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Canadian Perspectives

The Council of Canadians’ in-house magazine, Canadian Perspectives, has arrived! Canadian Perspectives is packed with sharp analysis and powerful stories on the vital work the Council, its staff, members, chapters, and allies have been doing over the past year. Canadian Perspectives is a perk of membership with the Council. Not a member? You can join for as little as $1 and have Canadian Perspectives sent to your home!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the stories in this year’s issue:

Increased climate impacts require action, not privatization
The combined impact of climate-related stress on natural water infrastructure and decades of neoliberal privatization of water infrastructure has put our most precious natural resource at extreme risk. If we want to ensure our communities are prepared for the climate struggle ahead, we need to protect our water and ensure it remains a resource for the people, not for profit. Our pharmacare or theirs Our pharmacare or theirs
Pharmacare legislation is coming – but it remains to be seen if it will be a plan for the people ...or Big Pharma’s plan. To ensure that pharmacare to come is truly for the people, we’ll need to continue to hold the government to account. Returning to our grassroots Returning to our grassroots
This year, Council of Canadians chapter activists showed us what a truly grassroots campaign looks like – and what we can accomplish when we come together and collectively guide a campaign from start to finish. Receive Canadian Perspectives – become a member today

#StatusForAll! Migrant rights leaders to march on Ottawa

Last year the federal government pledged to develop a pathway to regularization for undocumented people living in Canada. Since then, migrant rights activists have kept up the pressure to ensure justice for irregular migrants in the country. And on November 14th, nearly 100 undocumented migrant leaders will march on Ottawa in an effort to pressure the government and all parties to meet with them and move to immediately implement a regularization program that will ensure legal status for all irregular migrants.

Currently, the Migrant Rights Network estimates that at least 500,000 people are living in Canada without legal status. These people are vulnerable to exploitation by employers, landlords, immigration scammers, and more due to their lack of legal status. While they live, work, study, raise children, and participate in community life alongside people with citizenship and permanent residency status, they are denied many of the human rights that are guaranteed to those with status. It is urgent that all irregular migrants receive legal status, and that no one is confined to a class where they can be legally discriminated against and denied their human rights.

Take action to call on the federal government to meet with migrant leaders on November 14th

Read our analysis piece Any day now Coastal GasLink Pipeline could drill under the Wedzin Kwa River

Wet’suwet’en fight to defend the Wedzin Kwa continues

Despite years of organized, principled resistance by the Wet’suwet’en people and their allies, Coastal GasLink has continued to push ahead with their planned pipeline project, which has now begun drilling beneath the internationally significant Wedzin Kwa, a sacred river in the heart of Wet’suwet’en territories. Most recently, land and water defenders have been raising concerns that the company, which has received numerous non-compliance orders for environmental infractions since the project began, has begun to drill in gravel beds and under the river where spawning salmon are laying their eggs.

The Wet’suwet’en people depend on the Wedzin Kwa. It is a source of food, water, and a site for ceremony and it’s one of the most pristine rivers in the world. But that could change if the Coastal GasLink pipeline is allowed to proceed.

The Council of Canadians continues to stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people, and are calling on RBC to stop funding the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Tell RBC CEO Dave McKay to stop funding Coastal GasLink

Edmonton chapter fights the release of toxic tailings water into Athabasca River

Despite promises from industry and the government that the toxic tailings ponds water from the Alberta tarsands would be cleaned up responsibly, the ponds have only grown – according to Environmental Defense, the toxic tailings now cover 300 square kilometers of land. This poisoned water and sediment is already leaching into the groundwater at the rate of millions of gallons per day – and now the federal and provincial governments are preparing regulations that may allow these pollutants to be released directly into the Athabasca River.

In an ongoing symposium series, the Edmonton chapter of the Council of Canadians, in partnership with the Keepers of the Water, is educating the public on what tailings are, why keeping them out of the water matters, and what can be done to stop this injustice from going forward. The first two symposia, Tailings: Past and Present, and Indigenous Rights, Knowledge, and Tailings, were held on October 4th and October 26th.

Watch the recording of the October 26th symposium here. Register for the third symposium, Tailings and a Just Transition, here.

Tell the federal government to say “NO” to tailings dumping in the Athabasca River

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