April events

We have a number of exciting events this month:

Do You Hear the People Sing: Defeating NAFTA, TPP and CETA:
Tuesday, April 25th 7:00-9:00 pm at Big Brothers Big Sisters, 639 Main Street East, Hamilton
 
Hamilton Premiere: “The Time is NOW – A Film about Sustainability”
Tuesday, April 18th 6:30-8:30 pm at Central Library
 
People Power & Climate Change: Our Pressing Need to SPEAK UP!
Thursday, Apr 20th 7:00-8:30 pm at Terryberry Library
 
People Power & Climate Change: Our Pressing Need to SPEAK UP!
Friday, Apr 21st 1:00-2:30 pm
 
People Power & Climate Change: Our Pressing Need to SPEAK UP!
Thursday, Apr 27th 7:00-8:30 pm at Westdale Library
 
Please join us – we would love to see you there!

Beyond Banksters book reading

Join us Wednesday March 1st at 7:00 pm at the Central Library, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton.

Author Joyce Nelson will be sharing information from her latest book, Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism.

“From Milton Friedman to Trudeau’s Canada Infrastructure Bank, from BlackRock to crappy trade deals to Bilderberg, Beyond Banksters exposes the major players privatizing the world and creating a new state of feudalism. Iceland resisted and so can we.”

This interesting and informative discussion addresses an important issue that affects all of us; whether we realize it or not.

The presentation is in the Hamilton Room; doors open at 6:30 and refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Please click on the link below to see the flyer for this event.

Beyond Banksters flyer

NOTE: There is no Chapter meeting on February 28th. This special event replaces our regular February meeting.

Hamilton chapter scores big win against Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Hamilton city hall

Hamilton city hall

 

On January 25th, the Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter and our allies won the support of Hamilton’s City Council on a resolution regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The resolution resolves that:

  • the Mayor of the City Of Hamilton and Councillors express their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in its present form and communicate this decision to Prime Minister Trudeau, Federal Cabinet Ministers, and area MPs; and
  • the resolution be sent to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for consideration and support.

Our Hamilton chapter worked in partnership with the Hamilton District Labour Council, the Hamilton Brantford Building Trades Council, and the Hamilton/Burlington/Oakville Chapter of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada on this.

Our campaign began on January 18 when we and our allies won the unanimous support of the General Issues Committee for this resolution.

Talking about the experience, Chapter activist Kathie Clark said, “The four presentations, questions, discussion and vote on January 18 took almost two hours. It was exceptional to have the attention and involvement of the Mayor and Councillors for that length of time. They asked informed questions about Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement (ISDS), procurement, drug costs and the impact of TPP on the City of Hamilton.”

Kathie also highlights, “It was the work of Paul Manly and the Mid-Island Chapter that inspired us to submit the resolution to the City of Hamilton. We were also following in the footsteps of [former Council of Canadians trade campaigner] Stuart Trew and Councillor Brian McHattie who submitted a resolution on CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) that was passed by the General Issues Committee on Dec. 12. 2011.”

To read the presentation the Hamilton chapter made to the General Issues Committee, please click here and scroll to agenda item 6.3.

On January 23, US President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that formally signals the withdrawal of the United States from the TPP. And Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland now says, “This agreement was so constructed that it can only enter into force with the United States as a ratifying country. So the TPP as a deal cannot happen without the United States being a party to it.”

But the Toronto Star reports, “Speaking with reporters [on January 24], Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to say whether he supports efforts to continue the TPP negotiations without the United States.”

For that reason, municipal resolutions that express opposition to the prime minister are even more critical now.

For more on the Council of Canadians national campaign to stop the TPP, please click here.

Holiday Potluck

Hamilton Chapter Council of Canadians celebrates a year of hard work with a holiday potluck!

Hamilton Chapter CoC celebrates a year of hard work with a holiday potluck!

 

The Hamilton Chapter celebrated a year of hard work with a relaxing holiday potluck dinner on Tuesday December 13th.

About 25 people turned out for the event including long-time members and others who have only recently joined the chapter.

We dined on great food, caught up on news, renewed friendships and made new ones.

In January we will identify our priorities and plans for 2017; but this night was for relaxing, catching up and having fun!

Thank you to all who attended and who brought such delightful and delicious dishes to share!

National Day of Action

Hamilton Chapter Council of Canadians takes part in National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

Members from LeadNow and the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians outside Filomena Tassi’s office during the National Day of Action on Tuesday December 13th.

 

LeadNow organized a National Day of Action on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016.

The National Day of Action was directed at Liberal MPs across the country and focused on asking them to keep their party’s campaign promise to make 2015  the last federal election conducted under the First-Past-The-Post electoral system.

Members from the Hamilton Chapter – Council of Canadians and local LeadNow members gathered at noon outside the Constituency office of Filomena Tassi, Liberal MP for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas.

We delivered a Christmas card to Ms. Tassi from “Canadians who support proportional representation and electoral reform”.

The Liberal government seems to be backing off their campaign promise on electoral reform and the National Day of Action was intended to send a clear message to the Prime Minister and his government that we want the Liberal Party of Canada to keep its promise on electoral reform.

Welcome

Welcome to our website!

The Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization. It is non-partisan and is a registered non-profit that does not accept money from corporations or governments.

Our Hamilton Chapter is one of about 60 Council of Canadians chapters across the country. We advocate for social, economic and environmental justice at all levels of society: local, regional, provincial/territorial, national and international.

To learn more about our national Council of Canadians organization, please click here.

To learn more about our local Hamilton Chapter, please click here.

To learn about our various Education/Action Groups, please click here.

To learn about our monthly meetings, please click here.

To learn how you can get involved, please click here.

To learn about other organizations we partner with and to find links for more information, please click here.

Below you can read posts about some of our current and past activities.

Thank you for visiting our website and we hope you will join us in creating a fair and just society for all.

Chapter protests against the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

Hamilton Chapter Council of Canadians takes part in protest against TPP

Hamilton Chapter Council of Canadians takes part in protest against TPP

On November 5th, The Council of Canadians South Niagara, Hamilton, London and Guelph chapters gathered to protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

They did so outside the constituency office of Chris Bittle, the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of St. Catharines.

After the rally, South Niagara chapter activist Fiona McMurran posted on Facebook, “We had a great turnout today for the Niagara Day of Action against the TPP! Niagara activists from the Council of Canadians, from labour and the Niagara Regional Labour Council, as well as environmentalists and students were joined by activists from Council of Canadians Chapters in London, Guelph and Hamilton, as well as labour representatives from London and Hamilton. The National Farmers Union was represented by Brian Griffith and Gwen French.”

The promotion for the rally had noted, “Join us outside the Constituency Office of St. Catharines MP, Chris Bittle, 61 Geneva Street, for a Day of Action against the Trans Pacific Partnership — help us send a message to our MPs that this ‘free trade’ deal is a bad deal for Canada. It will eliminate good Canadian jobs, increase the cost of pharmaceuticals, make it much harder to address climate change and honour Canada’s commitments in the Paris Accord, overrule Indigenous land rights…and make our Internet less open.”

November is a month of action against the TPP. Actions include:

  • Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow speaking against the TPP at Canadian Labour Congress-organized town hall meetings in Toronto (November 8), Halifax (November 10), Vancouver (November 22), and Winnipeg (November 23).
  • Our allies in Quebec organizing the “1st Citizens’ Public Assembly on FTAs, extractivism and power of transnational corporations” in Montreal (November 10).
  • Rallies and petition deliveries in Toronto and Winnipeg (November 23).
  • The Council of Canadians organizing with allies a demonstration against the TPP in Vancouver (November 30).
  • A trinational conference opposing the TPP in Toronto (November 30-December 3).

The Trans-Pacific Partnership includes G7 ‘major advanced economies’ (the United States, Canada and Japan), G20 ‘major economies’ (Australia and Mexico), relatively smaller economies (New Zealand and Singapore) and ‘developing economies’ (Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru and Vietnam). A Tufts University report projected that the TPP would lead to employment losses in all countries, with a total of 771,000 lost jobs. It also contains the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision which could be used to violate community and Indigenous rights. And its patent provisions would lead to higher prescription drug costs.

While Justin Trudeau promised during the election “a full and open public debate in Parliament to ensure Canadians are consulted on this historic trade agreement”, just last month he stated, “It’s difficult to imagine a world where Canada would turn its back on three of its top five trading partners. We established very clearly during the campaign that we’re a pro-trade party.”

The TPP signatory governments are expected to try to ratify the agreement by February 2018.

For more on the Council of Canadians campaign to stop the TPP, please click here.

#StopTPP

COMMUNITY ELECTION CELEBRATION – Oct. 20, 2015

Community Friends:

Please come out and join the Community Election Celebration hosted by Homegrown Hamilton.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Time: Starting at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St, Hamilton

We have all worked long and hard on this election. Let’s get together as a community and celebrate our accomplishments. Many thanks to all those who have had the courage and conviction to stand for election.

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls - The Uncomfortable Truth

The Public Forum on June 1 was very well attended – it was standing room only in the City Hall Council Chambers. The program of speakers and singers provided a very moving and thought provoking event.

Here is the media coverage the event received:

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/5655845–you-are-the-ones-who-ve-been-detectives-/#.VW3POuLVXYk.facebook

http://m.thespec.com/news-story/5652254-six-nations-elder-to-share-story-of-slain-granddaughter

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/the-uncomfortable-truth-about-missing-murdered-indigenous-women-1.3095083

Public Forum: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians is co-hosting a public forum entitled Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls – The Uncomfortable Truth on Monday, June 1 at the Hamilton City Hall Council Chambers. 71 Main St W, Hamilton. The facility is wheelchair accessible. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7:00 p.m.

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 is not able to be with us. Instead, the keynote speaker will be 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) –  http://angelasterritt.com/.

Other speakers include Wonda Jamieson, daughter of a sister in spirit, and Norma General, Elder. Val King will provide the traditional opening ceremony. 

We are co-hosting 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 are helping to promote the event among their members.

June is Aboriginal Awareness Month. This public forum has been designed to raise the awareness among the community about the current issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.