Analysis

Fighting COVID-19 starts with universal access to water and sanitation

Vi Bui | 5 days ago
Today, a global pandemic brings into focus how important water is to our lives and to public health and reveals how much more needs to be done to fully guarantee water and sanitation is available to everyone, both as a human right and as a critical way to protect our community…

Win! Judge overturns Alton Gas approval

Robin Tress | 1 week ago
Finally, some good news! After six years of Mi’kmaq-led resistance to the Alton Gas natural gas storage project, yesterday marked a major victory in the effort to stop the project and defend Mi’kmaq treaty rights. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia determined that the province did…

Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis

John Cartwright | 1 week ago
Every day, political leaders at all levels of government are making new announcements to respond to COVID-19 impacts, on both people and the economy. These have been crucial steps to ensure public safety and financial stabilization. Nobody knows how long this crisis will last,…

Caring for each other during COVID-19

John Cartwright | 1 week ago
Uncertain times are never easy, so we’re reaching out to you, and all Council of Canadians supporters, to share our thoughts at this time. Our history as Canadians shows time and again how together we can meet adversity. We have shared with neighbours and with complete strangers…

Alternative Federal Budget Released

Vi Bui | 2 weeks ago
Facing highly volatile headwinds due to the combination of COVID-19, plummeting oil prices and the collapse of world financial markets, the Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) lays out a roadmap and fiscal plan to…

MPs pass new NAFTA legislation and NDP motion on pharmacare before closing Parliament

The Council of Canadians | 2 weeks ago
Amid growing concerns of the COVID-19 virus, MPs came together in the House of Commons today to pass implementing legislation today for the new NAFTA agreement, also known as the Canada-United States Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). Also on the table was an NDP motion calling on the…

WIN! Vancouver becomes the second largest Blue Community in Canada

Vi Bui | 2 weeks ago
On March 11, Vancouver City Council voted to adopt the Blue Community principles, making it the second largest municipality in Canada to become a Blue Community. This bold move for water protection came on the same day the Council of Canadians celebrated its 35th anniversary.…

Celebrating 35 years of Council of Canadians activism

The Council of Canadians | 3 weeks ago
On March 11, 1985, the Council of Canadians was formed as an organization to bring people together to create positive change. Today, 35 years later, we celebrate you, our supporters and members. The Council of Canadians came together for “a new and better Canada with more and…

UBCIC Endorses Blue Communities Project

Vi Bui | 3 weeks ago
On February 26, 2020, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) passed a resolution supporting the Council of Canadians’ Blue Communities Project.   UBCIC is a unifying voice, recognizing and upholding Indigenous rights and titles. Their leadership has been critical…

You can help make Vancouver a Blue Community

Vi Bui | 3 weeks ago
Next week, Vancouver City Council has the opportunity to protect our water as a human right and public trust. I need your help to make it happen. On March 11, your city councillors will debate whether to make Vancouver a Blue Community. This project, started by the Council of…

Alberta proposes new anti-protest bill

The Council of Canadians | 1 month ago
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney tabled a bill this week that if passed, would levy fines as high as $10,000 a day and up to six months jail time against protestors. Known as Bill 1, the “Critical Infrastructure Defence Act,” Kenney’s government launched the new law after Teck…

Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en

Mark Calzavara | 1 month ago
Yesterday morning, police in Ontario began arresting land defenders on Tyendinaga territory near Belleville who were protesting next to the CN Rail line that cuts through Mohawk territory. The Tyendinaga Mohawk are acting in support of the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en…