June 30, 2017

From left to right: Ron Ward (KW Chapter),  Dr. Sherilyn Houle (UW School of Pharmacy), Catherine Fife (MPP), Stacey Danckert (Green Party Ontario). Photo credit: Laurel Russwurm

On Wednesday night, our Kitchener-Waterloo chapter hosted a Town Hall meeting about Pharmacare at First United Church in Waterloo. A wealth of knowledge was shared and great discussions followed with the evening's guest speakers Dr. Sherilyn Houle from the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy,  MPP Catherine Fife and Stacey Danckert from the Green Party of Ontario. The successful event will hopefully lead to a follow up event in the fall so if you missed this one – stay tuned! 

Pharmacare can save us a lot of money.

In 2016, Canadians spent $30 billion to fill more than 600 million prescriptions. That’s more than four times what we spent on prescriptions 20 years ago. Drug prices are skyrocketing for Canadians and more people have to choose between getting the medications they need and paying for their rent or for food.

June 30, 2017

Rawson Lake

Dear friends,

As Canada approaches its 150th birthday, I wanted to share with you my personal thoughts and reflections for the future of our organization and the country.

First of all, of course, is the need to be grateful for all we have, the bounty and beauty of this great land. Few nations on earth can claim so many natural wonders and bountiful resources and for this we should be deeply thankful.

As well, compared to many around the world, we Canadians live in relative prosperity and in a stable democracy whose elections produce a peaceful transfer of power free of violence.

Successive generations have fought very hard to give us universal pensions, family benefits and publicly funded health care and to them we owe much.

Working people and their unions have fought hard to give us fair wages and working conditions, family leave and regulated work weeks. To them, we owe much as well.

June 30, 2017

On Wednesday June 28th, Council of Canadians staff and supporters joined Solidarity Halifax to 'Expose 150'. We handed out fliers to drivers as they waited at the lights after getting off the MacDonald Bridge in Halifax.

The event was organized in support of the Indigenous peoples for whom the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation is not a day of patriotic celebration, but a day of mourning and resistance.

The intention was to expose the truth of the Canadian government’s shameful history of exploitation and genocide.

Together we handed out information to drives, and demanded that the Canadian government, immediately engage in a process of meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous nations. We were calling observers to respectfully challenge all Canadians to consider their own rights and responsibilities as Treaty People.


June 29, 2017

Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs slide on this project.

The Trudeau government has approved a "tailings management facility" in the upper tributaries of Teigen and North Treaty creeks (which form part of the Nass River drainage system) near Stewart, British Columbia. That means that these water bodies will be used for the disposal of tailings.

This would occur through the infamous Schedule 2 provision.

In 2002, the Harper government allowed a loophole in the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations of the Fisheries Act, giving the green light to mining companies to dump their toxic waste into lakes and creeks. Originally introduced under the former Liberal government and intended only to apply to lakes already dead, Schedule 2 allows for the reclassification of a lake as a 'tailings impoundment area' no longer protected by the Fisheries Act.

The tailings would come from Seabridge Gold Inc.'s proposed KSM project.

June 29, 2017

Late last night, Indigenous peoples, Black Lives Matter activists and settler allies erected a tipi on Parliament Hill after being blocked by police for several hours. Our Political Director Brent Patterson was there with his family helping to put the tipi up.

He writes " It couldn't have been more representative of the lack of truth and reconciliation on the eve of Canada 150 - Indigenous peoples holding heavy tipi poles on their shoulders for hours with the absolute belief that the tipi would go up on this unsurrendered territory while the RCMP pushed back for hours (before finally giving in to the inevitability that it would go up). The tipi went up around 2 am with amazing collaboration and cooperation amongst all of us. Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day (from the Serpent River First Nation) was there at the end helping to put the tipi up and to give closing words. He is the one who called on Trudeau to end all boil water advisories within five years during the last election."