November 7, 2018

This week the Nova Scotia Advocate reported on efforts by German anti-fracking activists to stop the German government from giving a financial guarantee to Peridae, the company behind the Goldboro LNG proposal. This proposal includes an Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) plant designed to export LNG from Goldboro, Nova Scotia in Guysborough County.

Gastivist Berlin have written an open letter calling on the German government to halt this financial guarantee which reads: New gas infrastructure delays the switch to 100% renewable energies in Germany and abroad. Publicly funded investments in natural gas are at the expense of renewables and block the way to the energy transition, which must be implemented immediately. Investments should be made exclusively in renewable energy.

November 5, 2018

Corporatizing Canada

I am writing this to urge you to read a new book called Corporatizing Canada: Making Business out of Public Service, edited by Jamie Brownlee, Chris Hurl and Kevin Walby and published by Between the Lines.

The book contains 16 chapters on many aspects of this important and dangerous development written by the top experts in the field in Canada. While they are all excellent, I must give a personal shout out to one in particular. Emma Lui, the Council of Canadians’ national water campaigner, writes a powerful chapter on the danger of governments running water services as if they are a business.

November 2, 2018
Montreal Chapter
Montreal Chapter delivering the IPCC report.

Since its inception, the Council of Canadians has built its strength and credibility with powerful grassroots activists in communities across Canada. Chapters promote local, provincial and national Council of Canadians campaigns, hold governments to account, and push for social and economic justice on a daily basis.

Joining a chapter is a great opportunity to meet with other Council of Canadians supporters who share your passion and vision for a better Canada. See if there’s a chapter near you and if not, contact us to discuss starting one!

Below are a few recent highlights – send actions and events to your regional organizer – we’d love to add your photos to our Flickr photostream too!

November 2, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro was elected as Brazil’s new president last Sunday (Photo by Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images)

Last Sunday, Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician known for making homophobic and misogynist statements and supporting neoliberal policies and military dictatorship, won Brazil’s presidential election.

According to the National Observer, “[Bolsonaro] has threatened to ‘disappear’ Indigenous peoples and has vowed to open up the rainforests of the Amazon to extractive industries. With time running out to avert climate breakdown, Bolsonaro's election is a catastrophe — he recently threatened to follow the lead of Donald Trump and quit the Paris climate agreement.”

Bolsonaro has promised to make it easier for mining companies to operate in Brazil regardless of the impacts on the environment or on Indigenous peoples.

November 1, 2018

The Canadian Labour Congress’ Young Workers Department has just published a major new report on young Canadians and the reality of the precarious work they face with low wages, no security and few benefits. Titled Diving Without a Parachute, the report says Canada’s youth are diverse, adaptable and underemployed.

Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, says the report paints a frightening picture for today’s youth. “It starkly reminds us that the neoliberal promises that privatization, deregulation, free trade, job outsourcing and economic globalization would be good for the many, not just the few, was a lie,” she said.