Council of Canadians – Guelph AGM Tonight

October 25th, 2016

October 25, 2016

From 7 – 9 pm

Unitarian Congregation of Guelph

122 Harris St,. Guelph (corner of Harris and York Rd.)

- Welcome Francis Papillon AGM Chair & CoC Board member
- Minutes of the previous AGM Norah Chaloner co chair
- Report of the Activities of the Chapter Norah Chaloner co chair
and The Nestlé boycott
- Financial Report Francis Papillon Treasurer
- Election of Chapter board members
- Chippewa of the Thames Supreme Court of Canada appeal Paul Costello and guest
- Muslim Society of Guelph – needs helps to settle Syrian efugees Sara Sayeed
The Navigable Waters and Fisheries Acts
Protecting our lakes and rivers for all Canadian

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Rally to Protect Water – Sept. 26, 2016

September 19th, 2016

Water is Life. We must protect it from privatization and exploitation for profit.

Recently, Councillor James Gordon put forth a motion to city council to take an official stance against Nestle’s water taking permit in Aberfoyle.

Protect our water.

You are welcome to join us for a family-friendly gathering to honour and protect the water. Right now, our watershed is under siege by Nestle, who have permission from the provincial government to draw 4.7 million litres of water per day in the areas surrounding Guelph.

Bring costumes, instruments, noise makers, signs and art to join Gary Diggins, local sound healer as he leads the group on a sound parade.

There will be performances by water activist Shane Phillips and others.

Please join us afterwards as we parade into City Hall to sit in council and show our support for the motion. If you would like to register to speak as a delegate on the issue at city hall, please register with City Hall by September 23rd by emailing For more information on delegates in council:

Mayor Cam Guthrie recently commented on the issue of Nestle drawing water from Aberfoyle. His stance was that Nestle doesn’t draw from our aquifer and therefore it is none of our concern. However, it is our watershed that is affected and the future of our watershed is the future of our city. #WaterIsLife

Councillor James Gordon has added pressure to the council to take a stance against Nestle’s water drawing activity. His motion reads:
“That Council, with support from Intergovernmental Relations, Policy and Open Government staff, submit comments through the Ontario Environmental Registry process in relation to the recent Nestlé Water permit to take water and express Council’s concern that the permit to take water is not in the best interest of the City of Guelph and the watershed shared by the City of Guelph.”

We, as concerned citizens of Guelph and self-appointed stewards of our groundwater resources for future generations, are gathering to show support for this important motion and to the idea that water is not for corporate profiteering but local preservation. #WaterForLifeNotForProfit

For more information on water issues facing Canada and the region, please come out to the talk with Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians and Arlene Slocombe of Wellington Waters Watchers on September 22nd:

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Boiling Point: Water Crisis Discussion – Sept. 22, 2016

September 19th, 2016

Join Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians & Arlene Slocombe
of Wellington Water Watchers for a discussion of trade policy and Canada’s
water crisis.

Harcourt United Church
87 Dean Avenue
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1L3

Thursday, 22 September 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Boiling Point by Maude Barlow

We are complacent. We bask in the idea that Canada holds 20% of the world’s fresh water — water crises face other countries, but not ours. We could not be more wrong. In Boiling Point, bestselling author and activist Maude Barlow lays bare the issues facing Canada’s water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change.

This will be the defining issue of the coming decade, and most of us have no idea that it is on our very own doorstep.

Barlow is one of the world’s foremost water activists and she has been on the front lines of the world’s water crises for the past 20 years. She has seen first-hand the scale of the water problems facing much of the world, but also many of the solutions that are being applied. InBoiling Point, she brings this wealth of experience and expertise home to craft a compelling blueprint for Canada’s water security.

Please RVSP if you would like to confirm a seat for this event. Alternatively, seats will be available first come first serve before the event.

For more information, email or call 1-800-387-7177.

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Toxic Tour — Free Bus to Sarnia August 21, 2016

August 16th, 2016

The Toxic Tour is an opportunity to visit Chemical Valley and learn about the pollution that citizens of Aamjiwnaang First Nation live with every day.

This year’s Toxic Tour will be different than previous years in that the tours will take place on buses with volunteer tour guides who will share in-depth information about various facilities, chemicals, and community impacts. There will also be a variety of workshops and sessions running throughout the day!

Toxic Tour
If you’ve been to one of the previous walking Toxic Tours, you’ll still want to come out this year to experience something different! And if you haven’t, this is a great opportunity to learn more!

To book a spot on the FREE Guelph and Kitchener- Waterloo bus, please use this Google form:

More info about the Toxic Tour here:

To Register for the Tour itself, please go here:

The pick-up in Guelph (730am) will be in front of City Hall (1 Carden St) and in KW (8am) will be at the University of Waterloo (exact spot to be confirmed). Arriving back *around* 9pm. Lunch and dinner will be provided by ASAP at the Toxic Tour.

If you have any questions contact us at

There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted.

**Please forward to all networks and friends**

More info:

Aamjiwnaang First Nation is located in the middle of Sarnia’s Chemical Valley, the most polluted place in North America, according to National Geographic. The reserve is encircled by over 73 high-emitting facilities such as petrochemical refineries and various factories. The toxic operations and regular chemical releases are poisoning people in the community which faces high rates of asthma, cancer, miscarriages, stillbirths, and endocrine disruptions.

The fact that an Indigenous community is being sacrificed for corporate profit and nothing is being done to protect community members is a clear sign of Environmental Racism.

Support grassroots groups raising awareness and trying to stop further contamination of the community’s people and territory!

More info at:



#ToxicTour #FrontlineExperience #BringTheFightHome #IdleNoMore#AamjiwnaangSolidarity

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“Walk for Life, Not Profit” Peacefully Protest

May 26th, 2016

Walk for Water, Sunday May 29th, 2:00pm.

Join us on Sunday May 29th for a peaceful walk in support of Save Our Water‘s “Water for Life, Not Profit” campaign.

2:00 pm gather in front of Guelph City Hall for a brief rally before we begin our walk to Nestlé.

5:30 pm rally in front of Nestlé Waters Canada Head office 101 Brock Rd S., just south of Aberfoyle.

Join for some of the walk or for the whole way. Bring your own signs or help carry one of ours. All ages are welcome. Noise makers and festive finery are welcome. We walk in gratitude for water repeating our mantra
Water for Life, Not Profit.

Please RSVP here. Your presence will help us in saying NO to Nestlé in Middlebrook and NO to Nestlé’s renewal bid for their Permit-to-take-water in Aberfoyle.

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TPP Townhall Audio Links

May 20th, 2016

Below are the links for the audio recording of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Townhall held on April 27th at the Italian-Canadian Club in Guelph.

Part 1 —

Part 2 –

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Cool the Planet 2015 Rally

November 26th, 2015

Calling for cooling.

We need leadership from our government NOW:

*100% renewable energy must be in our future!
* 80 % of fossil fuels must be left in the ground!

Please join the People’s Climate Mobililzation that’s happening all over the world!
Bring family, friends, neighbours, banners and signs.

Music by James Gordon and the Funky Mammas. Guest speakers include our new MP Lloyd Longfield.

Supported by the Council of Canadians, Wellington Water Watchers, Citizens Climate Lobby, The Unitarian Congregation of Guelph, Eden Mills Going Carbon Neutral, Guelph Wellington Health Coalition, Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice and others!

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Gravel Watch 2015 Public Meeting

September 30th, 2015

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Protecting Your Right To Vote Starts Here

August 28th, 2015

Use the link below to check if you are on the registered voters’ list.

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June 5th, 2015

CoC-Guelph member Paul Costello at Hydro One Anti-Privitization Rally

The Council of Canadians helped rally against the privatization of Hydro One today.

Blackburn News reports, “More than 1,000 people converged on Queen’s Park this afternoon, calling on MPP’s to cancel plans to privatize Hydro One. The rally took place as the legislature began its final clause-by-clause review of the provincial budget bill, which includes legislation intended to make the sale legal.”

Protests also happened in a number of communities across the province including London. At that location, the Council of Canadians London chapter participated in a rally in front of the constituency office of London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews. She is also the President of the Treasury Board and the Minister Responsible for Poverty Reduction.

At the protest in Toronto, Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario, said, “We are here to tell the Liberal government that Ontario opposes this sell-off. Hydro One belongs to all of us, it is not theirs to sell. …Selling Hydro One makes no economic sense, it makes no moral sense, and Ontarians oppose it. We fought the P.C.s when they tried to privatize hydro, and we won. We’ll use every tool at our disposal to fight this sale, too.”

The Toronto Sun adds, “Hundreds of protesters, many carrying CUPE union signs, rallied at Queen’s Park Thursday afternoon to demand that Hydro One stay entirely in public hands. …The NDP Leader [Andrea Horwath also] announced Thursday she is introducing a private member’s bill that would force the Ontario government to hold a public referendum before putting electricity assets up for sale.”

A recent poll found that 60 per cent of respondents disapprove of selling off the majority of Hydro One to the private sector and that 77 per cent believe that privatization will increase electricity prices.

In our recent campaign blog Hydro One privatization has water and trade implications (May 12, 2015), we noted that the Liberal government’s legislation to sell Hydro One will also allow local electrical distribution companies to expand their businesses into areas such as water and wastewater services. Transnational corporations that sell both water and electricity services that could conceivably be interested in this include Suez S.A. and Veolia Environnement S.A. The blog also noted that the privatization of Hydro One could result in future investor-state dispute settlement challenges against provincial measures that, for example, require environmental assessments for new facilities.

To read the CUPE Ontario media release about today’s protest, Ontarians turn out in force to tell MPPs to Keep Hydro Public, please click here.

Photo: Guelph chapter activist Paul Costello at today’s protest. Photo by Mark Calzavara.

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