January 29, 2019

The ISDS petition courtesy of Stop TTIP CETA ItalyToday, there was a major opinion which impacts whether the Canada-European trade agreement, the Canadian European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is adopted in Europe. 

In a non-binding decision, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice pronounced that the investor-state dispute settlement provisions in CETA are compatible with European law. The European Court is set to make their final decision in May.

As you may remember, Belgium, at the request of the Paul Magnette’s Wallonia government, asked the European Court of Justice to pronounce on whether the deal’s investor-state provisions (ISDS),  those that let corporations sue states over their policy decisions, were compatible with European Union law. 

January 25, 2019

The Campbell River chapter of the Council of Canadians is working with local environmental groups to try to convince their city council to ban the use of plastic bags in their community.

In October, chapter member Richard Hagensen delivered a letter with the Campbell River Environmental Committee, the Quadra Island chapter of Sierra Club BC and Citizens for Quality Health Care to city council seeking the ban. When months went by and no response was received, Hagensen contacted councillors again asking about the delay.

Council members said they were taking time to consider the implications of a ban and were monitoring how other cities were proceeding. In British Columbia, Victoria has banned the use of plastic bags and Nanaimo council has also voted in favour of a ban.

January 25, 2019

Manif des Femmes Montreal March On Montreal in honour of #MMIWG
Manif des Femmes Montreal March On Montreal in honour of #MMIWG. See photos and videos here.

In addition to rallying for the climate, pharmacare, democracy and water, Council of Canadians chapters activists continue to stand in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en. Look for ongoing solidarity actions and join a chapter near you!

January 25, 2019

Pharmacare Lobby

Council of Canadians Chairperson Leo Broderick (pictured front right) will be one of 125 public health care advocates meeting with MPs next week on Parliament Hill to lobby for the creation of a national pharmacare plan.

The Council of Canadians works alongside the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC), unions and other groups to promote improvements to public health care. Together, we are calling for a national pharmacare program that will ensure everyone has access to the prescription medications they need without the barrier of cost.

January 24, 2019

We Won!

The Ontario government just announced it will drop the worst part of Bill 66 – and it’s thanks to people power!

More than 5,000 Council of Canadians supporters from throughout Ontario flooded the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario with comments in opposition to their proposed Bill over the last week. In response, yesterday, the Ford government announced it’s backing down on Section 10 – which contained the most destructive elements.

This is a huge win for people and the environment! Section 10 proposed giving municipalities the option of ignoring the most important laws in Ontario that protect water, farmland and critical habitat from short-sighted development.

Bill 66 still contains some very harmful changes though that will result in: