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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 26
Michael Butler | Now more than ever we need to tell our provincial governments to say no to CETA and yes to Universal Pharmacare.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 19
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Andrea Harden-Donahue | Energy East crosses waterways that supply drinking water to millions of Canadians, from Battle River, Alberta to the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. All of these would be at risk if Energy East spills.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 18
Michael Butler | Changes to patent protection in CETA will cost our public health-care system between $800 million to $1.7 billion annually.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 14
Council of Canadians | The Canada-EU trade deal, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), has seen the light of day after German television show Tagesschau provided the full text online this afternoon.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 14
Image: Flickr/Abid Virani
Council of Canadians | The Ontario Superior Court ruled today that Michael Sona is guilty of participating in the robocall scheme. But this verdict doesn't resolve the electoral fraud perpetuated during the 2011 election.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 14
Andrea Harden-Donahue | There are compelling reasons to stop TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline. We can now add higher heating bills and more U.S. imports of fracked gas to the list.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 5
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Council of Canadians | The Imperial Metals' Mount Polley Mine spilled five million cubic metres of toxic waste water -- the equivalent of 2000 Olympic-sized swimming pools -- from a gold and copper mine near Quesnel, B.C.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 5
Andrea Harden-Donahue | From victories in South Portland to briefings on TransCanada's Energy East pipeline safety and new analysis, here are some updates from the Energy East campaign.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 4
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Scott Harris | Even by the standards of negotiations surrounding the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, the last week of news about the status of the negotiations has been bewildering.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 30
Michael Butler | "This has put an awakening in the whole community. We are coming together to continue our stand together."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 28
Michael Butler | Grassy Narrows (Asubpeechoseewagong) First Nation and the Chiefs of Ontario held a press conference about a hidden report by the Ont. government on the effects of mercury poisoning on the community.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 25
Scott Harris | The results of a recent Angus Reid poll suggest that 68 per cent of Canadians support CETA. While on the surface, things look great for CETA, that top-level result doesn't tell the whole story.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 16
Scott Harris | The first high-level round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ever held in Canada wrapped up on July 12 in Ottawa, with negotiators sneaking out the back door to avoid notice.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 13
Michael Butler | There are few greater injustices in Canada than what has happened to Grassy Narrows over the past 100 years.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 8
Michael Butler | It's clear federal and provincial governments are not interested in protecting the environment and its pollinators. It is the local "fight backs" where change is occurring.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 19
Tori Ball | Four inspiring cyclists will be travelling along the proposed Energy East pipeline route, sharing food and stories with people whose land is at the frontline of Eastern Canada's pipeline battle.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 13
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Adrienne Silnicki | Please join us and our allies on June 16 in cities across Canada to oppose harmful and life-threatening health-care cuts to one of our most vulnerable populations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 4
Michael Butler | Chlorine Tankers in Oakville, Bomb Trains in Hamilton, and a Water Supply for 9 Million People
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 4
Michael Butler | For more than a year, ominous rumors had been privately circulating among high-level Western leaders that bureaucrats had been at work on what was darkly hinted to be the ultimate weapon for industry
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 4
Michael Butler | "Well now, what happened is that one of our Transportation Ministers did a silly thing. She, uh, went a little funny in the head. You know, funny. She ordered bomb-trains to move through our country…"
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 3
Andrea Harden-Donahue | There is mounting opposition to TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline across the country, with two of the most recent examples coming out of Quebec.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 30
Photo: Phillip Jeffrey/flickr
Adrienne Silnicki | There is no guarantee that any of the political parties in Ontario will bring forward new legislation banning for-profit plasma clinics should they win the election on June 12.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 29
Mark Calzavara | In an open letter to the architect of Canada's new Museum for Human Rights, Chief Redsky points out the contradiction of it featuring water whose diversion has resulted in the denial of human rights.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 29
Leila Darwish | The Council of Canadians BC-Yukon supports B.C. teachers who are standing up to the Christy Clark government to protect quality education for students and fair working conditions for teachers.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 29
Scott Harris | It would appear that when it comes to the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, even things that aren't secret need to be kept safely under wraps by the Harper government.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 27
Michael Butler | Why is it so difficult to find any real information and data on rail safety as crude-by-rail transport becomes more and more common?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 20
Michael Butler | A group of Council of Canadians activists, local residents, allies and First Nations blockaded the access road to an exposed section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline Tuesday morning.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 16
Michael Butler | Today after 14 years of winding its way through the courts, the Supreme Court of Canada began hearing Grassy Narrows' legal case (Keewatin v. MNR) for treaty rights and against clearcut logging.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 16
Andrea Harden-Donahue | The Ontario Energy Board has been collecting comments as part of its ongoing Energy East Consultation. The Council of Canadians has added a formal submission outlining why this pipeline is all risk.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 16
Dylan Penner | While our campaigning has made a difference, there are still many problems with the amended bill that is now making its way through the Senate. Our work is not yet done.

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