January 3, 2018

Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions

In November 2014, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students filed an application in the Ontario Superior Court challenging provisions of the Harper government's Fair Elections Act for infringing on the right to vote guaranteed to Canadians under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

We challenged the Act because:
1- it makes it more difficult for the Chief Electoral Officer to communicate with Canadians about the electoral process and their right to vote
2- stripped the Chief Electoral Officer of his authority to authorize the Voter Information Card as a means for proving an elector's residence or identity
3- prohibited vouching as a means whereby electors could establish their identity
4- diminished the independence and authority of the Commissioner of Canada Elections.

January 2, 2018

The Council of Canadians mourns the passing of Theodore Geraets.

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow says, "Theo was a beloved founding member of the Council of Canadians and remained a valued member for over three decades. We mourn his passing."

Barlow adds, "Theo also set up the first Council of Canadians Ottawa chapter which he led for quite a long time."

Former Ottawa Centre Member of Parliament Paul Dewar notes, "Theodore was a bright, giving person who challenged us all to be more thoughtful of each other and the planet we share. He truly was a 'good person'."

Geraets' obituary in the Ottawa Citizen notes, "University of Ottawa Professor Emeritus of Philosophy passed away suddenly but peacefully at 91 years of age at the Ottawa General Hospital December 21, 2017."

January 2, 2018

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow comments, "A global corporate tax 'race to the bottom' is taking place. This is a dangerous trend that will deepen inequality and favour the already favoured."

That comment by Barlow is in response to the editors of the book 'Winning the Tax Wars' - Brigitte Alepin and Louise Otis - writing in The Globe and Mail today, "The 40-per-cent cut in corporate tax rates in the United States could usher in a new era of across-the-board tax exemptions for multinationals. Such a radical measure may also be powerful enough to lead to complete tax exemption for multinationals as states attempt to lure capital investment through ever smaller tax rates."

Alepin and Otis highlight, "Between 1980 and today, the statutory tax rates of multinational corporations have dropped to 23 per cent globally, from an average of 38 per cent, before the U.S. tax reform."

January 1, 2018

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow highlighted the global water crisis in a series of tweets yesterday - New Year's Eve.

She tweeted these recent news articles:

December 31, 2017

May the new year bring us closer to the realization of:

1- The right to water and sanitation, clean drinking water for all, the public ownership of water utilities, and the full protection of all water sources.

2- The public ownership of energy resources, energy democracy, energy efficiency and public transit, just transition strategies for workers in the fossil fuel economy, and a 100 per cent renewable energy future by 2050.

3- Fair trade that promotes the creation of permanent, well-paying jobs, the right of governments to regulate in the public interest, the prioritization of environmental protection, and where the judiciary arbitrates on trade related disputes.

4- The full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, notably the right to free, prior and informed consent, and respect for inherent rights and title.

5- A fully public health care system, that promotes well-being and includes a universal and public drug coverage program.