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:

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


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: 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   Hamilton Premiere: “The Time is NOW – A Film about Sustainability” Tuesday, April 18th 6:30-8:30 pm at Central Library   People Power & Climate Change: Our Pressing Need to SPEAK UP! Thursday, Apr 20th 7:00-8:30 pm at Terryberry Library   People Power & Climate Change: Our Pressing Need to SPEAK UP! Friday, Apr 21st 1:00-2:30 pm   People Power & Climate Change: Our Pressing Need to SPEAK UP! Thursday, Apr 27th 7:00-8:30 pm at Westdale Library   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!