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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.

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.

March 11, 2019

The Council of Canadians has a plan that will help get the best outcome for people and planet in this provincial election, all while laying the groundwork for a just transition in Alberta – but we won’t be able to pull it off without you.

If you’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, I don’t blame you. Politics in Alberta feels pretty daunting right now.

But there’s too much at stake to give up. The Council of Canadians has a plan that will help get the best outcome for people and planet in this provincial election, all while laying the groundwork for a just transition in Alberta – but we won’t be able to pull it off without you.

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