November 23, 2018
Last week I travelled to Kingston to talk about my chapter on water in the new book Corporatizing Canada: Making Business Out of Public Services
The event in Kingston,The Future is Public!, was a double book launch featuring Corporatizing Canada and Our Common Wealth: The Return of Public Ownership in the United States by Thomas Hanna.
The event summary notes, “Privatization is deeply unpopular in North America and has been fought successfully. But if the anti-privatization movement only thinks defensively the best we can do is protect the status quo. Reclaiming public ownership, and rethinking the ways in which public services are delivered, is a crucial part of building a more equitable and sustainable public services future.”
November 23, 2018

Stick it to Ford Rally
Council of Canadians Hamilton Chapter at Saturday’s Stick It To Ford! Demonstration organized by OCAP outside of Doug Ford's DECO label factory and printing firm. Joined by several supporters of the Hamilton Chapter, fellow activists in Burlingon, allies from the Campaign for Adequate Welfare and Disability Benefits, and $15 and Fairness Hamilton. Photos courtesy of Karl Wlasenko from the Hamilton Chapter.

A large part of the Council of Canadians’ strength comes from our chapters working to build the kind of Canada we want. Join a chapter and meet people who share your interests and values and find out more about how you can be involved in your community. See if there is a chapter near you and if not, contact us to discuss starting one!

November 23, 2018

Hello, I just got back from the Canada Post picket lines. I want to ask you to stand in solidarity with us and help end the strike:

Can you take 2 minutes to email your Member of Parliament? Take action here »

Right now postal workers like myself are on rotating strikes.

My union, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), started job actions in October in an effort to get Canada Post to negotiate a fair collective agreement.

We are standing up for:

  • Good jobs and services in our communities.
  • Improved health and safety.
  • Equal rights for women.
  • We’re also pushing for expanded services, like postal banking.

Here’s how you can help:

November 21, 2018

Last week the South Shore chapter and the Ecology Action Centre screened "Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?” and found the crowd was eager to take action on forestry issues in Nova Scotia.

Burned is a new documentary covering the recent rise of the global biomass industry and its impacts on our forests and the atmosphere. Learn more about the film here.

A small working group has formed around forestry issues following this screening, and a few people are meeting to 'dig in ' a little deeper and inform themselves in preparation for conversations with others.  If you would like to be a part of the local action, please contact

November 16, 2018

The Maritimes Energy Association hosted another conference promoting fossil fuel expansion in the region yesterday, this time in Moncton with the focus on natural gas. “Natural Gas Supply 2018 and Beyond”, also connected with the Atlantica Centre for Energy whose interests cover the Maritimes plus Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Alberta and Maine, was met with opposition waving signs and banging drums to indicate the industry still is not welcome.