Agenda Change to Activist’s Workshop

March 29th, 2019

Our workshop event will begin with Jared Ong for Fight for $15 and Fairness speaking on “Principles of Community Organizing” and then moving on to our first workshop about getting the most from your petitions.

We will then break for lunch – there is soup, Folks! The afternoon is dedicated to the rotating workshops on “Know Your Rights” and “Better Sign Designs – Get Your Message Out There”.

Doors open tomorrow morning at 9:45 for a 10:00 start.

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The Activist’s Workshop – March 30

March 13th, 2019

Want to learn how to make your voice heard more effectively? Perhaps your placards could use some punch. Need to get a petition going? Come out to our Activist’s Workshop and learn these practical skills and more around community organizing and engagement.

We will start the day with a presentation to fire you up and get you going for the rotating workshops to follow. Each of the three workshops (approx. 45 minutes) will be presented three times so attendees can “speed date” through all.

Light refreshments provided, but please bring a lunch if you feel you will need more. Our lunch break is short in order that we may get through our agenda in the allotted time.

As always, please bring your own refillable water bottle.

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm

St. Andrews Church

161 Norfolk St, Guelph, Ontario N1H 4J7

This venue is fully accessible.

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“Watermark” Free Movie Night – March 22

March 13th, 2019

Free movie! Free popcorn! Fresh lemonade! And, of course, free water!

The documentary “Watermark” brings together diverse stories from around the globe and explores our relationship with water and how it shapes humanity.

Celebrate World Water Day with us as we examine this precious resource.

Please bring your own refillable drinking vessel.

Details on our Facebook page.

Friday, 22 March 2019 from 7:00-9:00 pm

St. Andrews Church

161 Norfolk St., Guelph

This venue is fully accessible.

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Guelph Chapter AGM: Brent Patterson on “What’s to be Done?”

November 14th, 2018

Join us on Wednesday, November 28th at the Guelph Public Library Main Branch to hear our guest speaker, Brent Patterson, on the way forward for today’s activists.

Doors open at 7:00 pm for this free public event.

Brent speaks at 7:30 pm sharp.

(Please do not enter the room before 7:00 pm if you are not attending our private AGM.) This public event immediately follows our Annual General Meeting.

2nd Floor
Guelph Public Library (Main Branch)
100 Norfolk st., Guelph St.

Brent Patterson will be speaking on
“What is to be Done? Thoughts on How Activists Can Navigate the Current Political Moment”

Things We Should Be Considering as Activists:

1 – Read as much as possible
2 – Study movement history
3 – Support independent media
4 – Articulate a vision of a better world
5 – Embrace being a radical
6 – Develop a theory of change
7 – Be audacious
8 – Mobilize beyond e-petitions
9 – Think beyond the protest march
10 – Weigh the utility of electoral politics
11 – Up your militancy
12 – Confront racism
13 – Commit to decolonization
14 – Take Indigenous leadership
15 – Offer tangible solidarity
16 – Be hopeful


Brent Patterson is a political activist and writer. He has worked in solidarity with revolutionary Nicaragua, advocated for the rights of prisoners in jails and federal prisons, taken part in civil disobedience actions in Toronto’s financial district and at the Ontario Legislature, and participated in street protests at the Battle of Seattle and at UN climate summits. He supported cross-country activism at The Council of Canadians for almost 20 years. Brent has a BA in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in International Relations from York University. He lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin nation.


Free admission. Everyone welcome. Donations welcome.

Coffee, tea, water, and cookies provided.
Bring a friend. Share this notice with your contacts. Let’s network.

Please keep water issues in mind when you vote in the upcoming federal election.


Our events are open to the public and never include a business meeting. Our monthly business meetings are separate meetings for our board members and a few invited guests only. All of our planning and other business are carried out at these steering meetings.

This event takes place on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Facebook event details here.

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Mayoral Debate – Oct. 10 2018 – 7:00pm

October 10th, 2018

Join us for an evening of debate as the incumbent, Cam Guthrie, and the candidate, Aggie Mlynarz, square off on the issues facing Guelph this election.

Our moderator for this event will be retired MP for Guelph, Mr. Frank Valeriote.

This debate will take place in the City Hall Council Chamber.

Doors open at 6:30 – come early to ensure a seat.

Come with your questions to submit in written form or ask at the mic.

Get to know your candidates for mayor and the issues for Guelph moving forward.




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Maude Barlow, Renowned Water Warrior to Speak in Guelph

August 23rd, 2018

Maude Barlow


Maude Barlow, Renowned Water Warrior to Speak in Guelph

Aquifers Under Siege – What Happens when the Wells Run Dry?

Guelph, Ontario, August 15, 2018. It is largely believed that the wells in the Guelph area will never run dry.  Even if we believe that the water quantity is not threatened, the disturbing fact is, given the increasing demands put upon the aquifer, the quality of water necessary for drinking and sustaining life could easily be at risk.

The aquifer which feeds the water supply for this area is under siege.  It’s unique and special qualities have not escaped the attention of corporations who want to use our drinking water for profit.  Nestlé, and more recently Xinyi Glass, have welcomed themselves (or tried) to this area to help themselves to free resources.

On September 12, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Italian Canadian Club in Guelph, Maude Barlow will speak about the spreading international crisis over water shortages.  Barlow is a world-renowned Canadian activist and author who campaigned to have water recognized as a human right by the UN.  She has authored 17 books, is recipient of 12 honorary doctorates, and campaigns against governments which allow water to be squandered by corporations.

Maude Barlow will talk about the international and national situation, and explain why it is vital to be aware and vigilant today, about our own watershed and local situations to preserve our drinking water for future generations. This event is free to attend, but it is important to pre-register as there is a limit number of seats.  To sign up go to:

Get Concerned, Wellington Water Watchers are advocacy groups focused on the conservation and preservation of water. Council of Canadian is a national organization advocating for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy.

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Hidden Quarry Media Release

August 9th, 2018

August 7, 2018
Rockwood…Guelph Eramosa Township Council (GET) will receive a special delegation from the Concerned Residents Coalition (CRC) on Monday, August 13 at 7 pm.

Dr. Emil Frind, retained by CRC to review the potential impacts of the proposed Hidden Quarry, will present his findings in a presentation entitled: “Uncertainties in the Modelling of the Impact of Hidden Quarry on the Groundwater.”

Emil O. Frind Ph.D, P.Eng is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Groundwater (modelling) at the University of Waterloo. Together with hydrogeologist Garry Hunter, he has assessed, on behalf of CRC, the James Dick Construction Ltd. (JDCL) application to mine aggregate 23 metres below the water table in the Paris Galt Moraine at Hwy. 7 and 6th Line Eramosa, just a kilometre east of Rockwood.

Dr. Frind pioneered the field of quantitative groundwater science and over his career he has been a leader in the development of modelling methodologies for groundwater processes. He has been recognized as a Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researcher and honoured with a Life
Member Award from the US National Ground Water Association.

His recent work has focused on source water protection and water sustainability, both vital issues as water resources become stressed due to growth, pollution, and climate change. His work with Waterloo Region to develop a strategy for the sustainable use of local groundwater as a drinking water source is saving taxpayers billions in infrastructure costs.

The proposed Hidden Quarry is surrounded by dozens of private wells and is just 1000 metres from a newly drilled Rockwood municipal well. As GET Council considers the JDCL request to re-zone this agricultural and Greenland property, the protection of both water quality and
quantity are key considerations.

The OMB Hearing on the Hidden Quarry proposal (#PL170688) begins on May 21, 2018 and will be adjudicated over 6 to 8 weeks. CRC, Halton Hills and Halton Region are opposed to the quarry application, and will be parties at the Hearing. Both GET Council and Wellington County will be taking positions on the application, taking into account expert scientific analysis.

The application appeal by James Dick Construction Limited to the Ontario Municipal Board will be adjudicated over 8 weeks starting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Event Details:
Monday, August 13, 2018
7 pm
Guelph Eramosa Township Offices
8348 Wellington Road 124 (west of Brucedale)
Rockwood, ON N0B 2K0

Media contact:

Linda Sword 519-853-1896 until Friday, Aug. 10
Doug Tripp (226) 820-5085 after Friday, Aug. 10
Concerned Residents Coalition website:

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How to Reduce Poverty and Re-connect People to Nature

August 6th, 2018

“Access to food and water — once considered common goods and a basic human right — are increasingly treated as commodities, like precious metals or lumber. Instead of being necessities for life that are available to all, they are being kept from people who cannot afford them.

The perils of this commodification are rife — and sometimes tragically untold — yet several stories have survived.”

Read the entire article here.

Farmer in São Paulo, Brazil grows vegetables on a small farm.

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Follow Us on Twitter

July 17th, 2018

You will find us at here: @GuelphCoc

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Good News: Proposed Xinyi Glass Plant Stopped

July 17th, 2018

Guelph Eramosa Township blocked the proposed Xinyi glass plant from development.

protesting the thirsty xinyi glass plant

Read more here.

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