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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Half Page Handbill Jan. 18, 2014

Chapter Chair – Roberta Cory

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Campaigns: Trade Justice London, London Health Coalition (fighting austerity and privatization), Food Security (Pollinator Sanctuary London), Solidarity Film Coalition (with LACASA), Water Rights, Stop Line 9, Peace and Human Rights

Sat., Feb. 1, 2014, 12 noon, meet at Tolpuddle Co-op on Adelaide

Sun., Feb. 2, 2014, East Village Coffeehouse at English and Dundas 6:00 pm potluck; 7:00- 9:00 pm performance by Birdbone Theatre

IMAGINE FLOATS, BICYCLES, PROPS, MASKS, COSTUMED MARCHERS, REVELERS, MUSIC, DRUMMING, CELEBRATING OUR MOTHER GAIA. Freedom of Speech Marchers – any group with a message about human beings and their relationship to our planet – from celebratory to ironic humour. Email See for example: Heart of the Beast May Day parade,


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Birdbone Theatre's "Tar Sands Dragon Opera" coming to London Feb. 2nd!

Hosted by the London Chapter 
of the Council of Canadians 
on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2014 
6:00 - 9:00 pm 

(English and Dundas) 

6:00 pm 
(Crockpots can be plugged in.) 

7:00 - 9:00 pm 

Message from Alison Gayle about the tour:
We will be touring our Tar Sands Dragon Opera (and clown show) along Line 9 the month of February, and we are looking for folks who will host our show in their communities (schools, community halls, living rooms etc.) We would love to connect with as many of the folks involved in Line 9 organizing as possible. 
The Tar Sands Dragon Opera is a puppet tragi-comedy featuring the clown hysterics of a bewildered cardboard population struggling to come to terms with the murky convoluted thinkings on Tar Sands expansion and consequent Line 9 reversal. The show will also feature music and dancing by humans, to lighten the occasionally inky mood. The Tar Sands Dragon Opera is a media project. We will learn about the case against the reversal of Line 9 from the communities we perform for, and will allow this to inform our show as we go. We will also make short radio pieces along the way when appropriate. 
Alison Gayle, Birdbone Theatre" 

Voluntary donations to support the tour will be accepted at the venue or online on the Theatre website.

Roberta Cory
Chair,  Council of Canadians London Chapter

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Walk of Solidarity! Saturday Feb. 1, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release Jan. 13, 2014
On Saturday, February 1st Londoners are invited to join in a Walk of Solidarity for local workers. The walk will assemble at the Tolpuddle Housing Co-op, in the main floor, 380 Adelaide St. North, at 12 pm. It brings together a number of local groups, in recognition of the Inter-Continental Day of Trade Action on January 31st. As reported by the Trade Justice Network, “January 2014 marks the twenty-year anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a pact that has had devastating consequences for working families, small farmers, indigenous peoples, small business and the environment in all three countries and beyond. This is a call to action for communities throughout Mexico, Canada and the United States to join together on January 31, 2014, and say “ENOUGH!” to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other corporate “trade” deals.”
London-area groups participating in this event include: The Council of Canadians: Trade Justice London; the London and District Labour Council; LACASA; and the National Farmers’ Union. We will be walking in solidarity with employees of Kellogg’s, Heinz, and Canada Post, who have seen, or will see in 2014, significant job losses.
Globalization, and in particular new investor-state trade deals, beginning with NAFTA and continuing with CETA and the upcoming TPP, are of great concern to everybody, it seems, except our governments. NAFTA, touted by Prime Minister Mulroney as a great job-maker for Canada, actually saw the loss of about 500,000 manufacturing jobs in the past 20 years. It is a deal that has also destroyed jobs, businesses and industries in Mexico, where new economic prosperity was promised. Experts see CETA and the upcoming TPP as having even more drastic consequences for employment, public services, and for municipal governments across Canada.
Please feel welcome to join us in the Walk of Solidarity and Resistance to Free-Trade Globalization! At the conclusion of the walk, come in out of the snow and enjoy good company and food at the brand new East Village Coffee House, as we show the documentary Hoodwinked! We invite participants and the public to this powerful film that focuses on the truth about free trade in Canada. The film starts at 2:00 pm and admittance is free to all.
For information, please contact:
Trade Justice London Chair, Jennifer Chesnut, at:, or Trade Justice London editor/writer, Aldous Smith:, Aldous: 519-433-5841

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fighting the good fight with OPAL Alliance!

You are invited

Council of Canadians
London Chapter

When:   Monday, January 13, 2014

Where:  Tolpuddle Co-op general room
380 Adelaide between Dundas and King

Time:  6:30 - 9:00 pm
Finger food, coffee, tea

Reading of the "Idea Cards" collected at 
Maude Barlow's Blue Future talk
at Aeolian Hall, November 25, 2013

Networking and Action Plans

This is a FRAGRANCE FREE event.

Bus goes down Dundas - questions - need a ride - 519 - 601 - 2053

Monday, January 6, 2014


TONIGHT! Jan. 6, 2014
Trade Justice London Meeting
6:30 pm Teen Reading Area, main floor, Central Library

Jan. 9, 2014
TREA: Future of Waste Management and Energy Conservation in London
7:30 mp Grosvenor Lodge, 1017 Western Road

Jan. 13, 2014
Monthly Meeting of the London Chapter of the Council of Canadians

Jan. 14, 2014
Raise the Rates! Fair Wages Now! rally by London Common Front
4 pm Dundas and Richmond

Jan. 16, 2014
They Were Promised the Sea documentary film presented by Western Film Studies
7:30 pm University College Rm 85

Jan. 17, 2014
Our Collective Struggle: Human and Nonhuman Animals forum by USC/Vegan Society
1:30 pm UCC Rm 315, Western University

Jan. 18, 2014
London Regional Social Forum Organizing Meeting
1 pm Stevenson-Hunt Room, Central Library

Jan. 23 to Feb. 9, 2014
Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival

Jan. 27, 2014
City of London Public Meeting 
Medway Valley Heritage Forest ESA, Conservation Master Plan, Phase One
6:30 pm Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School Cafeteria

Community CarShare, your non-profit carsharing co-op, is pleased to confirm that we are coming to town!  Expansion to London is planned for this Spring 2014 (March 1st to May 1st), and we want to help you get involved. Do you know anyone who is interested in getting involved or using CarShare vehicles in London? If so, make sure they get on the email list today so they can get access to all the latest information as soon as possible. You can also reach us at 1-855-SHARE-99 (1-855-742-7399) or by email at

January Meeting, Jan. 13, 2014

Council of Canadians, London Chapter   -   Agenda
Monday, January 13, 2014 - 6:30 - 9:00 pm 

Tolpuddle Co-op general room (380 Adelaide between Dundas and King)

6:30 - 6:45 coffee, tea, finger food
3 volunteers needed to bring food (519-601-2053)


a) Reports and updates

Treasurer - Masoud Karimi
Trade Justice - Jennifer Chesnut 
Solidarity Film Coalition - Marie France 
Peace and Human Rights - David Heap 
Health - Jeff Hanks

b) Water Committee - idea cards from Maude's blue future book tour
2. conservation
3. the RIGHTS of water, legal protection
4. education about water issues - Blue Communities Project 
5. proportional representation
6. fracking and aquifers

c) Fundraising

services auction - Celeste 
Hyland film night - David Heap

2) PRESENTATION BY OPAL (Oxford People Against the Landfill)
“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”


4) NEXT MEETING - Monday, February 10, 2014 - Tolpuddle - 6:30 to 9:00.

Bus goes down Dundas. Ride pooling - offer a ride or need a ride - 519-601-2053