Analysis

Offshore, corporate capture and the federal election

Angela Giles | 5 months ago
When the federal election results first started rolling in October 21, I was overcome with a feeling that nothing was really changing. In Atlantic Canada, we barely broke the Liberal stronghold from the 2015 election with only one seat flipping in Nova Scotia. But as the results…

Against offshore drilling? Your American neighbours are with you

Robin Tress | 5 months ago
This op-ed was originally posted on TheChronicleHerald.ca on November 5, 2019. By SHEILA DAVIES and JOHN WEBER We write as your southern neighbours, but neighbours nonetheless. Our homes on the U.S. Atlantic coast are much like Nova Scotia’s many coastal communities. The ocean…

Social justice reader’s corner: Books to put us on the path to the Balance of Power

The Council of Canadians | 5 months ago
The dust has settled after the federal election and Canada has a new minority government. It won’t be easy to create a “balance of power” movement to pressure Parliament to carry out a progressive agenda in the coming months. Fortunately, three writers have just published…

Canada needs electoral reform

The Council of Canadians | 5 months ago
The problems with Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system came into sharper focus following the federal election. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can’t ignore the issue any longer. Fair Vote Canada, our electoral reform partner, says the October 21 election results make the…

A Blue Community wave is coming to Vancouver

The Council of Canadians | 5 months ago
This guest blog was written by Peter G. Prontzos, Professor Emeritus in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at Langara College in Vancouver. Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow was in Vancouver on October 18 to meet with a group of city…

Scary stories of privatization

Vi Bui | 5 months ago
With a new minority federal government, you and I have an opportunity to help shape public policy. The Council of Canadians and our 150,000 supporters across the country are coming together from coast-to-coast-to-coast to stand up for the issues that matter to you. One of those…

Our water is for sale

Vi Bui | 5 months ago
Private companies are coming for your water and the federal government is welcoming them with open arms. But you and I can stop this from happening. In this minority government, we can use our position as the people’s Balance of Power to stand up for water. As you may know, the…

Misleading election robocalls lead to questions about funding for third-party advertisers

The Council of Canadians | 5 months ago
On election day, the CBC published the news that Elections Canada received reports of misleading robocalls made to voters suggesting voting was taking place on Tuesday – the day after election day. "There have been some reports of people receiving misleading robocalls in Quebec…

Nova Scotia's new greenhouse gas targets - Law Amendments speech

Robin Tress | 5 months ago
The following is a transcript of climate and social justice campaigner Robin Tress's comments at the Law Amendments proceedings in Halifax, NS on October 28 2019. These comments are in response to Nova Scotia's tabled legislation that includes new greenhouse gas emissions…

We are the balance of power

Anonymous | 5 months ago
This morning I feel very determined about the road ahead. Yesterday, Canadians went to the polls and elected a minority government. That means you and I have an opportunity to hold all parties to account and to assert the role of ordinary people in driving the change we want…

Your ballot, your decision

The Council of Canadians | 5 months ago
According to the polls this election is too close to call. Millions of Canadians already cast their votes in advance polls and today the rest of us will have our turn. One message you delivered loud and clear in the leadup to this election is you want the next government elected…

Call on Premier Horgan to stop the CGL pipeline

Robin Tress | 6 months ago
Coastal GasLink (CGL), owned by TransCanada, is a proposed pipeline intended to run from Groundbirch to Kitimat in British Columbia. This pipeline would be connected to a huge network of natural gas pipelines in Alberta and the company boasts that it could be converted to…