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April 8, 2019

Joan Teghtmeyer (left) and Mel Teghtmeyer (far right) accept the Ken Wardroper's Founders Award from Gordon Laxer (centre) for their committment to social justice and grassroots activism at the Council of Canadians' Annual General Meeting in 2008.

The Council of Canadians is saddened to learn of the passing of Joan Teghtmeyer.

Joan, along with her husband, Mel, was deeply committed improving her community and the world around her.

Maude Barlow, Honorary Chair of the Council of Canadians, said together, the Teghtmeyers made a formidable team. “It is with great sadness that we learned of the March 14 passing of Joan Teghtmeyer. Joan and her husband Mel ran the Council's Calgary chapter for many years and were devoted and beloved Council activists,” she said.  “They were also deeply involved in the fights for public health care and public education and passionate about the plight of Alberta's water. Both loved the outdoors and fought for strong environmental safeguards.”

April 5, 2019

Last week, I gave $125 to the Liberal Party of Canada. That was the price of joining their exclusive “Laurier Club,” which gave me access to a swanky high-end donor event featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a luxurious Toronto hotel.

Dressed in my Sunday best and accompanied by Lana, a fellow Grassy Narrows supporter, I ate canapés amongst a few hundred Liberal donors, and waited for the Prime Minister. When he appeared, I started broadcasting live video to the Council of Canadians’ Facebook page from my smartphone as Lana slipped under the velvet ropes in front of the stage. She unfurled a banner and reminded him that people were suffering from mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows.

You may have heard about what happened next...

April 5, 2019

Activist's Workshop 
The Guelph Chapter hosted an Activist's Workshop on March 30 where they shared practical skills around community organizing and engagement.

Council of Canadians chapters help put campaigns and social and economic justice issues in the spotlight in communities across the country. Chapter activists continue to be busy protecting water and public health care, challenging unfair trade deals, calling for urgent and immediate action on climate change, and to standing up for democracy. Below are just a few examples of their recent actions. Please be in touch if you're interested in getting involved in a chapter near you.

April 4, 2019

Earlier this week, city council members in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan considered a request from the local Council of Canadians chapter to become a Blue Community.

Blue Communities encourages municipalities and Indigenous communities to support the idea of a water commons framework, recognizing that water is a shared resource for all, by passing resolutions that recognize water and sanitation as human rights, ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events and promote publicly financed, owned, and operated water and wastewater services.

April 4, 2019

The Council of Canadians shares its support and solidarity with students today as tens of thousands ready to walk out of classrooms in Ontario in protest of Premier Doug Ford’s relentless and devastating education cuts.

Rayne Fisher-Quann, a 17 year-old student and activist, writes about the walkout today in the Toronto Star. We are sharing her inspiring words describing the intentions behind today’s actions.

Last September I helped lead 40,000 students onto the streets to protest devastating changes to education. Young people from every corner of our province stood together to demand better from our government in what we hoped was a final show of resilience.

Clearly, the Ford government didn’t learn its lesson.

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