Great Lakes Groups Band Together

October 12th, 2017

This past weekend the Water is Life: Strengthening our Great Lakes Commons

gathered to discuss and challenge Nestlé and water crises in Flint and beyond.

Maude Barlow gave an important keynote speech on Friday night on water justice struggles around the world and her work with other water warriors to have the UN recognize the human rights to water and sanitation.

The overreaching issue of racism was brought into the light.

Lila Cabbil from the Detroit People’s Water Board, who many affectionately call Mama Lila, talked about how the water fights are racialized in Michigan. “The fight we have in Michigan is very much racialized. We need to understand that truth and we need to speak that truth. Because what is happening even as we speak in terms of how Flint and Detroit is being treated would not happen if it was a white community.” She pointed out how the crises are being condoned by the silence of white people.

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“Water IS Life” Talk – Oct. 18th, ICC Guelph

September 28th, 2017

Join us for an illuminating discussion on international trade agreements and their threat to water as a public commons. Everyone on the planet will be affected by decisions made in trade talks around water as a commodity.

This is a free event with donations very welcome.

Facebook event link

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CoC Guelph AGM – Sept. 26

September 20th, 2017

Please join us for our annual general meeting, an evening of informative entertainment. We will begin with the business of the Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians — a brief recap of our past year’s activities, the treasurer’s report, and the voting in of our board members — and then move on to our movie feature of the night, a delightfully scathing commentary from “The Yes Men” series. Tune in here to find out which one we choose. Yes, there will be popcorn and refreshments on hand. Bring a date.

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Bring a date.

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The NAFTA Fight

August 31st, 2017

Watch the video on the Council of Canadians’ national website.

Read more and sign the petition to stop this disastrous trade agreement.

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Toxic Tour Update: Postponed Until Autumn

August 11th, 2017

Get on the FREE bus from Guelph and KW to the Water Gathering & Toxic Tour at Aamjiwnaang First Nation’s Maawn Doosh Gumig (Place of Gathering). This event is a free educational and social gathering for the water. Focusing on our relationship with the water. The event offers free camping, free vegan, vegetarian, and traditional meat meals all day, free childcare, safe space and gender neutral bathrooms, and showers.

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NAFTA and Water

August 3rd, 2017

Do you know what is going on with the current trade talks?

Prime Minister Trudeau, you must stand up to Trump.

Get the facts on water and NAFTA.

Better yet, get water out of NAFTA.

The only way for you to get your NAFTA concerns officially on the government’s record is to send an email to Global Affairs Canada – customize the above linked form with your personal opinions and submit!

Make your voice heard.

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Canadian Prison and Immigration Systems Panel – June 25th

June 23rd, 2017

State of Control:
Canadian Prison and Immigration Systems

Sunday June 25, 2:30-4:30PM

The Making-Box (43 Cork St. East, Guelph)


This panel discussion will explore the ways in which immigration and prison systems target racialized bodies as a perpetuation of white supremacy within state institutions. We’ll hear about the ways in which the State attacks the minds, bodies and freedom of people trapped in these systems. We’ll also learn how we can be part of support and solidarity efforts.

This event is free! Donations will be greatly appreciated and will go to Justice for Deepan. 

All welcome. The Making-Box is a physically accessible space.  Please note that there will not be food or snacks at this event. 

For more information please contact


– Deepan Budlakoti, who Canada made stateless
– Amar Wala, director of the documentary short film “Stateless”
– Yavar Hameed, member of Deepan’s legal team and Justice for Deepan
– Kimora Adetunji, who is married to an immigration detainee
– Yusuf Faqiri from Justice for Soli

The Justice for Soli movement is a group seeking justice for Soleiman Faqiri, who was killed by guards on December 15, 2016 while in custody at a correctional facility in Lindsay, Ontario. The Faqiri family are looking for answers and deserve to know how this could have happened to their beloved son and brother. Please join us in seeking justice for Soleiman.

The Justice for Deepan support group was formed in July 2013 to support Deepan Budlakoti in his quest to have his citizenship restored. Deepan Budlakoti is an Ottawa-born man who the Canadian government is trying to deport to India, a country where he has no family, has never lived and is not a citizen.

Stateless:  This documentary short from Amar Wala speaks to Deepan’s story. When a young Canadian finds himself threatened with deportation to a country he has never even visited, a team of human rights lawyers take on his precedent setting case.

Kimora Adetunji recently spoke at the Federal Court challenge to indefinite immigration detention, and has worked with the End Immigration Detention Network. She is married to a detainee being held in Toronto. For more information about immigration detention, which is not based on any criminal violations and can be indefinite:

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We’re on Twitter now! @GuelphCoc

June 23rd, 2017

Please find and follow us on Twitter. Stay up to date on local and national Council of Canadians activities. We are profile name coc guelph and you can tweet us here: @GuelphCoc.

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World Water Event – March 22nd

March 22nd, 2017

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At 4:00 pm today! Come stand on a bridge to be in our group photo then sign our petition to protect the other 99% of Canada's lakes and rivers.

When:    4:00 pm today
Where:  Marianne’s Park, 1765 Gordon St., Guelph, ON SE foot of the Gordon Street Bridge

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Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Feb.22

February 19th, 2017


Panel Discussion and Q&A

Learn how private public partnerships affect you.

A discussion panel followed by a Q&A session. Speakers are Rosario Marchese – Hydro One Privatization; Jeremy Thidodeau – Private Sector; and Natalie Mehra – Ontario Health Coalition.

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