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October 21, 2019

Go Vote

According to the polls this election is too close to call.

Millions of Canadians already cast their votes in advance polls and today the rest of us will have our turn. One message you delivered loud and clear in the leadup to this election is you want the next government elected to act immediately and urgently on the climate crisis.

No matter which party – or parties – are given power tonight to represent us in Parliament, the Council of Canadians will not stop pushing elected representatives to act for the change we need.

What to vote for

The Council of Canadians is non-partisan and does not endorse any parties or candidates. But if you haven’t yet made up your mind on who to vote for, our Voter’s Guide highlights where the parties stand on key issues.

October 17, 2019

Photo by Wilson Hui, CC BY 2.0

Many Canadians like to start the day off with a milky brew at one of nearly 4,000 Tim Hortons coffee shops across Canada. Some of us have felt good about the fact that our beverage contained an emblem certifying “100% Canadian milk.” After all, the Brazilian-owned “Timmy’s” has long hoisted the Canadian flag as part of its brand-building efforts. 

However, unknown to most, there is a separate distribution system that gets Tim Hortons bottled iced coffees to some 10,000 corner stores, supermarkets and gas bars. These drinks are made with milk from the United States. It’s supplied by U.S. based Fairlife/Coca-Cola. Ottawa quietly gave its blessing to this plan back in 2018 by providing a five year licence to the corporations involved. Last to know about this scheme – and only after it was a fait accompli – were Canadian dairy farmers. Many Tim Hortons iced coffee fans still don’t know.

September 30, 2019

A tectonic shift in climate politics just happened. 

Millions of people mobilized to demand climate justice, a just transition, and a Green New Deal. The recent climate strike was the largest climate protest in history, with an estimated 7.6 million people participating on every continent around the world from September 20-27.

Comox Valley

According to the Global Climate Strike website, there were 6135 actions in 185 countries, involving at least 73 trade unions (including many in Canada) and 820 organizations.

September 28, 2019

Plastics

B.C.’s groundwater is under threat.

Exports of bottled water from B.C. to the United States increased 1,460% between 2008 and 2018. This is an outrageous trend that has to end.

Municipal governments throughout B.C. and First Nations have just passed a resolution calling on the B.C. Premier John Horgan to stop issuing water licences to commercial water bottling operations in the province.

The resolution passed after Council of Canadians supporters like you and thousands of other B.C. residents flooded mayors’ and city councillors’ mailboxes, pushing for its adoption. Thank you to everyone who took action!

You can help support their call by writing to Premier Horgan now and demanding the B.C. government stop issuing licences to greedy water-bottling companies.

September 27, 2019

Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson and pictured speaking at an event in Albuquerque in 2009.

The Council of Canadians mourns the passing of Graeme Gibson, author, educator, activist, friend and founding member our of organization. Gibson passed away on September 18, 2019.

“Graeme was a fighter for environmental justice and for the planet. His passion for the natural world informed his life’s work,” said Maude Barlow, Honorary Chair of the Council of Canadians. “We will miss him very much.”

In addition to his environmental activism, Gibson was a passionate advocate for writers and writing. He served as the past president of PEN Canada and a founding member of both the Writers' Union of Canada and the Writers' Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada's writing community.

In 1992, Gibson was invited as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his life’s work.

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