February 14, 2019
Minnesota Can't Wait organizers met with Governor Tim Walz at the Minnesota State Capitol on January 9, 2019. (Photo: Devon Cupery, Living on Earth)

UPDATE: Two weeks after this announcement, on March 1st 2019, Enbridge announced Line 3 would be delayed by another year. The project, which was expected to be in service before the end of 2019, now won't be ready until the second half of 2020 at the earliest. 

Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline just became a lot less buildable. On February 12, recently elected Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that his administration will renew his predecessor's appeal to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansion project.

February 12, 2019

Single-use water bottles clog landfills. Bottled water corporations take what should be a publicly available resource and sell it for profit.

More than a year ago, the Saskatoon chapter of the Council of Canadians asked its city council to consider becoming a Blue Community, including banning the sale of bottled water in city facilities. The request prompted a review of the city’s ability to provide public tap water in municipal facilities ­– and the results were not positive.

Saskatoon municipal staff recently delivered a report rejecting the proposal to ban bottled water, revealing that municipal facilities such as arenas and recreation centres do not have adequate water fountains and refilling stations to meet users’ needs. The Saskatoon chapter’s request put a clear spotlight on the question of access to public water.

February 11, 2019

The Council of Canadians is proud to help sponsor PowerShift Young and Rising, a climate justice convergence organized by youth, for youth in Ottawa February 14 to 18.

The first PowerShift in Canada happened in 2009, and since then the annual or semi-annual gatherings have mobilized passionate young people from many walks of life to explore ways of taking action to confront the climate crisis.

As their website explains, “PowerShift is about youth learning from each other, learning together, and using that knowledge to develop common strategies for creating visionary change. PowerShift aims to ensure that once the convergence is over, the youth climate movement continues to grow through our networks, continued capacity building, and strategic action.”

From Aamjiwnaang to Wet’suwet’en, it’s critical that frontline land and water defenders and communities of colour fighting for a livable future can access events like Powershift. That’s why  one-third of the gathering’s budget is allocated to bursaries for their Frontline Fund and Needs-Based Bursaries.

February 8, 2019

(Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

An open letter from over one hundred artists, activists, scholars, and writers

Published in Common Dreams, February 5, 2019

We — activists, scholars, writers and artists — strongly condemn President Trump’s efforts to vilify, intimidate, and use force against refugees and asylum seekers at and approaching the U.S. border.

February 8, 2019

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh recently called for the implementation of universal pharmacare, raising speculation that a plan for publicly funded medications will be an election issue in the upcoming federal race this fall.

In the lead-up to a federal by-election in the riding of Burnaby-South in B.C., Singh told reporters that the only way for Canada to provide for its citizens’ pharmacare needs is through publicly funded, comprehensive, universal drug coverage.

The Trudeau government also appears to be warming to the idea of pharmacare, although questions have been raised about how much a Liberal pharmacare plan would cover.