The people of Grassy Narrows First Nation have been waiting for more than 50 years for our governments to address the terrible mercury contamination of their territory.
As both Mexico and Canada bend over backwards to ratify the new NAFTA, our politicians are cornered into the position of "there is no alternative" than to appease President Trump. However, there is no alternative to having a planet, and there must be an alternative to corporate globalization within our trade treaties. We must embolden our politicians to not be captured by corporate interests.
Hundreds of communities have declared we’re in a climate emergency. People from coast to coast to coast have been rising up to demand a Green New Deal.
It’s time to take the next step.
Less than 24 hours after declaring a climate emergency, the government announced it will be moving forward with the climate-polluting Trans Mountain pipeline project.
Every day, Council of Canadians chapters are active in communities across the country. #CouncilChapters are made up of volunteers who work with local community groups, organized labour and others to promote the Council’s campaigns to protect water and public health care, work for fair trade, climate justice and democracy as well as other issues of social and economic concern. Check out some of our chapters’ recent actions.
Our organizations are deeply disappointed that the federal government has failed to take decisive action to guarantee that survivors of mercury poisoning at Grassy Narrows will get the medical care they need and deserve.
In a new hard-hitting Council of Canadians report, economics and pipeline expert Gordon Laxer reveals special provisions in the new trade deal that will allow the federal government to continue to subsidize the Trans Mountain (TMX) pipeline.
This is part of a series on sparking change with a Green New Deal.
When I first started working on climate issues almost 20 years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) pegged the annual death toll from the climate crisis at 150,000. The WHO is now projecting that from 2030 to 2050 the climate crisis will take the lives of at least 250,000 every year.
This is the first blog in a series on the changes a Green New Deal can spark.
On May 6, the Council of Canadians helped launch the Pact for a Green New Deal, along side dozens of other organizations. Over 50,000 people have since signed the pledge, over 100 organizations have now joined, and 150 town halls have taken place (with many more still planned). This is just the beginning of shaping a Green New Deal.
We hear a lot about how U.S. dairy thinks Canada's supply management system is unfair to them. And that the new NAFTA – with its access to Canadian markets – is a win for U.S. dairy.
But one Wisconsin dairy farmer disagrees. He says that the new NAFTA will not solve the woes of American dairy. He adds that Canada's supply management system is to be admired, not attacked.