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September 13, 2018

Yesterday evening over 1000 people gathered for a rally at City Hall to push back against Ford's abuse of power and undermining of democracy and to build the collective power we will need to win. 

Council organizers unfurled a giant copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms with a letter calling on Attorney General Caroline Mulroney to stand up to Ford's attempts to overrule the courts. Hundreds signed it in person and thousands more have signed it online. We will deliver all of these letters to Mulroney this week.

I spoke to the crowd about the concerning rise of fascist and neo-Nazi groups on Toronto's streets and the undermining of democracy inside Queen's Park.

Here are videos of what I said, as well as a transcript:

September 13, 2018

Over the summer, the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS) – a project of the South Shore chapter of the Council of Canadians – engaged with 18 coastal municipal councils in the southwestern region of Nova Scotia to propose they send letters to the province calling for a public inquiry into offshore drilling.

The Town of Shelburne was the first to pick up on this request and call for a public inquiry in a letter sent to the Premier on September 06th. Residents who reached out to Council were displeased with the lack of public input or consultation, especially the risks to the local economy (which depends predominantly on fisheries and tourism).

Town of Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatal states simply “A public inquiry would allow for discussion of the impact of oil industry activity in this specific marine environment, allow for democratic involvement in the use of our waters, provide information to the public, and outline steps to protect one of our largest natural resources.”

September 10, 2018
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(Photo from 350.org, San Francisco Rise for Climate Jobs and Justice march)

On Sept 8th over 250,000 people joined 900 events, in 95 countries, demanding real action on climate, towards a fossil fuel free future. Watch this inspiring video compilation from 350.org.

In San Francisco alone over 30,000 people marched for climate, jobs and justice, led by Indigenous Peoples.

The Council of Canadians was a Canadian partner in the global day of action, encouraging our chapters and supporters to participate. Here is a compilation of some of our chapters hitting the streets to demand an end to fossil fuel expansion, and plan for a just transition to sustainable energy production and consumption.

September 10, 2018

From October 2-3, the Maritimes Energy Association will host their Core energy conference on Canada’s East Coast energy future. In response, the Council of Canadians is organizing a series of events reminding Atlantic Canada’s energy industry representatives that offshore drilling is part of our past, not our future.

While energy industry officials engage in sessions with government and Indigenous representatives, the Council of Canadians will host a rally and two public events to present the serious risks of offshore drilling Nova Scotia and the growing opposition to it.

We invite you to join these free public events!

Check out our webpage and join our facebook event. Here are the details:

September 10, 2018

Poll after poll has shown that Canadians consistently support the creation of a national pharmacare plan. In a recent Angus Reid poll, 91 per cent of Canadians say they want pharmacare so they don’t have to choose between buying groceries, or paying for prescription drugs.

The survey also found that prescription drug access and affordability are issues for almost one-quarter of Canadian households.

Signs are that negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could make these costs go even higher. According to Dr. Joel Lexchin, an emergency room physician and professor of health policy and family medicine, the cost of a pharmacare plan could go up, “possibly dramatically.”

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