Analysis

Blue Communities in Latin America: Solidarity and Self Determination

The Council of Canadians | December 23, 2020
Blue Communities are those that are committed to other ways of relating to nature. They protect water as a common good, are against its privatization and in favor of public community partnerships. Written by Penca de Sábila, Colombia The Blue Communities Project is an…

Does accountability delayed mean accountability denied?

Angela Giles | December 17, 2020
After years of stalling, the RCMP has finally been rebuked for stomping on the rights of peaceful protesters in 2013: conducting warrantless searches, stops and spot checks and the retention of personal and social media data.   A few weeks ago, the CRCC (Civilian Review and…

The Liberal "Promise Recycling" Update

Dylan Penner | December 9, 2020
As the climate crisis worsens and the pandemic’s second wave rages, people and communities need a just recovery and a Green New Deal. The Liberal’s recent Fall Economic Update failed to deliver on the bold transformation needed to rise to the challenges we’re facing. It's…

We need a just recovery for public transit

Dylan Penner | December 8, 2020
The fight to defend and expand public transit is about more than funding. It’s about priorities. It’s about building a bigger vision. A vision for the future of public transit The fight for public transit can and must be a key part of our collective fight for climate justice…

The Canada Infrastructure Bank should not be part of the post-COVID recovery

Dylan Penner | December 8, 2020
Written by Vi Bui and Dylan Penner As communities continue to face the consequences of the pandemic, protect our most vulnerable members and begin rebuilding, it has become clear that we cannot go back to business as usual. Any COVID-19 recovery plan must put community and…

Push back against Doug Ford and developers

Mark Calzavara | December 7, 2020
Doug Ford is plowing forward with his developer-friendly agenda to dismantle useful programs, regulations and government bodies that protect our watersheds and communities. His latest attack is jammed into the provincial budget bill, under the guise of helping the province…

Federal net-zero emissions legislation: 2050 is too late

Robin Tress | November 23, 2020
Last week, the federal government tabled Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. This act sets a target for Canada to emit net-zero carbon by 2050 but doesn’t say much else. Overall, this legislation does not contain a compelling framework for effective…

Public-private partnerships have no place in Canada’s post-COVID just recovery

Dylan Penner | November 12, 2020
Written by Vi Bui and Dylan Penner The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and amplified many structural inequalities in our societies. As workers and communities continue to struggle with the ongoing consequences of the pandemic, we urgently need government to put people at the…

NEWS: Clearwater to be sold to coalition of Mi’kmaq First Nations, Premium Brands Holding

Angela Giles | November 10, 2020
Late yesterday, the Membertou First Nation announced that Clearwater Seafoods is set to be sold to a coalition of Mik’maq First Nations and Premium Brands Holding Corp of B.C.   Read news articles with details of the announcement here from CBC, Chronicle Herald and …

Urgent action needed now for people in long-term care

Jan Malek | November 5, 2020
COVID-19 outbreaks are continuing in long-term care homes as the second wave of the virus surges across the country. Homes in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Ottawa and other cities and towns are battling outbreaks. In Quebec, the government is sending in "swat teams" where…

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…