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BREAKING: Nestle sells water business to Wall St for $4.3 Billion

Mark Calzavara | February 18, 2021
This week’s news that Nestlé is selling its bottled water interests in Canada is a capitalistic déjà vu for communities that have been fighting the bottled water giant for decades. The new owners will be private equity firms One Rock Capital Partners and Metropoulos & Co,…

Trudeau's transit announcement throws Just Recovery under the bus

Dylan Penner | February 12, 2021
The federal government has announced new federal funding for transit, following months of organizing by public transit advocates from coast to coast including the Keep Transit Moving coalition, which the Council is a part of.  The fight for public transit is a key part of our…

The Coal Hard Facts: What’s Happening with Alberta’s Coal Policy?

Chris Kruszewski | February 10, 2021
Yesterday, the Alberta government made an unprecedented announcement, stating they would reinstate the 1976 Coal Policy. This reinstatement is only a temporary measure as the government brings in consultation on a “new, modern coal policy” that it insists will protect the…

Guelph Students Take the Lead on Phasing out Gas Plants in Ontario

The Council of Canadians | January 29, 2021
Written by Lin Grist, Guelph Chapter  On December 14, five high school students and one university student deputed to Guelph city council asking them to pass a motion to phase out gas plants in Ontario. Their message to the Council:  while most of us can’t vote yet, we care…

Five reasons for Canada to say goodbye and good riddance to KXL

Robin Tress | January 20, 2021
The final nail has been placed in the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline’s coffin as TC Energy suspends work on the pipeline. While President Joe Biden might be delivering the final blow, the pipeline was primarily laid to rest by 13 years of hard-fought organizing and land defense led…

The federal government’s scheme to promote water P3s in Canada

Dylan Penner | January 20, 2021
Written by Vi Bui and Dylan Penner This past summer, the township of Mapleton, Ontario dealt a direct blow to the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s (CIB) attempt to privatize water in Canada by ending their Request for Proposals (RFP) process and choosing to finance their water and…

Hindsight: 2020 Part 3 - the road ahead

Robin Tress | January 19, 2021
This is the third post in a series. Read part one and part two. Goals for 2021: we need a real net-zero plan This year we need to build on what we managed to accomplish in 2020, and build back from the blows we were dealt. When it comes to organizing for climate justice, we…

Don’t let the federal government privatize your water – a lesson from Mapleton, ON

Dylan Penner | January 14, 2021
A small township outside of Guelph, Mapleton Ontario, had been promoted as the poster child for a federal effort by the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) to privatize water and wastewater across Canada. However, this past summer Mapleton called off its plans to privatize its…

Hindsight: 2020 Part 2 - climate policy, fossil fuel industry and land defense

Robin Tress | January 13, 2021
This is part two of a series: Read part one and part three. In 2020, while the focus of climate policy shifted significantly toward net zero emissions planning, governments continued to be guided by corporate interests and continued to criminalize land defenders working to stop…

Is Trudeau’s new climate plan enough?

Dylan Penner | January 8, 2021
Late in 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau launched a new climate plan, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy. It may well be the government’s most ambitious climate plan yet, but unfortunately due to decades of lackluster climate policies in Canada the bar has been set very low…

Hindsight: 2020 part 1 - transformation is possible

Robin Tress | January 8, 2021
This is the first post in a series. Read part two and part three. The COVID-19 crisis sent a shock through our entire society, revealing deep inequalities and deficiencies in our democratic processes. Our collective responses to COVID-19 showed us that rapid and transformative…

How we respond to threats against democracy

Christina Warner | January 8, 2021
I was horrified by the scenes of violence that unfolded earlier this week in Washington, D.C. Witnessing the violent interruption of democratic proceedings so close to home is unsettling, and the continued presence of white supremacy in our society is deeply disturbing. These…