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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 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.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 16
Adrienne Silnicki | The Council of Canadians and CUPE are working with a broad coalition of unions and community groups on a new cross-country 2014 Health Accord Campaign.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 15
Andrea Harden-Donahue | TransCanada held their 'open house' for the Energy East project in Stittsville last week. And what a show it was.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 10
Photo: acapsj/flickr
Andrea Harden-Donahue | TransCanada, Premier Alward and Premier Redford may like to present the Energy East pipeline as a done deal, but this is more rhetoric then fact. Opposition is bubbling up along the route.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 8
Photo: Wilson Hui/flickr
Council of Canadians | Wellington Water Watchers, Ecojustice and the Council of Canadians are celebrating Nestlé Canada Inc.'s move to back down from a bottled water fight after the groups challenged Nestlé.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 8
Photo: Don Cochrane/flickr
Stuart Trew | The Harper government has threatened to challenge the Fuel Quality Directive at the World Trade Organization if it includes a distinct carbon content for tar sands products.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 7
Stuart Trew | This week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Indonesia was supposed to be an opportunity for leaders of Trans-Pacific Partnership countries to assess the situation.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 4
Stuart Trew | "After more than four years of negotiations, Canada and the EU have surmounted almost all obstacles in the way of concluding an ambitious transatlantic free trade agreement," reports La Presse.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 3
Stuart Trew | The federal government is about to sign a trade deal with Europe that would increase the cost even more in exchange for "illusory" gains in pharmaceutical research and development.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 27
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Stuart Trew | Over the last few weeks, we've seen several reports of an impending conclusion to the four-year-old Canada-European Union negotiations on that thing called CETA.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 24
Scott Harris | When Front Porch calls you for its last scheduled round of data collection, hang up!
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 18
Council of Canadians | Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley has ruled that the applicants in the recent high-profile election fraud legal challenge will not have to pay the Conservative Party $355,907 in legal costs.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 16
Scott Harris | The announcement of the Auditor General's investigation into pipeline safety is a major victory for the network of groups in the province that has been pushing for an independent review.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 10
Mary Galvin | There are clear indications that oil and gas companies will be given the green light soon to start "fracking" South Africa.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 6
Stuart Trew | This #FIPAFriday campaign is inspired by a #TPPTuesday Twitter action that began in the United States to expose the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations but that has since gone international.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 3
Photo: Paul Sableman/flickr
Stuart Trew | A NAFTA lawsuit from Eli Lilly against the invalidation of two patents in Canada, would be so harmful to our democracy, and set such a dangerous precedent, that it cannot be allowed to proceed.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 2
Stuart Trew | Rallies last week in Toronto, Nanaimo and Montreal drew attention to the excessive secrecy in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations which continued in Brunei behind closed doors.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 30
Stuart Trew | An estimated 200,000 people blocked roads and marched peacefully across Colombia to protest the negative impacts on their communities of the U.S.-Colombia and Europe-Colombia Free Trade Agreements.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 29
Andrea Harden-Donahue | For a project being sold as a 'no-brainer,' TransCanada's Energy East pipeline proposal is already facing significant opposition. The most recent example took place this week in North Bay.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 29
Stuart Trew | NDP Trade Critic Don Davies is asking the Harper government to give MPs the same access to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiating text as U.S. Members of Congress have.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 27
Stuart Trew | Do you know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Most people don't. But the huge 12-country corporate rights deal is a cornerstone of the Harper government's neoliberal economic agenda for Canada.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 23
Council of Canadians | Ministers from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries, including International Trade Minister Ed Fast, should stop their secret negotiations and immediately make public the 26 chapters of the TPP.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 22
Stuart Trew | Between September 17 and 19, the Council of Canadians will hand-deliver a CETA petition, signed by thousands of people in Canada, to Members of the European Parliament in Brussels.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 7
Photo: PPM in Maseru, Lesotho 2008
Mary Galvin | Municipalities in many African countries, with support from foreign donors, have introduced PPM over the past five or so years, typically beginning with a pilot program.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 6
Stuart Trew | Hopes that the TPP negotiations would come to Vancouver this summer are probably dashed by news reports suggesting negotiating countries will meet for the next and possibly last time in August.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 5
Stuart Trew | John Manley, the current mouthpiece of Canada's corporate elite, wants Harper to send a "high-level" political mission to Europe to save the stalled Canada-European Union free trade negotiations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 2
Stuart Trew | Former Premier Jean Charest told iPolitics.ca to watch the Council of the Federation meeting last week for news on the Canada-European Union corporate trade negotiations.

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