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Monday, December 8, 2014

CINEMA POLITICA presents "THE BIG SELLOUT"

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* 

‘The Big Sellout’ film mirrored locally in health care privatization by stealth 

Monday December 15 at 7 pm. Central Branch, London Public Library, 251 Dundas St. 

In conjunction with the London Public Library (http://londonpubliclibrary.ca), Cinema Politica London (http://cinemapolitica.org/london) presents the documentary film The Big Sellout

“Modern warfare has tried to dehumanize people, to take out the sympathetic element. When you drop bombs from 50,000 feet, you don’t see who they’re landing on, you don’t see the damage. It’s the same thing in economics when you talk about statistics and don’t think about the people that lie behind those statistics.” Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize Winner, former World Bank Chief Economist in The Big Sellout 

The Big Sellout shows us the human faces behind economic policies, how ordinary people can fight the commodification of basic public services. It tells true stories, from Philippines to South Africa, from Bolivia to England, about the human costs of economic policies obsessed with ‘efficiency’ and economic growth. The film raises serious questions about the role of governments in serving corporate interests instead of public benefit. “These stories may seem distant and removed from local circumstances, but all the same key ingredients are present in Ontario,” says Peter Bergamis of the London Health Coalition. “Londoners and other Canadians are victims of the same toxic myth-driven policies of financial elites. Universal public health care is maligned and misrepresented as unsustainable or inefficient. In the name of austerity, our government plans to continue eviscerating hospital services.” 

Just as importantly, The Big Sellout also showcases ordinary people who stand up and demand alternatives to neo-liberal economic policies, a model shown to be as hollow as it is unsustainable. Bergamis argues that we urgently need the same kind of resistance here in Ontario, where the provincial government is already systematically closing down outpatient services such as physiotherapy, labs, pain clinics, fertility clinics and more. “Their written plan is to close all outpatient services. As many surgeries and diagnostic tests as can be stripped from local public hospitals without public scrutiny, are slated to be contracted out to private (for-profit) clinics, “ he continues. “This is a wholesale assault on our values as Canadian citizens and must be resisted or else Medicare will vanish from our social fabric.” 

Join us to learn vital lessons about how we can and must resist the current assault on healthcare and other public services. The Big Sellout screens in the Stevenson-Hunt rooms (opposite Wolf Hall), London Public Library, 251 Dundas St. Doors open at 6:30pm on Monday December 15. This film event is free of charge and accessible. Underground parking (two hours free) can be validated at the Central Library welcome desk. 

Part of a monthly series of screenings by Cinema Politica London in partnership with the London Public Library (see www.cinemapolitica.org/london for details). For information about these screenings, please contact london@cinemapolitica.org or David Heap (djheap@uwo.ca or 519 859 3579). For the London Health Coalition, please contact Jeff Hanks (jeffryhanks@gmail.com or 226 448 3607) or Peter Bergmanis (Peter.Bergmanis@sjhc.london.on.ca or 519-860-4403). 

After introductory remarks, the film will start at 7:00 sharp. Late comers please enter through the door at the back of the room. Everyone is welcome! This is a FREE event offered by Cinema Politica in parternership with the London Public Library. FRAGRANCE FREE EVENT! Please be respectful of attendees who have serious allergies!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

London chapter supports Unifor rally in defence of public health care

Photo courtesy of Kevin Jones
The London chapter of the Council of Canadians joined a Unifor protest yesterday in defence of public health care. The rally began in Victoria Park and then moved to the offices of London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews and London North Centre MP Susan Truppe. 

CTV reports, "Health care workers rallied in Victoria Park Thursday, and the Unifor members say if something isn't done to fix the health care system, more at-risk people will fall through the cracks. The union says that health care will be underfunded nationally by about $36 billion over the next 10 years, and many are concerned for the future. ...Unifor says the federal government refuses to discuss a new Canada Health Accord - the blueprint for federal contributions to provincial health care - and believe it is part of an effort to increase privatized health care." 

The London Free Press adds, "Unifor is reminding MPP and Liberal cabinet minister Deb Matthews [she's the president of the Treasury Board] to respect bargaining rights for Ontario health-care workers. Conservative MP Susan Truppe is being urged to support renewing and re-signing the Canada health accord which expired earlier this year." 

And the London Community News notes, "Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union with more than 305,000 members, launched rallies in several Ontario cities on Nov. 6, including Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and London. Organizers said some 15 buses brought in union members and their supporters from across the province to the London rally where about 500 people gathered in Victoria Park." 

15,000 Unifor health care workers are set to negotiate new contracts this year. Many of them coming off a two-year wage freeze and are having additional responsibilities placed on them. As CTV notes, "[Unifor] members say that along with seniors, [long term care] facilities are now also taking on assisted living patients and some with mental health issues. They say meeting all the varying demands is taking a toll." 

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow also tweeted this 3-minute video from yesterday's protest in London. 

Photo: London chapter activists at yesterday's rally. Photo by Kevin Jones. Photo: Fred Wilson marches for public health care. Photo by Bill O'Neill.

Brent Patterson
Political Director
Council of Canadians

Originally published as
http://canadians.org/blog/london-chapter-supports-unifor-rally-defence-public-health-care

Monday, November 3, 2014

SUPER IMPORTANT Meeting - Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30 pm, Landon Library

Regarding: 

GET ON THE BUS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH CARE! 

RALLY 

NOVEMBER 21, 2014 at 12 noon QUEENS PARK 

Peter 519-455-3430 (or email pbergmanis@rogers.com) TO RESERVE A SEAT 

IT'S OUR PUBIC HEALTH CARE MAKE IT BETTER! DON’T KILL IT! 

The threat to Medicare in Ontario from private clinics, which would create a two tiered health care system, is very, very real. This is not something we can hope will go away. Last Spring many of us worked hard on the Save Our Services referendum. The postcards collected voted overwhelmingly for not only saving Medicare, but putting more resources into it to make it better. 

A chartered bus is going from London on Friday, November 21 to Queens Park to join in a massive protest against austerity and the gradual killing of socialized medicine in Ontario. 
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SUPER IMPORTANT LONDON COUNCIL OF CANADIANS MEETING 

THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014, LANDON LIBRARY, 167 WORTLEY RD. 

Martha Bishop Room

6:30 - snacks and social 

7:00 - SPEAKER: Peter Bergmanus (London Health Coalition) 
"THE SEIGE ON MEDICARE AND WHY WE MUST FIGHT FOR IT OR LOSE IT" 
Questions and discussion 

7:30 - Sign up to go on the chartered bus to Queens Park for the noon rally on Nov. 21. leaving 8:30 am - returning 7:00 pm 

7:30 - 8:45 pm WORKSHOP TO MAKE WHIMSICAL MUSICAL, PERCUSSION, AND NOISE EMITTING INSTRUMENTS TO USE FOR NOV. 21 RALLY 

Twiddle tum tooters… floogleflonkers….snarfblatters…. Please bring funnels, pots, wire, kazoos, garbage can lids, 5 gallon plastic pickle jars, plastic kitty litter containers, bells, whistles, kitchen gadgets etc. etc. etc. Anything that can make a loud noise. Share PVC pipe, fabric, ribbons. Use your imagination and have fun! 

We will use our props and wear costumes for a photo op in front of St Joe’s (corner of Richmond and Grosvenor) in London at 4:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 13. 

fragrance free event free to the public 

info: Roberta 519-601-2053

Minutes of our last meeting on Oct. 9:

http://londoncouncilofcanadians.ca/LondonCoCMeetingMinutes.pdf

CINEMA POLITICA presents "FINDING DAWN" on Nov. 10, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Doors open 6 pm
London Public Library
Central Branch
251 Dundas St.
London, Ontario

Stevenson and Hunt Room

Free! 

A National Film Board of Canada film.

FRAGRANCE FREE EVENT! 
Please be respectful of attendees who have serious allergies! 

Remembering missing and murdered Aboriginal women everywhere

Details: 
http://cinemapolitica.org/london 

From Cinema Politica:

FINDING DAWN puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention – and one which is surprisingly similar to the situation in Ciudad Juarez, on the other side of the U.S. border. Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson and Daleen Kay Bosse are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past 30 years. Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh embarks on an epic journey to shed light on these murders and disappearances that remain unresolved to this day. She begins at Vancouver’s skid row where more than 60 poor women disappeared and travels to the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia where more than two dozen women (all but one Native) have vanished. This engrossing film illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women. It highlights the disturbing, world-wide culture of impunity that allows murders of women – especially those who are poor, indigenous, or sex workers – to go unsolved and unpunished. Recommended viewing for courses in Native and Indigenous studies, women’s studies, sociology, psychology and courses that cover issues of violence against women.

From the NFB:

Dawn Crey. Ramona Wilson. Daleen Kay Bosse. These are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. Directed by acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, Finding Dawn is a compelling documentary that puts a human face to this national tragedy. This is an epic journey into the dark heart of Native women’s experience in Canada. From Vancouver’s skid row, where more than 60 women are missing, we travel to the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia, and onward to Saskatoon, where the murders and disappearances of Native women remain unresolved. Along the road to honour those who have passed, we uncover reason for hope. It lives in Native rights activists Professor Janice Acoose and Fay Blaney. It drives events such as the annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver and inspires communities all along the length of Highway 16 to come together to demand change. Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in this country. It goes further to present the ultimate message that stopping the violence is everyone’s responsibility.
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Bill Paul's interview with Roberta Cory, Chair of the London Chapter of the Council of Canadians, and Paula Papel, an active member of our Solidarity Film Coalition and Seeds of Hope, re our screening of Finding Dawn, which interview aired on Nov. 2:

http://www.1069thex.com/podcasts-straight-talk-2/

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CINEMA POLITICA LONDON | PRESS RELEASE November 7, 2014 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

SUMMARY: 
Cinema Politica (CP) London presents a community film screening, FINDING DAWN, and invites community groups and individuals to engage in local dialogue on the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, to be held on Monday November 10th at 6:30 pm in the Stevenson-Hunt rooms of the Central Public Library. This film event is free of charge. Parking is validated at the Central Library welcome desk. Doors open at 6 pm.

"I awoke today, slowly thinking about the long day before me, ready to unfold into endless possibilities. Then, I remembered HER: my auntie, my cousin, my daughter, my mother, my sister, my grandmother, my niece, my granddaughter, my neighbour, my teacher, my friend... I wonder where she is right now--because she is not here, we have no idea where she is, and her disappearance is not being treated seriously, so she is not safe. Trembling, I wonder: AM I NEXT?" 

A prevailing thought in the minds of Canadian aboriginal woman today, #AmINext? is the slogan for the current media discussion on the fate of missing and murdered aboriginal women here in Canada--an ominous possibility that reflects the palpable fear arising from this crisis of accountability toward these vulnerable citizens. This is also nothing short of apathy on the part our Canadian authorities toward the safety of citizens from any sector of society in Canada, since the vast majority of the perpetrators of these crimes are still at large, and they can strike out at any one of us. 

What would you do if one day you heard that your daughter had not returned from a walk in the park that afternoon? Where would you go for help if your mother did not arrive home after shopping for groceries? Who would you turn to if your wife said she would be back in an hour after running some errands, and night had come, with her still not returned home? 

The answer to those questions, and the expected investigations from the corresponding authorities should be a forgone conclusion to all of us, right? 

Think again... 

These women's stories are out there, about 1200 of them, according to the latest RCMP report which was brought about in response to the media frenzy around the murder of aboriginal student Loretta Saunders, which made headlines around the world earlier this year. Ironically, Saunders had been actively researching the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women...until she was murdered.

Since then the media has never been more attentive to the call for a wider public inquiry into the high rate of murdered First Nations women in Canada. Yet every day more stories appear about aboriginal women missing or murdered, with the victims' lifestyles being blamed, their families being stonewalled or discriminated against in their search for answers, and shockingly for us all, authorities not reacting with due diligence to provide timely assistance when it is their sworn public duty to carry out. The Native Women's Association of Canada cites the eye-opening statistic that 49% of all women murdered in Canada are aboriginal, but the vast majority of these crimes have not been resolved. 

Those authorities, who could be part of the solution, hold the public responsibility to mobilize the resources necessary to bring hope or closure to the families of these women, while putting in place measures to safe-guard Canadian society against such criminality. In the media, these same authorities have refused to acknowledge this as a national crisis affecting us all. But how can this not be a crisis and a tragedy for all Canadians, when a vulnerable sector of our society suffers the daily terror of unknown but probable violence, at anytime and anywhere, risking their ongoing psychological and physical well-being. 

To highlight this issue, Polaris prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq recently revealed to the media that this sort of predatory situation is often experienced by aboriginal women, having happened to her during her recent collaboration with Royal Winnipeg ballet, while walking alone on a lunch break. Since not even fame precludes vulnerability to such risks, all Canadians need to be invested in bringing these crimes to justice. 

So, what can you do to find out more about this? In conjunction with the London Public Library (londonpubliclibrary.ca), Cinema Politica London (cinemapolitica.org/london) extends an invitation to the general public to attend an exciting film screening exploring the topic of missing and murdered aboriginal women. Award-winning NFB film Finding Dawn is directed by acclaimed Métis filmmaker and researcher, Christine Welsh, who addresses the deep historical, social and economic factors at the heart of this epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women, while introducing you to some of these women's stories. 

This November film event serves as a remembrance moment, honouring the lives of all missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, in addition to being a conversation space for the audience to engage with many Indigenous and mainstream social agencies who are part of the local dialogue on this issue. As well, Western University's chapter of Amnesty International will be on hand to discuss the "No More Stolen Sisters" campaign.   

Cinema Politica London's Finding Dawn film event will take place Monday November 10th at 6.30pm in the Stevenson Hunt Rooms (opposite Wolf Hall) of the Central Public Library. Doors open to the public at 6pm and parking can validated with the library while you attend the event. 

So come to this free event, see a riveting film, Finding Dawn, and join the conversation with many other like-minded people on this important issue.
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Map Created Of Turtle Island's Missing And Murdered Aboriginal Women

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Trade Justice Workshop: FIPA and CETA

Workshop on the FIPA and CETA: International laws created for corporations. 

"Trade is the transfer of power from citizens to corporations." Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians 

 This workshop, given by our Trade Justice Chair, Jennifer Chesnut, will explore new generation trade pacts, the CETA and the Can-China FIPA, their purposes and consequences. We will map similarities between these deals and what they mean for the new frontier of international laws benefiting corporations. Special emphasis on Investor State Lawsuits and strategies for creating trade justice. 

 What do you think fair trade looks like? 

 Wed. Oct. 29/2014 @ 5pm EVAC, 757 Dundas St.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Annual General Meeting AND GREEN HOLIDAYS PARTY! Fri. Nov. 28




There is parking available at Catholic Central High School, kitty corner to the AGM site.

Proposed changes to by-laws:
http://londoncouncilofcanadians.ca/ProposedBylaws.pdf

Current Steering Committee:

     Chair:                          Roberta Cory 

     Secretary:                   Aldous Smith 

     Treasurer:                   Masoud Karimi 

     Media:                         David Heap 

     Membership:               Geoff Crealock 

     Website/Social Media: Robert Cory


Minutes of 2013 AGM:
http://londoncouncilofcanadians.ca/MinutesAGM2013.pdf

OCTOBER 2014 NEWSLETTER

The Council of Canadians is the VOICE of progressive Canadians in 52 cities all over Canada. It is grassroots and bottom-up in its organization, with a small paid staff of researchers in Ottawa who provide the data we need to campaign on issues. 95% of all operating money comes from individual donations. The average individual donation is $50. We are non-profit but are not a charity because we educate and lobby for social and environmental justice. Each chapter determines which issues are important to its local supporters and is as active in campaigns as time and energy allow. Our London Chapter has eight committees: 

The Solidarity Film Coalition manages the Cinema Politica film series, which shows documentary films at the Central Library on the second Monday of each month. The motto of Cinema Politica is “Screening Truth to Power”.


The Trade Justice Committee campaigns against corporate-driven international trade agreements that would take away Canadian democracy and basic rights of self- determination. It has been active in educating London City Council about the perils of the Investor-State clause of CETA, and has been instrumental in getting London City Council to vote unanimously to have the option to vote for an ‘opt-out’ of CETA. 


The Health Care Committee works with the London Health Coalition to keep health care public and is currently engaged in planning a campaign and rally for Nov. 21 in Queens Park, to resist the austerity budget and the adoption of two-tier health care in Ontario. 


The Peace and Human Rights Committee has been active in bringing back John Greyson and Tarek Loubani from an Egyptian prison, supports the boat from Gaza, and opposes war as a solution to problems, social, religious, political or otherwise. 


The Energy and Climate Committee opposes expansion of the Alberta Tar Sands and the movement of bitumen by pipeline and rail. Because we have probably gone past the threshold where our climate can right itself, our position is that any further use of fossil fuels is suicidal for humans and life on this planet. It is also our position that pipelines and rail transport of dangerous substances threaten cities, First Nations, and wildlife, and poison watersheds and rivers they pass through. We actively oppose the reversal of flow of Enbridge’s 38- year-old Line 9 pipeline, just north of London, which crosses the Thames River north of Fanshawe Lake.



The Water Committee will be approaching our new City Council next spring to ask that London become a Blue Community. This means enforcing the bottled water ban in municipal venues and committing to keeping London Hydro public. We have been supporting OPAL (Oxford People Against the Landfill) by protesting with them in Ingersoll, Woodstock, Beachville, and other nearby towns most Fridays at 3:00 pm. In 2015 we will be working with First Nations to organize a water walk along the Thames River from Tavistock to Lake St. Clair.


The Democracy Committee works with Leadnow to fight for fair elections and proportional representation, so that our election process is a more just and accurate reflection of the wishes of all Canadians.


The Food Security Committee is working with City Council to make London a pollinator sanctuary for bees and butterflies. It opposes GM foods, and supports urban agriculture and the distribution and marketing of local food.
 

We strongly urge citizens to go beyond emotional or intellectual sympathy with the campaigns of the Council of Canadians and to contact us and get involved. We will put you in touch with whichever committee chair is working on your favourite issue. Help make Canada THE CANADA WE WANT. 

CETA: One-Stop Shopping for Corporations

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a quintessential “new generation” trade pact. Its purpose is to open trade to areas that are managed by government at the provincial and municipal levels. Large European corporations will be able to use their trade legal “favoured nation status” to have equal access to municipal and provincial contracts on things like city energy management. After many calls to make this deal public, on September 26, 2014, the EU disclosed the massive finished document on their website. Critics are upset about the diminishmed capacity of city councils to control assets and local jobs, purchase locally, and create future policy for sustainability. There are many other questions over eighty municipal councils, associations and school boards have expressed about the CETA in resolutions to provincial and federal government. Over fifty of them have asked to be exempted from the CETA. 

These exemption requests from Victoria to Toronto make up the only movement of one level of government against another in Canada since we started using free trade to change national policy in 1989. Maybe the over fifty councils, school boards and associations do not want to be involved at all because they were not allowed to see the details. Or maybe because Canada is offering the EU a one-stop-shop website where foreign corporations will be able to see what contracts are open for them to bid from coast to coast. For more info on the one-stop-shop site see the EU’s trade portal: 

http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ceta/index_en.htm#outcome 

“With CETA, EU companies will be able to bid for public contracts in Canada…This includes the provincial authorities, (and) in 2011 procurements by Canadian municipalities were estimated at C$ 112 billion (approx. €82 billion)…European businesses will be the first foreign companies to get that level of access to Canadian public procurement markets. No other international agreement concluded by Canada offers similar opportunities…Canada will also create a single electronic procurement website that combines information on all tenders to ensure that the EU companies can effectively take advantage of these new opportunities.“

Jennifer Chesnut
Trade Justice Chair

Originally published on October 20, 2014 at
http://newgenerationtrade.com/2014/10/20/ceta-one-stop-shopping-for-corporations/

I’ve been thinking about how corporations are suing countries.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about transnational corporations suing countries. The fancy name for this is Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and it happens in free trade. ISDS is on my mind a whole bunch as Germany speaks out about the inclusion of ISDS in the soon to be announced CAN-EU CETA deal.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/campact/sets/72157647398779707/ 

ISDS was first employed in NAFTA , the North American Free Trade Agreement. Some say this deal, circa 1994, was the first New Generation deal partly because of its use of Investor State. ISDS is a trade legal mechanism for how the pacts are enforced. It affords corporations the opportunity to sue nation states if the profits they expected from the opening of specific sectors in a free trade deal are diminished because the country has laws or policies that prevent earnings. Ethyl Corporation was the first to successfully sue Canada in the mid nineties, for approximately 16 million, when Canada attempted to bar its gasoline additives. Researchers in Canada believed their additives could be carcinogenic. Ethyl won on the grounds that profits expected as a result of NAFTA were lost. There have been hundreds of cases administered through trade tribunals since and the number of cases launched is on the incline every year. Through leaked texts in German news and other places, critics of CETA have said that corporations will be able to sue countries when municipalities use public money for various buy-local initiatives, municipal procurement, and protection of local public management, but no ones knows for certain as the text has not been shared publicly. 

Let’s talk trade that works. Opening borders to gastronomic delights! to expertise in regions that most benefit! How about encouraging the growth of sale in specialty items (like fair trade bananas) that could give economic stability to a struggling country? But when you get into lawsuits waged in a one way direction from corporations to countries, it feels like we are no longer talking about trade. The conversations turns a whole lotta dark. People don’t like it. Investor State creates an Investor’s State superimposed on a Nation State. This is the kind of trade that makes people uncomfortable. It’s the kind of design that will sink itself. 

People from Canada, Germany, France, and many other locales in between are bidding Investor State Adieu. Adios. Au Revoir. 

We are entering a new era — one of critical trade justice understanding that will not tolerate excessive corporate rights at the expense of family and community well being — whether or not we call them new generation free trade, CETA, or we@#$@#lkflskdjfls investor state ding-a-ling.

Jennifer Chesnut 
Trade Justice Chair

Originally published on September 21, 2014 at
http://newgenerationtrade.com/2014/09/21/ive-been-thinking-about-corporations-sueing-countries/

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A People's Ceremony to Honour the 50+ Municipalities, School Boards and Associations Requested to Be Excluded from the CETA


No to CETA! No to Investor State! 
A Big Yes to Fair Trade!

London marked the CETA completion with their own ceremony. The Council of Canadians London Chapter hosted a rally outside city hall on Thursday, September 25th at 4:30 pm to share the historic resistance of the grassroots to the CETA. With about 50 people overall, the chapter enacted a ceremony to honour municipal councils who for the first time rejected a trade pact.

London Chapter representatives, Jennifer Chesnut and Aldous Smith, gave opening remarks about this municipal trade deal and Investor State. London Chapter justice folk singer, Margo Does debuted "The CETA Song". The chapter chair, Roberta Cory, ran work parties to create the many signs, including a sign for every municipal entity that requested an opt out. Chapter members Julie Picken-Cooper and Jessie Chesnut along with other supporters led the ceremony to recognize the municipalities requesting to be excluded from the CETA.

The National Council of Canadian's CETA google map was used to collect the data. 

Excerpts:

"We come together today on the eve before the official announcement of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement to bear witness. We stand outside city hall in recognition of the municipal movement critiquing CETA that included more than eighty resolutions passed by municipalities, school boards and associations. We gather today to thank the many great city councillors in Thunder Bay, Hamilton, North Vancouver, Essex County, Toronto, and so many others who stood up to this deal to protect local choices, local jobs, and the well-being of families. Of those many, over fifty requested to be excluded from the CETA. None of these requests have been publicly acknowledged and debated. We will acknowledge them together today."

"We stand in solidarity with the Ottawa people’s response tomorrow under the tagline “The text might be finished but the fight is just beginning”. Organized by the Canadian Maritime and Supply Chain Coalition with support from the Trade Justice Network, the Quebec Network on Continental Integration (RQIC), and Campact Germany, we stand in solidarity with you."

The event was reported by local indie media here:

https://www.facebook.com/theindignants

https://www.facebook.com/events/1470686059864734/

Picture Credits: 
1. In blog body photo, Mike Roy of The Indignants; 
2,3,4. Kevin Jones



-- Jennifer Chesnut
          Trade Justice Chair, London CoC







Announcement of the rally:

http://londoncouncilofcanadians.blogspot.ca/2014/09/london-rally-on-eve-of-ceta-ceremony.html

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CINEMA POLITICA presents "LIVING DOWNSTREAM" on Oct. 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
London Public Library
Central Branch
251 Dundas St.
London, Ontario

Stevenson & Hunt Room

Free! 

A Canadian film this time! 

FRAGRANCE FREE EVENT! 
Please be respectful of attendees who have serious allergies! 

Details: 
http://cinemapolitica.org/london 

A powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land and water. 

Raised in small-town Illinois, cancer seems to run in Sandra Steingraber’s family. Sandra was diagnosed with bladder cancer when she was just twenty years old. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when Sandra was in high school. Many of her aunts and uncles have struggled with the disease. One aunt even died from the same form of bladder cancer that Sandra had. But while cancer runs in her family, she cannot say that it runs in her genes. Sandra is adopted. This unusual twist led Sandra to ask what else families have in common besides their DNA. The answer is all around us: our environment. 

Based on the book: 
http://www.livingdownstream.com/about-book

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monthly Meeting October 9, 2014: featured speaker, Sean Quigley

Thursday October 9, 2014
6:30 pm
London Public Library
Landon Branch
167 Wortley Rd.
London, Ontario

Martha Bishop Room 

FRAGRANCE FREE EVENT! Please be respectful of attendees who have serious allergies! 

All are welcome! Free! Refreshments! 
Donations to the coffee fund accepted gratefully! 

After meet and greet and a short business meeting, 

SEAN QUIGLEY

Executive Director of Emerging Leaders London Community Network, 

will speak on 

“Where Did All Our Talent Go?”

followed by Q&A. 

"The focus of the talk will be an overview of the Economics of SWO, The Talent Drain in London, and the Inability of traditional institutions to engage with the 20 to 44 year old demographic. London has been going through a shift in economics and demographics over the last 6 years. With the huge loss of employment in our city, the mass exodus of the 20 to 44 year old demographic, and the inability of traditional clubs and institutions to resonate with this group. there is a looming choice for London. Will we look continue to look to the past or create a modern future?"



Minutes of our last monthly meeting: http://londoncouncilofcanadians.ca/LondonCoCMeetingMinutes.pdf

October Agenda 
6:30 - 7:00 coffee, tea, snacks, social 
7:00 - 7:30 Business: Reports and Coming events 
Chair - Roberta Cory - National CoC Conference and AGM in Hamilton 
Website/social media - Rory 
Trade Justice - Jennifer - report on Anti CETA action 
Cinema Politica - Paula M. - "Finding Dawn” November 10, Central Library 
Water - Julie - Saturday, Oct. 18, Kairos sponsored conference “Downstream” 
Health - Jeff - Wed. Oct. 15, 6:00 pm Fox and Fiddle 
Energy - Roberta - Global Frackdown on Saturday, Oct. 11 
Food Security - Pollinator Sanctuary London - Margo 
OPAL actions - every Friday at 2:00 pm - call Roberta 519-601-2053 if going 
Peace - David and Paula - Friday, Oct. 10, 5:00 pm Vigil at Victoria Park 
Tabling - “Voices” event - Goodwill Building - Saturday, Oct. 18, volunteers needed London CoC AGM announcement - Jessie C., Committee Chair - Friday, November 28, 2014 
Democracy - Fair Elections and Proportional Representation 

7:30 - 8:30 Speaker: Sean Quigley - The London We Want: “Where Did All Our Talent Go?” Q and A 

8:30 - AGM committee - meet with Jessie C.
8:45 - Cleanup volunteers needed to get out by 9:00 pm November meeting - AGM

Saturday, September 20, 2014

London RALLY on the Eve of the CETA Ceremony!

We Stand on Guard for Canadian Cities!

No to CETA!
No to Investor-State!
And a Big Yes to Fair Trade!
The world famous CETApus of London, Ontario, 2011.

On Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at 4:30 pm, outside London City Hall, you are invited to take a stand for Canadian cities. Together we will mark the historic resistance to the CETA trade pact by city councils from Victoria to Thunder Bay to Toronto. These municipal governments, along with dozens of others, including London, represent the first ever cross-country resistance to a corporate trade pact. The CETA gives corporations the right to directly sue governments if new laws or regulations impact their profits. It also removes the right of municipalities to govern local assets publicly, in favour of privatization and foreign corporate management.

Together we will acknowledge London city council, which passed two resolutions to be excluded from the CETA, for which it has received no reply from either the federal or provincial governments. This gathering will also bear witness to the official announcement, on Friday, Sept. 26th in Ottawa, that negotiations for the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement are complete. In reality, while the agreement is nearing completion, the CETA still needs to be ratified, a process which could take up to two years.

Following the announcement, the CETA cannot be changed. But it can be rejected!

Thursday, September 25

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm


Outside City Hall (300 Dufferin Avenue, London ON) 


Hosted by Council of Canadians, London Chapter 

More info: www.canadians.org/trade 

Local contacts:

Aldous Smith         tradejusticelondon@gmail.com 
Jennifer Chesnut   jennifer.reanne@gmail.com 

Come together, connect, and thank Canadian city councillors for standing up to protect families and democratic process.

Bring your voices, ears for listening, and determination for democracy. Stand tall together, knowing we are on the right side of history. No to CETA and Investor State! Yes to Fair Trade!








Thursday, September 18, 2014

People's Climate March London, Ontario - Sept. 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH, LONDON, ONTARIO, SEPT. 21, 1:30 PM - RIVERSIDE DR. AT THE JET D'EAU FOUNTAIN 

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:30 pm at the Jet d'Eau Fountain at the Forks of the Thames, London will march in solidarity with hundreds of thousands of deeply concerned human beings around the planet to say NO to runaway climate change. The People's March in New York City expects over 100,000 people with 496 buses coming from nearly all 50 states and Canada. Those who cannot get to New York City are marching in their own cities. London will join 125 other cities in Canada, including Peterborough, Brampton, Barrie, Owen Sound, Oshawa, Belleville, Sudbury, Toronto, Burlington, Guelph, Stratford, Waterloo, Kitchener, Hamilton, St. Catherine, and Niagara on the Lake for this historic moment in history. 

Canadians who are angry with our government for escalating climate change and have a different vision for Canada are encouraged to speak to the crowd. The renown Line 9 Snake, which made its debut in Queens Park last spring to protest the National Energy Board approval of the reversal of the 40 year old Line 9, will be walked around downtown as marchers carry signs denouncing the continued use of fossil fuels. The march will end at the Peace Garden in time for the dedication ceremony of the new Peace Plaque. This is a fitting terminus for the People's Climate March, since escalating climate change is a serious threat to world peace. Rising sea levels, deserts where people once farmed, and lack of drinking water will all lead to wars over scarce resources. 

Anyone with a troubled conscience about Canada's contribution to climate change is invited to add their numbers to this historic event and join us at the Forks. 

Roberta Cory 
Chair, London Chapter, Council of Canadians 
519-601-2053 


LONDON CLIMATE MARCH!

IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE NEW YORK MARCH

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

1:30 PM AT FORKS OF THE THAMES
 (next to the bridge at the water cannon off Riverside Dr.)

 ANYONE CAN SPEAK (briefly)
 YOUR OWN WORDS OR QUOTES

BRING SIGNS

WALK THE LINE 9 SNAKE

PHOTOS OF OUR MARCH WILL BE SENT TO JOIN THOUSANDS OF OTHERS FROM CITIES AROUND THE WORLD

WE WILL END THE MARCH AT THE PEACE GARDEN FOR THE REDEDICATION OF THE PEACE PLAQUE at 2:45 pm 

Please go to watchdisruption.com. It is a 51 minute film that will help you understand the crucial fight against Climate change.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September Monthly Meeting of the London Chapter of the Council of Canadians

Documentary film: "KOCH BROTHERS EXPOSED"

Thursday September 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm in  Landon Branch, London Public Library, 167 Wortley Road,  Martha Bishop Room.

The September Monthly Meeting of the London Chapter of the Council of Canadians starts at 6:00 pm; the film starts at 7:30 pm. 

All are welcome! Free! Refreshments! 

Donations accepted gratefully! 

Minutes of our June 16, 2014 Monthly Meeting:
http://londoncouncilofcanadians.ca/LondonCoCMeetingMinutes.pdf

"We've reissued Koch Brothers Exposed in an updated version, Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition, to shine a light on them. We've delved even deeper into where their money is going, who their money is hurting, and how much they are making..."
http://www.bravenewfilms.org/koch2014



Cinema Politica London Re-opens to a Full House!

Packed house at our screening of We Are Wisconsin last night! Cinema Politica London lives!...and rocks! Not a dry eye in the room! A special bonus was in person commentary from a WAW veteran, Sarah Roberts (now a Western University professor), after the film. 

Next showing: "Living Downstream" on Monday Oct. 6, 2014.

http://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/london/living-downstream