5th Annual Public Forum - June 15

The Hamilton Chapter hosted its 5th annual public forum on Thursday, June 15. The title and theme was Boiling Point: Canada’s Water Crisis. About 175 people from Hamilton and the surrounding communities came to hear the three excellent speakers and to engage in the follow-up discussion. Danielle Boissoneau, Anishnaabe writer and activist, lead the programme with the land acknowledgement and a moving message of the importance of water to the Indigenous people. Ward 1 Councillor Aidan Johnson provided the local context of current water issues including water extraction, opposition to bottled water, and the closing of the Sulphur Springs artesian well. The keynote speaker was Maude Barlow. She spoke about her latest book and report on water, and shared wonderful stories of her water campaign experiences such as Site 41 and her visit to Port Stanley. The audience was eager to ask lots of questions  and offer comments about water issues related to trade agreements, pipelines, and government policies.


On Thursday, June 15, the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadian will be hosting its 5th Annual Public Forum. The event will be located at the Hamilton Spectator Auditorium 44 Frid Street (near Dundurn and Main). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7:00 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Maude Barlow, Honourary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. The title of her presentation will be Boiling Point: Canada’s Water Crisis. Copies of Maude’s latest book (Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis) will be on sale and Maude will be pleased to sign books after the event. Other speakers include Councillor Aidan Johnson and Danielle Boissoneau, Anishnaabe writer and activist. The event is free of charge and the facility is wheelchair accessible.

Community partners for this event are Bay Area Restoration Council, Hamilton Blue Dot, Democracy Probe International, Eco-Locke, Environment Hamilton, Hamilton 350, and the National Farmers Union (Local 351).

April events

We have a number of exciting events this month:

Do You Hear the People Sing: Defeating NAFTA, TPP and CETA: Tuesday, April 25th 7:00-9:00 pm at Big Brothers Big Sisters, 639 Main Street East, Hamilton https://www.meetup.com/Council-of-Canadians-Hamilton-Chapter/events/239185286/   Hamilton Premiere: “The Time is NOW – A Film about Sustainability” Tuesday, April 18th 6:30-8:30 pm at Central Library https://www.meetup.com/Council-of-Canadians-Hamilton-Chapter/events/239185540/   People Power & Climate Change: Our Pressing Need to SPEAK UP! Thursday, Apr 20th 7:00-8:30 pm at Terryberry Library https://www.meetup.com/Council-of-Canadians-Hamilton-Chapter/events/239186024/   People Power & Climate Change: Our Pressing Need to SPEAK UP! Friday, Apr 21st 1:00-2:30 pm https://www.meetup.com/Council-of-Canadians-Hamilton-Chapter/events/239186165/   People Power & Climate Change: Our Pressing Need to SPEAK UP! Thursday, Apr 27th 7:00-8:30 pm at Westdale Library https://www.meetup.com/Council-of-Canadians-Hamilton-Chapter/events/239186111/   Please join us – we would love to see you there!

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.


Community Friends:

Please come out and join the Community Election Celebration hosted by Homegrown Hamilton.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Time: Starting at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St, Hamilton

We have all worked long and hard on this election. Let’s get together as a community and celebrate our accomplishments. Many thanks to all those who have had the courage and conviction to stand for election.

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls - The Uncomfortable Truth

The Public Forum on June 1 was very well attended – it was standing room only in the City Hall Council Chambers. The program of speakers and singers provided a very moving and thought provoking event.

Here is the media coverage the event received:




Public Forum: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians is co-hosting a public forum entitled Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls – The Uncomfortable Truth on Monday, June 1 at the Hamilton City Hall Council Chambers. 71 Main St W, Hamilton. The facility is wheelchair accessible. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7:00 p.m.

The keynote speaker was to be Pamela Palmater, Mi’kmaw lawyer, activist and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. However, due to a family matter Pam is not able to be with us. Instead, the keynote speaker will be Angela Sterritt. Angela Sterritt is an award-winning Gitxsan journalist, artist, writer, motivational speaker and filmmaker from British Columbia who is currently a television, radio and online reporter with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) – http://angelasterritt.com/.

Other speakers include Wonda Jamieson, daughter of a sister in spirit, and Norma General, Elder. Val King will provide the traditional opening ceremony.

We are co-hosting this community forum in partnership with Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University, and the Aboriginal Education and Student Services at Mohawk College. Other […]

Public Forum on Climate Change - May 12, 2014

On Monday, May 12 a public forum on climate change was held at the Hamilton Public Library (55 York Blvd.). The title was ‘Climate Change: what can we do in Hamilton?’ Click here to see the poster. About 200 people attended.

The focus was on specific actions that can be taken in Hamilton to make a positive difference. This year the forum was co-hosted by the Council of Canadians Hamilton Chapter, Environment Hamilton, 350Hamilton, Green Venture, and First Nations. Ten other community organizations co-sponsored the event and promoting it throughout the city.

The speakers were Gordon McBean (Director, Research and External Relations – Centre for Environment and Sustainability and Director, Policy Studies – Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction), Brian Kelly (Manager of Sustainability, Office of the CAO, Region of Durham) and Danielle B. (One of the many voices that represent the water and land. Danielle is Anishnaabe Kwe from Garden River, Ontario). The Manitou Mkwa Singers were part of opening the program.

Health Care Rally - March 31, 2014

Health Care Rally March 31, 2014

The Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians joined with Local 1005 and CUPE Local 1065 to rally in support of public health care. Monday, March 31 was a National Day of Action to protest the end of the Health Accord.

Stop Line 9 - March 8, 2014 Rally

Line 9 Rally March 8, 2014

I want to thank the many members of the Hamilton Chapter who participated in the Line 9 rally on Friday, March 8, 2014. It was great to see you there. Over 60 people turned out to demonstrate their opposition to the National Energy Board’s approval of the Line 9 application.

Congratulations to the members of 350Hamilton who organized the march and the media release that resulted in a lot of media coverage including the following.