Council of Canadians, London Chapter - Agenda
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 - 6:30 - 9:00 pm
6:30 - 6:45 coffee, tea, finger food
Bring a plate of something to share if you can
1) BUSINESS - Reports and updates
Treasurer - Masoud Karimi
Trade Justice - Jennifer Chesnut
As part of the delivery, we're inviting people from Ottawa to join us on Parliament Hill for a mass phone-in to Conservative MPs asking them not to ram this legislation through without further thought and study. People across the country can also participate by phoning an MP from wherever they are. Start time is 12:30 PM. Craig Scott will be arriving to accept the petitions at 1:00 PM.
50 NEXT MEETING - Monday, March 17, 2014 - Tolpuddle - 6:30 to 9:00.
Present: Roberta Cory, Robert Cory, Aldous Smith, David Heap, Jennifer Chesnut, Masoud Karimi, Jeff Hanks, Julie Picken-Cooper, Anne Dyer, Jessie Hanke, Rod Morley, Celeste Lemire, Paula Marcotte, Christine Troughton, Kathy Clee, Phil Butterworth, Bryan Smith, Steve McSwiggan, Suzanne Crellin, Mike Farlowe, Deb Woodhall, Monika Rauche, Bill Smith, Jodi von Wahl, Susan Smith.
a) Reports and updates
Treasurer - Masoud Karimi: updated C of C accounts.
Trade Justice - Jennifer Chesnut
o Outlined Our Intercontinental Day of Trade Justice Action, on Feb 1st. 20th anniversary
o Please connect with us if you have a network you can help with. Walk begins at noon; and movie at 2pm.
o Initiative for City Hall motion on CETA. Modelled on Toronto’s request for opt out and vote – to Kathylnn Wynne. This will be ongoing through Jan/Feb.
Solidarity Film Coalition - Marie France
o Report by Paula Marcotte: Museum London co-sponsoring. April 5th and 6th. Theme
will be all water.
Peace and Human Rights - David Heap
o Prison Justice Film Festival showing around London from January 29th to February 2nd.
Immigration/detention/security certificates (current strike at Lindsay
Effects of Residential Schools on Turtle Island, and connections to prisons
Illegal and inhumane treatment of Omar Khadr
o Making Waves campaign in Windsor – Jeff will update when info. available
o The federal health accord is running out in March. Conservatives have said they will peg spending to 3% of GDP which means about 36 billion in cuts planned. Harper said would keep escalator payments for a few years but has reneged and is refusing to give about 600 million promised.
o Ontario liberals passing legislation to allow LHINs (Local Health Integration Networks) to take cataract surgery and endoscopy out of hospitals and offer it in private clinics. This is seen as a move to privatize services and will lead to closure of rural and community hospitals as more and more services are offered in clinics. Necessary to try to stop them by mobilizing people.
o Roberta: We have no water committee. Need to discuss this and bring a group togther. On breakout, cards from Maude’s visit circulated, to get momentum for inititatives to go with.
Related issues that could be addressed by Water committee: Conservation; The RIGHTS of water, legal protection; Education about water issues - Blue Communities Project; Fracking and aquifers
Penn Kemp’s book in memory of Jack Layton. $25:00, $5 of which goes to C of C Tailings of Warren Peace, $20:00
OPAL Presentation: Steve McsSwiggan, Suzanne Crellin , Bryan Smith, gave compelling and informative presentation on the proposed Ingersoll Dump.
o “Located adjacent to Ingersoll, Centreville, and Beachville, the proposed Walker Industries mega-landfill would occupy a section of Carmeuse Lime's quarry operation and is planned to be the 4th largest landfill in Canada” -- opalalliance.ca
o Next protest – Beachville Rd and Embro Rd. [See ‘Stop the Dump’ on FB] o See also: www.opalalliance.ca
o For similar information, see movie, Trashed, by Jeremy Irons.
Fundraising Initiatives discussed. o Celeste - Services auction
Servicesdonated,fromgardeningtolawyerdonatingawill.LasttimeCeleste was part of Services fund raiser, netted over $6,000.
o David Heap - Hyland film night
David is talking with Ali (Mgr. of Hyland); Roberta will follow up.
Roberta introduced books
MEETING - Monday, February 10, 2014 - Tolpuddle - 6:30 to 9:00.