Analysis

Oil and gas work sites spreading COVID-19 across Canada

The Council of Canadians | 4 months ago
In April, the Council of Canadians warned that over 100 energy megaproject work camps are continuing to operate, across B.C. and the prairies. Each of these camps houses hundreds of workers in close proximity despite the need for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Time to bring seniors’ long-term care under Canada Health Act

Jan Malek | 4 months ago
The COVID-19 pandemic is showing that we must change how we care for our seniors – and we need to act quickly with a coordinated national response. The Council of Canadians recently launched a petition, which has already garnered thousands of signatures, calling on the federal…

50+ groups across Canada call for emergency and permanent transit funding

The Council of Canadians | 4 months ago
The Council of Canadians joined more than 50 organizations across Canada to send a letter to the federal government calling for emergency and permanent transit operating funding. You can read the letter below. May 12, 2020 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Honorable Catherine…

Add your voice to protect the Great Lakes and shut down the Line 5 pipeline

Vi Bui | 4 months ago
Right now, we have a critical moment to protect the Great Lakes from Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.  Transporting crude oil and liquefied natural gas from Sarnia, Ontario, to Superior, Wisconsin, Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has been pumping more than 500,000 barrels of oil a day…

Addressing COVID-19 outbreaks in seniors’ care homes requires fixing the working conditions in them

Jan Malek | 4 months ago
Reports continue to pour in of COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care, assisted living and other seniors' care homes. More than 600 nursing and retirement homes across Canada have reported a rapidly growing number of COVID-19 infections, with Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia…

Polluter pays, or polluters get paid?

Robin Tress | 4 months ago
During the COVID-19 crisis there has been a huge amount of discussion around the oil and gas industry in Canada and how to respond to tanking oil prices and the shuttered industry.   In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of talk about a bailout (or ‘liquidity package’ as …

This May Day, take action to stop COVID-19 outbreaks at energy work camps

Dylan Penner | 4 months ago
The COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing and millions of Canadians out of work all contribute to a very different May Day this year.   While we won’t be able to gather in person this year, International Workers’ Day on May 1 is an opportunity show solidarity with frontline…

Commit to a bold, green and just recovery

The Council of Canadians | 4 months ago
The Council of Canadians joined progressive organizations in Toronto to call on Toronto Mayor John Tory and City Councillors to commit to a bold, green and just recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full letter below. April 29, 2020 Dear Mayor Tory and City…

COVID-19 is not an opportunity to roll back environmental regulations

Vi Bui | 4 months ago
A joint analysis by Vi Bui and Mark Calzavara Early in April, the Ontario government suspended the requirement for public consultation and participation before approving projects or laws that could impact the environment. Ontario is not the first province to roll back…

COVID-19 shows that pharmacare is needed now

Jan Malek | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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…