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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 13
Stuart Trew | Dozens of legislators from countries negotiating the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement took the unprecedented step this week of calling for the full TPP text to be released publicly.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 12
Photo: Torroloco/flickr
Stuart Trew | The 2014 budget will create a Made-in-Canada branding campaign but the government is signing a trade deal with Europe that will ban Made-in-Canada policies at the provincial and municipal level.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 11
Stuart Trew | Colombian human and Indigenous rights advocates in Ottawa last week suggest that in their country, Canadian trade is profiting from a "genocide" against Indigenous communities as land is cleared.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 10
Brent Patterson | Take action to stop the Harper government's anti-democratic 'Fair Elections Act' which could pass as early as this Monday February 10 or Tuesday February 11.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 6
Andrea Harden-Donahue | We knew the climate impacts of TransCanada's Energy East pipe would be huge, the single largest oil pipeline in North America. Now we can put some numbers to this claim.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 6
Maude Barlow, Adrienne Silnicki | The federal Conservative government recently shut down health science libraries so abruptly that some Health Canada workers have resorted to hiding books and journals off-site.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 31
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Stuart Trew | On January 29, the Conservatives introduced ratifying legislation for the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement. The bill (C-20) is called the "Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 29
Photo: Shannon Ramos/flickr
Andrea Harden-Donahue | I joined a room full of 'stakeholders' last week ready to chime in on the implications of TransCanada's massive Energy East pipeline in Ontario.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 28
Adrienne Silnicki | Changes to the Interim Federal Health Program is another way Canada has become a less caring country. Since 2012, refugees have been split into several classes that determine their access to care.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 27
Mark Calzavara | Communities are exercising their right to refuse industrial development and protecting the water for future generations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 27
Photo: GlobalTradeWatch/flickr
Stuart Trew | Modern trade deals like the TPP, which are about much more than tariffs, create a legal infrastructure with permanent and potentially harmful effects on our economy and communities.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 24
Photo: World Economic Forum/flickr
Robert Chernomas | Many countries in Europe are suffering through what can only be called economic conditions equivalent to the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 24
Stuart Trew | On January 31, there will be an Inter-Continental Day of Action for communities throughout Mexico, Canada and the United States to say 'no' to corporate 'trade' deals.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 23
Michael Butler | The Ontario government has approved plans for another decade of clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows Territory against the will of this Indigenous community.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 22
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Adrienne Silnicki | The Health Council of Canada (HCC) released a new report this week showing that Canadians' views on access to health care and its quality vary greatly depending on where they live.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 21
Stuart Trew | The ongoing case has stalled ratification of the Canada-China FIPA for over a year and could for another six months as an important legal appeal gets underway.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 16
Photo: Andreas Metz/flickr
Robert Chernomas | Repeating over and over again the idea that taxing the rich, government social programs and regulation are the cause of unemployment, low wages, debt and lack of innovation doesn't make it true.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 16
Image: DonkeyHotey/flickr
Stuart Trew | The TPP is not an environmental protection agreement but another, much more elaborate compact for policing corporate globalization.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 15
Stuart Trew | In the U.K. and France, politicians from left and right are attacking European plans to put an investor-state dispute process into a U.S. (and Canadian) free trade agreement.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 14
Michael Butler | Neil Young and Diana Krall will be performing at fundraising concerts in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and their fight against Shell Canada's Jackpine mine.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 13
Photo: Council of Canadians
Stuart Trew | U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, introduced a trade promotion authority (TPA) bill that would give Obama the ability to "fast track" trade deals.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 9
Photo: VJ Beauchamp/flickr
Robert Chernomas | It is not really about budget deficits or government debt; it is about cutting workers' wages, taxes, social programs and environmental regulations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 9
Stuart Trew | An assessment contradicts assurances from the European Commission and the Harper government that there will be more protections in CETA for the so-called "right to regulate" in the public interest.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 7
Photo: Billie Greenwood/flickr
Stuart Trew | It's 2014, which means it's NAFTA's 20th anniversary, which means expect fairly regular commentary for a few months on how Canada, Mexico and the U.S. would be worse off without the free trade treaty.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 6
Photo: Nellies Beemster-Klaucke/flickr
Adrienne Silnicki | Have you ever asked yourself or been asked, isn't a two-tiered health-care system a good thing if it shortens wait times? It sounds logical, right? It isn't.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 20
Photo: SalFalko/flickr
Adrienne Silnicki | The Council of Canadians and our allies are calling on the government to create a continuing care plan that would integrate home, facility-based, long-term, respite and palliative care.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 13
Stuart Trew | It's time to reverse course on corporate rights treaties -- to balance the desires of investors to profit against our democratic right to govern in the broader public interest.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 11
Michael Butler | The Algonquins of Barriere Lake erected a peaceful land protection camp within the 'La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve' to stop the unlawful logging and clear-cutting of vast tracks of land.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 11
Stuart Trew | A meeting of Trans-Pacific Partnership ministers, including Canada's Ed Fast, concluded yesterday in Singapore without the political breakthrough the 12 negotiating countries were hoping for.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 10
Photo: UK in Holy See/flickr
Stuart Trew | Last week, Pope Francis recognized the locking-in effect of global trade rules, though he did not go as far as some on the ground in Bali in demanding that the WTO be junked altogether.

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