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The Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization. It is non-partisan and is a registered non-profit that does not accept money from corporations or governments.

Our Hamilton Chapter is one of about 60 Council of Canadians chapters across the country. We advocate for social, economic and environmental justice at all levels of society: local, regional, provincial/territorial, national and international.

To learn more about our national Council of Canadians organization, please click here.

To learn more about our local Hamilton Chapter, please click here.

To learn about our various Education/Action Groups, please click here.

To learn about our monthly meetings, please click here.

To learn how you can get involved, please click here.

To learn about other organizations we partner with and to find links for more information, please click here.

Below you can read posts about some of our current and past activities.

Thank you for visiting our website and we hope you will join us in creating a fair and just society for all.

May Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, May 29

The Hamilton Chapter regular monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Big Brothers, Big Sisters Building (Lower Level, 639 Main Street East, Hamilton.
Our plan is to show the film Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure that weaves together the stories of people impacted by the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project, the broken National Energy Board review process used to approve the pipeline, Canada’s commitments at the Paris Climate Talks and the innovators working towards the low-carbon economy. You can view the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcYO0fpSEJQ.

People's Trade Agenda - Moving Forward - Friday, April 20, 2018

The Council of Canadians and Unifor are co-hosting a regional trade event in Hamilton on Friday, April 20.

The Friday, April 20 Town Hall is being organized by Unifor. It is a free public meeting from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel, 116 King St W, Hamilton. The keynote speaker will be Maude Barlow, Honorary Spokesperson for the Council of Canadians. Please RSVP — you can register on the Unifor event page: http://www.unifor.org/en/whats-new/event/peoples-trade-town-hall-hamilton

March Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Standing Up for Justice: The Council of Canadians in Ontario

Mark Calzavara and Rachel Small from the CoC Ontario/Quebec regional office will be our guest speakers at the March Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, March 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The topic of their presentation and the discussion will be Standing Up for Justice: The Council of Canadians in Ontario. The meeting will be at our usual location – the Big Brothers Big Sisters building at 639 Main St. East, Hamilton.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the Council of Canadians at the national, regional and local level.

World Water Day Film Night - Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. 294 James Street North, Hamilton

On Wednesday, March 21, the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians is co-hosting with Hamilton 350 a free film night – Succesfully Stopping Fracking.
The short documentary, Water Warriors, will be shown at 7:00 p.m. at 294 James Street North. Please join us to celebrate World Water Day 2018.

February Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, February 27

Celebrate the lengthening evenings by joining the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians on Tuesday, February 27 between 7 and 9 p.m. at the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Building at 639 Main St. East, Hamilton L8M 1J4

As well as our working group reports, chapter business and community announcements, The Public! Not Private Banking working group (which will host this meeting), will introduce the first stage of its Story-Based Strategy (learn more at storybasedstrategy.org). In this case, to win “the battle of the story,” we must first reframe the terms of debate around monetary issues.

Mary, Dave, and Karl request the loan of your political savvy and experience for the evening. After a brief introduction to our Narrative Cornerstones, we will break out into discussion groups to query, analyze, and critique the document. This kind of constituency assessment is the first step for any story-based strategy; we really need your participation on the 27th to make our foundation strong enough to break the banks!

January Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: This meeting will be held in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Building (Lower Level) 639 Main Street East, Hamilton.

The January 30 monthly meeting will focus on health care. The speakers will be the co-chairs of the Hamilton Health Coalition, Rolf Gerstenberger and Janina Lebon. The OHC (Ontario Health Coalition) Action Plan will be the main piece of the presentation and it includes Bill 160. If you want to learn more about Bill 160 here is a long but good article by OPSEU – Bill 160: the latest attack on Ontario’s public hospitals https://opseu.org/news/bill-160-latest-attack-ontarios-public-hospitals.

Article from RANKANDFILE

This is an article that first appeared in Canadian Dimensions. I recommend taking a look at it online just for the photo of Bill Morneau, Finance Crook pretending to be a Finance Minister. Talk about a “I’m a weasel and I know it and don’t care if you do too” smirk!!!!

Fiona McMurran, our regional CoC rep passed this on to us. Thanks, Fiona! It gives a lot of the dirt on Morneau, Dominic Barton, Larry Fink and others that Joyce Nelson put in her great book Beyond Banksters, but this is a good place to start to see how our government has been corrupted by banksters. If anyone would like to join our working group, please leave us a message. We’d be thrilled to have you join us!


Mary Love,

Chair, Public! Not Private Banking working group

Hamilton Chapter, CoC


Best wishes to all for a happy holiday season and a healthy, prosperous new year.

The next monthly meeting of the Hamilton Chapter will be Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Details of the meeting will be posted early in the new year.

Annual General Meeting – Tuesday, November 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Our November monthly meeting will be our 2017 Annual General Meeting. On Tuesday, November 28 starting at 7:00 p.m.
The meeting will be in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Building (Lower Level) 639 Main Street East, Hamilton.

The Hamilton Chapter Annual General Meeting will be brief. The guest speaker will be Kevin Mackay talking about his new book, Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization. The facility is accessible and new members are welcome.

October Monthly Meeting - October 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Please note the October Chapter Monthly meeting is a week early because of Halloween falling on Oct. 31.
We will meet at our usual place, 639 Main East – ground floor (Big Brother/Big Sister building). Parking availble and wheelchair accessible.
The guest speaker will be Grant Linney who was in the Antarctic in February and subsequently the high Arctic in August of this year. He will share his experiences and the alarming message about climate change that is coming from both regions. His time in the Arctic was with a stellar Canadian program called Students on Ice and Grant highly recommends that you watch the following 16 minute video on YouTube prior to his talk: https://youtu.be/6SoK5frP9mw.
Grant has entitled his presentation – Poles Apart but the Same Message.
Grant Linney was this year’s recipient of an Environmentalist of the Year lifetime achievement award.
This meeting is being hosted and organized by the System Change Not Climate Change Group in cooperation with Hamilton 350.