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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 November 28
Stuart Trew | According to a new European report, investor-state dispute settlement looks more like a racket, supported by an inner circle of secretive investment lawyers and arbitrators.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 27
Stuart Trew | As the Harper government seeks to increase Chinese investment in Canadian resources, it's important that we understand how the FIPA will affect our ability to effectively regulate this new activity.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 23
Council of Canadians message to premiers: Don't be puppets!
Maude Barlow, Adrienne Silnicki | On November 22 and 23, Canada's premiers are holding an economic summit in Halifax. Stephen Harper was invited, but he's not coming.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 22
Stuart Trew | Harper's puzzling position on human rights is creating real problems for the CETA negotiations. Of all the reasons the deal could fall apart, how embarrassing if this was the one.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 6
Stuart Trew | Gee, I wonder where China got the idea that local content quotas are illegal? Ah yes, possibly from the EU and Japanese WTO challenge to local content requirements in the Ontario Green Energy Act.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 5
Stuart Trew | We still have time to stop the FIPA, which was not ratified on November 2 as many had suspected. Write to MPs asking them to tear up the FIPA with China.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 27
Stuart Trew | This Sunday, CBC’s Cross Country Checkup is asking “Is foreign investment good for the economy.” Host Rex Murphy will take calls and emails starting at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 28.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 26
Stuart Trew | Keep sending letters to the editor of your local papers about the China FIPA.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 26
Brent Patterson | Comox Valley and Campbell River chapters protest pipelines and tankers
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 25
Brent Patterson | Jerry O’Brien and Cat Ripley are two young heroes we should celebrate for bravely working to stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 25
Brent Patterson | No Pipelines! No Tankers! report makes the case for stopping tar sands pipelines.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 24
Brent Patterson | Kamloops This Week reports, “Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, was among the speakers at a rally outside the Kamloops office of Environment Minister Terry Lake."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 24
Brent Patterson | Hundreds are gathered outside of B.C. premier Christy Clark’s constituency office.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 24
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians organizing assistant Ailish Morgan went to the Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to welcome Jim Manly after his release from custody after the Estelle was boarded
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 24
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians wants to support community-based ’system change’ alternatives that challenge the fossil-fuel economy, climate change and so-called market-based ’solutions’.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 24
Toronto wind turbine. Photo: David Dodge/Green Energy Futures/Flickr
Stuart Trew | You might have seen news that the WTO will soon declare that the local content rules in Ontario's Green Energy Act are an illegal barrier to trade and investment.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 23
Stuart Trew | Opposition continues to build against the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA), which could become law as early as November 1.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 23
Stuart Trew | The Trade Justice Network and Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale (RQIC) co-hosted a media teleconference on parts of the Canada-EU trade deal that have become controversial in Europe.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 19
Maryam Adrangi | The Council of Canadians begins their six-city speaking tour about pipeline opposition by supporting the ACFN as they challenge Shell's tar sands mining expansion.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 16
Stuart Trew | “Confidential federal research on free-trade talks with Europe shows that giving the European Union just one part of what it wants on drug patents would cost Canadians up to $2 billion a year.”
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 4
Stuart Trew | Quebec's offer to shed light on CETA negotiations, as modest as it might be, is an example other provinces should be required to follow.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 2
Activists gather outside health ministers meeting to urge support for medicare.
Adrienne Silnicki | While we applaud the Council of the Federation for taking the first steps towards a national pharmacare plan, we are disappointed with the federal government's plan to continue rewarding big pharma.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 27
Mary Galvin | Earthlife Africa and other groups organized South African protests on September 22 as part of "Global Frackdown- Ban Fracking" day in response to recent developments around fracking in South Africa.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 26
Photo: GlobalTradeWatch/Flickr
Stuart Trew | U.S. industry groups complained about Canada's supply management policies and intellectual property regime during a hearing on Canada's entry to Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 25
Maryam Adrangi | Until October 1st you can make a written submission or sign up to make a presentation submission to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency about the Shell Jackpine Mine Expansion.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 25
Adrienne Silnicki | Using a town crier to announce the will of the people for a 2014 health accord, the Council of Canadians brought attention to the meeting of Canada's health ministers in Halifax later this week.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 25
Photo: European Parliament/Flickr
Stuart Trew | Canada and Norway are moving ahead with their joint disputes at the World Trade Organization against a popular European Union ban on importing seal products.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 24
Angela Giles | This weekend, hundreds of people in Nova Scotia were greeted by a large gathering as part of 'Global Frackdown' -- a worldwide day of action and solidarity against fracking.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 21
Photo: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment/Flickr
Mark Calzavara | This week, the Environment Commissioner of Ontario issued the most scathing criticism I have ever seen from a government watchdog.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 19
Maude Barlow | "Modest" is the term Conservative Party lawyer Arthur Hamilton used in court today to characterize the 3620 per cent increase being sought in their motion.

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