Meetings and Events

Hamilton Chapter 5th Annual Public Forum – Thursday, June 15, 2017

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 Frud Street (neaar 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).



Monthly Chapter Meetings
The Hamilton Chapter holds monthly meetings on the final Tuesday of the month at the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Building (rear entrance), 639 Main Street East, Hamilton (between Wentworth and Sherman). There is free parking in the Big Brothers/Big sisters lot and in the lot behind the building which is accessed off Aikman, one street north of Main. The building is wheelchair accessible. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 9:00 p.m. We usually have a guest speaker at each meeting as well as reports from the current Education/Action Groups. The attendance ranges from 30 to 40 people. We promote these meetings to members on the Chapter membership email list and to the public using MeetUp and These are open meetings and members of the public are very welcome. Below are the dates and topics of the chapter meetings for 2016:

October 25, 2016: “Electoral Reform: The Process So Far” by Dr. Peter Graefe, Associate Professor, Political Science, McMaster University

September 27, 2016: “Design Your Democracy” by Don Giberson, Chair-Electoral Reform Group, Hamilton Chapter-Council of Canadians

June 28, 2016: “Climate Action Heats Up in Hamilton!” by Don McLean, chair – System Change Not Climate Change, Hamilton Chapter – Council of Canadians

May 31, 2016: “The Systematic Wrecking of the Canadian Steel Industry” by Rolf Gerstenberger

April 26, 2016: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Food Security and Health” by Dr. Shiv Chopra

March 29, 2016: “Electoral Reform 101” by Dr. Peter Graefe, Associate Professor, Political Science, McMaster University

February 23, 2016: “Climate Change After the Paris Conference” by Michael Nabert, Sustainability Educator

January 26,2016: This meeting was used to plan our chapter priorities for the coming year.

Education/Action Groups

We have a number of Education /Action Groups that work on various issues. Our current Education / Action Groups are: Electoral Reform, Food Security, Health Care, Public Not Private Banking, Poverty and Inequality, System Change Not Climate Change and Trade Justice. These groups meet as needed. If you would like to contact, learn more, or join one of these groups, please click on the Education /Action Groups tab above.

Hamilton Chapter Annual Public Forum

We hold a public forum in May or June of each year. Below are descriptions for the public forums we have held the past few years.

June 2, 2016: Ducking the Debt Boomerang – Why Canadians Should Borrow from their own Central Bank

This Public Forum was organized by our chapter Private Banking Not Public Banking group and featured Guest Speaker Ann Emmett, co-founder of COMER (the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform) and Rocco Galatti, constitutional lawyer for COMER. It was held at Hamilton City Hall council chambers.

June 1, 2015: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls – The Uncomfortable Truth

This public forum was held in June in keeping with Aboriginal Awareness Month. The keynote speaker was to be Pamela Palmater, Mi’kmaw lawyer, activist and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. However, due to a family matter Pam was not able to be with us. Instead, the keynote speaker was Angela Sterritt. Angela Sterritt is an award-winning Gitxsan journalist, artist, writer, motivational speaker and filmmaker from British Columbia who is currently a television, radio and online reporter with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) –

Other speakers included Wonda Jamieson, daughter of a sister in spirit, and Norma General, Elder. Val King provided the traditional opening ceremony. We co-hosted this community forum in partnership with Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University, and the Aboriginal Education and Student Services at Mohawk College. Other community organizations helped to promote the event among their members.

May 12, 2014: Climate Change: What Can We Do in Hamilton?

Held at the Hamilton Public Library (55 York Blcd), about 200 attended this public forum which focused on specific actions that can be taken in Hamilton to make a positive difference.

The speakers were Gordon McBean (Director, Research and External Relations – Centre for Environment and Sustainability and Director, Policy Studies – Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction), Brian Kelly (Manager of Sustainability, Office of the CAO, Region of Durham) and Danielle B. (One of the many voices that represent the water and land.  Danielle is Anishnaabe Kwe from Garden River, Ontario). The Manitou Mkwa Singers were part of opening the program.

The forum was co-hosted by the Council of Canadians Hamilton Chapter, Environment Hamilton, 350Hamilton, Green Venture, and First Nations. Ten other community organizations co-sponsored the event and promoted it throughout the city.

May 14, 2013: It’s Time To Take Back Our Democracy!

The guest speakers were Rick Salutin and Steven Shrybman. Mr. Salutin’s presentation, called “Thoughts of a Skeptical Optimist”, included comments on proportional representations and the Swiss Model of Direct Democracy. Mr. Shrybman told the story of the Council of Canadian’s legal challenge in the Supreme Court of Canada against voter suppression, robocalls and fraud in the 2011 federal election.

May 16, 2012: Maude Barlow brought her Great Lakes Campaign Speaking Tour to Hamilton.

There was a great turnout that filled the First Unitarian Church.


The Hamilton Chapter is not all work and no play. We have at least two social events a year at which we do not conduct business. Instead these are opportunities for members to have fun, socialize and get to know each other better.

Holiday Pot Luck Social
In December we hold a pot luck dinner. This year’s Potluck is planned for December 6th (alternate date: December 13th). In 2013 we had over 45 people attend – the feast was fantastic!

Canada Day Picnic
On July 1, 2013 we held our first Canada Day Picnic. It was so much fun that I am sure this will become an annual event.


The Hamilton Chapter – Council of Canadians regularly takes part in events and campaigns for social, environmental and economic justice in Hamilton and surrounding areas. Some of our activities have included:

November 5, 2016: International Day of Action Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (rally in St.Catharines, Ontario)

October 14-16, 2016: Council of Canadians Annual General Meeting in St. John’s,  Newfoundland (Mary Love represented our chapter and presented 2 resolutions on public banking that were adopted at the AGM)

October 3, 2016 and September 30, 2016: International Day of the Older Person (co-sponsored a rally and forum at Hamilton City Hall)

June-August 2016: Chapter members visited 6 area MPs to advocate for electoral reform and trade justice.

September 15, 2015: Toxic Tour of the Chemical Valley near Sarnia.

July-October 2015: Go Vote Youth Campaign, canvasing and other activities as part of federal election

Fair Elections Act Rally – April 26, 2014

Fair Elections Rally April 26 2014

On Saturday, April 26, forty-five people attended the Fair Elections Act Rally at the Federal building on Bay Street at 1:00 p.m. This event was organized by the McMaster Mobilization Committee and endorsed by the Council of Canadians national office.

Health Care Rally – March 31, 2014

Health Care Rally March 31, 2014

The Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians joined with Local 1005 and CUPE Local 1065 to rally in support of public health care. Monday, March 31 was a National Day of Action to protest the end of the Health Accord.

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The Trade Justice Group organized the NAFTA march on January 28 as part of the International Day of Action marking the 20th year of NAFTA. Twenty-two courageous people braved a VERY cold night to mourn NAFTA and oppose the TPP and corporate globalization.