July 29, 2019

On Friday the joint provincial-federal review panel on the Teck Frontier tar sands mine granted a conditional approval to what could become the largest tar sands mine ever in Canada.

The negative impacts of this mine are clear: permanent and irreversible damage to wetlands, peat lands, old growth forests, and Indigenous communities. It would produce four metric megatons of carbon emissions every year for 41 years (that’s just production-related emissions, not the emissions from burning the fuel that the mine would produce), making it very difficult for us to meet any reasonable emissions targets. There are clear and irreversible impacts on local Indigenous nations who have fought for decades to keep the tar sands from expanding, only to be bullied into signing agreements with the companies.

July 25, 2019

It’s election season, and that means we have the opportunity to use a diversity of tactics to pressure candidates about issues that matter to our communities. One tactic that can be effective (and fun!) is called ‘bird-dogging’. I’ve used this tactic many times because it’s not complicated, it doesn’t necessarily require huge amounts of planning, and it can be really effective for shaping the narrative around important issues. 

What is bird-dogging? 

To bird-dog a politician is to meet them in public setting - like a BBQ, a public announcement, a meet-and-greet - and ask some pointed and clear questions that they’ll essentially be forced to answer. This definition from explains: 

July 22, 2019

London Chapter
From London Chapter Co-Chair Julie Picken-Cooper: "We are demanding that climate change is debated this election cycle. We are asking the CBC to intervene and help bring the issue to the forefront. Its time folks to think of your children and grandchildren, not the economy." #OurTime2019 #ChangeTheDebate

July 18, 2019

Don't BBQ the Planet

In just 14 weeks we will head to the polls to elect a new federal government.

Right now, election candidates are getting ready, raising money at endless barbeque meet-and-greets, and shoring up support in federal ridings across Canada.

The Council of Canadians is non-partisan – we won’t tell you who to vote for – but we will encourage you to be a part of the democratic process.

Pundits agree that the upcoming federal election will be a turning point in our country – it will clearly define our values and the kind of future we want.

You only need to turn on the radio or television, or open a newspaper to see the devastating global effects of climate change. The world’s leading scientists have been clear. We have only 11 years to make the crucial changes needed to avoid the tipping point in climate change.

July 16, 2019

The Attawapiskat First Nation Band Council has declared a state of emergency last week over concerns about water quality. This First Nation community has never had access to safe drinking water, and now residents are told to refrain from taking long showers or washing food, due to the dangerous levels of toxins in the water. 

Speaking to CTV News, Adrian Sutherland, an Attawapiskat resident says “In this country there are thousands of Indigenous people that don’t have access to clean drinking water. Now we can’t even bathe in it? This is ridiculous.”