Analysis

Suspending water quality monitoring: oversight or disaster capitalism?

Vi Bui | August 12, 2020
This week, the Council of Canadians learned that the federal government has suspended water quality monitoring activities since the beginning of the pandemic. At the same time, the Canadian Press also shared news about a deal between the federal and Alberta governments to slash…

BP plans to keep it in the ground, sort of

Robin Tress | August 4, 2020
British fossil fuel giant and sixth biggest polluter of all time, BP, is making a move away from continued fossil fuel extraction. BP has announced plans to cut extraction of fossil fuels to 40 per cent below 2019 rates by the year 2030. This, as Oil Change International notes, …

Total quits the tar sands and CAPP

Robin Tress | July 30, 2020
This week, French oil and gas company Total announced that it would stop investing in tar sands projects, referring to resources wrapped up in projects that are intended to carry on for more than 20 years as “stranded assets.” At the same time, the company revoked its membership…

Canada LNG Alliance – new name, same old fossil fuel giants

Robin Tress | July 30, 2020
A consortium of oil and gas companies involved in the liquified natural gas (LNG) industry in Canada have banded together to lobby together under the banner of the Canadian LNG Alliance. This is an industry support group focused primarily on maximizing profits. The companies…

Celebrating 10 years of the human right to water

Vi Bui | July 28, 2020
July 28, 2020 marks a significant milestone in the fight to protect water. Ten years ago, the United Nations General Assembly recognized water and sanitation as fundamental human rights.   Canada joined this international consensus in 2012, however, successive federal…

We need action, not another commission on long-term care

Jan Malek | July 23, 2020
In May, as the COVID-19 death toll in long-term care homes climbed, the Ontario government announced it would convene an "independent commission" to review the state of nursing homes in the province. To date, 2,099 people have died in seniors' homes in Ontario – most of them…

What is missing in Ontario’s new water management framework?

Vi Bui | July 23, 2020
By Vi Bui and Mark Calzavara Ontario has proposed making changes to the permit process that allows bottled water companies to extract groundwater. They have not revealed the specific details of the regulatory changes yet – and the devil will be in those details – rather, they…

It’s time for governments to listen to workers in long-term care homes

Jan Malek | July 16, 2020
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a video conference where long-term care workers from across the country spoke about their experiences with the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada. Their stories echoed with sadness and frustration as they described the tragedy that has…

The call for “Schools Before Bars”

Victoria Marshall | July 16, 2020
As provinces start relaxing their COVID-19 restrictions, the economy is “reopening.” Movie theatres, gyms and bars are beginning to welcome customers back, and have had government supporting safer re-openings. But what does this say about our governments’ priorities?  While you…

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

Sujata Dey | July 9, 2020
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. Chapter 11 contained the rules that gave corporations the right to sue governments through…

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

Dylan Penner | July 8, 2020
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 | July 7, 2020
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…