September 26, 2018
Last week, I joined Jamie Brownlee, teacher and researcher at Carleton University, Chris Hurl, Assistant Professor at Concordia University, and Erika Shaker, Senior Education Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, for the first launch of the new book Corporatizing Canada in Ottawa.
Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson for the Council of Canadians, gave a great introduction and highlighted the trend of corporatizing of public services with a story from the book about how some Calgary police cars have logos of oil companies on them.
Chris Hurl gave a broad overview of corporatization focusing on neoliberal corporatization where governments commoditize public services and run public services as a business. Erika Shaker spoke about her chapter, The Rise of the Corporate Cashroom and Jamie Brownlee talked about his chapter Pipelines, Regulatory Capture, and Canada’s National Energy Board.
September 26, 2018

Incumbent Kamloops mayor Ken Christian answers questions at the all-candidates forum at the Kamloops Farmers' Market on Sept. 22 hosted by the Council of Canadians. (Photo by Karen Edwards /

The Council of Canadians’ Kamloops chapter hosted an all-candidates forum at the local farmers’ market for municipal candidates on September 22. B.C. residents will be casting ballots to elect their municipal representatives on October 20.

According to Kelowna, questions during the two-hour event focused on “views on affordable housing, shelters, diversity around the council table, cannabis business licence fees and even if a local currency should be considered for the city.”

Attendees also wanted to know about downtown development and municipal relationships with Indigenous peoples.

September 25, 2018

Members of CPONS have been working hard to raise awareness about offshore drilling through their lawn sign campaign, and have been working to engage municipal governments in the effort to protect offshore Nova Scotia for years. 

Both the Municipality of the District of Shelburne and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg voted in support of a moratorium on offshore drilling until the completion of a "full and independent public inquiry into the pros and cons of oil industry exploration" offshore Nova Scotia.

These motions come after years of tireless work by the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS) and the Clean Ocean Action Committee to build awareness of and opposition to offshore drilling.

September 25, 2018

The Council of Canadians has joined more than 70 national, provincial and territorial organizations representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, workers, seniors, patients and academics in consensus on principles for a national pharmacare program in Canada – and the number of organizations endorsing these principles is growing by the day.

The coalition “believes that national pharmacare should be a seamless extension of the existing universal health care system in Canada, which covers medically necessary physician and hospital services, and therefore operate in harmony with the principles of the Canada Health Act.”

September 24, 2018

* TBD = To Be Determined

Today was election day in New Brunswick. The polls have nearly all been counted, and despite a couple of likely recounts in ridings with close results, the two parties who have dominated control of the province since colonization are locked in a tie. The governing Liberals had hoped to be the first party in over a decade to win two elections in a row, but alas the Progressive Conservatives have finished with the same number of seats.

As CBC reports, “The Progressive Conservatives and the Liberals are in a dead heat at 21 seats, as the final votes are counted in the 39th provincial general election… Twenty-five seats are needed for a majority.”