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Council of Canadians' blog

The Council of Canadians is Canada's largest citizens' organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 11
Robin Tress, Dylan Penner | The Federal Court of Appeal will soon hear six legal challenges to the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project. But Indigenous communities have not given clear consent for the pipeline.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 21
Image: Vladvictoria/Pixabay
Robin Tress | Nearly any democratic institution in Canada is susceptible to manipulation by corporate interests, making claims about serving the "public interest" or "public security" highly dubious.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 8
Image: Sally B. Tuck/Flickr
Robin Tress | From Kenney's war room to CSIS and the RCMP monitoring Indigenous activists and sharing knowledge with oil giants, democratic institutions have been captured by the fossil fuel industry.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 30
Photo from Reclaiming our Past, Present and Future Facebook page
Vi Bui | Three weeks after Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency over its water quality, there are no signs of concrete actions from the federal government to address the community's water crisis.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 4
A large stack from the Sault Paper Mill. Photo: Billy Wilson/Flickr
Bronwen Tucker | The most important thing to remember is it's still within our reach to avoid most of the future impacts the report describes. We have the solutions.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 25
Image: U.S. Department of State/Flickr
Sujata Dey | As ratification processes clash, the Canadian government should not rubber-stamp this deal or accelerate it through Parliament. It should take the opportunity to push for progressive changes.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 22
Bronwen Tucker | The National Energy Board has approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Sign here to remind Justin Trudeau we won't let him build this pipeline.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 16
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Council of Canadians | The fight against the Coastal GasLink pipeline is not over, and Council of Canadians chapters continue to stand in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 12
Rachel Small | At the same time as the Unist'ot'en people began a fight in BC courts against TransCanada's injunction, hundreds gathered in Toronto in solidarity to protest at TransCanada's office.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 2
Trade deal protest. Photo: Fee Plumley/Flickr
Sujata Dey | At midnight on Sunday, Canada and the U.S. agreed on a new NAFTA deal, now called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Here is the good, the bad and the ugly within the agreement.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 23
Electoral reform rally in Guelph, 2017. Image: Ryan Hodnett/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Justin Trudeau's government has broken its promises on democracy, the environment, trade, water, and health. The Council of Canadians is mobilizing for the 2019 federal election.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 26
Image: Catherine McKenna/Facebook
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Suggesting that new oil pipelines can help pay for the transition off of fossil fuels is akin to going on an all-poutine diet to lose weight.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 19
Waterwalkers at the end of their 42 km march to the Teedon gravel pit on November 5. Image: Council of Canadians
Mark Calzavara | The world's purest groundwater is under threat again -- this time from a Dufferin Aggregates gravel pit in the Waverly Uplands, the recharge area for a pristine aquifer in Simcoe County, Ontario.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 22
 Photo caption: Activists in Toronto protest the murder of 16 year old anti-mining organizer Topacio Reynoso Pacheco. She led youth in her community in opposing Canadian company Tahoe Resource's silver mine in Guatemala. Image: Allan Lissner
Rachel Small | We must hold the government accountable to ensure the new ombudsperson is effective.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 20
Deepwater Horizon BOP extraction. Image: Deepwater Horizon Response/flickr
Andrea Harden-Donahue | BP, the company responsible for the Deepwater Horizon spill, wants to explore offshore drilling in Nova Scotia.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 8
Image: Rachel Small
Rachel Small | Today marks the 142nd day that a continuous 24-hour vigil has been maintained outside of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in downtown Toronto.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 1
Photo: "13 Brave Giants vs Hudbay Minerals," a painting by Pati Flores​
Rachel Small | “In my community we are fighting for our lands and we will protect them until we die.” Margarita Caal Caal explained to the 150+ people who had packed into the Toronto Friends’ House on November 23rd.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 9
Protestors in Saint John. Image: Environmental Defence Canada/flickr
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Climate justice campaigner Andrea Hardne-Donahue details the harassment and misogyny she and many activists face in response to their fight against the fossil fuel industry.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 14
Rally Against Hate. Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim/flickr
Brent Patterson | A white nationalist rally -- that included neo-Nazis, skinheads, members of the Ku Klux Klan -- took place in the college town of Charlottesville in Virginia this weekend.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 28
Image: Flickr/Environmental Defence Canada
Mark Calzavara | The ruling more clearly defines what Indigenous consultation on proposed energy projects will look like and will shape the future of energy development in Canada.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 27
The Dufferin pit has opened but the gravel washing operations have not begun.
Mark Calzavara | While the Feds have red-flagged Atrazine, a poisonous herbicide, Ontario seems to have buried its head in the gravel.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 12
Flickr/Chris Yakimov
Robin Tress | This week the Canadian Senate committee on transportation and communication released a report on fossil fuel transportation and it was unsatisfying on many levels.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 7
Flickr/Peg Hunter
Mark D'Arcy | Standing Rock has become the spark for an awakening of the human spirit, for a grassroots mobilization of peoples that is growing across North America and the world against extreme pipelines.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 1
 Kathleen Wynne's Home Demonstration. Kevin Konnyu//FreeGrassy.net
Mark Calzavara | Some of the world's top scientists are refuting claims by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne that attempts to clean up mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows First Nation could make the situations worse.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 2
Flickr/Mark Klotz
Daniel Cayley-Daoust | Youth in Ottawa protested against the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, which would add a twin pipe to carry crude alongside the current pipeline.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 19
Michael Butler | Today the Council of Canadians released a landmark report on universal pharmacare.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 15
Council of Canadians | On Friday, the World Bank decided in favour of El Salvador in the controversial case.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 30
Image: Twitter/Canada 2020
Michael Butler | One of the sponsors listed is the largest pharmaceutical lobby group in the U.S.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 21
Photo: Howl Arts Collective/flickr
Mark Calzavara | Stunning revelations came to light last week that top environment officials in the Ontario government knew that clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows territory would increase mercury levels in fish.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 15
Photo: Copyright of UDAPT
Rachel Small | "We want justice. We want to repair the damage this company has caused in our country. We will not allow this case to move forward with impunity."

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