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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 4
Maude Barlow | The 2011 federal election was historic in many ways and most of us are still trying to process the outcome. It is crucial that we pause to reflect on its meaning and think carefully about next steps.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 3
Brent Patterson | Conservative leader Stephen Harper has secured a majority government. In the House of Commons, the NDP -- which nearly tripled its seat count -- will undoubtedly play a significant role.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 2
Brent Patterson | The best way to find your polling station is to visit election.ca, scroll down a short way and enter your postal code in the voter information search box.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 1
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says, "Tomorrow, I am asking you to vote for democracy. Vote for the recognition of the right to water, vote to address climate change."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 30
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says, "On May 2nd, I am asking you to vote for democracy. Vote for the recognition of the right to water, vote to address climate change."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 29
Brent Patterson | Several groups are calling on all political parties to recognize explicitly the human right to water and to commit to ensuring that Canada meets its obligations in upholding these rights.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 28
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians Board member Dr. John O'Connor writes, "The 2011 election campaign is coming to a close and soon we will be making informed decisions on whom we trust."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 27
Brent Patterson | With less than a week until election day, the Council of Canadians is running a series of print advertisements in Metro newspapers across Canada, encouraging Canadians to vote.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 26
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians will be running an ad campaign in Metro newspapers from coast to coast starting this morning and appearing through to Friday.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 25
Brent Patterson | The Vancouver Sun reports that a group of about 25 protesters (including Council of Canadians chapter activists) have set up a protest camp with tents on the path of the 40-km, four-lane road.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 24
Brent Patterson | The Globe and Mail reports, "Jack Layton and his surging New Democrats are poised to see their representation in the Commons increase from 36 to 60 seats, denying the Conservatives their majority."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 23
Brent Patterson | The Winnipeg Free Press reports, "Northern aboriginal leaders are angry that the federal government is continuing to let them live in third world conditions at reserves by sending them 999 slop pails.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 22
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians will be running an ad campaign in Metro newspapers from coast to coast starting this coming Tuesday. The ads have the potential to reach more than 200,000 viewers.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 21
Adrienne Silnicki | In 1966, the Liberal Government of Canada passed a bill in the House of Commons that would guarantee all Canadians access to health care. Now 44 years later, the Liberal Government is relying on...
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 21
Brent Patterson | The Toronto Star reports, "The United Nations begins discussion (yesterday) on the idea of a declaration of rights for Mother Earth."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 20
Brent Patterson | On July 28, 2010, the right to water and sanitation was recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, and on October 1, 2010 the right to water and sanitation was affirmed as legally binding.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 19
Brent Patterson | The Toronto Star reports, "A list of (30) so-called targeted ridings is central to Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's national campaign, which started the election holding 143 seats."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 18
Brent Patterson | The Globe and Mail reports, "With only two weeks left to go in the campaign, the likelihood that Stephen Harper will win a majority government has diminished."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 17
Brent Patterson | Maude Barlow's third election video-commentary is now available. The two-minute video can be viewed below
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 16
Brent Patterson | The Globe and Mail reports, "...(Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton) McGuinty said it is possible for Ottawa to strike another 10-year accord with the provinces and territories."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 16
Brent Patterson | The Winnipeg Free Press reports, "Northern aboriginal leaders... want clean water and sewer services to become a federal election issue."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 14
Brent Patterson | The Montreal Gazette reports, "Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe told Canadians Wednesday that he did them a favour by preventing the Conservatives from obtaining a majority government."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 13
Brent Patterson | Day 19 -- Today marks the midway point in this federal election. While the general consensus is likely that no one leader won last night's debate, there were a few good lines.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 12
Brent Patterson | CTV reports, “(Nik Nanos) expects (polling numbers) might change after Canadians who haven’t been paying attention to the campaign until now tune in to the televised leaders’ debate.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 11
Brent Patterson | The Globe and Mail reports, "Were an election held today, the Tories would win 153 seats in the House of Commons, two short of a majority, according to ThreeHundredEight.com's seat projections."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 10
Brent Patterson | The Associated Press reports, "Delegates from around the globe (including Canada) spent five days talking about what they will talk about at a year-end (climate) conference."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 9
Adrienne Silnicki | Like a bad boyfriend, Harper is here only until the moment you need him. If you're healthy, active, financially well off, "hard-working" and "law-abiding," then Harper thinks you're swell.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 9
Brent Patterson | At the start of the election Maude Barlow said, "We must highlight the negative implications of another Conservative minority government, or worse, a Conservative majority government."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 8
Andrea Harden-Donahue | The Conservatives platform, released today, includes a commitment to tabling necessary legislation in Parliament to implement an Accord on Quebec’s Offshore resources.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 8
Brent Patterson | The Vancouver Sun reports, "The Conservatives will release their platform on Friday, setting the stage to provide more detail about what the party would do with the majority mandate it seeks."

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