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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.

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In Community Is Strength

Annual Chapter Activities Report 2019

http://cochamilton.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Annual-Chapter-Activities-Report-2019.docx

Water Is Life! Let's Celebrate and Protect It

Event cancelled to avoid spread of Corona Virus

March marks both Water Day and Water Week. We’ll be honouring both on Tuesday March 31 by strategizing and organizing on how to protect the Beverley Swamp and other sensitive wetlands from the Enbridge “Dawn Parkway” (bleck!) fracked gas pipeline expansion. Join us at our new chapter meeting location in the multipurpose room of the Beasley Community Centre, 145 Wilson St. in downtown Hamilton. 6:30 p.m. till 8:45p.m.

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!

Thanks,

Mary Love,

Chair, Public! Not Private Banking working group

Hamilton Chapter, CoC

May-June issue of COMER's Economic Review newsletter

COMER_MayJun2017

Hamilton Chapter Resolutions passed at the Council of Canadians 2016 AGM

.         Restoring Intended Use of the Bank of Canada

Received September 12, 2016

Submitted by Hamilton Chapter, ON, Mary Love, marylove@bell.net

 

Whereas the Bank of Canada is a rarity in the world, a national public central bank in existence since 1934, and nationalized in 1938 to fund government programs and infrastructure projects – with little or no interest charged – as laid out in the Bank of Canada Act, and which funded the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Trans Canada Highway, and the establishment of social programs such as the Old Age Pension and Medicare;  and

 

Whereas, since 1974, successive federal governments have neglected their fiduciary duty to use The Bank of Canada, and have instead borrowed from private central banking institutions, resulting in the Canadian government and the Canadian people paying (by 2012) 1.1 trillion dollars in compound interest alone on the national debt;

 

Whereas this deliberate debt has directly led to a corresponding erosion of our social programs and the crumbling of our infrastructure at all three levels of civil society, as well as a stagnation in the process of self-determination of Indigenous Peoples;  and

 

Whereas the current Liberal government has proposed a Canada Infrastructure Bank “to provide low-cost financing for new infrastructure projects” -as though the Bank of Canada and its power to spend money into circulation, rather than into debt – does not exist; and

 

Whereas, as laid out in Article 14.2 of the Bank of Canada Act, the leadership of the Bank of Canada must comply with directives from the Government;

 

Therefore be it resolved that the Council of Canadians call on the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance to stop all talk of a new federal infrastructure bank.

 

Be it further resolved that the Council of Canadians call on the Government immediately to resume using the Bank of Canada, not just for infrastructure needs, but for all the needs of Canadians and the Indigenous Peoples of this land, and for the Minister of Finance to so direct the governor of the Bank of Canada.

 

 

  1. Where Does Money Come From if “it Doesn’t Grow on Trees”?

Received September 12, 2016

Submitted by Hamilton Chapter, ON

 

Whereas it is imperative that activists understand the importance of monetary policy and how its use affects the success of the Council of Canadians’ campaigns, including those on trade, water, health care and a vibrant democracy; and

 

Whereas the Council of Canadians website also says that we educate and empower people to hold our governments and corporations accountable;

 

Therefore be it resolved that the Council of Canadians National Office encourage and assist chapters to address the following questions:

  • Where does money come from?
  • What is the difference between a public central bank and a private one?
  • How has monetary policy that borrows from private banking institutions led to the austerity agenda?

COMER pamphlet on monetary reform

COMER pamphlet

Hamilton Chapter blitzes local MPs

Don Giberson (Hamilton Council of Canadians), Filomena Tassi (Liberal MP, Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas), Heather Yoell (Leadnow) and Martin Reid (Fair Vote Canada)

The Hamilton Chapter has been blitzing local MPs on the issues of electoral reform and trade. We met with:

  • David Sweet (Conservative MP for Famborough-Glanbrook) on April 28th
  • Scott Duvall (NDP MP for Hamilton Mountain) on May 23rd
  • Bob Bratina (Liberal MP for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek) on May 23rd as part of a joint delegation with two Fair Vote Canada members
  • Filomena Tassi (Liberal MP for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas) on May 24th as part of a joint delegation with members from Fair Vote Canada and Leadnow
  • David Christopherson (NDP MP for Hamilton Centre) on May 25th

We also requested a meeting with Karina Gould (Liberal MP for Burlington) but were unable to get a meeting with her.

In our meetings with Bratina and Tassi we shared the results of Fair Vote Canada polls on electoral reform in their ridings as well as 19 other Liberal ridings across the country. Filomena Tassi’s riding was not originally included in the poll so our chapter helped raise the funds to include it in the polling. In all 21 Liberal ridings, a clear majority indicated that they support proportional representation, they want every vote to count and they want their Liberal MP to advocate for PR as the party promised during the 2015 election campaign. You can find the full poll results at: http://www.fairvote.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Fair-Vote-Canada-IVR-May-16-2017_FINAL.pdf

In our visits with Sweet, Duvall and Christopherson we also discussed trade issues: CETA, TPP and NAFTA.

There is expected to be a vote in the House of Commons on May 31st on a motion asking Parliament to concur with the recommendations of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. In all of our meetings, we asked the MP to vote in support of this motion. This is expected to be a free vote and the Conservatives, NDP, BQ and Green Party are all expected to vote for the motion. Given the Liberal majority, the motion would need the support of 15-20 Liberal MPs to pass. The Fair Vote Canada polls and our visits were all aimed at convincing Liberal MPs in the ridings polled to support this motion.

Did we succeed?

We will find out on May 31st!

electoral reform conference call

Nathan Cullen, Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and NDP Critic for Democratic Reform

On Wednesday April 12, 2017 our Hamilton Chapter hosted a conference call with other chapters across the country to discuss how we could work together on electoral reform.

12 Chapters from 6 different provinces were represented on the call.

We discussed how we could support an initiative by Nathan Cullen.

Nathan was a Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

He will be introducing a motion in the House of Commons in late May asking Parliament to concur with the recommendations of the Committee; which included adopting a system of proportional representation for 2019.

The Conservatives, NDP, BQ and Green Party all supported the Committee’s recommendations and are expected to support the motion.

If the motion is passed, it would put electoral reform back on the table.

But it will need the support of 15-20 Liberal MPs in order to pass.

Nathan Cullen is currently doing a “Keep Your Promise” Tour of ridings held by Liberal MPs where he holds a Town Hall and encourages people in the riding to pressure their Liberal MP to keep their promise and vote for his motion.

We discussed how our chapters could support this initiative; which is currently our best chance at getting electoral reform moving again.

Nathan’s Keep Your Promise Tour will be in Bob Bratina’s Hamilton East-Stoney Creek riding on Sunday, April 23rd.

Our chapter will be attending and will help promote the event.

We still face a steep uphill battle to get the government to keep their campaign promise on electoral reform.

But this initiative has a reasonable chance of success and we will be working hard to see it succeed.

Beyond Banksters book reading

Join us Wednesday March 1st at 7:00 pm at the Central Library, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton.

Author Joyce Nelson will be sharing information from her latest book, Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism.

“From Milton Friedman to Trudeau’s Canada Infrastructure Bank, from BlackRock to crappy trade deals to Bilderberg, Beyond Banksters exposes the major players privatizing the world and creating a new state of feudalism. Iceland resisted and so can we.”

This interesting and informative discussion addresses an important issue that affects all of us; whether we realize it or not.

The presentation is in the Hamilton Room; doors open at 6:30 and refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Please click on the link below to see the flyer for this event.

Beyond Banksters flyer

NOTE: There is no Chapter meeting on February 28th. This special event replaces our regular February meeting.

Hamilton chapter scores big win against Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Hamilton city hall

Hamilton city hall

 

On January 25th, the Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter and our allies won the support of Hamilton’s City Council on a resolution regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The resolution resolves that:

  • the Mayor of the City Of Hamilton and Councillors express their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in its present form and communicate this decision to Prime Minister Trudeau, Federal Cabinet Ministers, and area MPs; and
  • the resolution be sent to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for consideration and support.

Our Hamilton chapter worked in partnership with the Hamilton District Labour Council, the Hamilton Brantford Building Trades Council, and the Hamilton/Burlington/Oakville Chapter of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada on this.

Our campaign began on January 18 when we and our allies won the unanimous support of the General Issues Committee for this resolution.

Talking about the experience, Chapter activist Kathie Clark said, “The four presentations, questions, discussion and vote on January 18 took almost two hours. It was exceptional to have the attention and involvement of the Mayor and Councillors for that length of time. They asked informed questions about Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement (ISDS), procurement, drug costs and the impact of TPP on the City of Hamilton.”

Kathie also highlights, “It was the work of Paul Manly and the Mid-Island Chapter that inspired us to submit the resolution to the City of Hamilton. We were also following in the footsteps of [former Council of Canadians trade campaigner] Stuart Trew and Councillor Brian McHattie who submitted a resolution on CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) that was passed by the General Issues Committee on Dec. 12. 2011.”

To read the presentation the Hamilton chapter made to the General Issues Committee, please click here and scroll to agenda item 6.3.

On January 23, US President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that formally signals the withdrawal of the United States from the TPP. And Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland now says, “This agreement was so constructed that it can only enter into force with the United States as a ratifying country. So the TPP as a deal cannot happen without the United States being a party to it.”

But the Toronto Star reports, “Speaking with reporters [on January 24], Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to say whether he supports efforts to continue the TPP negotiations without the United States.”

For that reason, municipal resolutions that express opposition to the prime minister are even more critical now.

For more on the Council of Canadians national campaign to stop the TPP, please click here.