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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 18
Premiers don't be puppets, stand up to Harper!
Adrienne Silnicki | Premiers have a chance to improve health care across Canada by demanding a pan-Canadian strategy on aging in a 2014 Health Accord. They must stick together.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 12
Stuart Trew | Trade justice activists in the United States greeted a 14th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia this week with calls to release the TPP text.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 10
Mark Calzavara | There are still curls of smoke rising from what remains of Howard Summerhayes' barn. The fire trucks came and went over a week ago and there is nothing much left of the 170-year-old structure.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 7
TPP trade ministers pose for cameras during the APEC summit in Russia, September
Stuart Trew | A 14th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade and investment negotiations begins in Virginia, U.S.A. this week as scorn for the agreement's proposed intellectual property chapter piles up.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 6
Photo from the KI Water Expedition photo gallery.
Mark Calzavara | A team of paddlers from KI are travelling 300 km beyond the nearest road to paddle the ancient route from the KI village to Hudson's Bay. Here is their latest update from the river.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 31
Those who want to come onto the land must have the consent of the community.
Maryam Adrangi | B.C. approved the Pacific Trails Pipeline this past April to be built through Unis'tot'en territory. The Unis'tot'en have never ceded nor surrendered their territories through the treaty process.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 27
Stuart Trew | The Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale (RQIC) has sent a questionnaire on the Canada-EU trade negotiations to political parties competing in the Quebec election.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 21
Claude Vaillancourt, president of ATTAC-Quebec
Stuart Trew | Claude Vaillancourt, president of ATTAC-Quebec, writes that the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, is not but should be an important issue in the provincial election.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 16
Stuart Trew | The elimination of judicial reviews of arbitral awards tilts the balance even further in favour of corporate interests in the already problematic investor-state dispute settlement process.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 14
The Council of Canadians | The Council of Canadians celebrates last night's decision by Thunder Bay city council to seek an exemption from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 10
Dylan Penner | On Aug. 8, 2012, the Conservative MPs in the election fraud cases filed several affidavits in response to the evidence filed by the applicants.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 9
Council of Canadians | Lawyers for the Conservative Party MPs in the seven ridings being challenged have filed motions asking that the applicants file security for the Conservative MPs’ costs for a total amount of $250,000!
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 31
Adrienne Silnicki | At the conclusion of the Council of the Federation meeting, the Council of Canadians congratulated the premiers on an important and solid meeting that focused on some contentious yet important issues.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 26
A "medicare has got us covered" red umbrella
Adrienne Silnicki | The Council of the Federation has arrived in Halifax. The message the Council of Canadians is taking to the streets is: Premiers, don't be puppets, stand up to Harper on health care.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 25
Highway extension sandpit
Brent Patterson | Since early 2010, residents of Wakefield, Quebec have been raising concerns about the impact of highway construction on their local water, specifically the Wakefield Spring.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 20
Adrienne Silnicki | We are sending the premiers to the Council of the Federation with a strong mandate from Canadians to call Harper back to the 2014 Health Accord negotiating table!
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 19
Image: Council of Canadians/www.canadians.org
Stuart Trew | In April 2012, the Harper government launched a propaganda campaign in response to growing criticism of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 18
Adrienne Silnicki | On July 18, the Council of Canadians with Canadian Doctors for Medicare, health coalitions and public health-care allies are holding a National Day of Action for a 2014 Health Accord across Canada!
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 11
Stuart Trew | They say all news is good news but this week’s back-to-back negative press on Harper’s NAFTA-plus free trade deal with the European Union surely breaks that rule.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 10
MEPs from the Greens/EFA group hold up a sign saying "Hello Democracy, Goodbye ACTA" Photo: European Union 2012 - European Parliament/Flickr
Stuart Trew | According to the Toronto Star's Internet law columnist Michael Geist, Canada and the European Union are trying to ratify the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement through the backdoor.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 30
Photo: marsmet521/Flickr
Adrienne Silnicki | The Government of Nova Scotia released proposed changes to the Health Services and Insurance Act that will make health care in Nova Scotia more equitable and accessible.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 29
Maryam Adrangi | A public forum about Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline expansion sounds the alarm bells for local residents of Burrard Inlet and the pipeline's coastal endpoint.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 28
Adrienne Silnicki | On June 30, one day before Canada Day, cuts to health care for refugees will be made by the federal government. For many refugees it will include restrictions on primary and basic health care.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 22
Maude Barlow and Meera Karunananthan | Gandhi said it best: "the Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not enough to satisfy every man's greed." This is truer of the world's freshwater supply now than ever before.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 22
Stuart Trew | Free-market think tanks, their ideological friends in the media and Liberal party leadership hopefuls have fixated on supply management as the next big economic boogeyman.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 20
Stuart Trew | Some quick thoughts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and what it means for Canada. We're fighting on two very big trade fronts now -- CETA with Europe and the TPP with Obama.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 18
Adrienne Silnicki | On June 18, Canadians across the country will be participating in a rally for health care for refugees. The Harper government will implement severe cuts to health care for refugees come July 1.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 25
Brent Patterson | "Shout Out Against Mining Injustice" has an exceptional line-up of speakers that will gather in Vancouver this coming Friday June 1 and Saturday June 2.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 24
Council of Canadians | The Conservative Party of Canada’s lawyers yesterday filed a second motion to dismiss the legal challenges of individual citizens seeking to overturn federal election results in seven ridings
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 14
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow will begin an eight-city tour in defence of the Great Lakes this Tuesday in Toronto.

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