Analysis

Campbell River chapter takes part in Black Lives Matter protest

The Council of Canadians | 2 months ago
As we all watched the outpouring of emotion flooding the streets in the U.S., and as thousands protested around the world, on Saturday, June 4 Spirit Square in downtown Campbell River, B.C. flowed with the same outcry of injustice for George Floyd. This was a peaceful protest…

Guelph Chapter's Lin Grist testifies on homecare bill to Ontario government

Mark Calzavara | 3 months ago
This is the text of the presentation that Lin Grist of our Guelph Chapter gave by video conference to Ontario's Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly regarding Bill-175. More than 5,000 people have emailed Premier Ford telling him to reverse the privatization and…

Kenney government threatens to close or privatize 175 provincial parks

Chris Kruszewski | 3 months ago
Earlier this spring, the Alberta government revealed its plan to remove 175 of Alberta’s provincial parks from the park system. This decision, made without public consultation or park-by-park justification, shows the Alberta government’s intention to place private interests over…

Mike Harris is raking in profits from long-term care system he helped create

Jan Malek | 3 months ago
Twenty-five years ago, Mike Harris and his Progressive Conservative party ousted Rae's NDP government in Ontario, starting the so-called "Common Sense Revolution." Pledging to tackle Ontario's deficit, the Harris government pushed tax reductions and slashed public spending on…

Council’s pharmacare survey reveals concerns with high cost of drugs and dispensing fees

Jan Malek | 3 months ago
The Council of Canadians recently conducted a survey asking people to share their experiences accessing medications during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a record number of people losing their jobs, some are also losing access to employer-paid benefits plans that cover the cost of…

Military report on long-term care homes reveals long-known truths

Jan Malek | 3 months ago
Cockroach and bug infestations, seniors calling out repeatedly for help, rotting food, COVID-19-infected patients put in the same room with those who are healthy, missed meals, seniors left in soiled diapers and linens - these are just some of the things Canadian Armed Forces (…

Stop Nestlé executive’s appointment to Swiss agency in charge of water aid

Vi Bui | 3 months ago
The Council of Canadians is joining with allies in Canada, U.S. and Europe to oppose the appointment of Christian Frutiger, Nestlé’s current global head of public affairs, as vice-president of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The SDC is responsible for…

Demand a just recovery

Dylan Penner | 3 months ago
It’s time for a political revolution. Are you ready? The pandemic has exposed and entrenched the deep inequities of our existing system and opened a pathway to leave these injustices behind. We can’t go back to normal; we must find a better way. It’s not just you and me who…

A battle to stop a mine that spanned generations

Nita Grass | 4 months ago
Nita Grass, a Tsilhqot'in, is an activist and member of the Council of Canadians’ Board of Directors. She is passionate about water and food safety issues and is a strong advocate for Indigenous rights. When the Supreme Court ruled last week it was denying Taseko Mines Limited's…

Progress for Green Jobs Oshawa

Robin Tress | 4 months ago
In Oshawa, Ontario, former auto manufacturing workers are clamouring to be put back to work to make much needed N95 masks. Green Jobs Oshawa began campaigning to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) in early April, and this work led to GM signing a contract with the…

Wet’suwet’en closer to recognition of title on their territory

Nita Grass | 4 months ago
The Wet'suwet'en Nation's long struggle has taken another small step towards taking back control over what happens within their territory. The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with both the B.C. government and the Canadian…

Tsilhqot'in Nation celebrates victory over Taseko Mines

Jan Malek | 4 months ago
Late last week, the Tsilhqot'in Nation got the news they have been waiting 30 years for. The Supreme Court of Canada denied Taseko Mines Limited's right to appeal a federal government decision rejecting the mining company’s proposal for a $1.5-billion open-pit copper and gold…