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Hopewell school in Ottawa on way to becoming first elementary school Blue Community

The Council of Canadians | 3 months ago
Hopewell Avenue Public School in Ottawa is working towards the distinction of being the first elementary school designated as a “Blue Community.” The school, which is home to more than 900 students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, welcomed Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson…

NAFTA 3.0: Better, but still leaving much to be desired

Sujata Dey | 3 months ago
Before Parliament adjourned for the summer, the race to ratify the new NAFTA was on. At the time, then Foreign Affairs Minister and now Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland advocated swift passage of the new NAFTA’s implementing bill and warned against reopening the…

Calling for swift action on Speech from the Throne commitments

The Council of Canadians | 3 months ago
The Throne Speech for the 43rd government included few surprises. The minority Liberal government has some of the right ideas – focussing on the climate crisis, health care and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, but their commitments fall short of the urgent change we need…

Waiting for outcome of for-profit doctor's case against medicare

The Council of Canadians | 4 months ago
Members of the Council of Canadians Vancouver/Burnaby Chapter were on courthouse steps with signs of support on the first day of final arguments in the Charter of Rights challenge launched by Dr. Brian Day against public medicare. Final arguments got underway in mid-November…

Brussels Capital Region – a new European Blue Community!

Meera Karunananthan | 4 months ago
Photo: European Blue Communities meeting I have just returned from Brussels where we wrapped up the first European Blue Communities meeting, co-sponsored by the Blue Planet Project, the European Federation of Public Service Unions, the World Council of Churches, the Swiss…

Kingston reaffirmed as a Blue Community, and Barlow shares new book

Vi Bui | 4 months ago
On Tuesday, November 19, Kingston City Council reaffirmed its commitment as a Blue Community. Alongside Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and Robyn Hamlyn, a young water activist, Kingston’s Mayor Bryan Paterson committed to protecting the human…

Green Economy Network calls for Throne Speech to prioritize climate jobs

Dylan Penner | 4 months ago
Will this week’s Speech from the Throne be a meaningful step forward for climate justice and a just transition? Or will it be another missed opportunity to take action on the scale required to put out the fires of the climate emergency.   Either way, it will be a…

A story of western alienation

Chris Kruszewski | 4 months ago
It wasn’t a surprise that the prairies went predominantly blue in this federal election. Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have remained fairly steady in their voting patterns for decades. What has been significant is the sensationalization of western alienation as something…

Photos show the fight for water during Fire Drill Friday last week

The Council of Canadians | 4 months ago
  Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow joined a crowd of protestors who brought the rallying cry for a Green New Deal and urgent action on the climate crisis to Capitol Hill in Washington last week. Marching alongside Jane Fonda and crowds of environmental…

Maude Barlow joins Fire Drill Fridays on Capitol Hill in Washington

The Council of Canadians | 4 months ago
The world’s water crisis will be front and centre on Capitol Hill in Washington tonight and tomorrow. Maude Barlow will be part of a teach-in and rally happening as part of “Fire Drill Fridays.” The events, hosted by activist and actress Jane Fonda, are “inspired by Greta…

Take Action to Reject Teck Frontier Mine!

Chris Kruszewski | 4 months ago
Today, Indigenous, environmental, and public interest organizations called on the Canadian government and the new Environment and Climate Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to immediately reject the proposal for the Teck Frontier Mine at a press conference in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (…

Fire Drill Friday with Jane Fonda and friends

Robin Tress | 4 months ago
Jane Fonda has been asking us to flex our muscles for decades, and now she’s asking us to use our brains. Every Friday for the past two months, she’s been hosting Fire Drill Friday - a rolling protest calling for effective climate action in Washington, DC. Before each of these…