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.

April 2, 2019

While global temperatures have increased 0.8C since 1948, Canada has seen an increase of 1.7C – more than double the global average. And in the Arctic, the warming is happening at a much faster rate of 2.3C, the Changing Climate report says

A new report leaked one day early from Environment and Climate Change Canada shows that Canada is experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, with Northern Canada heating up at almost three times the global average.