Ottawa conference to tackle Doug Ford’s agenda and Trudeau’s broken promises

June 12, 2018
Media Advisory

Groundswell 2018, taking place next week on June 22 and 23, will highlight the power of communities in Ottawa, throughout Ontario, and across Canada to challenge the Trudeau government on its growing list of broken promises and build resistance to the agenda of Ontario’s new Premier Doug Ford.

WHAT: On June 22-23, Groundswell 2018: From Awareness to Action – the Council of Canadians annual conference – will bring together civil society groups, unions, Indigenous peoples and others to put forward a positive vision of a better tomorrow and to organize to make it happen.

GROUNDSWELL 2018 KEYNOTE PUBLIC FORUM

  • WHEN / WHERE: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 22, Jean Pigott Hall, Ottawa City Hall
  • SPEAKERS: Maude Barlow, (Honorary Chairperson, The Council of Canadians), Linda McQuaig (Journalist and Author), Anjali Appadurai (Climate Engagement and Communications Specialist, West Coast Environmental Law), Elaine Bernard (Executive Director, Harvard University Labour and Worklife Program).

PANEL: CLIMATE CHANGE AND JUST TRANSITION

  • WHEN / WHERE: 8:30 am – 10:00 am, June 23, Jean Pigott Hall, Ottawa City Hall.
  • SPEAKERS: Hannah McKinnon (Energy Futures and Transitions Director, Oil Change International), Marion Moore (South Shore Chapter Activist, The Council of Canadians), Anjali Appadurai (Climate Engagement and Communications Specialist, West Coast Environmental Law).

PANEL: NEOLIBERALISM AND ELECTION MOBILIZING

  • WHEN / WHERE: 10:15 am – 11:45 am, June 23, Jean Pigott Hall, Ottawa City Hall
  • SPEAKERS: Martin Lukacs (journalist), John Clarke (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty), Beze and Vanessa Gray (Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines), Karen Cocq (Fight For $15 and Fairness).

CELEBRATORY RECEPTION

  • WHEN / WHERE: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23, Jean Pigott Hall, Ottawa City Hall
  • AWARD RECIPIENTS: At the evening reception, the Council will present Beze and Vanessa Gray (Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines) with Activists of the Year Award and Peterborough Council of Canadians chapter activist Roy Brady will receive the Maude Barlow Founders Award. Ecology Ottawa will also receive a System Change award at lunch on June 23.

GROUNDSWELL 2018 IS SPONSORED BY: National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), Canadian Teachers' Federation, Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, Canadian Association of University Teachers, National Pensioners Federation, CUPE 2424, and the Ontario Federation of Union Retirees.

The full conference agenda is available here.

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For more information or to arrange interviews:

Dylan Penner, Media Officer, Council of Canadians, 613-795-8685, dpenner@canadians.org. Twitter: @CouncilOfCDNs

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