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French rail unions fight against privatisation - and they need our help

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The Great March of Return and Israels Attack on Gaza: Canadian Opposition

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1608 ... May 21, 2018
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The Great March of Return and Israel’s Attack on Gaza: Canadian Opposition

Open letter from Canadian organizations on Gaza massacre

The Canadian BDS Coalition and many of its member groups and friends are among the more than 50 signatories to this open letter sent on May 16th to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland.

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Freeland:

We are concerned Canadians who cannot remain indifferent and quiet to the massacre of innocent civilian Palestinians whose only crime is their peaceful protest of a brutal and illegal occupation.

Palestinians in Gaza live in an open prison denied basic necessities, electricity, clean water and medicines. The UN has already declared Gaza an unlivable place. How...

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Rebuild Public Hospitals and Long-Term Care

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Rebuild Public Hospitals and Long-Term Care

After touring Ontario in recent weeks, Ontario Health Coalition spokeswoman Natalie Mehra returned to Toronto on 16 May 2018 at a press conference outside the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital to talk about the crisis in access to healthcare. Noting that the Coalition’s mandate is to protect public healthcare in the public interest, she said that the group has chosen its words carefully and has not used the word "crisis" since the 1990s until recently when the overcrowding situation in Ontario’s hospitals truly reached crisis proportions.

The coalition released its platform for the election in Toronto this morning. Called "Time to Rebuild" the coalition has highlighted two key "asks" for all political parties leading into June 7th’s provincial election to fix the crisis:

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2018 World Cup

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ACTIVlist Update - May 18, 2018

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This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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Barlow speaks at Conference of North American Right Livelihood Award Laureates
Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at the Conference of North American Right Livelihood Award Laureates in Santa Cruz this week.


Chapters this Week!
Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country...


The Council planning Parliament Hill rally on May 22 vs indemnity for Kinder Morgan pipeline
The Council of Canadians is planning a...

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Tonight! Hassan Diab in Vancouver.

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Trudeau, a Big Oil bail out is the wrong move.

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Earlier this week, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Trudeau government is willing to write a blank cheque to bail out the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project.1

The Trudeau government clearly thinks they can get away with these dirty dealings without losing their support base. Let’s show them they can’t. E-mail Trudeau and his Ministers to let them know that a Big Oil bailout is the wrong move.

It’s unbelievable. The same government that was elected on a platform that promised real action on climate change, a nation to nation relationship with First Nations, and an end to fossil fuel subsidies now wants to use billions of our tax dollars to build a massive climate wrecking pipeline that doesn’t have Indigenous consent and indemnify a...

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Bell's outrageous plan to dismantle Net Neutrality

   

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We could be on the verge of protecting net neutrality in Canada. A House of Commons committee just recommended that the federal government use its authority, under Section 12 of the Telecommunications Act, to protect net neutrality in the event that the CRTC rules in favour of Bell and Fairplay Canada.

This is their way of saying this dangerous proposal can't go through.

But the fight isn't over yet. Bell and Fairplay are going on the offensive to get their proposal through.

Over 95,000 people have already signed the petition. Will you please join me in signing the petition to Bell, Rogers, and Cineplex to drop their "blacklist" proposal now?

Thanks for all you do,
Emma, Angus, Amelia, and the SumOfUs team

 

P.S. Privacy Expert Michael Geist has also just blown the cover on a massive revelation that Bell met privately with the CRTC months before it formally...

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Universal health care?

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Matching funds to help end solitary confinement

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ACTIVlist Update - May 17, 2018

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This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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Urgent NAFTA deadline: The Trudeau government is rallying for a swift deal in the next 24 hours.


3 things you need to know about water and energy bill, Bill C-69
The Trudeau government is attempting to ram through Bill C-69, a 400 page bill that makes sweeping changes to Canada’s water, environmental assessment and energy laws. In fact, Bill C-69 hands even more power to corporations in environmental, water, and energy decision...

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Noura will be hanged

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Local Roads to Austerity: Neoliberal Urbanism in Canada

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1607 ... May 17, 2018
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Local Roads to Austerity: Neoliberal Urbanism in Canada

Greg Albo and Carlo Fanelli

The ‘urban question’, as it came to be called in the 1970s, is now a central focus of academic study, state planning and political struggle alike. It is impossible to disentangle these concerns with today’s ‘urbanized world’, in all its myriad of social forms, from meta-cities to ex-urban sprawl, and the political economy of capitalist development. With half of the world’s population now living in urban locales, the UN-Habitat’s World Cities Report 2016 offers a glimpse of the world-historical transformations.

The raw figures are, at times, difficult to fathom: over 500 cities of one million; one in three of the world’s population living in slums; the urban conglomeration centred on Tokyo...

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ACTIVlist Update - May 16, 2018

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This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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WIN! Hamilton Board of Health votes to ban bottled water in recreational facilities
The City of Hamilton's Board of Health has voted to ban bottled water in municipally-run community spaces.



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TAKE ACTION!
Writing a Letter to the Editor in your local paper is an easy and effective way to make a difference in your community.

GIVE TO NEWS YOU CAN TRUST
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This Farm Bill is awful. Help stop it!

Action Network Email r1 PAOV, we’ve got a problem. The US House of Representatives is preparing to vote on the 2018 Farm Bill this week — and this draft legislation is dangerous for farmers, workers and the environment. ...

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ACTIVlist Update - May 15, 2018

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This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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Trump raises pharmaceutical drug pricing in NAFTA talks
The Council of Canadians has been highlighting the threat posed to winning pharmacare by so-called 'free trade' agreements.



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TAKE ACTION!
Writing a Letter to the Editor in your local paper is an easy and effective way to make a difference in your community.

GIVE TO NEWS YOU CAN TRUST
The Council of Canadians provides independent political commentary thanks to the...

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Factory farming

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Tim Hortons

Burger King and Tim Hortons -- and the company that owns them -- are failing to cut deforestation from their supply chains. But we have a way to make them act.

   

The parent company behind Tim Hortons, Popeye's and Burger King is refusing to take bold action to address devastating deforestation in its supply chain -- so we're taking a powerful shareholder resolution right to the company's AGM.

We need your help to make sure it gets a strong vote -- will you email your fund manager now?

 Add your voice 

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Teachers Lead in the Revolt Against Austerity

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1606 ... May 15, 2018
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Teachers Lead in the Revolt Against Austerity

Jane McAlevey

In less than three months, rank-and-file teachers and educational support staff in five states -- West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona -- have turned the entire country into their classroom. They haven’t just pushed for -- and won -- better pay and working conditions for themselves. They’ve also mounted a direct challenge to decades of bipartisan tax cuts for corporations, helping us all understand what austerity means. And by championing a raft of policy proposals to redistribute wealth away from the 1 per cent and back to the working and middle-class, they’ve shown us how austerity can be defeated.

As Emily Comer, a middle-school Spanish teacher who was a leader in the strikes in...

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