March 18, 2019
150,000 students marching in Montreal

As part of the global student strike for climate started by Greta Thunberg, an estimated 1.4 million youth walked out of class on Friday March 15th. This was spread across 2229 events in 128 countries on every continent, and was the largest ever climate mobilization to date.

In Canada, more than 160,000 took part in the global #FridaysforFuture day of action. 150,000 of these were in one massive march in Montreal, which had the largest turnout of any city worldwide. But 79 other school walkouts took place across the country, with thousands turning up in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Victoria too.

March 15, 2019

Photo by The University of British Columbia

The Council of Canadians mourns the 49 lives taken and dozens more injured in the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday.

We are grieving alongside Muslim communities everywhere and stand united in denouncing Islamaphobia and racism in all forms.

The targeting of a mosque by a white supremacist strikes at hearts across Canada, as we still mourn the murders of Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane and the injuries of dozens of others in the 2017 hate-based attack in a mosque in Quebec City.

The rise of white supremacy continues around the world. Emboldened by politicians such as U.S. President Donald Trump, these terrorists’ messages focus on hatred and divisiveness.

The Council of Canadians rejects all hate-based messages and is committed to building the better, just and inclusive world we all know is possible.

March 15, 2019

Youth Climate Rally in Ottawa
The youth-led #ClimateStrike is taking the world by storm. Council of Canadians Chapters supported rallies across Canada today in solidarity with the powerful movement sparked by Greta Thunberg.

March 15, 2019

Conference photo

The following speaking notes were from my keynote presentation at the Canadian Fair Trade Network Conference held on March 2, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Congratulations to the Canadian Fair Trade Network on your 7th anniversary. I know you work more at the grassroots level, but since Justin Trudeau has never seen an international trade agreement he doesn’t love, I want to address big trade deals, how they have changed and what we should be demanding. I want to talk about how we can take the values of our movement and bring them into national and international policy.

The purpose of “free” trade

The purpose of trade agreements has fundamentally changed since the post-war Bretton Woods international institutions were established to rebuild a shattered world economy and promote international economic cooperation.

Trade used to be about taking down tariff barriers to the trade in goods and could often be a win-win for all.

March 11, 2019
Photo from the Montreal event “Manifestation contre le racisme et la xénophobie: ici & ailleurs”

We are strong and we are many.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racism (March 21st) the newly launched Migrant Rights Network (MRN) will be coordinating the first of four cross-country days of action this year to respond to the rise of anti-immigrant protests, racially motivated attacks, and forced displacements as climate change intensifies.