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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 August 14
Rally Against Hate. Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim/flickr
Brent Patterson | A white nationalist rally -- that included neo-Nazis, skinheads, members of the Ku Klux Klan -- took place in the college town of Charlottesville in Virginia this weekend.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 28
Image: Flickr/Environmental Defence Canada
Mark Calzavara | The ruling more clearly defines what Indigenous consultation on proposed energy projects will look like and will shape the future of energy development in Canada.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 27
The Dufferin pit has opened but the gravel washing operations have not begun.
Mark Calzavara | While the Feds have red-flagged Atrazine, a poisonous herbicide, Ontario seems to have buried its head in the gravel.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 12
Flickr/Chris Yakimov
Robin Tress | This week the Canadian Senate committee on transportation and communication released a report on fossil fuel transportation and it was unsatisfying on many levels.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 7
Flickr/Peg Hunter
Mark D'Arcy | Standing Rock has become the spark for an awakening of the human spirit, for a grassroots mobilization of peoples that is growing across North America and the world against extreme pipelines.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 1
 Kathleen Wynne's Home Demonstration. Kevin Konnyu//FreeGrassy.net
Mark Calzavara | Some of the world's top scientists are refuting claims by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne that attempts to clean up mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows First Nation could make the situations worse.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 2
Flickr/Mark Klotz
Daniel Cayley-Daoust | Youth in Ottawa protested against the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, which would add a twin pipe to carry crude alongside the current pipeline.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 19
Michael Butler | Today the Council of Canadians released a landmark report on universal pharmacare.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 15
Council of Canadians | On Friday, the World Bank decided in favour of El Salvador in the controversial case.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 30
Image: Twitter/Canada 2020
Michael Butler | One of the sponsors listed is the largest pharmaceutical lobby group in the U.S.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 21
Photo: Howl Arts Collective/flickr
Mark Calzavara | Stunning revelations came to light last week that top environment officials in the Ontario government knew that clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows territory would increase mercury levels in fish.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 15
Photo: Copyright of UDAPT
Rachel Small | "We want justice. We want to repair the damage this company has caused in our country. We will not allow this case to move forward with impunity."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 10
Diane Connors | Representatives from the CoC and Unifor recently met with Minister Sohi in Edmonton to discuss concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 7
Michael Butler | Public health care is being put on trial. But make no mistake, this case isn't about improving health care. It's about money and greed.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 30
Photo: AJ Klein
AJ Klein | A Voice for the Voiceless Camp is nestled in St'át'imc territory in an area long inhabited by the Xwisten community, also known as the Bridge River Band.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 30
Chapter activist Dr. Paula Tippet speaks to the NEB panel and Energy East repres
Robin Tress | We hope these five lessons will help make your intervention at the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings into the Energy East pipeline effective and empowering.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 23
Image via Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Mark Calzavara | In the middle of a severe drought in southern Ontario, bottled water giant Nestle is buying up more groundwater sources and now has permits to remove over 20 million litres of water per day.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 11
Photo: Province of British Columbia/flickr
Harjap Grewal | Christy Clark's fracking and liquified natural gas dreams are being faced with a strong dose of reality, yet her government continues to champion the free market.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 2
Oil from Husky Energy pipeline spill into North Saskatchewan River.  Photo: Shel
Emma Lui, Daniel Cayley-Daoust | Though proponents claim pipelines are the so-called "safest" method of transporting oil, we have seen 8,360 spills in Saskatchewan since 2006. How is this considered safe?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 26
Rachel Small | The Peterborough Council of Canadians supported a public letter sent this weekend to MP Maryam Monsef by End Immigration Detention Peterborough in solidarity with detainees on hunger strikes.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 30
Michael Butler | In Ontario, it is estimated the over 200,000 people are denied access to the province’s public health insurance OHIP (The Ontario Health Insurance Plan).
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 29
Photo: Sipenkne'katik Warrior Chief Jim Maloney and activist and Water Protector
Angela Giles | The Sipenkne'katik band's injunction request to stop Alton Gas from proceeding with the company's gas storage project was heard at the Halifax Federal Court last week.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 17
Photo: Council of Canadians
Sujata Dey | People who support free trade agreements usually make one frequent argument: these agreements will help our bottom line. Here are five reasons why the TPP and CETA will not make you and me wealthier.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 30
Image: Flickr/Konstantin Lazorkin
Michael Butler | Do you think your pension plans should invest in companies that jack up the price of drugs for seniors and the suffering?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 13
Michael Butler | Big Pharma influences what doctors prescribe -- a practice that needs to change.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 6
Michael Butler | The TPP prohibits governments from requiring information about drug prices or R&D costs in connection with registration. Who wants to enforce a further lack of knowledge of drug prices or R&D costs?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 27
Michael Butler | Health Canada finally acknowledged what health economists, academics and activists had been saying for some time: drug costs will rise under pending trade deals like the TPP.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 26
Photo: European Parliament/flickr
Tori Ball | The introduction of private clinics with a paid donor erodes our public health-care system, opening the door to increased commercialization and privatization of Canada's blood supply.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 15
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Michael Butler | It came as a major disappointment this week that Canada's Health Minister, Jane Philpott, indicated pharmacare is not part of her mandate.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 14
Photo: Council of Canadians blog
Andrea Harden-Donahue | The core premise of the oil to tidewater argument is that lack of pipeline access to tidewater is forcing tar sands crude to be sold at discounted rates. Here's the thing... it's totally wrong.

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