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.

Hamilton Chapter Resolutions passed at the Council of Canadians 2016 AGM

. Restoring Intended Use of the Bank of Canada

Received September 12, 2016

Submitted by Hamilton Chapter, ON, Mary Love, marylove@bell.net

 

Whereas the Bank of Canada is a rarity in the world, a national public central bank in existence since 1934, and nationalized in 1938 to fund government programs and infrastructure projects – with little or no interest charged – as laid out in the Bank of Canada Act, and which funded the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Trans Canada Highway, and the establishment of social programs such as the Old Age Pension and Medicare; and

 

Whereas, since 1974, successive federal governments have neglected their fiduciary duty to use The Bank of Canada, and have instead borrowed from private central banking institutions, resulting in the Canadian government and the Canadian people paying (by 2012) 1.1 trillion dollars in compound interest alone on the national debt;

 

Whereas this deliberate debt has directly led to a corresponding erosion of our social programs and the crumbling of our infrastructure at all three levels of civil society, as well as a stagnation in the process of self-determination of Indigenous Peoples; and

 

Whereas the current Liberal government has […]

COMER pamphlet on monetary reform

COMER pamphlet

Hamilton Chapter Canada Day Event

The Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians planned an information booth and potluck on Canada Day at a local event called It’s Your Festival In beautiful Gage Park in Hamilton, Ontario, traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabeg.

Besides engaging the public on issues such as clean water, the Nestlé boycott (which we were glad to find fairly well known by now) and our local Enbridge pipelines, we brought attention to the 150 + years of resistance by Indigenous peoples of this land against colonialism. One of our chapter activists bought extra Respect Indigenous Rights buttons, perfect for the day and very popular. Kathie Clark had followed up on a notice from Jim Elliott […]

5th ANNUAL PUBLIC FORUM

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).

electoral reform conference call

Nathan Cullen, Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and NDP Critic for Democratic Reform

On Wednesday April 12, 2017 our Hamilton Chapter hosted a conference call with other chapters across the country to discuss how we could work together on electoral reform.

12 Chapters from 6 different provinces were represented on the call.

We discussed how we could support an initiative by Nathan Cullen.

Nathan was a Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

He will be introducing a motion in the House of Commons in late May asking Parliament to concur with the recommendations of the Committee; which included adopting a system of proportional representation for 2019.

The Conservatives, NDP, BQ and Green Party all supported the Committee’s recommendations and are expected to support the motion.

If the motion is passed, it would put electoral reform back on the table.

But it will need the support of 15-20 Liberal MPs in order to pass.

Nathan Cullen is currently doing a “Keep Your Promise” Tour of ridings held by Liberal MPs where he holds a Town Hall and […]

Public Forum - Tar Sands: Who Wins? Who Loses? Mon Feb 9th

Please join us for a public forum entitled Tar Sands: Who Wins? Who Loses? presented by Democracy Probe International

Date: Monday, February 9th Time: 7pm Place: Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn St. S., Hamilton

The speaker will be Dr. Jim Quinn, with panelists Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill and Adam Scott.

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Red Hill Valley, Environment Hamilton, Hamilton 350 and the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians.

Click on the link to see the event poster: TarsandsFeb9

We hope to see you there!

 

January monthly meeting - Tues. Jan 27th @ 7pm -

Please join us on Tuesday, January 27th at 7pm at McMaster University – Health Sciences Centre, Lecture Hall 1A6 for a screening of the CBC documentary “silence of the labs” which aired on CBC in early 2014. This ground-breaking documentary opened up and laid bare the drastic effects of our Government’s decisions that turn away from science and evidence in the formation of public policy.

We are co-sponsoring this event together with 350 Hamilton and Evidence for Democracy.

We hope you will join us!

“Taxes: Not always a dirty word” Chapter member’s Letter to the Editor

This Letter to the Editor was published on Dec 12, 2014 in the Hamilton Spectator, written by Louise Roger. Click here for the link. Excellent letter Louise!

Taxes: Not always a dirty word Hallmarks of a civilized society, such as universal health care, owe their existence to them

Hamilton Spectator

By Louise Rogers

“Try to think of a word more hated than “taxes”!

Right! Let’s lay our cards on the table and say we are talking taxes. By promising us lower taxes and, therefore, more disposable income if we vote for whoever is running for office, “taxes” has become a hated word. The promise of lowering them is luring a bear to a honey pot because many of the electorate believe they will be better off financially. This is a myth.

One has only to note all the “extras” for which you would fork out on a daily basis — that is, if you are fortunate enough to have the income.

It’s been said “taxes are what one pays for a civilized society.”

And we are civilized, aren’t we? Taxes pay for all the services we expect to receive in a first world […]

CoC Annual General Meeting – Photos

The October 3-5 , 2014 Forging Solidarity CoC AGM was a great success! Here are some of the photos from the weekend.