April 9, 2019

This was originally posted in Public Interest Alberta's the Advocate

I was in Ottawa on February 19th when the pro-pipeline, anti-immigrant, and ultra-conservative “United We Roll” convoy arrived from their drive across the Prairies. But unlike these yellow-vest clad Albertans, I was there for a youth-run climate convergence called Powershift, where we had just finished crafting a very different plan for jobs and our collective future than the one being hawked by the convoy participants. As young people facing down not just worsening climate change, but worsening economic inequality, racism, and labour precarity too, we know we need climate change solutions that also uphold Indigenous rights, protect workers, and build stronger communities. So, we had spent much of the convergence talking about how to bring the concept of a Green New Deal – an ambitious and equality-minded climate policy package that has been gaining ground in the United States – north of the border.

April 9, 2019

Last night, the City of Charlottetown unanimously passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency. In doing so, they join hundreds of municipalities taking local leadership, something we would argue is required given a general lack of real Federal and provincial leadership that pervades our current context.

PEI chapter activist Leo Cheverie worked with the Environment and Sustainability Committee of Council to move this resolution forward. A formal request to pass a resolution was sent by chapter member Cheverie, and Chapter chair Nouhad Mourad and National chairperson of the Council of Canadians (and local resident) Leo Broderick.

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.