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!

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.

Holiday Potluck

Hamilton Chapter Council of Canadians celebrates a year of hard work with a holiday potluck!

Hamilton Chapter CoC celebrates a year of hard work with a holiday potluck!

 

The Hamilton Chapter celebrated a year of hard work with a relaxing holiday potluck dinner on Tuesday December 13th.

About 25 people turned out for the event including long-time members and others who have only recently joined the chapter.

We dined on great food, caught up on news, renewed friendships and made new ones.

In January we will identify our priorities and plans for 2017; but this night was for relaxing, catching up and having fun!

Thank you to all who attended and who brought such delightful and delicious dishes to share!

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 […]

CoC Hamilton Chapter - August Monthly Meeting - Aug. 26, 2014

The next monthly meeting of the Hamilton Chapter will be Tuesday, August 26, 2014. We will meet from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Volunteer Hamilton, 267 King Street East (between Wellington and Ferguson). The guest speakers will be Amanda Stewart, Jaydene Lavallie and others to provide reports on The People’s Social Forum in Ottawa this weekend. Everyone is welcome!

Monthly Chapter Meeting Notice - April 29, 2014

The April Monthly Meeting hosted Norman Kearney as the guest speaker. The title of his presentation was ‘Building a People’s Society: What it means, and how we can do it’.

A people’s society is a society of organized peoples who have the authority, the capabilities, and the resources to self-govern. In a people’s society, the people rule themselves through networks and tiers of semi-autonomous institutions based on the principles of subsidiarity and reciprocity. Cities are potential foundations for a people’s society, but how can we build on these foundations? This talk will discuss strategies for organizing and building a people’s society through the city, and how these strategies can be (and have been) put into practice in Hamilton and elsewhere.

Norman Kearney started Ward 2’s movement for participatory budgeting in January 2012 and led its design and implementation until September 2013. Since then, Norman has been a graduate student at the Institute of Political Economy in Ottawa. Norman graduated from McMaster University in 2011 with a degree in philosophy and political science. He is a proud Hamiltonian and shameless promoter of its beauty, culture, and good coffee.

This presentation relates to the work of the Direct Democracy Group.