Environmental Film Fest kicks off this week

Mark your calendars: the 7th annual Environmental Film Festival takes place from April 20-24 at Maple Tops Activity Centre in the Waterfront District.

View more than a dozen documentaries and films by local and international filmmakers.  See the program here: flyer-final-draft

For complete details including the festival information, a downloadable poster and schedule, click here.


Corporate influence and people power: Upcoming think tank on industrial forestry

Each year, industrial forestry corporations in Canada spray hundreds of thousands of hectares of publicly-owned forests with glyphosate-based herbicide. In 2015, the World Health Organization deemed this chemical as “probably carcinogenic [cancer-causing] to humans.”

How are multinational corporations like Monsanto influencing research, lobbying governments, and suing those who disagree with them? What can we do about it? Join the discussion at the Council of Canadians Thunder Bay’s second Community Think Tank series.

Where: Superior High School, 333 High St. North

When: Tuesday, April 19 6:30-9:30



Boulevard Lake Water Walk 2016


Thunder Bay Chapter officially endorses the Leap Manifesto

The Council of Canadians – Thunder Bay Chapter officially endorsed the Leap Manifesto, a Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and for One Another.  To learn more, visit http://www.leapmanifesto.org

Green Party leader gives speech on Canada’s role in the Middle East

Last week Green Party leader Elizabeth May delivered a speech in the House of Commons on Canada’s role in the Middle East.  Listen to it here:    http://elizabethmaymp.ca/elizabeth-may-speech-isil-debate/


Webinar: Learn how to make your community a Blue Community

Join this online webinar to learn what you can do to help protect community water sources in the Great Lakes basin from increasing threats and pressure to put water up for sale and privatize it.

The Blue Communities Project empowers people to lobby their local government to adopt a water commons framework by recognizing water as a human right, promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services, and banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events.

WHAT: An online discussion about how you can turn your Great Lakes basin town into a Blue Community.

WHERE: Your computer – you will need a good internet connection. We will be using Adobe Connect for the webinar.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00 PM EST (TBC)


  • Robyn Hamlyn, youth water activist whose goal is to make every community in Canada a Blue Community
  • Janis Horgos, Council of Canadians Thunder Bay Chapter

Other water activists and community residents will share their experiences with the Blue Communities Project. The discussion will be facilitated by Emma Lui, national water campaigner for the Council of Canadians.

Since 2011, 21 communities around the world have joined the growing movement to protect water as a commons by becoming Blue Communities. There are 18 Blue Communities across Canada, including many around the Great Lakes, and three international Blue Communities in Switzerland and Brazil.

Visit the Council of Canadians’ website to learn more about the Blue Communities Project.

Please RSVP to amorgan@canadians.org and call-in information will be provided closer to the time.

Truth Test Our H20: Upcoming Community Think Tank Session

Truth Test Our H20
How can we empower ourselves and our community to take democratic action in the face of unfriendly corporations? Join us for a community discussion of the first of three community think tank sessions: Truth Test our H20:
WHEN: Tuesday, February 9 from 6:30 – 8:45
WHERE: Waverley Resource Library – Auditorium
TOPIC: Water: “Considering Viewpoints from Two Corporations on Their Impacts on Water and the Community”
HOW: Focus: First Tool – IRL – (in real life) that we can use to deal with unfriendly corporations
WHAT: Desired Intention: the results of discussions will be added into a ‘Report of Recommendations,’ that our local chapter will deliver.
FORMAT: 2, 5 minute overview presentations & ‘Docs and Discussion’ in two segments
OUTCOME: to empower people of TBay to join together in democratic action and work together using effective tools to neutralize unfriendly corporations thereby making our voices not only heard but make a difference as well.
GOAL: to become a leader in which other chapters/groups can model our actions
INVITE OTHERS: If you are coming out please invite 2-3 others from your own personal circle to join you. If you are unable to, please invite 2-3 people who you think might have an affinity with the CoC.

Feds new pipeline rules show some promise, but the devil is in the details: CoC

This week, Natural Resources Minister Carr and Environment and Climate Change Minister McKenna concluded a press conference announcing new rules for pipeline projects.

Wednesday’s much anticipated announcement comes amid a tumultuous two weeks where Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and TransCanada’s Energy East project were capitulated onto a national news stage, unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Reported in Council of Canadians’ energy and climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue’s blog are details about the new rules and an assessment based on what we want to see in pipeline reviews. Details included here are informed by a government backgrounder, and in viewing Wednesday’s press conference.

Wednesday’s announcement confirms both a transition process for existing projects and a longer term overhaul of environmental assessments and the National Energy Board (NEB) that will reportedly happen over the course of two years.

The principles guiding the transition process are:

  1. Project proponent are not forced to start over
  2. Process is science-based, employs traditional ecological knowledge and other relevant evidence
  3. Views of affected communities are sought and considered
  4. Process supports First Nation consultation and accommodation
  5. Process includes direct and upstream greenhouse gas emissions linked to project

Read here for a status of the Energy East and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain projects.