December 27, 2019

Before saying goodbye to 2019, all of us here at the Council of Canadians wanted to do something special for you.

We put together this little video to say THANK YOU for your tremendous continuing support and to show you the vibrant and determined people-powered movement you are a part of and help to sustain.

As you’ll see, together this year you and the Council took action in every corner of the country and beyond to bring about the better Canada and fairer world we all want and know is possible – none of which would be possible without you!

Just some of the highlights of our collective public advocacy work this year include:

December 20, 2019

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil held a media conference this morning to announce he will not extend the Boat Harbour Act’s deadline of January 31, 2020. Even though the legislation was passed in 2015, Northern Pulp requested an extension of the Act because the company still does not have an alternate plan in place to deal with effluent from the mill. Company representatives claim they will need to close the mill without an extension.

Members of Pictou Landing First Nation watch Premier McNeil’s announcement this morning. From Pictou Landing First Nation’s Facebook page

December 17, 2019

Hopewell Avenue Public School in Ottawa is working towards the distinction of being the first elementary school designated as a “Blue Community.”

The school, which is home to more than 900 students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, welcomed Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow and Water Campaigner Vi Bui in their gymnasium today and listened to them speak about the importance of protecting water.

Barlow, a long-time water justice advocate, talked to the students about how they can make a difference for water, even at a young age. She told them the story of Robyn Hamlyn, a youth who was so inspired by the Blue Communities Project, she helped her hometown of Kingston become a Blue Community and then took the idea even further, making presentations across Ontario to encourage other municipalities to join in.

December 17, 2019


Towards the end of COP25 the official organizers decided that protestors voicing dissent against the corporatized negotiations were not welcome in the conference anymore. Enormous garage doors opened, and hundreds of people were pushed out of the building. Photo: Bronwen Tucker.

December 12, 2019

People before profits

Before Parliament adjourned for the summer, the race to ratify the new NAFTA was on.

At the time, then Foreign Affairs Minister and now Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland advocated swift passage of the new NAFTA’s implementing bill and warned against reopening the agreement. Industry groups chimed in that only high-speed adoption of the new NAFTA would ensure economic stability.