“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 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

Visit with Tony Matthews - August 8, 2014

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On Friday, August 8, Peter Ormond, Karl Wlasenko, Cam and Kathie Clark went to visit Tony Matthews in Palmerston.

Fortunately we had chosen to make the trip on Tony’s birthday. We enjoyed the visit and Tony seemed to as well.

We had a picnic lunch on the front lawn of his new home.

Council of Canadians Latest ENews - July 23, 2014

Here is the latest Enews from the Council of Canadians – http://canadians.org/content/e-news-july-23-2014

The People's Forum - Campaign Kick-Off July 15, 2014

The People’s Platform is underway, and it’s important we show that people are interested in making their own platform! There will be a campaign kick-off on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00pm at Democracy Cafe, 202 Locke Street South. We need to fill the room, so come on out and bring your friends! Local media will be present, and there will be a mini-forum to showcase what the campaign is all about. And…if you’re interested in volunteering with the campaign, please email info@peoplesplatform.ca. See you on the 15th!


Media Advisory June 30, 2014

“…voter turnout rose to about 40 per cent of registered voters [in 2010], compared to 37.3 per cent in the 2006 municipal election. In 2003, voter turnout was about 37.9 per cent.” – Steve Buist, Hamilton Spectator

Voter turnout is on the rise in Hamilton, and residents are hungry for more ways to participate. For the first time in Hamilton’s history, residents will come together and say what they want before they say who they want. The people of Hamilton will make their own platform and share it with the candidates in this year’s municipal election. It will be up to the candidates to […]

Pat Saunders received Senior of the Year Award on June 24, 2014

Patricia Saunders – Senior of the Year Award. The Senior of the Year Award is awarded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, and gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding local Ontarian who, at 65 years of age or beyond, has voluntarily contributed to their community, perhaps in one, or a number of areas, including the arts, literature, community service, education, fitness and sport and humanitarian activities. Patricia Saunders, who lives on the mountain, began volunteering in the 1950’s as a Sunday school teacher at St. John’s Anglican Church. She later became a charter and founding member of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Hamilton Branch, the Hamilton Chapter of the Friends of Schizophrenics, and Hamilton Women’s Centre. While raising four children, she obtained her BA/BSW from McMaster University, and became the President of McMaster University Alumni, School of Social Work. She was the first woman to become Chair of the then Hamilton-Wentworth Police Services Board, and later became Volunteer Coordinator for the Community Policing Centre. Saunders has also supported a number of other community organizations and committees including the Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society, the City of Hamilton’s Status of Women Committee, the Hamilton Historical Board, […]