine is approved to go head, the iconic face and region of Canada’s Rockies could be permanently scarred. Open-pit coal mining would rip open the mountains and threatens irreparable harm to the water, wildlife, peoples, and ecosystems of the Eastern…

Why we’re demanding a federal environmental assessment for Goldboro LNG 

Robin Tress | May 14, 2021
Pieridae Energy has plans to build a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Goldboro, Nova Scotia—and it’s seeking one billion dollars in federal support to get the project off the ground. This project would bring with it incredible risk to Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia,…

The Tent Mountain mine needs a federal review. Here’s why

Natasha Brubaker | May 7, 2021
Update, June 29, 2021: Another victory against Big Coal! On June 28th, Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson designated the Tent Mountain project for a federal environmental assessment. Minister Wilkson determined that the project warranted a federal…

The effects of coal mining in Alberta would ripple throughout the Prairies

Natasha Brubaker | April 27, 2021
Coal mining projects on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains are a threat to water beyond the province of Alberta—they affect people and ecosystems across the Prairies. That’s why the Council of Canadians joined several other organizations—including conservation,…

2021 federal budget outlines a climate of inaction

Dylan Penner | April 23, 2021
The 2021 Federal Budget relies on magical thinking when it comes to the climate crisis. Instead of a real plan to begin a managed wind-down of the fossil fuel industry, it doubles down on business as usual with the window dressing of carbon capture and storage, a false and…

Local Green New Deals gaining steam in Canada

Dylan Penner | April 22, 2021
The Green New Deal is already here, all around us. And it’s growing. Three municipalities in Canada have already raised the bar on tackling the climate emergency with their own local Green New Deals. Across Canada, the U.S., and UK, 15 communities — a combined population of…

Trudeau abandons promised LTC standards in favour of weaker accreditation scheme, bowing to for-profit care agenda

Donya Ziaee | April 21, 2021
After promising to establish national standards for long-term care in response to the tragic outcomes of COVID-19, the federal government has now washed its hands of that responsibility. It is instead passing the buck to a toothless accreditation industry to create updated …

Goldboro LNG asks feds for a billion-dollar subsidy

Robin Tress | April 14, 2021
Alfred Sorenson is an illusionist. As the CEO of Pieridae Energy, the company behind a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) facility in Goldboro, Nova Scotia, he has managed to convince German banks, Canadian MPs and MLAs, his shareholders, and a handful of Mi’kmaq leaders that …