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July 2, 2019

Some Council of Canadians staff, board members and chapter activists recently visited Grand Chief Verna Polson to express support and solidarity for her actions on behalf of her people.

Grand Chief Verna Polson of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Council set up camp in a wigwam across from Parliament Hill on June 19, 2019,  two days before National Indigenous Peoples Day. 

Grand Chief Polson and her nation are demanding full partnership in the Indigenous Peoples Space at 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa. She began a hunger strike (including no water) at 12:00 a.m. on June 30 to press these demands.

June 26, 2019

Justice for Grassy Narrows

The people of Grassy Narrows First Nation have been waiting for more than 50 years for our governments to address the terrible mercury contamination of their territory.

Thanks to you and Council of Canadians supporters across the country, over the last decade we have helped the people of Grassy Narrows push for real government action and they are so close to getting the help they need and deserve for the hundreds of community members suffering from the prolonged effects of mercury poisoning.

The federal government has promised funding for a mercury treatment centre, but the funds have not been placed in a dedicated trust, which means they are vulnerable to potential clawbacks by future governments.

June 19, 2019

Today, the Mexican senate ratified the new NAFTA, after examining it yesterday.  It seems that two days is all it takes to debate and analyze the 38 chapters

Canada is also trying to rush through parliamentary committee hearings on the new NAFTA. The government jumpstarted the process of hearing witnesses before second reading was even completed, and limited it to 12 witnesses.  I was among them, and I stood out from my fellow witnesses representing industry groups.

During the hearing, we were told that the insecurity resulting from non-ratification was a drag on the economy, chasing away investment.  We were also told that ratifying the agreement, despite the deadlock in the U.S. Congress where Democrats have the votes to enact progressive changes, was our only option.

June 19, 2019

Hundreds of communities have declared we’re in a climate emergency. People from coast to coast to coast have been rising up to demand a Green New Deal.

It’s time to take the next step.

What if we didn’t need to wait to win a Green New Deal until after the federal election?

What if we could start building it right now, from the ground up?

We’re launching a campaign to win local Green New Deals in our communities and we need your help to win. Will you join us?

Municipal governments are responsible for the majority of local infrastructure and public services and they control roughly 44 per cent of Greenhouse Gas emissions in Canada, according to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Municipalities can also play a key role in rejecting new fossil fuel infrastructure in their jurisdictions.

June 18, 2019

I wanted you to be the first to know.

Less than 24 hours after declaring a climate emergency, the government announced it will be moving forward with the climate-polluting Trans Mountain pipeline project.

This project will ensure the expansion of the tar sands in Alberta, Canada’s largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and take us even more off track from meeting our environmental commitments in the face of impending climate disaster.

Beyond that, a new report outlines why the Trans Mountain pipeline is a bad economic choice and the benefits of the project have been grossly overstated.

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