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Do Not Consume

Mark Calzavara | March 12, 2021
In 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to eliminate all long-term drinking water advisories on First Nations reserves by March of 2021. As his deadline expires, it is clear that he has failed due to a lack of effort and commitment. There were drinking water advisories…

Mobilizing Canada for the climate emergency webinar

Robin Tress | March 11, 2021
What if our governments treated the climate crisis like a real crisis? What if we mobilized public resources to fight the climate crisis with the full recognition that our lives and society depend on it? How can we organize enough political power to drive this kind of action?…

The Council mourns the loss of world-renowned ecologist David Schindler 

Dylan Penner | March 9, 2021
This past Thursday, March 4, 2021, the world lost Dr. David Schindler, “Canada’s leading ecologist.” The Council extends its condolences to his friends and family.  Dr. Schindler was Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta’s Department of…

Protect Our Water and Say No to Coal

The Council of Canadians | March 8, 2021
The Council of Canadians Edmonton Chapter Corinne Benson, Peter Loney, Richard Merry, Brian Sawyer, Josefine Singh After mounting public pressure, the Alberta government announced in early February that it would reverse its decision to rescind the 1976 Coal Policy. Instead, it…

Council of Canadians makes landmark nomination of Cuban Medical teams for Nobel Prize

The Council of Canadians | March 4, 2021
By Rick Arnold, Northumberland Chapter of the Council of Canadians Cuba’s medical health teams nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize A year has passed since the first COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Canada. Our federal and provincial governments were ill-prepared when this…

Council of Canadians tells MPs to stop infrastructure privatization

Dylan Penner | February 24, 2021
On February 23, 2021 the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met to discuss the mandate of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Included below are notes from Climate and Social Justice Campaigner Dylan Penner’s presentation to the …

Don’t let corporate lobbyists stand in the way of universal pharmacare

Donya Ziaee | February 23, 2021
After years of pledging to deliver pharmacare, the federal Liberals have yet again failed to follow through on that promise. On Wednesday, February 24, Liberal MPs joined Conservatives and the Bloc Quebecois in almost unanimously voting down Bill C-213 — a private member’s bill…

BREAKING: Nestle sells water business to Wall St for $4.3 Billion

Mark Calzavara | February 18, 2021
This week’s news that Nestlé is selling its bottled water interests in Canada is a capitalistic déjà vu for communities that have been fighting the bottled water giant for decades. The new owners will be private equity firms One Rock Capital Partners and Metropoulos & Co,…

Trudeau's transit announcement throws Just Recovery under the bus

Dylan Penner | February 12, 2021
The federal government has announced new federal funding for transit, following months of organizing by public transit advocates from coast to coast including the Keep Transit Moving coalition, which the Council is a part of.  The fight for public transit is a key part of our…

The Coal Hard Facts: What’s Happening with Alberta’s Coal Policy?

Chris Kruszewski | February 10, 2021
Yesterday, the Alberta government made an unprecedented announcement, stating they would reinstate the 1976 Coal Policy. This reinstatement is only a temporary measure as the government brings in consultation on a “new, modern coal policy” that it insists will protect the…

Guelph Students Take the Lead on Phasing out Gas Plants in Ontario

The Council of Canadians | January 29, 2021
Written by Lin Grist, Guelph Chapter  On December 14, five high school students and one university student deputed to Guelph city council asking them to pass a motion to phase out gas plants in Ontario. Their message to the Council:  while most of us can’t vote yet, we care…

Five reasons for Canada to say goodbye and good riddance to KXL

Robin Tress | January 20, 2021
The final nail has been placed in the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline’s coffin as TC Energy suspends work on the pipeline. While President Joe Biden might be delivering the final blow, the pipeline was primarily laid to rest by 13 years of hard-fought organizing and land defense led…