May 3, 2019

Photo Queen's Park

You’ve likely heard that Doug Ford has tabled his first budget bill. In it, his PC party proposes deep cuts to important government services that will undermine support for the most vulnerable people in Ontario.

If the Bill passes as written, the divide between the rich and the poor in Ontario will widen significantly and the negative impacts will last far longer than the next three years.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the constant onslaught of budget cuts and bad government bills? You are not alone. The good news is, together, we can stop this.

May 3, 2019

Last month, Inverness County Council sent a letter to Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil urging his government to accept Northern Pulp's request for a one-year extension to construct a new effluent treatment facility for its mill in order to preserve jobs. Council of Canadians activist and board member (and Inverness County resident) Paul Strome believes the environment and Indigenous rights should take precedence.

Northern Pulp's facility (top right) and current effluent treatment site at Boat Harbour (bottom centre-left). Photo credit: Chronicle Herald

More information and analysis of Northern Pulp’s proposed new effluent treatment facility here.

May 3, 2019

Like the Green New Deal, Extinction Rebellion, Sunrise Movement, and many other climate actions and movements, the Council of Canadians is committed to a just transition away from those factors driving climate breakdown. North of 60 is warming three times faster than the global average.  

April 30, 2019

You may have children or grandchildren who are worried about the future of our planet in the face of climate change.

The distressing reality is that we all have a lot to be concerned about when it comes to making sure Earth has a livable environment for current and future generations.

But there is hope, and it is coming from young people.

Inspired by Swedish student Greta Thunberg, the youth-led #ClimateStrike movement is taking the world by storm.

On March 15, 160,000 students from coast-to-coast-to-coast joined a #ClimateStrike of 1.4 million more around the world. And on May 3, youth and students in dozens of communities in Canada will strike again for the climate.

Will you stand with them?

As Greta said in her recent address to Parliament in the UK:

April 30, 2019

In a disappointing decision, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the investor court system in the Canada-European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) was compatible with EU law. Even though the ECJ considered the legal merits of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions, the debate on the political legitimacy of ISDS is far from over.  

Like the Chapter 11 provisions in NAFTA, the investor-state dispute system gives investors the right to sue governments over policy decisions if they feel they interfere with their future profits. In 2016, at the urging of Wallonia and its former Minister President Paul Magnette, Belgium asked the court to rule on the compatibility of these rights with the European constitution.