November 1, 2018

The Canadian Labour Congress’ Young Workers Department has just published a major new report on young Canadians and the reality of the precarious work they face with low wages, no security and few benefits. Titled Diving Without a Parachute, the report says Canada’s youth are diverse, adaptable and underemployed.

Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, says the report paints a frightening picture for today’s youth. “It starkly reminds us that the neoliberal promises that privatization, deregulation, free trade, job outsourcing and economic globalization would be good for the many, not just the few, was a lie,” she said.

October 31, 2018

Last week, legal expert David Schneiderman brilliantly argued in the Globe and Mail that rather than consulting with Canadians over the practice of including investor-state clauses that allow foreign investors to challenge government laws and regulations in trade agreements, Canada should drop them all together. He correctly pointed out that the Trudeau government appears wedded to the concept of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in deals that Canada signs. He noted that ISDS is contained in both the recent deals with Europe (CETA) and Asia Pacific (CPTPP) and also in a number of bilateral agreements.

October 31, 2018


People attend a rally in Detroit to protest water shut offs. Detroit is one of many U.S. cities where many people have had their water shut off when they aren't able to pay their bills.

U.S. based Food & Water Watch recently released a groundbreaking study that reveals that an estimated 1.4 million people in the United States experienced a water shutoff in 2016. Data projections suggest the number could go as high as 15 million, or a shocking 1 out of every 20 households.

Food & Water Watch is a Washington-based nonprofit organization that advocates for affordable and safe food and water for everyone. For the study, the organization requested public records from the two biggest water suppliers in each state on residential water shut-offs in 2016.

October 31, 2018
The NWT Chapter of the Council of Canadians at Liberal MP Michael McLeod's office in Yellowknife.

On October 24th constituents in over two-thirds of Canada’s 338 federal ridings delivered copies of the IPCC report to their MPs with letters calling for follow-through on their promises to take the action needed to stay under 1.5ºC.

We are a year out from the 2019 federal election and have not yet seen the climate action the Trudeau government promised. If our political leaders are going to take the steps toward a fair transition towards renewable energy on the timeline climate science calls for, it will be because we make the movement for climate justice impossible to ignore! We have lots of thoughts on how to do this, and summarized them here earlier this month.

October 30, 2018

Thoughts on free speech and protesting Steve Bannon in Toronto

This Friday, one of the architects, icons and spokespeople of the white supremacist movement, Steve Bannon, is being given a massive platform. He is to speak in front of a few thousand people at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto (and potentially many thousands more via a live broadcast). The Council of Canadians has joined with a diverse bunch of groups and people who have come together to try to get this event cancelled.