These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 16/180
Notes: Founded in 1985, The Council of Canadians is a non-profit environmental citizen’s organization based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Council of Canadians main focus is clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy. They also cover national and international news pertaining to these issues. According to their about page, The Council of Canadians states their vision as “We promote fair trade over free trade, just and sustainable jobs, public health care and water, energy and food security, and alternatives to corporate power, here in Canada and around the world.” Currently, the chair of the group is author and activist Maude Victoria Barlow.
The Council of Canadians has a left-center bias in reporting coverage and they use emotionally loaded language regarding US politics such as “Wonderful ‘Trump not welcome’ petition getting a huge response, just tremendous.”
When it comes to Canadian news there is left bias through the issues they support, such as “Do pipelines and fracking dams get a free pass under the new Canadian Navigable Waters Act?” and “Council of Canadians rejects Liberal approval of BP’s exploratory drilling”, but when it comes to issues that they advocate they don’t hesitate to criticize the Liberal Party of Canada that currently is in power. In their articles, The Council of Canadians publishes news stories utilizing credible news sources such as The Globe and Mail and government organizations such as “Justice Laws Website”, however they sometimes source through quoting. Overall, we rate them High for factual reporting and Left-Center bias for story selection and word choices. (M. Huitsing 2/18/2018)