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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 April 8
St. John's chapter members (clockwise from top-left): Bill Hynd, Clyde Bridger,
Stuart Trew | I was in St. John's, N.L. last week (April 3-4) for a public event and political meetings on CETA. The focus of this trade tour is how this deal will impact eastern communities.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 28
Council of Canadians | Compounding an already controversial decision to pull out of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the Harper government's previous statements are raising even more questions.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 28
Louise Beaudoin
Stuart Trew | Louise Beaudoin, former PQ culture and international relations minister, is asking why Canada and Quebec have given up trying to negotiate a broad cultural exemption in the Canada-EU trade agreement.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 26
Photo: greensefa/Flickr
Stuart Trew | The Council of Canadians is asking why Canada would kowtow to the U.S. or EU on this issue considering how much global opposition there is to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 22
Stuart Trew | Hamilton City Council passed a second motion on CETA, re-stating its preference "to be excluded from the CETA," and requesting "an immediate briefing from the Provincial Government."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 22
Maryam Adrangi | Hearings for the proposed Line 9B pipeline reversal will be happening this summer and the National Energy Board has released a draft "List of Issues" which it will be considering during the hearings.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 22
Stuart Trew | On March 18, trade committee heard from Chile's ambassador to Canada Roberto Ibarra about Canadian participation in the Pacific Alliance.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 20
Adrienne Silnicki | A new report by the Canadian Institution for Health Information is showing that wait times were dropping for knee and hip surgeries in the years following the 2004 Health Accord.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 19
Source: Japan Times
Stuart Trew | A 16th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral trade and investment negotiations wrapped up this week in Singapore. Canada and Mexico were there, and now Japan wants a seat at the table.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 18
Ayrault and Harper.
Stuart Trew | The first official visit to Canada by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault created another potential "moment" in the four-year-old CETA negotiations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 18
Photo: oinonio/Flickr
Adrienne Silnicki | April 8th is a riding week for MPs -- meaning that they'll be in their constituency offices. Why not write a letter to the editor, share a health care experience with your MP.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 18
Emma Lui | Close to 100 people gathered in Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located inside of Sarnia and close to Lake Huron, on Friday to take part in the Ultimate Walking Toxic Tour of Canada's Chemical Valley.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 14
Image: Andrew Filer/Flickr
Stuart Trew | The United States government has revised its Country of Origin Labelling program, or COOL, ostensibly to bring it in line with a World Trade Organization decision in 2011.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 13
Stuart Trew | The 2013 Alternative Federal Budget, released this week by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, argues the Harper government's trade policy is not working for most Canadians.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 13
Stuart Trew | Canada's biggest business lobby groups have sent a joint letter to International Trade Minister Ed Fast supporting the now four-year-old Canada-EU free trade negotiations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 12
Claudia Campero | Most frequently people think of water privatization as the private management of water systems. However water privatization comes in many more different forms.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 12
Council of Canadians | About 15,000 people attempted to march on the Canadian consulate in Thessaloniki, Greece this weekend in opposition to Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold mines on the Halkidiki peninsula.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 11
Photo: TPPxBorder
Stuart Trew | The TPP is NAFTA on (insert performance-enhancing drug of choice here). That much we know. So what are we going to do about it?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 8
Angela Giles | Yesterday marked Day 7 of Shelley Young and Joseph Jean Sock's fast. These two Idle No More activists are representatives of the grassroots Mi'kmaq people across the Martitimes.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 8
Maryam Adrangi | In the upcoming months, fracking can become an election issue. Demand that the B.C. government echoes our voices and says "No Fracking Way!"
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 8
Jan Slomp, NFU Alberta
Stuart Trew | Canadian beef exporters are using less than half of their tariff-free quota access to the European market and pork exporters come nowhere close to meeting their allowances, says the NFU.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 7
December 2012 Medicare Lobbyists on Parliament Hill
Adrienne Silnicki | The Council of Canadians and our medicare allies are organizing a national lobby the week of April 8 to ask members of Parliament to support the 2014 Health Accord.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 6
Stuart Trew | Médecins Sans Frontières is calling on the U.S. to revise its intellectual property demands in the TPP trade deal or watch it become "the most harmful trade deal ever for access to medicines."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 5
Mark Calzavara | The community of Southgate, Ontario is fighting to stop a sewage sludge treatment plant from being built there, beside a wetland and a few hundred meters from the local elementary school.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 5
Stuart Trew | The cities of Toronto and Prince Albert are asking for more information from the Ontario and Saskatchewan governments about how municipalities will be affected by the Canada-EU trade deal.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 4
Photo: sciondriver/Flickr
Stuart Trew | On November 7, multinational drug maker Eli Lilly filed a notice of intent to submit a NAFTA investment claim challenging Canada's system for granting patents after being denied one.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 28
Stuart Trew | Canadian Press obtained a February 1 version of the services chapter of CETA, which was circulated to EU member states, showing that "Canada's vaunted banking system is on the negotiating table."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 27
Stuart Trew | Canadian business lobbyists suggest U.S. budget cuts would most likely impact some parts of the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border Action Plan.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 26
Photo: Sweeter Lemon/Flickr
Adrienne Silnicki | Now is the time for Canadians to speak out against two-tiered health care. We must act now to strengthen public health care and stop the Americanization of our systems.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 22
Photo: Steve Gregory/Flickr
Maryam Adrangi | Earlier this week, Burnaby city council passed a resolution to call for a moratorium on fracking. This is the first city in B.C. to pass such a resolution.

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