March Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Standing Up for Justice: The Council of Canadians in Ontario

Mark Calzavara and Rachel Small from the CoC Ontario/Quebec regional office will be our guest speakers at the March Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, March 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The topic of their presentation and the discussion will be Standing Up for Justice: The Council of Canadians in Ontario. The meeting will be at our usual location – the Big Brothers Big Sisters building at 639 Main St. East, Hamilton.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the Council of Canadians at the national, regional and local level.

February Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, February 27

Celebrate the lengthening evenings by joining the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians on Tuesday, February 27 between 7 and 9 p.m. at the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Building at 639 Main St. East, Hamilton L8M 1J4

As well as our working group reports, chapter business and community announcements, The Public! Not Private Banking working group (which will host this meeting), will introduce the first stage of its Story-Based Strategy (learn more at In this case, to win “the battle of the story,” we must first reframe the terms of debate around monetary issues.

Mary, Dave, and Karl request the loan of your political savvy and experience for the evening. After a brief introduction to our Narrative Cornerstones, we will break out into discussion groups to query, analyze, and critique the document. This kind of constituency assessment is the first step for any story-based strategy; we really need your participation on the 27th to make our foundation strong enough to break the banks!

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.

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,


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 […]


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!