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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 December 5
Michael Butler | The Friends of Pollinators Action Coalition and The Ontario Beekeepers' Association (OBA) are asking for your help to convince the federal government to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 4
Maryam Adrangi | In B.C., we often forget to talk about coal. We need to recognize that B.C. already has 10 operating coal mines and has even more proposals for new mines.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 3
Stuart Trew | This month's unanimous motion by Toronto City Council insists that Toronto have a say in whether they should be covered by international trade rules restricting their spending and government powers.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 28
Stuart Trew | It's always an action plan with these guys. Now a new one on expanding global markets for Canadian exporters and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 27
Photo: World Trade Organization/flickr
Stuart Trew | Yesterday in Geneva, WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo announced that governments have failed to reach agreement on a "Bali package" in advance of the December 3-6 Ministerial meeting in that city.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 22
Photo: Global2000/flickr
Andrea Harden-Donahue | The Warsaw COP19 international climate negotiations are feeling the heat of an increasingly united social movement demanding change.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 22
Adrienne Silnicki, Mark Calzavara | Earlier this week we wrote to the Toronto-Centre byelection candidates asking for their commitment to reverse Harper's cuts to health care by restoring the annual six per cent increases.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 21
Stuart Trew | Fair trade activists gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah this week for what some are calling the most secretive round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations yet.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 18
Council of Canadians | Participating in a national #DefendOurClimate day of action, Ottawa residents helped to build a wall of sand bags to stop a symbolic oil spill outside the Prime Minister's Office.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 15
Photo: GlobalTradeWatch/flickr
Stuart Trew | This week's TPP leaks and letters on fast-track to Obama are a timely reminder of what Canada is trading away in these "next generation" free trade deals.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 14
Stuart Trew | Small- and big-C conservative provincial governments have forced legislative votes on a Canada-EU trade and investment deal no one has seen and isn't even finished yet.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 13
Stuart Trew | The Harper government and European Commission still cannot agree on how to handle labour and environmental rules in the recently "concluded" Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement negotiations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 11
Council of Canadians | The Council of Canadians is encouraged by the Newfoundland and Labrador government's decision to look after the health and future of its citizens by placing a moratorium on fracturing in the province.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 11
Photo: Brian Herzog/flickr
Adrienne Silnicki | Senator Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin made headlines these past two weeks asking the Prime Minister to keep them on the Senate so they could afford their prescription drugs.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 8
Brent Patterson | The case that was heard yesterday began more than two decades ago when the provincial government granted logging rights within the Xeni Gwet'in Nation's traditional territory.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 8
Stuart Trew | The Harper government may have broken the law by not making the full text of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) public and allowing for public input.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 4
Stuart Trew | Canada's ICSID Convention ratification continues the Harper government's watering down of Canadian democracy and sellout to multinational corporate power.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 1
Maryam Adrangi | The idea of a nation-building project that connects the east and the west sounds like a bit of history repeating. In other words, it sounds like the Canadian Pacific Railway built in the late 1800s.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 1
Stuart Trew | A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives suggests Harper's "excellent deal" with the European Union could add up to $1.65 billion annually to the price of medicine in Canada.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 31
Stuart Trew | The Trade Justice Network has launched a simple petition with a simple message for Prime Minister Harper about the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 30
Stuart Trew | Yesterday in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Harper tabled a technical summary of the political deal Canada reached with the European Union on Friday, October 18.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 28
Stuart Trew | There are a lot of connections between the Harper government's trade and energy agendas. The interrelated objective is the continued rapid expansion for export of oil, gas and minerals.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 25
Photo: World Trade Organization/flickr
Stuart Trew | The somewhat neglected but still unfortunately effective World Trade Organization has proven to be a formidable barrier in the way of seriously attacking the causes of climate change.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 24
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Stuart Trew | Applause for Prime Minister Harper's freshly concluded trade deal with the European Union was swift and loud. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne joined the celebration last Friday.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 21
Angela Giles | New Brunswick has been a hotspot ever since the RCMP came rolling in with a military-style assault on peaceful activists who had been blockading seismic equipment in Rexton, NB, this past Thursday.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 21
Stuart Trew | The CCPA's senior trade researcher Scott Sinclair asks 10 questions about CETA. For an agreement that is about more than trade, we shouldn't accept this blatant disregard for democracy.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 18
Council of Canadians | On both sides of the Atlantic, civil society groups are calling for the immediate release of the text of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 17
Council of Canadians | The Council of Canadians denounces the excessive use of violence by the RCMP and stands in solidarity with those in Rexton, New Brunswick and around the world who oppose shale gas/fracking.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 17
Adrienne Silnicki | I am on my way home from completing another exciting campaign on the 2014 Health Accord. This time the campaign stopped in the ridings of Vancouver Island North and Kamloops, B.C.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 16
Council of Canadians | The Council of Canadians is demanding that parliament and the public be given an opportunity to review and make changes to the CETA trade deal, or even to reject it outright, before it can be signed.

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