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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 February 22
European trade commissioner
Stuart Trew | So how do you like it, Mr. De Gucht? The Canada-EU trade deal, that is. Not very much, according to news reports of public posturing on both sides of the CETA negotiations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 21
Photo: European Parliament/Flickr
Stuart Trew | Canada and Norway made their initial arguments this week at the World Trade Organization against the European Union's 2009 ban on seal products.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 20
Stuart Trew | The Canadian government is disputing a World Trade Organization decision in December that declared local content requirements in Ontario's Green Energy Act illegal under WTO non-discrimination rules.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 20
Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand
Stuart Trew | Auckland, New Zealand and Berkeley, California have passed motions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) that will be familiar to Canadian trade activists.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 14
Stuart Trew | European leaders have been waiting at least five years for a transatlantic free trade agreement (TAFTA) they can get excited about.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 13
Maryam Adrangi | If someone can profit off of polluters, who will demand that pollution stop?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 12
Stuart Trew | Canada has notified the World Trade Organization that it will be appealing a December ruling against the local content rules in Ontario's Green Energy Act.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 11
Stuart Trew | There was no big announcement from the Harper government following high-level negotiations with European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht last week in Ottawa.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 31
Stuart Trew | The Council of Canadians submitted the following comments to the Government of Canada's request for information on the likely environmental impacts of the 11-country TPP trade agreement.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 30
RQIC protest against CETA. Photo: Yves Provencher/Métro
Stuart Trew | Quebec Solidaire has written to progressive European parliamentarians for assistance in forming a common resistance to the Canada-EU free trade deal.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 25
Stuart Trew | The European Trade Union Confederation and Canadian Labour Congress issued a joint statement on the Canada-EU free trade negotiations (CETA), which continue this week in Brussels, Belgium.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 24
Saskatoon chapter activists inform local councillors about CETA outside the FCM
Stuart Trew | Trade justice activists have sent a letter to municipal leaders across Canada warning that "urgent action is necessary" to make sure the proposed CETA deal does not undermine local governments.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 24
Adrienne Silnicki | On Monday, the Health Council of Canada (HCC) released a new report which rates Canada's health-care system by comparing it to nine other developed countries.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 22
Photo: travisblanston/Flickr
Maryam Adrangi | Last week, hearings on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline took place in Vancouver and they were met with astounding opposition both inside the hearings and in the streets.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 21
Photo: e-MagineArt.com/Flickr
Adrienne Silnicki | We applaud the premiers for coming together and finding a way to make generic drugs more affordable for Canadians. However, we want to see this go much further.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 21
Stuart Trew | If you thought the FIPA with China was bad, you'll want to take a close look at what Canada and the EU are concocting for CETA.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 11
Stuart Trew | A senior international law adviser with the International Institute for Sustainable Development is warning that a new investment treaty with China will make environmental measures more vulnerable.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 10
Maryam Adrangi | When the Enbridge pipeline joint Environmental Assessment and Energy Board hearings open in Vancouver on January 14 they will be greeted by community members determined to make their opposition heard.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 10
Photo: Derek Keats/Flickr
Stuart Trew | The Canada-EU free trade deal and other "next generation" treaties threaten Canada's regulation of fisheries and put Canadian fishing jobs at risk, says a new report by the CCPA.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 9
Stuart Trew | The New Year has barely begun and European trade negotiators are already in Ottawa for more work on a comprehensive, "gold standard" Canada-EU trade and investment deal (CETA).
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 3
Mark Calzavara | The march started at Queen's Park Wednesday morning and I joined it for a stretch along Bloor St, across the Don River and down Danforth Avenue.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 19
Open-pit uranium mining near Wollaston Lake, Saskatchewan. Photo: SkyTruth/Flick
Scott Harris | Despite opposition from residents in the village of Pinehouse, a controversial "collaboration agreement" has been signed, committing Pinehouse to support uranium giants Cameco and Areva's mining.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 13
Photo: Donna Burton/CBP Photography/Flickr
Stuart Trew | A year ago, Prime Minister Harper and U.S. President Obama re-started a defunct or stalled North American "security and prosperity" dialogue only minus Mexico and with a new name: Beyond the Border.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 12
Photo: Caelie_Frampton/Flickr
Stuart Trew | For the current government and free-market ideologues, only economic freedoms are sacrosanct, and state sovereignty is only useful to the extent that it empowers multinational capital.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 11
Scott Harris | A boisterous rally and march numbering 1,500 took to the streets of Edmonton as part of more than a dozen rallies marking the December 10 Idle No More national day of action and solidarity.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 7
The Council of Canadians | The Council of Canadians has established the Democracy 24/7 Legal Fund to raise the $300,000 needed through donations from concerned citizens like you.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 7
Adrienne Silnicki | This week 47 members of Parliament were met by medicare allies from across the country. People from all walks of life urged their support to protect, strengthen and extend medicare.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 5
Stuart Trew | On Saturday, December 1, I joined an amazing group of dedicated trade justice activists from the U.S. and Canada to rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks happening far, far away.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 4
Photo: SkyTruth/Flickr
Scott Harris | Revelations last week that the northern Saskatchewan community of Pinehouse is set to sign a so-called "collaboration agreement" with uranium giants Cameco and Areva have sparked outrage.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 28
Stuart Trew | According to a new European report, investor-state dispute settlement looks more like a racket, supported by an inner circle of secretive investment lawyers and arbitrators.

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