Chapters This Week


Paddlers in Lower Prospect, NS, protest against offshore drilling. Photo by Chelsea Fougere.

It was another great week for chapter activists, who kept up the fight for social justice across the country.
 

Democracy

The Guelph Chapter continued their "GET OUT AND VOTE" campaign for the upcoming municipal elections.

The London Chapter published a series of three questions for candidates on Canadian Multiculturalism and rejecting all forms of racism, bigotry and hatred.

The Peterborough Chapter helped organize and faciliate a series of small round table discussions on October 2 between voters and 36 city, county and school board candidates.

Chapters continued to prepare for the referendum on proportional representation in B.C., including Comox Valley and Kamloops.

The Victoria Chapter shared Pub night! Sustainable transportation and the 2018 elections.
 

Energy and Climate

The Ottawa Chapter attended a talk by Jacques Poitras, author of Pipe Dreams, an in-depth investigation into the Energy East pipeline saga on October 4.

Many chapters posted about the rushed re-consultation on Kinder Morgan, including Comox Valley, Northwest Territories, Quinte and Montreal.

The South Shore Chapter hosted a series of successful Protect Offshore Nova Scotia events, including a rally outside the Maritimes Energy Association’s Core conference in Halifax, ‘peaceful paddling’ flotillas against offshore drilling in Mahone Bay and Lower Prospect, and public panels in Mahone Bay and Halifax.

The Edmonton Chapter supported allies Healthy YEG, The Blue Dot Project, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Environmental Law Centre at their event, Environmental rights: the power and the promise at The University of Alberta, Law Centre on October 3.
 

Trade:

The Montreal Chapter hosted Who Says Nafta is Boring? featuring Council of Canadians Trade Campaigner Sujata Dey on October 3.

Chapters across the country, including Kamloops, Mid Island, Northwest Territories, Winnipeg, Quinte, London, Hamilton, Windsor-Essex, PEI, Fredericton, Moncton, Guelph, Toronto and Ottawa reacted to the news of NAFTA 2.0, pointing out all the ways in which it's still a corporate trade deal for the 1%.
 

Water

The Edmonton Chapter put out a call for support responding to a 1.8 billion litre water diversion application by energy giant Repsol in the Rocky Mountain House area. Chapter members also joined the Athabasca Water Keepers for an event at the University of Alberta, entitled Indigenous Water Governance.

The Peterborough Chapter joined the Sacred Water Circle and Trent’s Students for Responsible Development at the Trent Homecoming celebrations to challenge plans for a new arena and aquatic centre to built on sensitive wetlands at Trent University.
 

Solidarity

Lynne Rochon of the Quinte Chapter, a member of the Save Picton Town Hall working group, was at the community update meeting on September 29.

Prairie and Northwest Territories chapters attended their regional chapter meeting, September 28 & 29.

The London Chapter joined the 3rd Annual Run For Palestine - London on September 29 to raise funds for much needed humanitarian projects helping the Palestinian people.

Members of the Edmonton Chapter joined ally Pesticide Free Edmonton at a meeting with Alberta health, Alberta Environment and Edmonton’s Pesticide Control Branch and Open Cities to dicusss notification procedures for pesticide spraying and improving procedures for monitoring, and enforcement. Chapter members also attended an AGM for the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
 

Upcoming

The Ottawa Chapter is co-hosting an All Candidates debate for Rideau Vanier Ward city councillor on October 8.

The Comox Valley Chapter is co-sponsoring a community water forum on October 10, featuring Rosie Simms, a Water Law and Policy Research Coordinator with the Polis Project, Bruce Gibbons, founder of the Merville Water Guardians, and a member of the Cowichan Water Board.

The Guelph Chapter is hosting a Mayoral Debate at Guelph City Hall on October 10.

The Kamloops Chapter is co-sponsoring a public forum on public health care, October 11.

The Northwest Territories Chapter is co-sponsoring a presentation by Wendy Holm, author of Damming the Peace: The Hidden Costs of the Site C Dam, on October 12.

The London Chapter will be attending an anti-hate rally in response to a planned march by anti-immigrant extremists on October 13.

The London Chapter will be co-hosting the London stop of the Corporatizing Canada book launch on October 17.

The PEI Chapter is hosting a conflict resolution workshop, Paul Hutchinson: Living Well With Difference, on October 19.

The London and Kitchener-Waterloo chapters have helped to organize buses to the Protect Public Healthcare Rally at Queen’s Park in Toronto on October 23, and will joined by the Guelph Chapter.

The Quinte Chapter is hosting Joyce Nelson, author of Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism in Picton on October 24.

The Comox Valley Chapter will be hosting an interactive evening on understanding electoral reform, featuring Barb Berger from Fair Vote Comox Valley on October 27.

The Ottawa Chapter shared the upcoming Muskrat Falls Parliament Hill Direct Action: See Their Faces on October 29.

 

Thank you to all our chapter activists!

If your chapter took action this week, but it isn't listed above, send an email to chapters@canadians.org and tell us about it!