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 […]

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 […]

National Day of Action

Hamilton Chapter Council of Canadians takes part in National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

Members from LeadNow and the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians outside Filomena Tassi’s office during the National Day of Action on Tuesday December 13th.

 

LeadNow organized a National Day of Action on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016.

The National Day of Action was directed at Liberal MPs across the country and focused on asking them to keep their party’s campaign promise to make 2015  the last federal election conducted under the First-Past-The-Post electoral system.

Members from the Hamilton Chapter – Council of Canadians and local LeadNow members gathered at noon outside the Constituency office of Filomena Tassi, Liberal MP for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas.

We delivered a Christmas card to Ms. Tassi from “Canadians who support proportional representation and electoral reform”.

The Liberal government seems to be backing off their campaign promise on electoral reform and the National Day of Action was intended to send a clear message to the Prime Minister and his government that we want the Liberal Party of Canada to keep its promise on electoral reform.

Chapter protests against the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

Hamilton Chapter Council of Canadians takes part in protest against TPP

Hamilton Chapter Council of Canadians takes part in protest against TPP

On November 5th, The Council of Canadians South Niagara, Hamilton, London and Guelph chapters gathered to protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

They did so outside the constituency office of Chris Bittle, the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of St. Catharines.

After the rally, South Niagara chapter activist Fiona McMurran posted on Facebook, “We had a great turnout today for the Niagara Day of Action against the TPP! Niagara activists from the Council of Canadians, from labour and the Niagara Regional Labour Council, as well as environmentalists and students were joined by activists from Council of Canadians Chapters in London, Guelph and Hamilton, as well as labour representatives from London and Hamilton. The National Farmers Union was represented by Brian Griffith and Gwen French.”

The promotion for the rally had noted, “Join us outside the Constituency Office of St. Catharines MP, Chris Bittle, 61 Geneva Street, for a Day of Action against the Trans Pacific […]

The People's Platform - Regional Forums

Four regional forums for The People’s Platform were held on Saturday, August 9. Here is an article by the Hamilton Spectator. And here is coverage from CBC Hamilton.

Dam Line 9 - Media Release - August 11, 2014

Dam Line 9 Blockaders released after being arrested at Enbridge Line 9 Site

Dam Line 9 - Aug 2014

Annishnabek, Haudenosaunee, Lenape Territories – Five protesters were arrested last night at an Enbridge Line 9 construction site which saw a week long occupation. Since early Tuesday morning people from across southwestern Ontario stopped construction at an Enbridge valve installation, camping out for a week and building their own infrastructure.

Yesterday at noon police delivered an injunction, at which point point most protesters packed up and left the premises. Two blockaders locked down to cement filled barrels which had to be jack hammered off by a police team. The individuals locked down were then arrested, taken to the Tillsonbourg jail. Three individuals who were supporting those locked down were also arrested and kept overnight. Two of them had been assured by police that they could perform support roles without being arrested.

“I am not surprised that Enbridge and the police collaborated and that our friends and loved ones were arrested, especially considering Enbridge’s $10,000 donation to the Oxford County Police […]

Join Niagara Line 9 Rally - Saturday, July 26th at 1pm at 2895 St. Paul Ave, Niagara Falls

Is oil the only thing left of value these days? Is cheaper better? Do we need to ram through our Mother the Earth’s abundant resources so we can “compete” with cheap overseas products? When will enough be enough?

There is so much to be grateful for in the land for many of us, and yet we are eating out of boxes and bags fixed with a logo marketed just for us, instead of demanding healthy tasty local food. We are filling up landfills with our Timmies cups after our lengthy idling in line in the drive through. We are paving through forests to populate areas like the Muskoka’s with our SUV and generators for second and third homes.

We are all contributing to this destruction.You, me, Stephen Harper and David Suzuki are all contributing in one way or another to this endless cycle of exponential growth. It defies math, reason, ethics and spits in the faces of those who made sacrifices before us to help us attain all these comforts. We are doing a lot of things, but stopping the chase of the unattainable “dream” is not one of them. It seems to never be enough. Why not? Who […]

The World Council of Churches ends fossil fuel investments

The World Council of Churches representing half a billion Christians has joined the divestment movement and announced it will end all its fossil fuel investments. See here.

The People's Forum - Campaign Kick-Off July 15, 2014

The People’s Platform is underway, and it’s important we show that people are interested in making their own platform! There will be a campaign kick-off on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00pm at Democracy Cafe, 202 Locke Street South. We need to fill the room, so come on out and bring your friends! Local media will be present, and there will be a mini-forum to showcase what the campaign is all about. And…if you’re interested in volunteering with the campaign, please email info@peoplesplatform.ca. See you on the 15th!

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Media Advisory June 30, 2014

“…voter turnout rose to about 40 per cent of registered voters [in 2010], compared to 37.3 per cent in the 2006 municipal election. In 2003, voter turnout was about 37.9 per cent.” – Steve Buist, Hamilton Spectator

Voter turnout is on the rise in Hamilton, and residents are hungry for more ways to participate. For the first time in Hamilton’s history, residents will come together and say what they want before they say who they want. The people of Hamilton will make their own platform and share it with the candidates in this year’s municipal election. It will be up to the candidates to […]