Saturday, June 23

1. We Need to be Fossil Fuel-Free

Climate change is already happening. Our governments need to stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry $3.3 billion a year and pushing new Big Oil projects and instead invest in climate solutions. How can we collectively mobilize across the country for a just transition that supports affected workers and communities? How can we achieve a 100 per cent clean energy economy by 2050? Join us for a conversation with people engaged in campaigns towards this better future to explore how we can work together to achieve it.


  • Hannah McKinnon, Energy Futures and Transitions Director, Oil Change International
  • Dick Bakker, President of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative
  • Anjali Appadurai, Climate Communications and Engagement Specialist of West Coast Environmental Law
  • Tony Clarke, Convener of the Green Economy Network


  • Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner, The Council of Canadians
  • Bronwen Tucker, Prairies-NWT Regional Organizer, The Council of Canadians

2. Beyond Bill C-69: Protecting the Human Right to Water

In spite of strong voices calling for water protection and Justin Trudeau’s election promises, the Trudeau government’s new Canadian Navigable Waters Act, buried in Bill C-69, fails to protect lakes, rivers or watersheds from pipelines, fracking and Site C type-dams. This interactive workshop will consider efforts to legislate water protection as well as actions that we can take to get federal legislation that serves the human right to water and the health of ecosystems. Please bring your knowledge about efforts to protect water in your region and your wisdom to guide work toward creating new water legislation that implements the UN-recognized human right to water, upholds Indigenous rights, and protects water for generations to come.


  • Emma Lui, Water Campaigner, The Council of Canadians
  • Lois Little, Northwest Territories Chapter, The Council of Canadians

3. A Fair Vote for All

The Liberals promised in the last election to repeal the unfair and undemocratic provisions in Harper’s Fair Elections Act. They even introduced Bill C-33 to do just that. The legislation stalled for 16 months and then instead of moving this Bill forward, the government introduced another Bill, C-76, that would make these and other changes to election law. Since it remains unclear whether Bill C-76 will become law in time for the next election, the Council of Canadians has joined with the Canadian Federation of Students to challenge the existing law this October. Learn more about the latest updates on the Charter Challenge of the so-called “Fair” Elections Act. What can we do together to ensure that democratic reforms are enacted before the October 2019 federal election?


  • Dylan Penner, Media Officer, The Council of Canadians
  • Andrea Furlong, Interim Executive Director, The Council of Canadians
  • Steven Shrybman, public interest lawyer and Board Member, The Council of Canadians

4. The Ontario Election: After the Vote

On June 29, Doug Ford will be sworn in as Premier of Ontario. We know that his agenda for Ontario is a dangerous step backwards for the province and threatens to undo many of the gains we’ve fought hard for, including an increased minimum wage, action on climate change, union rights, and a moratorium on water bottling permits. Join us as we analyze our current context, look at what we can learn from past struggles, and use social change models to plan collectively for the fight back across the province.


  • Mark Calzavara, Ontario-Quebec Regional Organizer, The Council of Canadians
  • Rachel Small, Ontario-Quebec Organizing Assistant, The Council of Canadians

5. Resisting Big Oil’s agenda from Coast-to-Coast

The Council of Canadians is part of effective campaigns on the west and east coasts to challenge Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and BP’s drilling offshore Nova Scotia. Join us to hear directly from people engaged in these campaigns on opposite coasts. These campaigns are connected by Big Oil’s political influence, respecting Indigenous rights, water and climate protection. We will share and learn from our experiences and identify what actions we can all take to help.


  • Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner, The Council of Canadians
  • Angela Giles, Atlantic Regional Organizer, The Council of Canadians
  • Robin Tress, Atlantic Regional Organizing Assistant, The Council of Canadians
  • Harjap Grewal, BC-Yukon Regional Organizer, The Council of Canadians

6. Fair Trade Not Corporate Deals

Years of globalization have resulted in an uneven shift in trade agreements so they benefit large multinational corporations at the expense of workers, the environment and indigenous rights. In this workshop, we will examine the latest updates on NAFTA and its unfair investor-state dispute settlement provisions. We will strategize on how we can work together to stop the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Even more importantly, we will talk about what a truly fair trade agreement would look like and discuss how it can be achieved.


  • Sujata Dey, Trade Campaigner, The Council of Canadians
  • Angela Giles, Atlantic Regional Organizer, The Council of Canadians

7. It’s Time for Pharmacare

Now that the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health has recommended a single-payer universal pharmacare plan, and the Trudeau government has appointed Dr. Eric Hoskins to an advisory committee that will issue a report in the spring of 2019, what can we do to come together in communities across the country to ensure everyone has access to the medications they need without financial barrier? Join the discussion and share ideas on how we can push our government to implement a major piece of Tommy Douglas’ vision for comprehensive medicare – a vision that includes pharmacare.


  • Brent Patterson, Political Director, The Council of Canadians
  • Bronwen Tucker, Prairies Regional Organizer, The Council of Canadians
  • Robert Chernomas, Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba and Board Member, The Council of Canadians

8. Turn Your Community Blue!

Municipalities, unions, faith-based groups and other associations across this country and around the world have been declaring themselves “blue communities” by committing to three important resolutions: promoting public water, upholding the right to water, and banning the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events. Be a part of this workshop and help plan how we can continue the momentum behind this initiative. What are your experiences calling for a blue community before your city council? What lessons can be drawn globally? How does the Blue Communities initiative strengthen our defence and build an offence against private water companies? Let’s turn all communities blue!


  • Meera Karunananthan, The Blue Planet Project
  • Emma Lui, Water Campaigner, The Council of Canadians