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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 May 15
Andrea Harden-Donahue | I signed my first affidavit earlier this week. I'm proud to be part of the Council of Canadians effort to appeal the NEB's premature and flawed list of issues for the Energy East pipeline.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 15
Scott Harris | While expectations still are that negotiators will soon reach a final agreement on CETA, with growing concerns in Europe, there are still plenty of opportunities to derail this dangerous deal.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 15
Photo: Mike Alexander/flickr
Dylan Penner | The Supreme Court decision Wednesday to uphold the Security Certificate process is devastating news for Mohamed Harkat and a serious blow to human rights in Canada.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 14
Photo credit: CUPE
Adrienne Silnicki | We're part way through our campaign to protect, strengthen and expand public health care in Canada and we're thrilled with how the campaign is progressing.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 9
Scott Harris | Rumours that the final outstanding issues in the Canada-EU trade deal would be concluded and a final agreement reached have proven false, and negotiations are still ongoing.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 5
Leila Darwish | This is the first legal challenge by a First Nation against the new Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker proposal, and it opens the project to significant delay and uncertainty.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 28
Michael Butler | There was more smoke and mirrors on Canada's rail tracks when the Harper government finally announced their long-awaited changes to rail safety 292 days after the preventable Lac-Mégantic disaster.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 9
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Drawing well over 150 people, the Energy East consultation in Stittsville this week was a boisterous event with a clear majority questioning the project.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 3
Adrienne Silnicki | This week, the Nova Scotia government is in the process of passing essential services legislation, Bill 37, that would restrict the right of all health-care workers from striking.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 3
Michael Butler | This week, the London Chapter of the Council of Canadians took matters into their own hands and demanded action on the major threat Line 9 poses to hundreds of communities across Ontario and Quebec.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 31
Adrienne Silnicki | March 31 marks the end of the 2004 Health Accord and the last day Canadian health care will have equalization payments to have-not provinces, national standards and federal funding tied to benchmarks.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 27
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Stuart Trew | Canada and other players are trying to leverage the political crisis in Ukraine to make a case for more North American imports of the dirty stuff: tar sands from Alberta and fracked gas.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 26
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Stuart Trew | This is the third time the Conservative government has attempted to produce an impact assessment of its 2011 FTA with Colombia, and each time the final report has been completely inadequate.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 20
Petition delivery
Scott Harris | A petition opposed to drilling within the city limits of Lethbridge, Alberta and signed by more than 11,000 residents has been delivered to the Provincial Legislature in Edmonton.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 19
Andrea Harden-Donahue | When TransCanada first announced the Energy East pipeline a number of voices emerged trumpeting its benefits. It's time to separate fact from fiction.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 18
Photo: Mike Dolan of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters addresses a crow
Stuart Trew | An expanding public awareness of the failure of corporate trade deals will make it more difficult to sell CETA as a win for Canada while ensuring more recruits to the TTIP and CETA fights in Europe.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 17
Photo: European Parliament/flickr
Adrienne Silnicki | The Ontario Liberal government has announced that they will introduce legislation to stop the practice of for-profit plasma collection. Please email or call your MPP today to support it!
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 14
Photo: BC Gov Photos/flickr
Leila Darwish | The B.C. government has introduced Bill 18, the new Water Sustainability Act, which promises to regulate groundwater, manage water use during droughts, and measure large-scale water use.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 12
Adrienne Silnicki | If we're going to convince the provinces and territories to strengthen public health care, we have to stop the federal government from abandoning their responsibilities and underfunding health care.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 11
Stuart Trew | I'm here in Brussels this week for a transatlantic NGO strategy session on the EU trade deals with the United States and Canada.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 10
Stuart Trew | While the provinces have been involved in the CETA negotiations more so than past Canadian trade deals, their ability to influence the final outcome is an open question.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 6
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Timed a little earlier than expected, TransCanada has filed its pre-application for the Energy East pipeline. Here is a preliminary analysis of this pre-application, highlighting some key items.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 5
Andrea Harden-Donahue | The Ontario Energy Board has announced the first round of consultations on the potential impacts of Energy East pipeline in Ontario, described as a 'series of interactive discussions' along the route.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 4
Photo: Jennifer Castro/flickr
Brigette DePape, Leila Darwish | While the West Coast faces increasing threats to the land and water with companies going to ever-greater lengths in a massive resource rush, people power is also gaining strength.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 3
Stuart Trew | New York Times economist Paul Krugman is writing about the exaggerated importance of the TPP to the U.S. economy in light of reported roadblocks in the negotiations related to agricultural trade.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 28
Adrienne Silnicki | Join us on March 31 for a National Day of Action! We are sounding the alarm about the federal government's funding cuts to wake Canadians up to what this means for our health-care services.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 26
Stuart Trew | NDP MP Ellen Brosseau tabled a motion in the House of Commons "to ensure that the Conservatives uphold their promise to compensate cheese producers."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 25
Stuart Trew | Marilyn Reid, a founder of Citizens Against CETA writes in The Independent that foreign investment protections in the Canada-EU trade deal undermine public control of resources and public services.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 24
Stuart Trew | A recent German television news spot on the fledgling EU-U.S. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership blows up the myth of massive job growth and higher wages from a free trade deal.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 21
Photo: ElectronicFrontierFoundation/flickr
Stuart Trew | A freedom of information request by the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) has revealed evidence of U.S. government lobbying against privacy laws in the province.

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