January 22, 2020

Photo by Unifor: Some members of the Regina Police Service line up as they confront workers on Unifor's picket line outside of the Co-op Refinery.

The right to protest is an important part of Canadian democracy and the right to free expression.

Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the freedom of expression, freedom of association, and the freedom of peaceful assembly. Protests are a way for people to express themselves for or against decisions made by government or other powerful institutions. People have taken to the streets throughout history to stand up for what they believe in.

But more and more, we are seeing examples of this freedom of expression being criminalized. Companies and corporations are obtaining court orders and bringing in the police, who are using physical force and arrests to criminalize dissent and silence protestors.

January 17, 2020

Press Progress reports that buried in the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB)’s annual report is praise for the water system in the town of Mapleton in Wellington County, Ontario as an example of a good private-public partnership (P3). The CIB report says there is “potential” for similar privatization schemes across the country.

The Trudeau government created the CIB as a Crown Corporation in 2017. According to its website, the “Canada Infrastructure Bank attracts and co-invests with private sector and institutional investors in new, revenue-generating infrastructure projects that are in the public interest. Our priority areas are public transit, trade and transportation, green infrastructure and broadband.”

January 17, 2020

Council of Canadians chapters, staff and supporters joined solidarity actions with the Wet'suwet'en this week.

Today is the deadline for a B.C. Supreme Court injunction for Wet'suwet'en land defenders to leave their unceded territory and allow construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline to continue.

The land defenders have said they will not comply.

The Council of Canadians stands in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs and land defenders and calls on the Canadian and B.C. governments and RCMP to respect their right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – a declaration that the B.C. government enshrined in law less than two months ago.

January 7, 2020

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university has appointed Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow as its Chancellor. Maude Barlow will serve a three-year term in this honorary position, acting as an ambassador for Brescia and an inspirational leader for the Brescia community. 

Brescia University College, Canada’s women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,600 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in the Schools of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Humanities and Leadership & Social Change in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred and invigorating environment.

As Chancellor, Maude will preside over Brescia’s Baccalaureate and Magisterial ceremonies and will support Brescia’s mission of educating future women leaders. 

Watch a video from Maude Barlow on the Brescia website here.

January 6, 2020

Arthur Manuel was an amazing leader who every Canadian should know more about. Four years ago he wrote a powerful book that records his own experiences and his family’s part in struggles for Indigenous rights. The title of the book is by itself a teachable moment – Unsettling Canada. For those of us who have grown up with traditional teaching of history, it is a truly unsettling journey to see how deeply the “doctrine of discovery” has informed the development of our society.