September 10, 2018

As reported in Ricochet, there was an exit clause in the purchase agreement of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project that would have allowed the federal government to pay $10 million to get out of the deal.

According to the article, “the Trudeau government is paying $4.5 billion for two principle assets: the existing 67-year-old pipeline and the permits for the Trans Mountain expansion project that would nearly triple the pipeline’s capacity.”

However, the recent Federal Court of Appeal decision to quash the pipeline’s construction permits means the second asset no longer exists.

September 9, 2018

It's been a busy end to summer, and an exciting start to fall. Chapters have celebrated the Indigenous-led court victory against the Trans Mountain Pipeline, set up tables at Labour Day celebrations, and marched for Climate, Jobs & Justice all across the country. Here are some of those actions and more:

Climate & Environment

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice actions were organized or attended by chapters in Guelph, Montreal, Quinte, London, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Victoria, Moncton, Charlottetown, Saskatoon, Regina, Peterborough and more.

The Kent County Chapter shared their excellent submission on the federal government's discussion paper about Strategic Assessment of Climate Change.

September 4, 2018

This morning, the Federal Court of Appeal handed down a momentous decision, quashing the construction approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project.

WIN! Federal Court of Appeal quashes Trans Mountain pipeline approval

This morning, the Federal Court of Appeal handed down a momentous decision, quashing the construction approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project. The Council of Canadians joins the celebration of this incredible Indigenous-led victory.

August 30, 2018


Sisters and brothers,

Labour Day is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the achievements of working people in this country while taking action to ensure the future is bright for tomorrow’s workers.

The rights workers enjoy today were not handed over without struggle. Things we might take for granted today were realized only because workers fought for them: the eight-hour work day, safe workplaces, sick leave, maternity benefits, same-sex benefits, and the right to organize. Organized labour and workers across the country fought for each of these and more.

Today, workers are still fighting for much more – for fair trade deals, for universal pharmacare, for domestic violence leave legislation, and for the right to retire with dignity, to name a few. These are struggles for rights and laws that benefit all Canadians and are part of the brighter future we can create together.

August 30, 2018

The Council of Canadians congratulates Indigenous leadership for an important legal victory against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project.

In response to the Federal Court of Appeals decision to quash government approvals to build the contentious pipeline, the Council of Canadians comments:

“This fight was led by First Nations who were not adequately consulted and now the government, if it persists in its flawed support of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, must entirely restart the process of listening to First Nations and respecting consent, including the right to say no,” says Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.