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Thursday, December 13, 2012

"The Secret Vampire: Sucking the Lifeblood out of Canadian Cities" by Jennifer Chesnut

Why have forty city councils and school boards asked to be excluded from CETA? Isn’t it just a trade deal?
In the context of corporate global austerity, city politics may be the best hope we have for creating sustainable, kind communities and reversing the shaky trajectory we run on this earth. In the city we have close access to the leaders who write the policy that impacts our day to day lives. We are able to talk face to face from our hearts with our city councillors who decide how much we pay for our housing, how clean our local water is, and how many jobs will be secured for our youth, family and friends eager to work. When urban democracy is thriving, the citizens drive the city hall agenda. But a great threat lurks quietly in the wings. Given the dubious title of the most under-reported story facing Canadians (NewsWatch Canada 2011), it isn’t the boogeyman or the devil. It’s something much more tangible if you are willing to read between the lines. Brace yourself: it’s the new generation trade agreement, the most radical form of free market capitalism.  Think the ugly Canada-China FIPA by Prime Minister Harper. Now, widen your lens. The CETA is trade’s worst incarnation, and it is going to suck the lifeblood out of your city.
Writers of horror prose watch out. These free trade political dystopian policies may compete for reader interest if the masses get trade savvy. Imagine a wide force with gaping maw swooping the European Union over the great Pacific to take up residence in a Canadian city near you. Its goal: to siphon off any city assets it can get a hold of. Your water, your energy services like hydro, your hospitals, your transit, your local food, and more are slated to be opened for purchase and control by European, American and Mexican mega corporations. This means the quality and cost of these essential day to day needs and all the jobs associated with them will be decided by a huge corporation with a CEO who doesn’t live in your country let alone your city. Note: none of the other countries are giving up their city assets to foreign corporations. This is highly uncommon for a country to willingly offer. Sounds like the Canada-China deal isn’t the only thing odd about Canada’s long-term trade plans.
This could be another moment to ridicule Canadian trade policy except we don’t have a second to waste. CETA aptly stands for the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement.  And it is the most comprehensive bill of sale you can imagine. CETA the secret vampire will be nibbling at our local food movements and indeed, there are also surely going to be many more gushing bites. Many cities are resisting CETA because its laws will restrict municipalities for making sovereign economic choices. Some of the worries of city council: the city of Stratford’s public investment in its regional food network is at risk. Toronto’s local job creation plans such as its highly successful, local transit construction is at risk. Hamilton fought to bring the care of its water back in house after a messy experiment with privatized water. Under CETA’s grasp, as soon as water is open for bidding to private foreign corps, Hamilton won’t be able to get it back. 
Unlike national budgets, free trade deals last decades. New generation deals restructure the way government operates and downloads the responsibility of healthcare, education, natural resources and more to foreign corporations to turn a profit in the hope that the wealth will trickle down to the people. Though it’s not easy to get out of a trade deal, especially a country like Canada with such a wimpy trade record, some countries learn from their mistakes.  Australia decided after being sued by Du Maurier that they would never sign up for another agreement that is enforced by investor state lawsuits. In a nutshell, these trade tribunals allow corporations to sue countries for their regulations that keep local jobs, rivers clean, and bad chemicals out.  Australia was successfully sued for 55 million when Du Maurier’s profits were threatened by a government plan to ban cigarette ads aimed at youth. Australia had to keep the ads and its citizens forked over the money with their taxes. The people got nothing in return but a loss of their rights to make good choices for their kids. And by the time they run out, all the changes have been made and you are either dead or too old to remember what it was like back then. CETA may haunt your community for eternity.  
Bloody powerful, suavely deceptive, seemingly benign but hungry.  And just like the after-effects from being bitten, the CETAs impacts will be slow but certain. First a dullness of municipal economies, then the paling of the palour of local culture, slowly our cities from Halifax to Nunavut to Victoria will lose the ability to make their own decisions. CETA will have an exasperating long shelf-life.  Like a vampire, the CETA and other trade deals are very hard to kill once created.
If you like local good paying jobs, properly funded hospitals, schools and other public institutions, farmers markets, water bottle bans, a creative new vision for your city, then CETA is the one lurking in the dark. You are not going to like its style one bit. And the forty councils and school boards including the city of Toronto, Thunder Bay, North Vancouver and more have asked to not be included in this long term plan. But why have none of their city council voter certified requests been granted by the provinces? Ontario has forty cities and a school board who have asked to be written out of it in part or full. CETA is a reason to talk to your city councillor and member of provincial parliament about the quality of life for your family. Friends – enough with the CETA nightmare. The province of Ontario, it’s time to get back to work
Hang the garlic from the rooftops. Get calling your elected member of parliament – city, province and national.  The secret vampire is near completion and it can be beaten. Not with a magic bullet but with the sure-fire way of people engaging in the community where they live. Speak up. Read. Breathe. Imagine a fate better than CETA.

"Harper gifts us with 99 lumps of coal." by Roberta Cory

Christmas is for children - trade deals are NOT!

T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The mice were curled up all snug in their nests,
While visions of cookie crumbs danced in their heads;
Mum in her nightie and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When next to the chair there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the table I flew like a flash,
Uncovered my iPad and clicked on the hash.
The light from my iPad glowed chilly and white,
And I gasped when I saw it, a frightening sight;
For what to my wondering eyes was revealed,
But our PM in a sleigh with eight tiny trade deals.
He signed with a ball point so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment this wasn't St. Nick!!
More rapid than eagles his trade deals they came,
And he whistled while signing and called them by name:
"Now CETA*, now FIPA,* now TPP* and NAFTA*!
On Nexen,* on Suncor, on PERC* and CNOOC;*
To the the EU, to China, to Columbia and Nepal;
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!!"
And then in a twinkling, I heard in the hall,
The scratching and chewing of something in the wall.
I opened the door and was looking around,
When out of a mouse hole Harper came with a bound.
He was dressed all in seal fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with coal dust and soot.
A bundle of bags he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His dress shirt was ironed, his blue eyes …. they twinkled.
His skin was like plastic, his suit wasn't wrinkled.
His droll little month was drawn up like a bow,
And the sound of his voice was as cold as the snow.
He was smiling, and pleasant, and handsome to see,
And I laughed at the thought that he could hurt me.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word but went straight to his task,
Filling stockings with trade deals too secret to ask.
He hurried and did it with all of his power,
Changing our lives at the very last hour.
He ran to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And flew back to Ottawa like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"I just sold off Canada, go to sleep, and good night.."

*CETA - Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement
*FIPA - Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement
*TPP - Trans-Pacific Partnership
*NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement
*Nexen - a Canadian oil and gas company based in Calgary, just purchased by CNOOC
*CNOOC - China National Offshore Oil Corporation.
*PERC - Pan-European Regional Council (trade union)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


What do the CETA and FIPA (the Canada-China Trade deal) have in common? 
They both will take away the power of people in cities from protecting local natural assets from foreign corporate take over. Foreign corporations will be heavily fining municipal and provincial government (paid for with our taxes) in secret if any environmental, labour or health law is used that slows their anticipated profits. *See the FIPA video below for more info. The CETA and the FIPA are part of the long-term policy plan like we have never heard of before. The recent budgets have been preparing for the new trade landscape just like the budgets of the late 80's and early 90's did with the FTA and NAFTA. The power of using trade deals to make changes is that they cannot be reversed when you elect a new government as they are internationally-binding. * This link is a FIPA video. What else do the CETA and the FIPA have in common? If not critiqued, our federal government will pass these long-term policy plans asap without telling you about the details of them. The FIPA on this Tues. Oct. 30, and the CETA's last round of major negotiations finished today with plans to pass in 2012. There's still time. And the momentum is growing... 
 Blessed be the Canadian who uses their voice to name the long term plan they want for their friends, their coworkers and their family. Thank you to Stuart Tru, Maude Barlow, Paul Moist and many others who have been leading the pack on public education nationally on the CETA. Thank you to Elizabeth May, Thomas Mulcair, Clayton Ruby and others who have been leading nationally on the FIPA. Thanks to Robert and Gary for sending these on. Thank you to all for every action you take, to educate and press for dialogue on the "new generation" trade landscape and the stability of Canada's real economy, and the welfare of our families. Every little act makes a small difference.

Jennifer on behalf of StopCETA Trade Justice -- A coalition of the Council of Canadians, London Chap.


London Chapter Council of Canadians
London, Ontario, Canada
Date: Monday, November 12, 2012
Place: Lamplighter Best Western, 591 Wellington Road South 
Time: 5:00 PM registration & verification of member credentials
5:30 PM AGM
6:30 PM Reception
7:00PM Dinner
8:00PM Speaker is Briana Blencowe “Human Trafficking”
Followed by a Question and Answer Period
9:30PM Adjourn


(NOTE: "Verification of member credentials" refers to VERBAL verification that you are a member. You may have to sign a sheet stating that you are a member, but you will not show any card or any other piece of paper.)


Human Trafficking Speaker Nov 12

For Immediate Release
October 30, 2012
Human Trafficking
Right here in London Ontario

November 12, 8 pm, come learn more from Briana Blencowe and her associate, a victim of the crime, when the London Chapter of the Council of Canadians present “Human Trafficking”.

As Briana explains, “I was thrilled when asked to speak at the London Council of Canadians Chapter Annual General meeting as their views for Canadian independence; promotion of policies on fair trade and action for justice is something I support. The fact that Council of Canadians attempts to place social issues in the spotlight is just what is needed when it comes to the problem of Human Trafficking in Canada.”

Human trafficking effects upwards of 25 million and is viewed as an international problem, still it lives right here in London Ontario. The United Nations reported in 2006 that an estimated global annual profit of 3.1billions dollars US making human trafficking the second most profitable organized crime.

Join us on November 12 at the Lamplighter Inn to learn more about this seemingly invisible crime right before our very eyes.

You are invited to join us for any or all portions of the evening. Please RSVP to Louise Hollingsworth (519) 679-0765. Tickets are also available at the East Village Coffeehouse, 785 Dundas St. Dinner tickets include a complimentary copy of Maude Barlow’s book "The Great Lakes Commons".

London Chapter of the Council of Canadians Annual General Meeting
Lamplighter Best Western, 591 Wellington Road
Monday November 12, 2012

5:30 pm ►Meeting
7 pm ►Dinner and Speaker— $40 includes book
8 pm ►Speaker only—free will donation

For more information on the Council of Canadians you can visit their website at:

For more information on the event contact Louise Hollingsworth 519-679-0765
Council of Canadians, London Chapter

Monday, September 24, 2012

Stop CETA Open Mic & Candlelight Vigil

7:30-10:30 p.m.
September 29, 2012

East Village Coffeehouse
785 Dundas St. E

Pdf version of poster, click here.

You are invited to the Sat. September 29th StopCETA Open Mic to mark the anticipated final round of negotiations in October 2012.

Chat with interesting people who care as deeply as you do about the earth and human rights.

This trade justice event will combine CETA education & action with bluesy-groovy-folksy music and poetry.

Line up: the sweet blues of the Dave Dillon, the seasoned folk of Mark 30, the hard hitting & comical storytelling song of Margo Does and more. A presentation on CETA entitled “What else is possible, eh?”A MPP mail out of your specific CETA concern. A candlelight vigil for Public Services in Canada post CETA.

Not to mention the good ol' edible and beverage offerings of the East Village Coffeehouse. I hear Absynthe may be on tap.

What: stopCETA trade justice open mic
(for the love of canada, stopCETA!)

When: Sat. Sept. 29th, 730 pm

*Come early, limited spaces

*Candle-light vigil interlude at 8pm.

Where: Our favourite and recently liberated East Village Coffeehouse (EVC)
785 Dundas St.
Dundas and Rectory, just west of Aeolian Hall.

Ample free parking on the street and around the corner.

Cost: $5 Suggested Donation

Come early, seating limited. This is a scent free event.

Media release:

For Immediate Release:
Candlelight Vigil for Municipal Public Services

Monday, September 24th, 2012
On Saturday, September 29th, Londoners are invited to a candlelight vigil for Canadian Public Services. This event will witness the loss of Canadian public services from the largest trade agreement ever negotiated by Canada called the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) which is intended to be signed by the end of 2012. The vigil's purpose is to bring attention to an enormous trade deal that has been negotiated behind closed doors whose major content is municipal public services in Canadian cities coast to coast.
The CETA will allow foreign corporations from the European Union, The United States and Mexico to bid with equal power for city hall contracts to oversee municipal transit, hydro, water services and parts of the health and education sectors. Through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), over five hundred thousand manufacturing jobs were lost in Ontario with much work being downsized to part-time status without benefits. People in the know about this quiet trade deal are concerned that a similar result will happen not only in the last manufacturing sector jobs but also public service. Further, there are serious concerns about increases in daily costs of living for families. For example, a study from the University of Toronto and the University of Calgary demonstrates a one billion increase in essential drug costs out of the pockets of people living in Ontario. The reason for the more expensive medicine is that the European negotiators have asked Canada to extend patent monopoly for brand name drug companies to have exclusive rights of sale for 3.5 more years.
With over forty city councils and school boards requesting a full opt out of CETA from the provinces, including London, the word is getting out about its many potential risks.
Join us at the East Village Coffeehouse, 785 Dundas Street, on Saturday, September 29th at 8pm to draw attention to this very comprehensive deal that will impact your job, your family and your day-to- day costs of living. All are welcome.
Contact: Rod Morley (519 872-0008) or StopCETA Trade Justice
A Coalition of the Council of Canadians, London Chapter

Second Poster:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Attracting Peace: Educating for Peace, with Lee McKenna

7:00-9:00 p.m.
Wolf Performance Hall
London Central Library
251 Dundas St.
London, Ontario

Lee McKenna will be talking about her work with war-affected people in places like Sudan, Colombia and the Philippines. Come and learn about the economic, social and cultural roots of violence, the role of consciousness in combatting violence and oppression and how to organize for social and political change.


(B.A., MDiv, PhD cand), activist, practitioner of active non-violence and principal of Partera International (partera. ca), has been working alongside peace-makers from more than a dozen countries for more than 20

The evening will end with a guided meditation for peace.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

For the Love of Canada, Stop CETA Rally Against Increased Medication Costs, July 11, 2012

Approximately twenty-five Londoners joined on Commissioners Road West outside of Ed Holder's office to participate in the first of a series of summer rallies to be organized around specific threats of CETA. Tonight's focussed on the concern raised in the joint University of Toronto and University of Calgary study that warns of a 2.8 billion dollar increase in drug costs annually out of the pockets of Canadians.

The rally was hosted by the stopCETA trade justice coalition and was attended by a diverse group of citizens from union folks to NDP and Green party candidates, artists, teachers, students, various public service workers and a few members of the local Occupy movement. Instead of chanting, we smiled and waved at the long lines of cars that were slowed in traffic along Commissioners. Literature such as the Council of Canadians Healthcare & CETA handbill was given through car windows. Many folks were honking but the favourite was the city bus driver honking most enthusiastically. The group held up signs that said messages like: For the love of Canada, stop CETA, and others about increases in prescription drug costs. One of the trade justice members silkscreened a banner about loving Canada, and of course, the CETApus was out with Roberta and Rory Cory.

Dre Aube was interviewed by London Community News, a local press, and on camera with CTV news about the drug costs issue. Jennifer Chesnut spoke also with CTV news about the local trade justice movement and national municipalities resolution movement and they asked to do a longer interview segment prior to the next rally. The group started planning for the second rally tonight which will focus on Investor State lawsuits from corporations and will take place on Wed. July 25, also outside of Ed Holder's office from 5 to 6pm. They intend, at minimum, to double our crowd. And, will continue with the style of business-attire rally to promote openess to demonstration in a city that is shy about it. London encourages local Council of Canadian chapters to come on down, share the message and spend some time building our networks together.
...... overall, we had a lot of fun and feel very good about the vibe that was created. Dre did a fab job on camera...

Below are the sound bites that we were working with:

CETA will force Canadians to pay 3 billion more a year on necessary medicine. High prescription drug prices are already a barrier to relief for millions of Canadians from pain of cancer to depression, and CETA will only make the situation worse. People living in Ontario will have to deal with the largest hike of about 1.3 million. Drugs are the fastest growing part of health care costs in Canada. Why would we agree to increase our drug costs further?

In CETA, the EU is demanding that we align with their system that favours brand-name pharmaceuticals and phases out the cheaper generic-label drugs. The 3 billion rise in drug costs annually is another example of why CETA is bad for Canadian people.

We are not against trade. We are against reckless trade contracts that favour transnational corporations over people’s health and community well-being. We do not think that a less than 1% increase in the Canadian GDP is a good enough reason to prevent Canadians from getting the medicines they need. CETA runs contrary to the Canadian Constitution that states in clause 36 that “the government of Canada and the provincial governments are committed to promoting equal opportunities for the well-being of Canadians, … and providing essential public services of reasonable quality to all Canadians.”

Nowhere in our constitution does it say that our well-being would best be taken care of by transnational corporations.

Notes: The study showing the drug increase of approximately 3 billion was a collaborative study by U of T and U of Calgary presented to the federal government.

Jennifer Chesnut, July 11, 2012

Stop CETA Rally, July 11, 2012 (Photos by Robert McMaster)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Maude Barlow in London, Ontario on May 30, 2012!

The Great Lakes of North America form the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world, holding more than 20 per cent of the world's surface freshwater and 95 per cent of North America's. They provide life and livelihood to more than 40 million people and are the economic centre at the heart of the continent. Yet the Great Lakes of North America are in serious trouble. Multipoint pollution, climate change, over-extraction, invasive species, and wetland loss are all taking their toll on the watershed.

With a patchwork of limited government protection that is hampered by inadequate funding and differing political priorities, the Lakes urgently need people to join together to forge a new future for them, one that will ensure the Lakes will thrive for generations to come. To help forge links and build relationships in communities surrounding the Great Lakes' waters, the Council of Canadians has launched the "Great Lakes Need Great Friends" tour.

Video: click here.

Doors open 6:30 Event 7:00-9:00
Maude Barlow The Great Lakes Needs Great Friends Tour.
How many of us went to camps on Georgian Bay or summer at the cottage?  Don't we all love taking the family to the beach for a refreshing swim on those hot summer days.  It is time we begin to bring our Great Lakes back into focus to ensure that our children and grand children have the chance to make some of their own memories about this world treasure.
Come join the conversation as the Council of Canadians and the Aeolian Hall present a special evening with Maude Barlow and the Great lakes Needs Great Friends Tour.
Also speaking, Great Friends
Thom McClenaghan President, Friends of the Coves Subwatershed.
Patrick Donnelly, Urban Watershed Program Manager City of London

along with displays from partners in watershed protection in London.
Location:  Aeolian Hall
For more information contact Gary Brown
Admission is free and donations are welcome.
There will be a special performance by the children’s choir El Sistema London from 6:30 to 7:00

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Take Action to Protect Local Health Care!

Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday May 16, 2012
7:00 pm 
King’s University College
Labatt Hall, Rm. 105 
266 Epworth Avenue 

Poster: click here.

Vicki McKenna, Ontario Nurses’ Association 
Peter Bergmanis, CAW 
Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition
Sandi Blancher, OPSEU
Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute

What we can do to protect our local health services and make health care decisions more accountable
Q& A

You can help to forge a better way!
For more information: London Health Coalition 519-473-6191
or Ontario Health Coalition 416-441-2502

“The Ontario budget will result in harsh
cuts to local health care services. After
years of corporate tax cuts and tax
giveaways for the wealthy, the Ontario
government is now trying to resolve the
deficit on the backs of the sick and
We already have a severe shortage of
hospital beds and unprecedented
hospital overcrowding. There are more
than 30,000 people on wait
lists for long-term care homes.
We also have a privatized home
care system that fails to meet
the basic needs of Ontarians.
Yet more cuts are on the way.
It is urgent that ordinary Ontarians from across
this province stand up to protect universal and
fair access to public non-profit health care for
all people in need.”
-- Natalie Mehra, Director of the Ontario Health Coalition

Friday, May 4, 2012

Letter from Maude Barlow

Letter from Maude Barlow to London City Council re CETA


Media Alert
April 27, 2012
For Immediate Release 

London and District Labour Council Speaks Out Against the Harper Government's Sham of Democratic Process Regarding the CETA Negotiations and the Sudden Promotion Tour

 "The Harper Government's lack of respect for the democratic process is once again glaringly evident in the current sudden tour by 18 ministers across Canada to promote the Canada European Trade Agreement after keeping details from the public," states Patti Dalton, President London and District Labour Council. "This is a blatant public relations attempt to avoid the massive criticism from labour and social organizations all over Canada which have challenged the Government to come clean on the dangers of this trade deal which threatens the rights of municipalities to make decisions based on the best results for local communities. Speaking at us is not speaking with us and if Minister Lisa Raitt really wanted our input she would have had a townhall meeting not this sham of democracy." 

 Municipal governments have been outspoken about the lack of transparency in the CETA negotiations. Nearly 60 cities, towns and school boards have called for more information on the negotiations and an authentic democratic process regarding the input of Canadians. Several municipalities have asked for exemption from CETA in order to protect their democratic rights to set social policy and spending priorities without the unfair interference of corporate challenges. "I've never seen municipalities mobilize and unite together in Ontario like they have against the CETA," says Chris MacDonald Ontario Director for the Canadian Labour Congress. "I think that federal politicians need to respect the will of municipalities to make critical decisions for their local communities and this will be undermined if CETA is implemented in Canada." 

Economist Jim Stanford has warned that CETA will result in jobs losses and CAW Local 27 President Tim Carrie states that: "CETA is another example of a trade policy that will weaken the Canadian economy and our autonomy." The reality is that Canada's trade deficit will grow under CETA and this was acknowledged in the Federal EU assessment.

Additionally, it is unacceptable that while the EU is protecting its municipally delivered services including water, Canada is not doing so. "So why is the Harper Government engaging in this sudden attempt to defend a losing proposition for Canadians that threatens our sovereignty and vital decision making ability?" comments Patti Dalton. "It appears that they are realizing that labour and social organizations like the Council of Canadians are alerting citizens and communities to the dangers of CETA and the Government is making a pathetic attempt to sell a lose-lose deal to Canadians. We've seen the devastating effects of previous trade agreements so lets make sure this next and more extreme deal is stopped dead in its tracks--as it should be." 

Contact information: 
Patti Dalton President LDLC, 519-494-3901 
Chris Macdonald CLC Ontario Director, 647-261-0157 
Tim Carrie President CAW Local 27, 519-318-1022

Special May 2012 Newsletter from Don Mcleod

Editorial – Facilitator’s Monthly Topic – May 2012 
CETA! - CETA!! – CETA!!!

On Tuesday May 1, City of London Council will be discussing a full opting out of CETA. Please join us at City Hall 300 Dufferin Street at 4:30pm in Council Chamber Public Gallery Floor 3.

On Monday April 30 & Tuesday May1, Please take the time to email or contact your City of London Councilor and Mayor Joe Fontana.

Of note – I wonder how Councilor Paul Van Meerbergen will address the CETA discussion and vote, as he was the host of the Government’s visit to London on Friday April 27, hosting them at his workplace Lampko Tools. He quite clearly stated that his company was dependant on CETA for improving their access to the European Union, which puts him in a “conflict of interest” on CETA with his role as Ward 10 Councilor!

Reference 1–Council Agenda Item “Reports VIII – 13th Report of Finance Item #9”

          Please note “London Chapter Council of Canadians” in “a” & “b”
          Our hope is that documents in the Council Agenda will include Maude’s letter – Please see attached – Please use this as a reference when you talk to & email the Mayor and Councilors – they all have a copy!

Reference 2: Finance Committee Minutes of April 16, 2012 Item “2 – 9”

Reference 3: To contact Mayor Joe Fontana and City of London Councilors

Reference 4: Trade Justice -

Thank you to our Stop CETA Committee for their diligent work on the CETA issue!

See you at City Hall – 4:30m pm Tuesday May 1!

Don McLeod

Saturday, April 21, 2012

April Newsletter

Our April newsletter is now up on our website:

Facilitator's Message for April 2012

Hello folks,

Our year continues to unfold with a radiant plethora of activities, speakers, films and meetings!

One can fill their frequent or all too scheduled spare time with events that are posted in our newsletters, web site and blogs!

Maude will have her 4th visit to London in 8 months on May 30 on her "Great Lakes Tour" at the Aeolian Hall.

Maude loves London, she loves our London Chapter and our hundreds of members and affiliates!

Both Maude and I will love all those that come out to events that much more!

Newsletter content is accumulated throughout each month from our members and Chapter contacts that send me articles and events. I try to get web links so that you can easily access the source documents. Your input and comments are welcome! Postings need to be sent as earliest as possible to get into the next newsletter.

Facilitator's Editorial

Council of Canadians Chapters have a great impact on their local communities when they lobby their City Council, their MP's, MPP's, businesses and citizens.

The following is a basic web link guide for our City of London. These links will provide a basic intro to our Council, how it operates, when they meet, what the committees are and who the "players" are.
Please take an hour to gain basic knowledge then refer back to these links often to learn more about our City of London Council and what is going on in London!

City of London Council
A Guide to Frequently Used Web Links

The City of London Council is formed by the Mayor and 14 Councillors each representing a ward.

City of London Council Meeting Schedule

Standing & Advisory Committees – Who Does What?

Public Participation Meetings

Committees and Task Forces

Meetings – Agendas & Minutes

City of London By-Laws

City of London Zoning By-Laws

See you at our London Chapter events!

Yours from the Council
Don McLeod
London Chapter Facilitator
Council of Canadians

Email:  Don McLeod <>

(519) 667-4016

London Chapter Web:
London Chapter Email:
Chapter Facebook:    
National Web:             
Stop CETA: