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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 2
Stuart Trew | Former Premier Jean Charest told iPolitics.ca to watch the Council of the Federation meeting last week for news on the Canada-European Union corporate trade negotiations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 2
Stuart Trew | From August 10 to 16, Brenda Sayers of Hupacasath First Nation will be touring Ontario and Quebec to rally support for the Hupacasath court case challenging the Canada-China FIPA.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 31
Maryam Adrangi | Activists take cross-border action against fossil fuel exports.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 26
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Adrienne Silnicki | Canada could have a national pharmacare plan that would save us $10.8 billion a year. Instead, the premiers are staying silent on the question of a National Health Accord.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 25
Photo: flickr/virgomerry
Adrienne Silnicki | Two-thousand activists are gathering in Niagara-on-the-Lake in the morning to try and pressure Canadian premiers to make health care a priority on their agenda.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 23
Andrea Harden | The Council of Canadians has worked with three experts to produce evidence before the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) on fracking.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 25
Adrienne Silnicki | What better day to join both indigenous and non-indigenous in the fight to save the land, water and democracy from the for-profit interests? The police, though, had other ideas.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 21
Mark Calzavara | Communities from Sarnia to Montreal are raising serious concerns about the potential environmental hazards of reversing Enbridge's 37-year-old Line 9 pipeline.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 20
Maryam Adrangi | There are more and more proposals for fracking wells, pipelines, and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities in B.C.; which shows that this sector will only expand unless we organize to stop it.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 20
Photo: Mikey G Ottawa/flickr
Stuart Trew | Earlier this year, we learned that Canada was considering policy changes, pushed by EU negotiators in ongoing trade and investment talks, that would weaken financial and banking rules.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 19
Brent Patterson | Take action and send a message to stop Bill C-377 to senators who are debating the bill this week.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 19
Photo: Caelie_Frampton/Flickr
Adrienne Silnicki | The Council of Canadians joined with hundreds of health-care professionals, lawyers, and refugee rights activists to protest the government's discriminatory cuts to health care for refugees.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 18
Stuart Trew | Over the weekend, North American trade justice activists searched the city of Vancouver for a so-called "interessional" meeting of investment negotiators from Trans-Pacific Partnership countries.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 17
Stuart Trew | Lawyers for the Hupacasath First Nation and DFAIT argued before a federal court judge on whether the government has a duty to consult First Nations before ratifying international treaties.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 14
Stuart Trew | The Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale (RQIC) has obtained confidential new information related to ongoing Canada-European Union free trade negotiations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 14
SWN Seismic trucks seen off of the 126 in Kent County, NB
Angela Giles | Friends and allies travelled to New Brunswick to support the ongoing protests against SWN Resources' seismic testing along the 126 in Kent County, New Brunswick.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 13
December 2012 Medicare Lobbyists on Parliament Hill
Adrienne Silnicki | What's stopping Canada from becoming more of a patchwork health-care system where some provinces or territories can care for their residents more than others? At this point, nothing.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 12
Stuart Trew | The WTO-TRIPS Council adopted a decision granting least developed WTO nations an eight-year extension of a Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rules (TRIPS) exemption.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 11
Stuart Trew | The Council of Canadians was one of 125 global movements and civil society groups to endorse this statement of solidarity with efforts in Latin America, to reform the investment arbitration system.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 10
Pia Eberhardt (far left) discusses corporate lobbying with a group in front of t
Stuart Trew | A European court has upheld the European Commission practice of giving preferential access to trade documents to business lobbyists while keeping it out of the hands of everyone else.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 10
Stuart Trew | The federal government has not yet tabled a human rights impact assessment of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement -- an annual requirement of the still controversial deal.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 7
Stuart Trew | In a timely reminder of where the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement goes terribly wrong, a new report explains the importance of "buy local" policies to the strength of communities.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 6
Stuart Trew | Hundreds of people rallied in Vancouver in solidarity with the Hupacasath First Nation, which is in federal court June 5 to 7 to challenge the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 6
New Brunswick fights to stop health-care cuts
Adrienne Silnicki | A political decision has been made to stop spending on health care and force provinces and territories to privatize and offload as many public services as possible.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 4
Stuart Trew | Forget the acronyms, fight the overall corporate agenda. If there was a general message to my six-city trade justice tour with Harjap Grewal this week in B.C., that was it.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 29
Photo: e-MagineArt.com/Flickr
Adrienne Silnicki | Canada is the only developed country that has a universal health-care system but doesn't cover prescription drugs.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 28
Stuart Trew | The Council of Canadians is demanding to know which other provinces have been bullied into accepting unreasonable conditions in the Canada-European Union trade deal.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 24
Council of Canadians | The Federal Court has found in no uncertain terms that widespread election fraud took place during the 2011 federal election.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 24
Mary Galvin | Another true horror story for water and the environment: open cast mineral sand mining. This form of mining uses huge water cannons to send highly pressurized water to convert the soil to a slurry.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 23
Stuart Trew | On May 17, the Council of Canadians hosted a live broadcast from Lima where trade justice activists were attending a 17th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations that continue in the Peru.

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