Analysis

COVID-19 shows that pharmacare is needed now

Jan Malek | 2 months ago
An estimated 8 million people have applied for Canada's emergency relief benefit, and many of them have lost access to benefit plans to pay for their prescription drugs. According to the Globe and Mail, many workers automatically lost their workplace medical coverage the day…

COVID-19 puts the human right to water front and centre

Maude Barlow | 2 months ago
Published in the National Observer, April 22, 2020 The current coronavirus pandemic is greatly exacerbated by the global water crisis and adds urgency to the fight for the human right to water. Even before COVID-19 struck, the United Nations called water scarcity “the scourge…

Stop all trade and investment treaty negotiations during COVID-19 crisis

The Council of Canadians | 2 months ago
The Council of Canadians has signed on to an open letter calling on Trade Ministries and the World Trade Organisation to stop all trade and investment treaty negotiations during COVID-19 crisis and focus on access to medical supplies and saving lives. The full text of the…

Statement on the tragedy in Nova Scotia

Angela Giles | 2 months ago
The Council of Canadians would like to express our shared shock and grief for the traumatic events and loss of life in Nova Scotia this past weekend. We extend our condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones. As a native Nova Scotian (also known as the unceded,…

Win! Key permit revoked for Keystone XL pipeline

Jan Malek | 2 months ago
A U.S. judge has revoked a key permit for the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that will cause the project to be delayed indefinitely. According to the Guardian, the permit was given out without properly assessing the impact on endangered species. A coalition of…

Big oil lobby group asks feds to suspend environmental laws, meet in secret

The Council of Canadians | 2 months ago
A Big Oil lobby group is using the COVID-19 pandemic as cover to ask  the federal government to suspend dozens of environmental regulations, laws and policies. They also want to keep their lobby efforts secret. Today, we learned  that members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s…

Seniors’ care was in crisis before COVID-19

Jan Malek | 2 months ago
A crisis is growing in seniors’ care homes, exposing how older people are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of COVID-19. But those who work in these homes would tell you the crisis was there long before COVID-19 came to Canada, and that the pandemic is only putting a…

Canada Infrastructure Bank signals plan to double down on privatization with new leadership

Vi Bui | 2 months ago
On Friday, April 3, the federal government announced several changes to the leadership of the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB). Michael Sabia, the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and former CEO of Caisse de dépôt et placements du Québec (CDPQ), is…

Bail out workers, not Big Oil bosses

Dylan Penner | 2 months ago
Millions of people across the country are facing dual crises: trying to stay healthy during the public health emergency of COVID-19 and trying to pay rent and keep food on the table while more and more people get laid off. These crises are exacerbated by inequality, racism, the…

Coalition demands strong conditions around impending oil and gas bailout

Chris Kruszewski | 2 months ago
Last week, the Government of Alberta introduced and passed Bill 12, The Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, in the span of three days in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rollout of this new law was alarming in and of itself – landowners were not properly…

A call from the Council of Canadians in this time of crisis

Maude Barlow | 2 months ago
“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” —Martin Luther King Humanity is collectively facing a global crisis not seen on a scale this size since World War ll. With the…

Water Justice in the time of COVID-19

Meera Karunananthan | 2 months ago
The COVID-19 pandemic and the global responses to this crisis have exposed the world’s deepest inequalities. Social movements and solidarity-based organizations have a critical role to play in exposing the sources of systemic violence and in supporting the long-term measures to…