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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 March 12
Andrea Harden-Donahue | I had the opportunity to meet and hear from Chief Jackie, Arnie, Michael and who represent communities that stand to be devastated by the impacts of a spill if the Enbridge Northern pipline proceeds.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 12
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project have signed the global 'call to action for the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.'
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 12
Brent Patterson | Competing international conferences are taking place in Marseille this week. The Alternative World Water Forum says it offers a democratic choice to the other Marseille gathering.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 11
Brent Patterson | This evening, about 20 water justice activists met in Marseille to plan for a meeting tomorrow afternoon with governments attending the World Water Forum.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 10
Brent Patterson | The independent expert stressed that the international human rights standard on water and sanitation agreed at the UN must guide the negotiations at the Rio+20.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 9
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians is in Marseille, France, at the sixth World Water Forum to counter the push for water privatization being put forward by some governments and multinational water corporations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 8
Council of Canadians | In the midst of a major mining conference in Toronto known as PDAC 2012, a new report sheds light on controversial projects in Chile involving Canadian mining companies.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 2
Brent Patterson | If you or someone you know has been the victim of misleading or harassing actions around the 2011 federal election, we want to hear from you now.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 2
Andrea Harden-Donahue | The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board has rejected an attempt by Corridor Resources to limit the impact of an environmental assessment process on their license to drill.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 29
Andrea Harden-Donahue | You may have heard the recent news that the Keystone XL zombie pipeline is being resurrected… again. This time, TransCanada is proposing to split the Keystone XL pipeline into two pieces.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 27
Adrienne Silnicki | Whew, what a ride this whole Drummond frenzy has been! Starting months ago, speculation began on what the report would contain.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 24
Andrea Harden-Donahue | The results of a vote over the European Fuel Quality Directive made headlines across Canada yesterday. The two-year-long extensive bully-and-confuse lobbying campaign has not succeeded.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 15
Adrienne Silnicki | I'm writing this blog because I'm anxious about the Drummond report being released today. Two hours left until the launch of what the media is referring to as "D(rummond)-Day."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 2
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Council of Canadians is in Ottawa to meet with EU Embassies and challenge the arguments being brought forward by Canadian lobbying against the EU Fuel Quality Directive.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 1
Adrienne Silnicki | One in 10 Canadians are not able to adhere to their prescriptions due to the cost of prescription drugs, found Michael Law et al. in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 31
Andrea Harden-Donahue | The signing of the Fraser Declaration on the part of First Nations in Alberta and the Northwest Territories marks a high point in a series of actions directed at the National Energy Board hearings.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 30
Brent Patterson | What could be the implications of Rio+20 on our campaigns related to the commons, the human right to water and sanitation, the rights of nature and climate justice approaches to the climate crisis?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 29
Brent Patterson | I am in Porto Alegre, Brazil, with Blue Planet Project organizer Anil Naidoo for a Thematic Social Forum (titled "Capitalist Crisis, Social and Environmental Justice").
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 26
Stuart Trew | Prime Minister Harper is in Europe this week for the annual World Economic Forum. Yesterday, key documents on Canada's initial services and investment offer to the EU in CETA went public.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 24
BCHC youth bring the message that medicare has got you covered to the Council of the Federation. Photo: Council of Canadians
Adrienne Silnicki | In the early morning hours of January 16, as the sun rose on a fresh snow-covered ground, I, along with Canada's premiers, watched as 15 bright umbrellas came bobbing around the Victoria harbour.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 19
Photo taken by Adrienne while she and Maude Barlow stand beside Premier Christy Clark during a media scrum at 2012 premiers' conference.
Adrienne Silnicki | Earlier this week, the Council of the Federation -- which is made up of the first ministers from each province and territory -- met in Victoria, B.C. to discuss the 2014 health care accord.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 17
People gathering for the town hall meeting. Photo: Adrienne Silnicki
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow, health-care campaigner Adrienne Silnicki and organizing assistant Ava Waxman are in Victoria demanding a Canada health accord that defends health care.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 16
Adrienne Silnicki | The first ministers from across Canada are arriving in Victoria to discuss the 2014 health-care accord and will likely decide what their response is going to be to the federal government.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 9
Andrea Harden-Donahue | On the energy and climate change file, the Harper government is responsible to the desires of industry and tar sands advocates, working together to promote a false image of the tar sands.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 4
Maude Barlow | The biggest story of 2011 for me was the attention given to the environmental dangers of Canada's tar sands, and the failure of the Harper government to meet our obligations to combat climate change.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 27
Adrienne Silnicki | Precedence in Canada has shown that federal ministers listen to the situation the provinces face and together they work out a deal. Instead Flaherty has treated the provinces like children.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 15
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Today the National Energy Board released its review of the safety and environmental requirements for offshore drilling in Canada's Arctic. This is a major step towards offshore drilling in the Arctic.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 13
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Contrary to mainstream media, the Durban talks did not lead to a breakthrough deal. The Harper government is pleased with the outcome, but in today's political context, this should raise red flags.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 12
Andrea Harden-Donahue | I just returned from a media scrum in the foyer outside of our House of Commons (not the House of corporations) where Minister Kent announced Canada will legally leave the Kyoto Protocol.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 10
Andrea Harden-Donahue | What a day. If you have been trying to keep up with updates from the Durban talks, you'll understand what I mean when I say it's hard to choose what to write about. Here are some highlights.

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