February 11, 2019

The Council of Canadians is proud to help sponsor PowerShift Young and Rising, a climate justice convergence organized by youth, for youth in Ottawa February 14 to 18.

The first PowerShift in Canada happened in 2009, and since then the annual or semi-annual gatherings have mobilized passionate young people from many walks of life to explore ways of taking action to confront the climate crisis.

As their website explains, “PowerShift is about youth learning from each other, learning together, and using that knowledge to develop common strategies for creating visionary change. PowerShift aims to ensure that once the convergence is over, the youth climate movement continues to grow through our networks, continued capacity building, and strategic action.”

From Aamjiwnaang to Wet’suwet’en, it’s critical that frontline land and water defenders and communities of colour fighting for a livable future can access events like Powershift. That’s why  one-third of the gathering’s budget is allocated to bursaries for their Frontline Fund and Needs-Based Bursaries.

February 8, 2019

(Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

An open letter from over one hundred artists, activists, scholars, and writers

Published in Common Dreams, February 5, 2019

We — activists, scholars, writers and artists — strongly condemn President Trump’s efforts to vilify, intimidate, and use force against refugees and asylum seekers at and approaching the U.S. border.

February 8, 2019

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh recently called for the implementation of universal pharmacare, raising speculation that a plan for publicly funded medications will be an election issue in the upcoming federal race this fall.

In the lead-up to a federal by-election in the riding of Burnaby-South in B.C., Singh told reporters that the only way for Canada to provide for its citizens’ pharmacare needs is through publicly funded, comprehensive, universal drug coverage.

The Trudeau government also appears to be warming to the idea of pharmacare, although questions have been raised about how much a Liberal pharmacare plan would cover.

February 8, 2019

Paul Dewar

The Council of Canadians is deeply saddened by the passing of former MP Paul Dewar.

Dewar, a former teacher, won his MP seat in the riding of Ottawa Centre in the January 2006 federal election, taking over from former NDP leader Ed Broadbent.

According to the CBC, during his tenure as MP he championed many causes. “He called on the Conservatives to denounce Uganda after its parliament introduced an anti-LGBT bill that included life in prison for those convicted. He spoke out against the mass murder of civilians in the Darfur region of Sudan. He criticized human rights abuses in Iran and Saudi Arabia, to which Canada had sold armoured vehicles. He also condemned Canada's dwindling role in global peacekeeping, penning an editorial chiding the Conservatives for ‘a pattern of disengagement and withdrawal from the international community’ and warning of the dire consequences of Canada's new ‘arrogant isolationism.’"

February 8, 2019

Council chapters are made up of volunteers who work with local community groups, organized labour and others to promote the Council’s campaigns to protect water and public health care, work for fair trade, climate justice and democracy as well as other issues of social and economic concern. Check out some of our chapters’ recent actions below and be in touch if you are interested in getting involved in a chapter near you.

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