September 16, 2018

Tomorrow, the federal government is attempting to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership through Parliament. Known now by the new and the unwieldy name Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), this will be today’s second order of business.

It will be framed as a matter of national urgency. The government and corporate Canada will claim that Canada desperately needs to pass this bill or our very economic security is in danger. Predictably, they will say that, with a question mark hanging over NAFTA, Canada needs to diversify its trade away from the United States.

Many people see trade agreements as vital in helping Canada export more. But that may not be what Canada needs.

Let’s take the case of CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. It is now one year since the agreement was implemented. And no growth in European exports.

September 14, 2018

By Lin Grist

Audience members at Aquifers Under Siege - What happens when the wells run dry?

The Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians hosted a talk by water warrior Maude Barlow on September 12, with the help of local groups GET (Guelph Eramosa Township) Concerned and Wellington Water Watchers. The event brought together people and organizations working on water issues in our watershed. 

September 14, 2018

New Brunswick is in the midst of a provincial election, and chapters have been mobilizing in their communities to get people engaged in the issues and calling on their candidates be clear on their stance regarding fracking, glyphosate spraying, democracy and many other issues.

Wednesday night, the Fredericton chapter of the Council of Canadians hosted an all-candidates debate in the riding of Fredericton South. According to Garry Guild, Fredericton chapter contact, “The evening was a great success. There was a packed house with at least 230 people. The comments we received from people were very positive on how well run and informative the event was.

September 13, 2018

Yesterday evening over 1000 people gathered for a rally at City Hall to push back against Ford's abuse of power and undermining of democracy and to build the collective power we will need to win. 

Council organizers unfurled a giant copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms with a letter calling on Attorney General Caroline Mulroney to stand up to Ford's attempts to overrule the courts. Hundreds signed it in person and thousands more have signed it online. We will deliver all of these letters to Mulroney this week.

I spoke to the crowd about the concerning rise of fascist and neo-Nazi groups on Toronto's streets and the undermining of democracy inside Queen's Park.

Here are videos of what I said, as well as a transcript:

September 13, 2018

Over the summer, the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS) – a project of the South Shore chapter of the Council of Canadians – engaged with 18 coastal municipal councils in the southwestern region of Nova Scotia to propose they send letters to the province calling for a public inquiry into offshore drilling.

The Town of Shelburne was the first to pick up on this request and call for a public inquiry in a letter sent to the Premier on September 06th. Residents who reached out to Council were displeased with the lack of public input or consultation, especially the risks to the local economy (which depends predominantly on fisheries and tourism).

Town of Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatal states simply “A public inquiry would allow for discussion of the impact of oil industry activity in this specific marine environment, allow for democratic involvement in the use of our waters, provide information to the public, and outline steps to protect one of our largest natural resources.”