This report examines Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s record on freshwater protection. While the Harper government’s impact on our waterways has been significant and devastating, he is not the first to have neglected Canada’s freshwater heritage.
97 lakes, 62 rivers and 3 oceans – that’s how many waterbodies are protected under the Navigation Protection Act since April 2014 when the act came into force. What’s more, lakes, rivers and other waterways have no protection at all from pipeline or powerline projects under the new act.
Take action! #Pledge2Protect a lake or river near you
On Notice for a Drinking Water Crisis in Canada is a report by Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui that provides an overview of the drinking water advisories in effect in each of the provinces, territories and in First Nations.
In September 2013 CUPE and the Council of Canadians commenced a campaign about our country’s most cherished social program, Medicare.
The time has come for Canada to recognize and act for indigenous women. There must be a thorough and wide-ranging examination of how – and why – indigenous girls and women face a violent crime rate higher than all others in Canada.
The Council of Canadians supports and stands with indigenous women in their call for a national inquiry.
Download the full report. Also available in French and Spanish.
Potential pipeline and tanker spills could be devastating to residents’ health, to local ecosystems, and to businesses and jobs dependent on clean land and water.
There are a number of precedents of communities concerned about oil pipelines passing through their borders taking action.
TransCanada Corp. is actively promoting plans for the “Energy East” pipeline that would carry up to 1.1 million barrels of oil per day, including tar sands crude, from Alberta to eastern markets.
Extreme weather causing more hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, ocean acidification and melting sheets of Arctic ice are all indicators that we are on the wrong track. The air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink are negatively affected by pollution. Our personal lives and our communities will increasingly suffer the consequences.