February 1, 2019

Every day, Council of Canadians chapters are active in communities across the country. Council chapters are made up of volunteers who work with local community groups, organized labour and others to promote the Council’s campaigns to protect water and public health care, work for fair trade, climate justice and democracy as well as other issues of social and economic concern. Check out some of our chapters’ recent actions below and be in touch if you are interested in getting involved in a chapter near you.

Montreal Chapter
Montreal chapter was present at a wonderful event held at Concordia on Tuesday for the interfaith commemoration of the second anniversary of the massacre at the Islamic Centre in Quebec City.

January 31, 2019

More than 500 people gathered in Pictou Landing First Nation’s gym to kick-off the one year countdown to the closure of Northern Pulp’s treatment facility in Boat Harbour, where an estimated trillion litres of effluent from the mill has flowed into since 1966. Carol from the North Shore Nova Scotia chapter was there and called it a “moving celebration”.

January 31, 2019
Pumpjack near Edmonton, AB on Treaty 6 Territory. 

This morning the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a ruling on the Redwater case, overturning earlier decisions that said the Alberta Environmental Regulator (AER) couldn't seize assets of bankrupt companies to pay for environmental clean-up. 

Because our regulatory system has allowed for it, a disturbing pattern has emerged whereby extraction companies rack up huge debts, file for bankruptcy, sell their assets to the creditors, and shed any responsibility for the environmental wreckage they leave behind. Today's ruling will help break this cycle. 

January 30, 2019

A round dance in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en blocks an intersection in Edmonton on January 22. Photo by Abdul Malik.

On January 7, 2019 militarized RCMP invaded and occupied unceded Wet'suwet'en territories to try to forcibly clear a path for a fracked gas pipeline owned by Coastal Gaslink (TransCanada), arresting 14 Indigenous land defenders. The temporary agreement that was reached has since been breached as the company has illegally destroyed traplines of two different clans of the Wet'suwet'en Nation.

But Wet'suwet'en land defenders have been fighting to protect their land and sovereignty for decades -- including the 1997 Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa court case and the Unist'ot'en Camp that has blocked pipelines and healed the land since 2009 -- and they will not stop here.

January 29, 2019

The Council of Canadians was honoured to partner with artists Melisse Watson and Syrus Marcus Ware to create these portraits to commemorate the six victims of the attack on a mosque in Quebec City on January 29 2017: Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane. Please share them in order to remember these lives lost and to fight for a world free of Islamophobia and white supremacy. (Full size images here).   

On January 29, 2017, at 7:52pm, a young white man entered a mosque in Quebec City in Canada and over the course of a few minutes murdered six people. 

See their faces. Say their names.

Khaled Belkacemi

Azzedine Soufiane 

Aboubaker Thabti