The Council of Canadians has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale calling for the immediate end to deportation proceedings against UN Convention refugee Mohamed Harkat.
In seven months, Eau Secours and its volunteers have added seven more Québec municipalities to the Blue Communities roster of 49 Blue Communities—17 of which are in Canada. They have also signed up two educational institutions including McGill University This gives the municipalities tools to promote water as a human right and to fight privitization and bottled water.
#CouncilChapters help put campaigns and social and economic justice issues in the spotlight in communities across the country. Chapter activists continue to be busy protecting public health care and water, challenging unfair trade deals, calling for urgent and immediate action on climate change, and to standing up for democracy. Here are just a few examples of their recent actions...
Jericho House Board Chair Wayne Badaway signs the certificate as our Executive Director Molly Kane looks on.
The Council of Canadians welcomed the latest Blue Community into the fold yesterday. Jericho House in Wainfleet, Ontario is a youth leadership, social & ecological justice, and spirituality centre just a stone’s throw from Lake Erie on the Niagara Peninsula. Our new Executive Director, Molly Kane delivered the Blue Community certificate yesterday afternoon to Jericho House’s Board of Directors.The community sited their proximity to Lake Erie and a prolific spring in the conservation area next to their property amongst their reasons for wanting to commit to the principles of being a Blue Community.
The floods that have devastated so much of Eastern Canada this spring have been cited as a "wake up call" that climate change is real. Many reports of the flooding cite climate change as the cause. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself has named climate change as the culprit and several journalists noted that the flooding probably forced the federal Conservatives to take climate change seriously and promise to come up with a plan to tackle it.
While no doubt climate change is a major factor in the floods that ravaged so many communities, it would be a mistake to lay all the blame there. For one thing, when most people talk about climate change, they are referring to a fairly specific definition of a climate negatively affected by an overload of greenhouse gas emissions. So their solution is all about reducing those emissions, as are their demands for action.
The London Chapter holding a banner alongside #CouncilChapters from Hamilton, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Peel, Peterborough and Quinte at Queen’s Park on Monday to speak out against proposed health care cuts in the Ford government’s draft budget.
You’ve likely heard that Doug Ford has tabled his first budget bill. In it, his PC party proposes deep cuts to important government services that will undermine support for the most vulnerable people in Ontario.
Last month, Inverness County Council sent a letter to Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil urging his government to accept Northern Pulp's request for a one-year extension to construct a new effluent treatment facility for its mill in order to preserve jobs. Council of Canadians activist and board member (and Inverness County resident) Paul Strome believes the environment and Indigenous rights should take precedence.