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The Canadian Progressive: Majority of Canadians Oppose Harper’s “Unfair Elections Act”: POLL

by: Council of Canadians | Press Release

A new poll released today shows that a majority of Canadians oppose central features of the so-called “Fair” Elections Act, known as Bill C-23.

The provisions in the Unfair Elections Act that would eliminate the voucher system, prevent Elections Canada from publicly reporting on election fraud, and cancel Elections Canada’s research and public education programs received the most significant opposition. The poll was jointly commissioned by the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students, and LeadNow.ca.

Seventy per cent of respondents said that the act’s elimination of Elections Canada’s ability to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Fracking in Canada: Why the Council of Canadians’ new “Fracktivist’s Toolkit” matters

by: Obert Madondo

In this age of the Harper Conservatives and a rampaging fossil fuel industry, Canadian anti-fracking activism requires more than a sense of environmental and social justice. It requires a toolkit of knowledge about what’s happening and how to effectively respond at the local, national and global level.

The Council of Canadians’ new “Fracktivist’s Toolkit” is one such toolkit.

The toolkit empowers Canadians to push back against fracking, protect Canada’s water sources, combat climate change, and partner with First Nations in their ongoing struggle to protect their besieged rights. It was inspired by the Council of (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: More On The Harper Contempt For Democracy Act

If twisted autocracy is not your political cup of tea, please consider signing this petition sponsored by The Council of Canadians in protest of the misnamed Fair Elections Act.

As well, please consider making a Call For Democracy to your local M.P. today sometime between 12:30 and 6:30 P.M.

You may even wish to invite your Facebook friends. Recommend this Post

Paul S. Graham: Video: No Prairie Pipeline

TransCanada Pipelines’ proposed “Energy East” pipeline project, which is intended to transport Alberta tar sands crude to eastern Canada, is meeting growing opposition from First Nations, environmentalists and citizens who live along the planned route.

The Winnipeg chapter of the Council of Canadians, along with Idle No More and the Boreal Forest Network held a public forum on the issue on October 22, 2013. Speakers included Maryam Adrangi, the Council of Canadians’ Energy and Climate Campaigner, and Crystal Green, Michael Kannon and Nina Was’te of Idle No More. The forum was moderated by Susan McCrea of the Boreal Forest (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Nova Scotians overwhelmingly support continued ban on fracking

A just released poll shows that Nova Scotians overwhelmingly support a continued moratorium on fracking, unless an independent review finds there is no risk to drinking water, human health, the climate or communities.

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The Canadian Progressive: More than 30 organizations uniting to safeguard Canadians’ privacy rights

With Parliament set to resume, coalition calls for effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against government intrusion

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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Justin Ling reports on the federal government’s covert surveillance of Idle No More: Sitting in her teepee on Ottawa’s Victoria Island in December 2012, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence was officially starting her hunger strike, breathing fire into the Idle No More movement and setting off a chain reaction that would eventually force Ottawa into talks on the nature of Canada’s relationship with First Nations. Meanwhile, five blocks away as the crow flies, the federal government’s security and emergency nervous system was ramping up its efforts to keep tabs on the movement. Just (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: TransCanada’s Energy East oil pipeline will face fierce opposition: Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians announces a national campaign to stop TransCanada’s proposed $12 billion Energy East pipeline, which would ship Alberta‘s dirty tar sands oil to Canada’s East Coast.

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The Canadian Progressive: Great Lakes saved from nuke waste contamination

The Great Lakes have been saved from nuke waste contamination after Swedish company Studsvik canceled its plan to ship radioactive waste across the Lakes, says Emma Lui, the Council of Canadians’ water campaigner.

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The Canadian Progressive: Enbridge to delay required pipeline safety fix for three more years

Enbridge “will delay required crude oil pipeline safety fix for three more years”, according to a document received by the Council of Canadians via an access to information request.

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The Canadian Progressive: B.C. residents off to Fort McMurray to witness impact of the tar sands

by: Council of Canadians | Press Release:

Photo Credit: www.healingwalk.org

VANCOUVER, June 28, 2013 – On July 4th, dozens of residents from Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will be driving to Fort McMurray, Alberta to take part in the 4th Annual Healing walk, and responding to northern Albertan communities’ call to “Stop the Destruction and Start the Healing.”

“Pipeline opposition is really gaining momentum in this province,” says Ian Stephen, a resident of the Fraser Valley who will be attending the Healing Walk with his daughter. “But we need to know what is going (Read more…)

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OPSEU Diablogue: Make history — meet us in Niagara-on-the-lake July 24-25

It’s the last meeting of the provincial Premiers before the 10-year 2004 health accord expires. With the expiry of that accord, so too goes any concerted effort to implement a national strategy to fix health care. July 24-25 the Premiers will get … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Towards a new health accord: Make a video, share your Medicare story

The Council of Canadians is asking you to share your experiences with the Medicare system by making a video and uploading it to their YouTube channel. It doesn’t have to be polished – just sincere. The Council is not just … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: Nova Scotians condemn RCMP repression of anti-fracking protesters

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release

HALIFAX, NS, June 14, 2013 – Representatives of several- Halifax-based environmental, social justice and cultural groups are condemning the heavy-handed actions of the RCMP which have led to the arrest of 12 protesters seeking to halt the advance of fracking in Kent County, NB, north of Moncton.

Members of the Council of Canadians, The Sierra Club of Canada and other concerned citizens visited the sacred fire yesterday and were outraged to learn that the RCMP had made several arrests this morning in order to facilitate the exploratory drilling of the area by (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Thousands demand Lone Pine drop its NAFTA lawsuit

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release

OTTAWA – Two weeks after the launch of a public petition, organizers have received over 3,000 signatures demanding that energy company Lone Pine Resources drop its $250 million NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement) lawsuit against Canada for Québec’s moratorium on fracking.

The petition sponsors—the Council of Canadians, the Réseau québécois sur l’Intégration continentale (RQIC), Sierra Club US, FLOW (For Love of Water), Eau Secours! and AmiEs de la Terre—sent three letters to Lone Pine today, each signed by 1,000 people, and will continue to collect signatures until the company agrees to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Robocalls: Elections Canada on “Preventing Deceptive Communications”

Elections Canada’s “Preventing Deceptive Communications with Electors” report, a response to the robocalls election fraud of 2011, recommends legislation that provides basic privacy protections to voters while stopping political parties from engaging in deceptive communications.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper government bullying provinces to accept EU trade deal,says Council of Canadians

Federal funding for a hydro project in Newfoundland and Labrador is tied to the condition that the province removes minimum processing rules in the fisheries. The Council of Canadians accuses the Harper government of bullying provinces to accept EU trade deal.

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The Canadian Progressive: Robocalls: Fed Court’s Election Fraud Finding Implicates Conservatives

The Federal Court ruling states that “there was an orchestrated effort to suppress votes during the 2011 election campaign by a person with access to the [Conservative Party’s] CIMS database.” An attack on Canadian democracy.

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The Canadian Progressive: Robocalls election fraud: Federal Court ruling “a powerful victory”, says Maude Barlow

Last Thursday’s Federal Court ruling on the robocalls and other U.S. Republican-style voter suppression tactics during Canada’s 2011 Federal election is “a powerful victory”, says Maude Barlow, the chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

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CuriosityCat: Robocon: Court finds fraud; Council of Canadians should appeal

The court yesterday found that fraud had been used in the May 2011 election in 6 ridings in an attempt to suppress the vote, as this article from the Globe & Mail sets out:

However, “fraud” did occur – particularly in Guelph, Ont. – and targeted people who had previously expressed an interest in voting for anyone but the Conservatives, Justice Richard G. Mosley wrote in his ruling. But there was little evidence the robo-call efforts actually kept anyone away from the polls or that the robo-calls had any “major impact on the credibility of the vote,” he ruled. The (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Robocalls: Federal Court finds fraud, Supreme Court appeal considered

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: The Federal Court has released its decision in the robocalls case. The decision vindicates the applicants’ concerns, as the judge concludes that “fraud occurred in the 2011 Federal Election” though he did not annul the results. This finding about fraud being widespread raises the gravest concerns about the 2011 [...]

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Alberta Diary: Wildrose deftly defuses robo-call crisis while federal Cons suffer Scotch verdict

Members of the Wildrose Party try out their new robo-calling technology, which should avoid future problems with the CRTC. Right-wing Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Wildrose Party Executive Committee President David Yager.

You don’t have to agree with Alberta’s right-wing Wildrose Party to admire the skill with which it stick-handled yesterday’s revelation it had been fined $90,000 by the federal broadcast regulator for a series of improperly identified robo-calls made to voters during the 2012 election campaign.

Compared to the federal Conservative Party’s blundering response to its various recent troubles, it seems mildly astonishing the two (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper stands with mining companies, against human rights in Pacific Alliance

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: Stephen Harper’s executive decision that Canada should try to join the Pacific Alliance political and trading bloc should be as controversial as his taking a trip to Peru and Colombia to dodge questions about overspending and lack of accountability in the Senate, says the Council of Canadians. “It’s highly [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Enbridge asks NEB to keep pipeline safety issues secret

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: Eighteen months after being ordered to correct important safety issues with its oil and gas pipelines, Enbridge has finally filed a plan with the National Energy Board (NEB) as to how and when it will come into compliance with the NEB’s regulations. The company [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Ontario must defy unreasonable WTO ruling against Green Energy Act

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: TORONTO, May 6, 2013 – The Council of Canadians is extremely disappointed by reports that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has upheld a previous ruling that local content quotas in Ontario’s Green Energy Act violate global trade rules. The grassroots social justice organization is encouraging the [...]

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