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A municipal Green New Deal champion beat a billionaire in Seattle

Dylan Penner | 4 months ago
Jeff Bezos is the billionaire CEO of Amazon and currently the second richest man in the world. He recently went to war with a socialist City Councillor and a municipal Green New Deal won.   Seattle City Councillor Kshama Sawant has been a municipal Green New Deal champion,…

Milk and Mother Nature are under attack in Canada

The Council of Canadians | 4 months ago
Many Canadians like to start the day off with a milky brew at one of nearly 4,000 Tim Hortons coffee shops across Canada. Some of us have felt good about the fact that our beverage contained an emblem certifying “100% Canadian milk.” After all, the Brazilian-owned “Timmy’s” has…

Are there alternatives to free trade?

Sujata Dey | 4 months ago
Squeezed between nativists who seek to obliterate the world trading system for their own purposes and neo-liberals who want to use trade regimes to erode public power, the ongoing debate is missing a vision of a progressive system of trade rules. Too often, progressives end up…

Tell the new ministers what matters to you

Molly Kane | 4 months ago
On election day, Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast overwhelmingly voted for parties that promised action on pharmacare, the climate crisis, electoral reform, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Today, Prime Minister Trudeau has officially sworn in his new cabinet in…

BP's 2018 drilling mud spill disappears like magic: CNSOPB

Angela Giles | 4 months ago
Today, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) released the results of their investigation into BP Canada’s unauthorized spill of 136,000 litres of synthetic drilling mud in June of 2018.   Not surprisingly, they found that “there were no significant adverse…

8 ways climate organizing impacted the federal election

The Council of Canadians | 4 months ago
Written by Robin Tress and Dylan Penner, Climate and Social Justice Campaigners, Council of Canadians Last month, Canada had its first climate election. As a result of tireless climate justice organizing from coast to coast to coast, action on the climate emergency was a top…

Ki Ta Ski Naw: Reflecting & Acting on Hydropower & Energy Justice conference

Angela Giles | 4 months ago
“The water and the people are intertwined in every way.” - Deepa Joshi, feminist and political ecologist currently coordinating two projects on the themes of environmental justice and climate change in the Eastern Himalayas.   Ms. Joshi was one of several powerful…

Barlow’s teachings of hope amid the global environmental crisis

The Council of Canadians | 4 months ago
Maude Barlow’s new book Whose Water Is it Anyway? Taking Water Protection Into Public Hands is making a big splash. The book was reviewed in the Globe and Mail by Michael Valpy, who stressed that even though we are in a global environmental crisis, Barlow's book is about hope.…

You can't eat oil - offshore drilling campaign update

Robin Tress | 4 months ago
“It is up to you to stop offshore oil drilling off of Nova Scotia. You can’t expect someone else to do it for you.” This is what our guest John Weber told us on Friday night in Mahone Bay. John is a councilor in Bradley Beach, New Jersey, and a manager at the Surfrider…

Federal Election, Ontario Health Care

Christina Warner | 4 months ago
I thought a lot about public health care on election night, and how the impacts of the federal election would impact health care in Ontario – including provincial cuts by Premier Doug Ford. The outcome of a Liberal minority offers an opportunity to negotiate in favour of better…

Los Angeles becomes first major U.S. city designated as a Blue Community

The Council of Canadians | 5 months ago
Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow was in Los Angeles yesterday to help celebrate the city’s designation as a Blue Community. Los Angeles is now the first major city in the U.S. to turn “blue,” joining cities around the world including Paris, France, Bern,…

Lead water crisis reveals federal government’s inaction on water issues

Vi Bui | 5 months ago
Earlier this week, an investigative report by several media outlets revealed  dangerously high levels of lead in tap water across Canada.  This investigation took a combined effort from 120 journalists, working at nine universities and 10 media organizations across the country.…