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December 17, 2019

Hopewell Avenue Public School in Ottawa is working towards the distinction of being the first elementary school designated as a “Blue Community.”

The school, which is home to more than 900 students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, welcomed Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow and Water Campaigner Vi Bui in their gymnasium today and listened to them speak about the importance of protecting water.

Barlow, a long-time water justice advocate, talked to the students about how they can make a difference for water, even at a young age. She told them the story of Robyn Hamlyn, a youth who was so inspired by the Blue Communities Project, she helped her hometown of Kingston become a Blue Community and then took the idea even further, making presentations across Ontario to encourage other municipalities to join in.

December 17, 2019

 

Towards the end of COP25 the official organizers decided that protestors voicing dissent against the corporatized negotiations were not welcome in the conference anymore. Enormous garage doors opened, and hundreds of people were pushed out of the building. Photo: Bronwen Tucker.

December 12, 2019

People before profits

Before Parliament adjourned for the summer, the race to ratify the new NAFTA was on.

At the time, then Foreign Affairs Minister and now Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland advocated swift passage of the new NAFTA’s implementing bill and warned against reopening the agreement. Industry groups chimed in that only high-speed adoption of the new NAFTA would ensure economic stability.

December 10, 2019

Parliament Hill

The Throne Speech for the 43rd government included few surprises. The minority Liberal government has some of the right ideas – focussing on the climate crisis, health care and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, but their commitments fall short of the urgent change we need for our country. The Liberals will need to work with other parties to pass the Throne Speech – there’s still room for the government to be bold.

Here are some of the Speech from the Throne commitments the Council of Canadians wants to see swift action on:

December 5, 2019

Members of the Counci of Canadians Vancouver/Burnaby Chapter were on courthouse steps with signs of support on the first day of final arguments in the Charter of Rights challenge launched by Dr. Brian Day against public medicare.

Final arguments got underway in mid-November and conclude this week in a decade-old Charter challenge against public health care. Launched by private clinic owner Dr. Brian Day, the case is seen as a direct threat to Canada’s publicly funded medicare system.

The case pits Dr. Day, owner of the private Cambie Surgeries Corp. – which allows people to pay for access to surgeries – against the British Columbia government.

An audit of the surgery clinic’s billing revealed that fees were being charged to both the public medicare system as well as directly to patients. When the province finally clamped down on the clinic for double-dipping, Dr. Day launched this Charter challenge.

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