January 30, 2019

A round dance in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en blocks an intersection in Edmonton on January 22. Photo by Abdul Malik.

On January 7, 2019 militarized RCMP invaded and occupied unceded Wet'suwet'en territories to try to forcibly clear a path for a fracked gas pipeline owned by Coastal Gaslink (TransCanada), arresting 14 Indigenous land defenders. The temporary agreement that was reached has since been breached as the company has illegally destroyed traplines of two different clans of the Wet'suwet'en Nation.

But Wet'suwet'en land defenders have been fighting to protect their land and sovereignty for decades -- including the 1997 Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa court case and the Unist'ot'en Camp that has blocked pipelines and healed the land since 2009 -- and they will not stop here.

January 29, 2019

The Council of Canadians was honoured to partner with artists Melisse Watson and Syrus Marcus Ware to create these portraits to commemorate the six victims of the attack on a mosque in Quebec City on January 29 2017: Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane. Please share them in order to remember these lives lost and to fight for a world free of Islamophobia and white supremacy. (Full size images here).   

On January 29, 2017, at 7:52pm, a young white man entered a mosque in Quebec City in Canada and over the course of a few minutes murdered six people. 

See their faces. Say their names.

Khaled Belkacemi

Azzedine Soufiane 

Aboubaker Thabti   

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!