June Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.

The Hamilton Chapter regular monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Big Brothers, Big Sisters Building (Lower Level, 639 Main Street East, Hamilton. We will not have a speaker thia month. Instead we will be making plans for next year, including the following: 1. Membership recruitment 2. Fall Forum on the Municipl Election 3. Federal Election 2019 Please join us as we think ahead to next year.

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

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.

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.

SEASON’S GREETINGS

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.

September Monthly Meeting - September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

The first fall meeting of the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians will take place on Tuesday, September 26 at 639 Main St. East at 7 PM (Big Brothers/Big Sisters, between Wentworth and Sherman, close to Burris. Enter via back entrance).

Our guest speaker for this meeting is Stuart Trew and he will be speaking on The NAFTA Renegotiations by SKYPE from Ottawa. Stuart is the editor of the Monitor, a bimonthly journal of new research and opinion from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). He’s also a trade researcher with the CCPA, and the recent co-editor (with Scott Sinclair) of the book, The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Canada: A Citizen’s Guide. Stuart is formerly a trade campaigner with the Council of Canadians and lived in Hamilton while working with the CoC.

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!