Climate Justice

The climate crisis demands urgent action to transition to a low carbon future. Canada is going in the wrong direction – we are stuck in the tar sands. The federal and Albertan governments are allowing huge extractions to continue in the tar sands, Canada’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.  Our commitment to being an “energy super power” that focuses on export-oriented energy trade is being allowed to trump needed action on climate change and energy security. Climate justice demands that we address the root causes contributing to the climate crisis including unsustainable production, consumption and trade that are driven by corporate led globalization. Real solutions must be based on democratic accountability, ecological sustainability and social justice.

For more, visit Council of Canadians page on Climate Justice.

Oct 09

Open Letter to CRD Directors: Take Climate Emergency Seriously, Oppose Highway Expansion

Dear Capital Regional District Board Members, Re CRD response to South Island Transportation Strategy Thank you! Your 2019 votes against a new ‘alternate route’ Malahat highway and for the CRD Climate Emergency declaration has resulted in the provincial government releasing a South Island Transportation Strategy (SITS) that is a significant step forward. We would like […]

Jun 09

Expand the transit system, electrify the fleet, and eliminate fares!

The Council of Canadians Victoria Chapter has has endorsed this climate emergency campaign. Please read and take action! This coming Tuesday, June 11, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission is considering a climate action plan to massively expand the regional transit system, electrify the fleet, and eliminate fares by 2022. A number of Commissioners are currently […]

May 29

Wed June 5: The End of Ice — Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

The End of Ice — Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption Admission by donation Dahr Jamail is an award-winning climate reporter and former war correspondent. As one of the few unembedded journalists during the war in Iraq, he won praise from writer/activists like Howard Zinn and Naomi Klein. Since then […]

Jan 19

CofC Annual General Meeting + Workable Solutions to the Climate Crisis Thurs Jan 31, 2019

Workable Solutions to the Climate Crisis Thursday January 31, 2019 First Metropolitan Church – 932 Balmoral Road Featuring speakers from Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 850, LEAP Victoria, BC Sustainable Energy Association and Victoria Chapter Council of Canadians. Download and print a poster (Annual General Meeting for Council of Canadians Victoria Chapter 6:30-7pm […]

Jul 15

Greyhound opens door for B.C. Bus – Op-ed in Times Colonist

Comment: Greyhound opens door for B.C. Bus JOANNE BANKS , ERIC DOHERTY and ANITA STRONG / Times Colonist July 12, 2018 After years of service cuts and declining service quality, Greyhound’s corporate owner (U.K.-based FirstGroup plc) is pulling the plug on bus service in all of Western Canada. This is a huge threat to communities […]

Jul 08

Tues July 10 – Damming the Peace: The Hidden Costs of the Site C Dam

Victoria Chapter members of The Council of Canadians Pacific Region welcome Author Wendy Holm to discuss her new book DAMMING THE PEACE: The Hidden Costs of the Site C Dam. Tuesday July 10 7-9 pm Legacy Art Gallery & Cafe 630 Yates St, Victoria, BC On-going opposition by landowners, legal challenges by First Nations, cost […]

May 29

Victoria march against Kinder Morgan Buyout – Thursday May 31st 5:30pm

The Council of Canadians Victoria Chapter is co-sponsoring the March Against Kinder Morgan Buyout, starting on Thursday May 31st at 5:30 pm. When: 5:30pm on Thursday May 31st Where: Government and Wharf Streets, Victoria B.C. On Tuesday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Trudeau government is buying out Kinder Morgan completely to prop up […]

Jan 31

Victoria CofC members blockade Kinder Morgan Terminal in Burnaby

Early in the morning January 29 close to 100 people joined an action serving blueberry pancakes outside the Westridge Marine Terminal undergoing construction to accommodate the hotly contested 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan pipeline. Yesterday’s actions are part of a series of acts on the part of (primarily) local residents under the banner ‘Justin […]

Jan 21

B.C. needs public highway bus service say Council of Canadians members

Check out this op-ed by Council of Canadians members Joanne Banks (Campbell River), Bruce Bidgood (Terrace) and Eric Doherty (Victoria Chapter). B.C. needs public highway bus service Greyhound is threatening to pull out of northern B.C. and many smaller communities across the province unless it gets a public subsidy. We think the best answer to […]

Sep 14

Sign the open letter supporting climate-friendly transportation investments!

The Council of Canadians chapters on the lower mainland recently won a major victory for climate justice and better transit by working with allied groups. The BC NDP government just pulled the plug on the 10-lane Massey Bridge proposal, freeing up over $3.5 billion that can be used for better transit. See Now, the […]