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


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.

September 27, 2019


As reported by the Guardian, long-time Council of Canadians activist and former Board member Leo Broderick “often gets up on a soap box, but never tries to put himself on a pedestal.”

Broderick was one of three inductees into the Order of Prince Edward Island. He accepted his award at a ceremony earlier this week.

He was described as “a man outspoken and well-informed on social justice and environmental concerns but one also respectful of the opinions of others.”

Broderick, a former teacher, told The Guardian he was “shocked’’ when he first learned he was selected this year as a member of the Order of P.E.I., which puts his name on a list that includes pioneer doctors, renowned entrepreneurs and heralded former political leaders.