Council of Canadians – Hamilton Chapter

There has been a Council of Canadians chapter in Hamilton for a long time. Previous chairs have included Tim Simmons and Member of Parliament Wayne Marston.

The current Hamilton Chapter was re-activated in November 2011. We began with about 100 members from various parts of the Hamilton community. We have a current membership of about 200 members.

Education/Action Groups

2011/2012. During our first year of operation we had seven Education/ Action Groups: Aerotropolis Group, Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement Group, Direct Democracy Group, Fluoridation Group, Great Lakes and Water Group, System Change Not Climate Change Group, and the Youth Division.

2013. In June 2013, we reviewed our priorities and agreed on the following six Groups for the coming year: the CETA Group was renamed the Trade Justice Group; we discontinued the Aerotropolis and Fluoridation Groups; we added the Health Care Group;  and we continued the Direct Democracy, Great Lakes and Water, and System Change Not Climate Change Groups.

2014/2015. We added a Youth Division to our existing Education/Action Groups. One of our major areas of focus in 2015 was the federal election. You can learn more about our election activities here.

2016. In January we reviewed our priorities for the year. The Direct Democracy Group was renamed the Electoral Reform Group to reflect our focus for the year. We discontinued two groups (Great Lakes and Water; and Youth Division) and we added three new groups: Food Security; Poverty and Inequality; and Public Not Private Banking. You can learn more about our Education/Action Groups here.

For our Activities Report July 2015-December 2016, please click here.

For a copy of our 2016 Chapter Brochure, please click here.

Chapter Monthly Meetings

We hold monthly Chapter meeting on the last Tuesday of each month. We meet 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Big Brothers, Big Sisters  Building (lower level, back entrance), 639 Main Street East, Hamilton (between Wentworth and Sherman) and the attendance averages about 20-30 members. We usually have guest speakers at these meetings and the Education/Action Groups have an opportunity to report on their activities. In December and on Canada Day we host social gatherings when members have the time and opportunity to visit and get to know each other better.

Chapter Steering Committee

The Steering Committee was established in January 2012. It provides a mechanism for collective, rapid decision making regarding the Hamilton Chapter between monthly Chapter meetings. It manages administrative matters and formulates proposals for Chapter business and activities to present to Chapter members at the monthly meetings. The membership of the Committee includes the Chapter Chair, the Treasurer, and the Co-Chairs of all the Education/Actions Groups. The Committee conducts its business by email and meets every 2-3 months. It is accountable to the Chapter members and reports on a quarterly basis.

Council of Canadians – National Organization

Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, mobilizing a network of 60 chapters across the country.

Through our campaigns we advocate for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy. We educate and empower people to hold our governments and corporations accountable.

Join us and be part of a global movement working for social and environmental justice. We believe a better Canada and a fairer world are possible. Together, we are working to turn that belief into action.

The Council of Canadians is a registered non-profit organization and does not accept money from corporations or governments. Our work is sustained by the volunteer energy and generous donations of people like you. If you would like to donate to our national organization, please click here.

For more information about the National Organization, please go to http://www.canadians.org/about. There you will find out about the vision and history of the Council of Canadians. You can read about Maude Barlow, the National Chairperson, and the Board of Directors. The Council also posts its Annual Report to members http://www.canadians.org/annual-report.

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