November 15, 2018

The Council of Canadians recently launched a new Blue Communities video with Eau Secours and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.The video gives an overview of the Blue Communities Project where municipalities, faith-based and other communities resist the corporate takeover of water by committing to three resolutions that:

November 9, 2018
London Chapter
The London Chapter at the Support Postal Workers Rally on November 5.

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 your actions and events to your regional organizer – we’d love to add your photos to our Flickr photostream too!

Here are a few highlights:

November 8, 2018

The Advisory Council on Implementation of National Pharmacare held their final consultation last night in Halifax, wrapping up several months of cross-country meetings to gather feedback on how Pharmacare should be implemented.

Over 100 people attended the event, which consisted mostly of an open-mic style participation by the audience with intermittent comments from Council members Diana Whalen (former MLA in Nova Scotia) and Camille Orridge.

Participants who spoke up included union members, patient advocates, registered nurses and others working in the healthcare industry, family caregivers, individuals who live with chronic conditions, and others. Many important points were raised throughout the session, and most raised one or more of the principles we believe must be the basis of a national Pharmacare program:

November 7, 2018
Faeza Meyeran

Written by Faeza Meyer, an activist from Mitchell's Plain, Cape Town, and a founding member of the African Water Commons Collective, and an active member of Women for Change, the Housing Assembly, and the Water Crisis Coalition.

In the aftermath of a drought and the shadow of so-called “day zero,” it is becoming clear that the Cape Town residents who cannot afford to pay for water will live on the edge this YEAR END’s “festive” season. While four communities are still recovering from fire disasters, the politicians see fit to use this opportunity to tap into people’s vulnerability to mobilise for the 2019 National elections.

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.