November 7, 2017

The Council of Canadians Kitchener-Waterloo chapter promoting pharmacare at an information table at a local farmers' market.

A new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) strengthens the argument that the Trudeau government should immediately implement the universal drug program known as pharmacare.

The CIHI report finds that governments, private insurance companies and individuals are projected to spend $242 billion on health care in 2017 - a nearly 4-per-cent increase over 2016 spending levels.

The Globe and Mail highlights, "The report found that among the three largest spending categories - hospitals, drugs and physicians, which together account for more than 60 per cent of the overall expenditure - pharmaceutical costs continue to increase at the fastest pace. This has been true since 2015, due partly to the increased use of high-cost patented drugs."

November 7, 2017

Trudeau's promise to fighting tax evasion and tax avoidance in doubt.

The Council of Canadians says it is time to end loopholes for the super-rich, clamp down on wealthy tax dodgers, and implement fair taxation.

The Toronto Star comments, "The so-called Paradise Papers, a leaked trove of more than 13 million documents from three offshore law firms and the registries of 19 tax havens, make stark the extraordinary costs of the international community’s failure to come to grips with the challenges of tax evasion and avoidance. For the Trudeau government, in particular, the leaks are a political nightmare. The Paradise Papers make clear how inadequate the Liberals’ efforts on these issues have been. And, because some in the party’s inner circle, including its top fundraiser Stephen Bronfman, are implicated, the leak feeds into a dangerous narrative about why this government’s appetite for greater fairness may be suspect."

November 3, 2017

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter was at the 'Voices of the Salmon Frontlines: Circle at the Legislature' gathering yesterday in support of the 'Namgis, Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw and Mamalilikala nations and in opposition to fish farms. Photo by Heather Tufts.

Here is a snapshot of recent and upcoming activism by Council of Canadians chapters across the country:

November 2, 2017

The Council of Canadians and Detroit-based environmental justice allies gathered in Detroit in October 2015 to learn from each other and to strategize for wins like this one!

The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter began speaking out against petroleum coke being stored near the Detroit River in early 2013.

The Chronicle-Herald has explained, "Owned by Koch Carbon, a company controlled by the industrialists Charles and David Koch, [petroleum coke] is a byproduct of processing heavy bitumen piped from the tar sands in Alberta to a Detroit refinery. Most petroleum coke, often referred to in the oil industry as pet coke, is used as inexpensive fuel in countries like China, India and Mexico with relatively loose emissions controls."

In March 2013, the Windsor Square reported, "The local chapter president of the Council of Canadians, Doug Hayes, said, ‘People only talk about tar sands emissions. They don’t talk about other problems like this.’"

November 1, 2017

Council of Canadians supporter Marilyn Belak (right) and Ken and Arlene Boon (left-to-right) of the Peace Valley Landowner Association at a camp at Rocky Mountain Fort on the Peace River opposing the Site C dam, January 25, 2016.

The Council of Canadians has been voicing its opposition to the Site C hydroelectric dam project since October 2014.

If completed, Site C would be a 60-metre high, 1,050-metre long earth-filled dam on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia that would create an 83-kilometre long reservoir, flood about 5,500 hectares of agricultural land, and generate the equivalent carbon pollution of about 27,000 cars each year. It would submerge 78 First Nations heritage sites, including burial grounds and places of cultural and spiritual significance.