June 18, 2019

I wanted you to be the first to know.

Less than 24 hours after declaring a climate emergency, the government announced it will be moving forward with the climate-polluting Trans Mountain pipeline project.

This project will ensure the expansion of the tar sands in Alberta, Canada’s largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and take us even more off track from meeting our environmental commitments in the face of impending climate disaster.

Beyond that, a new report outlines why the Trans Mountain pipeline is a bad economic choice and the benefits of the project have been grossly overstated.

June 15, 2019

Halton award
Two inspiring students from the Halton Region receiving the Youth Environmental Advocacy Award presented by June Wright of the Halton Chapter.

Every day, Council of Canadians chapters are active in communities across the country. #CouncilChapters are made up of volunteers who work with local community groups, organized labour and others to promote the Council’s campaigns to protect water and public health care, work for fair trade, climate justice and democracy as well as other issues of social and economic concern. Check out some of our chapters’ recent actions below.

June 15, 2019

Federal Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan

Council of Canadians
CUPE Ontario
Amnesty International Canada

30 May 2019

Grassy Narrows deserves better than delays and half-measures

Our organizations are deeply disappointed that the federal government has failed to take decisive action to guarantee that survivors of mercury poisoning at Grassy Narrows will get the medical care they need and deserve.

June 14, 2019

I emailed you earlier this week to sound the alarm about the Trudeau government’s rush to push the new NAFTA...

In a new hard-hitting Council of Canadians report, economics and pipeline expert Gordon Laxer reveals special provisions in the new trade deal that will allow the federal government to continue to subsidize the Trans Mountain (TMX) pipeline.

The Trudeau government is expected to announce its decision on the pipeline’s future next week.

This pipeline, which will ensure expansion of the climate-polluting tar sands in Alberta, will not only send crude to export on fragile coastal B.C. shores, it will put thousands of waterways, communities and drinking water sources at risk along its route. Forests and lands will be bulldozed and razed to build some of it – even through First Nations where Indigenous peoples have said “no.”

June 14, 2019

This is part of a series on sparking change with a Green New Deal.

When I first started working on climate issues almost 20 years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) pegged the annual death toll from the climate crisis at 150,000. The WHO is now projecting that from 2030 to 2050 the climate crisis will take the lives of at least 250,000 every year.