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.

Council of Canadians “forging solidarity” in Hamilton this weekend October 3rd to 4th

Media Release September 30, 2014

Forging Solidarity Maude Barlow

Hamilton, ON – With one year to go before the next federal election, over 300 Council of Canadians supporters from coast to coast will gather in Hamilton to prepare for the crucial year to come. This Friday, the Council of Canadians opens its conference, Forging Solidarity.

“Hamilton has a great history of grassroots and labour organizing. But it doesn’t just end there: First Nations organizing, active transport organizing, anti-poverty organizing and environmental organizing: it’s all happening here in Hamilton,” says Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “The city is an inspiration. This is exactly what we need with our uninspiring Conservative government one year before the next federal election.”

Forging Solidarity will bring together activists from environmental, health, youth, Indigenous and labour groups to fight back against Harper’s austerity agenda, the elimination of door-to-door delivery by Canada Post, and mining and pipeline projects that threaten the environment.

Some of the highlights include:

  • A tree planting ceremony with mayor Bob Bratina and councillor Hamilton Ward 1 councillor Brian McHattie, and the Council’s Vice Chair Leo Broderick and Hamilton Chapter President […]

The Council of Canadians Annual Conference and Business Meeting

Friday, October 3, 2014 – 17:00 to Sunday, October 5, 2014 – 12:00 Forging Solidarity Join us in Hamilton from October 3-5

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, 116 King Street West, Hamilton, ON (map)

This year our Annual General Meeting moves to the industrial city of Hamilton, Ontario. We will bring together chapter activists, supporters and allies for a dynamic weekend event that includes a public forum, workshops, panels and more.

Titled Forging Solidarity, the conference theme is collective rights and strengthening labour-community alliances to build momentum towards a brighter future with strong public services, good jobs, and renewed democracy. Our speakers will also highlight the creative ways community groups have come together to fight – and win – against corporate power and ensure the well-being of their communities.

On behalf of our Hamilton Chapter and regional hosts: Council of Canadians Board Member John Cartwright, Hamilton Chapter Chair Kathie Clark, and Hamilton Chapter Co-Chair Youth Division Justine Schultes, I invite you to join us in Hamilton for this inspiring event. We hope to see you there!

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians

Registration

Registration is open! Advance registration closes […]

Ted Winch

WINCH, Edmund Martin Plaisted (Ted)

May 18, 1918 to September 2, 2014

Died very peacefully, lucid to the end and holding his daughter’s hand, at 1:30 p.m. in his 97th year, in the loving care of St. Peter’s Hospital, Palliative Wing, after six weeks of wonderful treatment in the Acute Stroke ward of Hamilton General Hospital. Loyal and steadfast husband of the late Lois Gwendolyn (O’Reilly) Winch. Survived by his daughter Audrey Elizabeth Winch. Supported and loved by his nieces, Frances Wilkinson (Hugh Wilson) and Eleanor Wilkinson (the late Rob Dolan), and grandnieces, Caitlin and Emma Dolan. Predeceased by his sister Betty Wilkinson of Montreal. Ted was a gentle man who played life by the Marquess of Queensbury Rules. He served others all his life, including: his country – RCNVR Veteran of WWII (electrical officer on The Preserver, and development of ASDIC); his employers – Technical Draftsman (toilet bowls) with Bapco, P.Eng. with English Electric (Vancouver, St. Catharines), John Inglis (Toronto), and Westinghouse (Hamilton, retired December 1982); and served in his professional organizations – Chair of Branches of IEE (now IET) and IEEE, and a member of APEO. Fostering community and the public good wherever he went, Ted founded and/or […]

Council of Canadians Latest ENews - August 12, 2014

Here is the latest Enews from the Council of Canadians – http://www.canadians.org/content/e-news-august-12-2014