May 7, 2019

People help fill sandbags to protect property in a flooded area of Constance Bay northwest of Ottawa on April 26, 2019. Photo by Kamara Morozuk/The National Observer

The floods that have devastated so much of Eastern Canada this spring have been cited as a "wake up call" that climate change is real. Many reports of the flooding cite climate change as the cause. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself has named climate change as the culprit and several journalists noted that the flooding probably forced the federal Conservatives to take climate change seriously and promise to come up with a plan to tackle it.

While no doubt climate change is a major factor in the floods that ravaged so many communities, it would be a mistake to lay all the blame there. For one thing, when most people talk about climate change, they are referring to a fairly specific definition of a climate negatively affected by an overload of greenhouse gas emissions. So their solution is all about reducing those emissions, as are their demands for action.

May 6, 2019

The Council of Canadians is part of a broad new coalition launching today with the aim of winning transformative change in the face of the climate crisis.

The Pact for a Green New Deal is a coalition of workers, artists, Indigenous leaders, scientists, youth, and people directly impacted by climate catastrophe who want to ensure a safe world for current and future generations. The Pact brings together over 65 organizations and 50 artists, with the numbers continuing to rise.

May 3, 2019

London Chapter
The London Chapter holding a banner alongside #CouncilChapters from Hamilton, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Peel, Peterborough and Quinte at Queen’s Park on Monday to speak out against proposed health care cuts in the Ford government’s draft budget.

#CouncilChapters help put campaigns and social and economic justice issues in the spotlight in communities across the country. Chapter activists continue to be busy protecting public health care and water, challenging unfair trade deals, calling for urgent and immediate action on climate change, and to standing up for democracy. Here are just a few examples of their recent actions...

May 3, 2019

Photo Queen's Park

You’ve likely heard that Doug Ford has tabled his first budget bill. In it, his PC party proposes deep cuts to important government services that will undermine support for the most vulnerable people in Ontario.

If the Bill passes as written, the divide between the rich and the poor in Ontario will widen significantly and the negative impacts will last far longer than the next three years.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the constant onslaught of budget cuts and bad government bills? You are not alone. The good news is, together, we can stop this.

May 3, 2019

Last month, Inverness County Council sent a letter to Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil urging his government to accept Northern Pulp's request for a one-year extension to construct a new effluent treatment facility for its mill in order to preserve jobs. Council of Canadians activist and board member (and Inverness County resident) Paul Strome believes the environment and Indigenous rights should take precedence.

Northern Pulp's facility (top right) and current effluent treatment site at Boat Harbour (bottom centre-left). Photo credit: Chronicle Herald

More information and analysis of Northern Pulp’s proposed new effluent treatment facility here.