Canadian Perspectives, Winter 2020

Canadian Perspectives

In this issue you will find articles that show the positive change you are supporting across our country and beyond. You can read more about:

  • Building shared hope and determination
    Read Executive Director Molly Kane’s thoughts on the outcome of the federal election and what it means for the Council’s work for progressive change, and how we are building connections between people and communities to make it happen.
     
  • Are there alternatives to free trade?
    Trade Campaigner Sujata Dey shares highlights of a recent symposium in Ottawa for trade justice advocates examining how trade deals can focus on making things better for people and the environment instead of for corporations.
     
  • Getting Canada to a post-carbon future
    Gordon Laxer, a former Council of Canadians Board member and Director of the Parkland Institute in Alberta, explains how Jason Kenney’s Alberta government is keeping the province on the wrong track by staying loyal to the interests of Big Oil corporations.
     
  • Maude Barlow asks, ‘Whose Water is it, Anyway?’ in new book
    Enjoy an excerpt of Maude Barlow’s new book, Whose Water is it, Anyway? Taking Water Protection into Public Hands, where she explores how the Blue Communities Project, a grassroots-based campaign, is giving people tools they need to protect water at the local level.
     
  • New report reveals dangerously high levels of lead in water
    Water Campaigner Vi Bui provides information about an alarming Canada-wide investigation that revealed dangerously high levels of lead in tap water in communities across the country. She argues why public funding is urgently needed to address this health crisis.
     
  • Meet the new Chairperson of the Council’s Board of Directors
    In June, John Cartwright, a long-time labour leader and social justice advocate, was elected Chairperson of the Council’s Board of Directors. He speaks with Canadian Perspectives about his involvement in the Council and his hope for the organization’s broader campaign work for social justice in our 35th anniversary year.
     
  • Chapter Action Updates
    Learn more about how Council of Canadians volunteer chapter activists are acting for social justice in communities across the country. Find contact information that you can use to connect with a chapter near you.
     
  • Moving toward climate justice and a Green New Deal
    Climate and Social Justice Campaigners Robin Tress and Dylan Penner share the fast-paced changes that are happening as the world responds more forcefully to the climate crisis. From student-led strikes to building a Green New Deal for communities, the Council of Canadians is front and centre in the fight for climate justice.

In every edition of Canadian Perspectives you’ll find hard-hitting information and analysis about social justice issues, updates from Council of Canadians chapters across the country, and learn more about how your support is working to protect water and public health care, and to fight for climate justice, fair trade and strengthened democracy in Canada and beyond.

The most remarkable thing about all of this amazing work is that the Council does it without a penny of government or corporate funding. Instead, it’s people like you who keep the Council going strong entering our 35th year.

If you like what you read, please consider renewing your support in the Council of Canadians!

Canadian Perspectives