Analysis

No loopholes on community consent

Mark Calzavara | October 30, 2020
Nestlé is still pumping out Ontario groundwater while it looks for a new buyer for its bottled water business in Canada. The multinational corporation takes what should be a shared public resource, puts it in hundreds of millions of single use plastic bottles, and then sells it…

DFO is taking Mi'kmaq fishers' traps in St Peter's Bay, Unama'ki (Cape Breton, NS)

Robin Tress | October 29, 2020
In mid-October, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) seized around 200 lobster traps from Mi’kmaq fishers in Unama’ki (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia). Before taking the traps, DFO sent a letter to Potlotek First Nation saying the department would seize all gear that didn’t…

Don’t let the second wave sink public transit

Dylan Penner | October 22, 2020
Across the country, transit agencies are on the brink of collapsing or being forced to cut service routes and jobs because of the impacts of COVID-19. The pandemic has added additional pressure to our transit systems, compounding decades of neglect, cuts and privatization. Now…

Policing protest: a double standard

Robin Tress | October 18, 2020
In the past week we’ve seen shocking acts of violence and vandalism in the St. Mary’s Bay area of Nova Scotia as non-Indigenous fishers continue to oppose Mi’kmaq rightsholders exercising their treaty right to fish. Settlers trapped two Mi’kmaq fishermen in a lobster pound,…

Trapped in Conflict: How the corporate megafishery Clearwater has set the stage for violent conflict in Mi’kma’ki

Robin Tress | October 15, 2020
Today, across the country, people woke up to see reeling images of violence and racism carried out against Mi’kmaq fishers. Many people are asking key questions such as: Why hasn't the RCMP proactively intervened and defended Mi’kmaq leadership and fishers? What are the economic…

B.C. chapters use election to call on politicians to end fossil fuel subsidies

The Council of Canadians | October 14, 2020
During the B.C. election, the Council of Canadians, through our B.C.-based chapters, is joining a broad coalition of other groups to demand that the B.C. government end the many ways it subsidizes fossil fuel corporations. Our question for all candidates is simple: Will you end…

A promise is a promise! Liberal government should end back-room, corporate trade negotiations

Sujata Dey | October 7, 2020
Free trade agreements have consistently worked against the interests of people and the planet. Trade deals are hatched in secret, with corporate interests represented around the table. The Council of Canadians and our labour, environment and civil society allies have to fight…

Yes, We Can! Climate Lessons from A Good War

John Cartwright | October 7, 2020
A year ago, millions of people took to the streets demanding real action to address the climate emergency. Inspired by Greta Thunberg and a dynamic movement of students and youth across the globe, Fridays for Future seemed to be an unstoppable force in world politics. And then…

BREAKING: Exxon Mobil will continue to fuel the climate crisis

Robin Tress | October 5, 2020
In truly shocking news from Bloomberg this weekend, we learned that Exxon Mobil, the fourth largest climate polluter in the history of fossil fuel companies, has no plans whatsoever to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, the company plans to expand its operations and…

Ford government an example of why long-term care shouldn’t be in the hands of the provinces

Jan Malek | September 24, 2020
On July 30, 2020, the Ontario government quietly released a study on staffing in long-term care. The government-initiated report recognizes "the critical importance of staffing in long-term care homes" and says the government must "urgently address the staffing crisis in long-…

Throne Speech full of big, vague promises – but will it deliver?

Christina Warner | September 23, 2020
This afternoon, in the looming shadow of a second wave of COVID-19, Prime Minister Trudeau set his government’s new agenda. The government’s response to the pandemic and its plans for a national recovery to the crisis will impact our country for years to come. As I watched the…

Pallister government using COVID-19 as an excuse to gut public oversight

Chris Kruszewski | September 23, 2020
What do you call a government using a global pandemic to push through legislation that takes away the right to public consultation and impartial oversight on water, electricity, hydro rates and other important services? Unfortunately, there is no punchline to this. Using the…