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August 7, 2018

Digital Journal is one of many media sources speculating that a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could come this month. Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow and Gordon Laxer, a political economist and founder of the Parkland Institute, point out that the negotiations are ignoring one of NAFTA’s key problems: energy proportionality.

August 2, 2018

The Moncton Chapter helped launch the coalition Moncton H20

Thank you to our chapters for a week of impressive actions, articles, and solidarity across the country. Here are just some of the highlights:

 
Water

Through the coalition Moncton H20, the Moncton Chapter campaigned to see their municipal water service brought back into public hands. The chapter also highlighted the problem of blue-green algae in local waterways and across the country.

The Guelph chapter continued their work with Wellington Water Watchers at the #SayNOtoNestle campaign meeting

August 2, 2018

The federal government has opened a “national dialogue” through online public consultations to get your thoughts on how a national pharmacare plan should be implemented.

Have your say! Join the consultation now.

Canada is the only country in the world with a national public health care system that does not include pharmacare. 

Research shows that pharmacare can save us a lot of money. In 2016, Canadians spent $30 billion to fill more than 600 million prescriptions. That’s more than four times what we spent on prescriptions 20 years ago. Drug prices are skyrocketing and more people have to choose between getting the medications they need and paying for their rent or for food.

August 1, 2018

The Council of Canadians, the Common Front for Social Justice, the Moncton and District Labour Council, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour, and CUPE New Brunswick have banded together to see Moncton’s municipal water service brought back into public hands.

July 31, 2018

Dear President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador,

First of all, let us congratulate you on a spectacular election win, raising hopes that Mexico will break with the past and build an equal society where Mexicans can live with dignity and eradicate poverty. We share the dreams of your voters, and we wish you the courage and perseverance to pursue the necessary reforms so that people are not left behind.

We understand that you are meeting this week with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to discuss the renegotiation of NAFTA. As an organization formed in opposition to the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA, we would like to share some observations based on more than 30 years' scrutiny of these agreements.

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