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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 August 23
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Mark Calzavara | In the middle of a severe drought in southern Ontario, bottled water giant Nestle is buying up more groundwater sources and now has permits to remove over 20 million litres of water per day.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 11
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Harjap Grewal | Christy Clark's fracking and liquified natural gas dreams are being faced with a strong dose of reality, yet her government continues to champion the free market.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 2
Oil from Husky Energy pipeline spill into North Saskatchewan River.  Photo: Shel
Emma Lui, Daniel Cayley-Daoust | Though proponents claim pipelines are the so-called "safest" method of transporting oil, we have seen 8,360 spills in Saskatchewan since 2006. How is this considered safe?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 26
Rachel Small | The Peterborough Council of Canadians supported a public letter sent this weekend to MP Maryam Monsef by End Immigration Detention Peterborough in solidarity with detainees on hunger strikes.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 30
Michael Butler | In Ontario, it is estimated the over 200,000 people are denied access to the province’s public health insurance OHIP (The Ontario Health Insurance Plan).
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 29
Photo: Sipenkne'katik Warrior Chief Jim Maloney and activist and Water Protector
Angela Giles | The Sipenkne'katik band's injunction request to stop Alton Gas from proceeding with the company's gas storage project was heard at the Halifax Federal Court last week.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 17
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Sujata Dey | People who support free trade agreements usually make one frequent argument: these agreements will help our bottom line. Here are five reasons why the TPP and CETA will not make you and me wealthier.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 30
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Michael Butler | Do you think your pension plans should invest in companies that jack up the price of drugs for seniors and the suffering?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 13
Michael Butler | Big Pharma influences what doctors prescribe -- a practice that needs to change.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 6
Michael Butler | The TPP prohibits governments from requiring information about drug prices or R&D costs in connection with registration. Who wants to enforce a further lack of knowledge of drug prices or R&D costs?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 27
Michael Butler | Health Canada finally acknowledged what health economists, academics and activists had been saying for some time: drug costs will rise under pending trade deals like the TPP.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 26
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Tori Ball | The introduction of private clinics with a paid donor erodes our public health-care system, opening the door to increased commercialization and privatization of Canada's blood supply.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 15
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Michael Butler | It came as a major disappointment this week that Canada's Health Minister, Jane Philpott, indicated pharmacare is not part of her mandate.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 14
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Andrea Harden-Donahue | The core premise of the oil to tidewater argument is that lack of pipeline access to tidewater is forcing tar sands crude to be sold at discounted rates. Here's the thing... it's totally wrong.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 7
Andrea Harden-Donahue | A new report provides details on the serious risks TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline presents to drinking water sources from along its 4,400-kilometre path from Alberta to New Brunswick.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 31
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Andrea Harden-Donahue | Last week's budget directly mentions green infrastructure spending and the need to address climate change. But is it enough? And how exactly will the money be spent? These are key questions.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 30
"Consultations" in Halifax
Sujata Dey | On the Trans-Pacific Partnership, International Trade minister Chrystia Freeland has claimed to be in "listening mode." But it is not clear whom she is actually consulting.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 8
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Andrea Harden-Donahue | The long-anticipated first ministers' meeting in Vancouver to talk about a national climate plan made headlines all week, and there are distinct themes that emerged in the media coverage.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 8
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Ailish Morgan | The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) and allies held a vigil at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC) annual conference to declare that "Canadian Mining Kills."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 2
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Brigette DePape | It was inspiring to see the Council of Canadians Winnipeg chapter and the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition present to Winnipeg City Hall this week on the risks of the Energy East pipeline.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 1
Andrea Harden-Donahue | An example of a campaign daring to think big: Re-imagining how we can use our postal services to advance climate justice goals.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 11
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Diane Connors | Members and leaders of nations from around the country came together to share and hear stories, to learn from each other about climate change impacts and to work on ways forward.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 27
Mark Calzavara | The National Energy Board is taking it on the chin again in another critical audit of its performance as Canada's pipeline regulator by the federal commissioner of the environment.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 27
Photo: Sipekne'katik flag waves at the proposed brine storage site, Tori Ball
Tori Ball | Salt cavern gas storage has faced opposition from the local community, Indigenous groups, environmental groups as well as health and safety experts.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 19
Council of Canadians protest the loss of the Health Accord at the Council of the
Michael Butler | We have a historic opportunity to get health care back on track when the health ministers meet this week. The Liberal government was elected on a progressive platform; it is time to deliver.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 14
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Ailish Morgan | Ontario must protect the moose population, but hunting wolves is not the answer. The Wynne government cannot protect moose and approve reckless projects like Energy East.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 11
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Diane Connors | It's almost the end of COP21, and pressures are rising palpably at the conference centre.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 9
Michael Butler | Looking closer at wait times and the politics of public health care in Canada and Saskatchewan
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 8
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Diane Connors | It's hard to believe the first week of the negotiations is already closed, and it has been a whirlwind week indeed.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 4
Shoes protesting in the Place de la République, when Parisians could not protest
Sujata Dey | While countries rush to sign trade deals such as CETA and the new Trans-Pacific Partnership, they cannot seem to get a binding climate change agreement. Why?

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