Analysis

Not another NAFTA rubber stamp: We need a real debate in Canada on NAFTA 2.1

Sujata Dey | 5 months ago
The Trudeau government says NAFTA 2.1 is the first order of business when Parliament resumes and the Liberals are urging other parties to swiftly ratify the deal. But not so fast! In the U.S., lawmakers, spurred on by newly elected U.S. House Democrats, worked over a year on…

Is our right to peaceful protest disappearing?

Jan Malek | 5 months ago
The right to protest is an important part of Canadian democracy and the right to free expression. Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the freedom of expression, freedom of association, and the freedom of peaceful assembly. Protests are a way for…

Council stands in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en land defenders: We are watching

Dylan Penner | 5 months ago
Council of Canadians chapters, staff and supporters joined solidarity actions with the Wet'suwet'en this week. Today is the deadline for a B.C. Supreme Court injunction for Wet'suwet'en land defenders to leave their unceded territory and allow construction of the Coastal…

Canada Infrastructure Bank eyes privatizing local water systems across the country

The Council of Canadians | 5 months ago
Press Progress reports that buried in the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB)’s annual report is praise for the water system in the town of Mapleton in Wellington County, Ontario as an example of a good private-public partnership (P3). The CIB report says there is “potential” for…

Boat Harbour Act January 2020 deadline remains, despite Northern Pulp’s request for extension

Angela Giles | 5 months ago
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil held a media conference this morning to announce he will not extend the Boat Harbour Act’s deadline of January 31, 2020. Even though the legislation was passed in 2015, Northern Pulp requested an extension of the Act because the company still…

Social Justice Reader's Corner: Books for the new decade

John Cartwright | 5 months ago
Arthur Manuel was an amazing leader who every Canadian should know more about. Four years ago he wrote a powerful book that records his own experiences and his family’s part in struggles for Indigenous rights. The title of the book is by itself a teachable moment – Unsettling…

Maude Barlow appointed honorary Chancellor at Brescia University College

The Council of Canadians | 5 months ago
Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university has appointed Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow as its Chancellor. Maude Barlow will serve a three-year term in this honorary position, acting as an ambassador for Brescia and an inspirational…

Thank you for your support in 2019

Jamian Logue | 6 months ago
Before saying goodbye to 2019, all of us here at the Council of Canadians wanted to do something special for you. We put together this little video to say THANK YOU for your tremendous continuing support and to show you the vibrant and determined people-powered movement you are…

Corporate capture and production gaps: COP25 roundup

Robin Tress | 6 months ago
Towards the end of COP25 the official organizers decided that protestors voicing dissent against the corporatized negotiations were not welcome in the conference anymore. Enormous garage doors opened, and hundreds of people were pushed out of the building. Over the years,…

Hopewell school in Ottawa on way to becoming first elementary school Blue Community

The Council of Canadians | 6 months ago
Hopewell Avenue Public School in Ottawa is working towards the distinction of being the first elementary school designated as a “Blue Community.” The school, which is home to more than 900 students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, welcomed Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson…

NAFTA 3.0: Better, but still leaving much to be desired

Sujata Dey | 6 months ago
Before Parliament adjourned for the summer, the race to ratify the new NAFTA was on. At the time, then Foreign Affairs Minister and now Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland advocated swift passage of the new NAFTA’s implementing bill and warned against reopening the…

Calling for swift action on Speech from the Throne commitments

The Council of Canadians | 6 months ago
The Throne Speech for the 43rd government included few surprises. The minority Liberal government has some of the right ideas – focussing on the climate crisis, health care and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, but their commitments fall short of the urgent change we need…