Monthly Archives: February 2013

Message from the Chair

What a great group of hard working people we have on our interim Steering Committee!  It is a pleasure to work with them.  We now have a good foundation for our local chapter due to their hard work, but we really need member involvement to make this a vibrant chapter.  Please share your expertise, your passion, your commitment to social justice so we can all move forward together.

– Tom Cook, Chair of the Thunder Bay Council of Canadians Steering Committee

Building a Strong Foundation

The Thunder Bay COC Steering Committee members have been working to establish a strong foundation for the future of the Thunder Bay COC Chapter. Over the past few months, together with the assistance of Mark Calzavaro and the Regional Office, the Steering Committee has:

  • Developed Terms of Reference for the Steering Committee (to be presented at the first Annual General Meeting for amendment/ratification by members;
  • Secured a credit union account and applied for start-up funding;
  • Participated in Council of Canadians teleconference calls to keep in touch with other chapters and the National and Regional Offices;
  • Received a start-up kit and is building a collection of “stuff” – banner, signs, literature, etc.;
  • Participated in an Idle No More rally;
  • Written an Open Letter to PM Harper protesting the proposed funding cut to the Experimental Lakes Area, being followed up with a follow-up letter to the Premier Elect of Ontario and the Premier of Manitoba;
  • Formed a sub-committee to plan a public launch of our new Chapter.

We Have a Chapter!

At a public meeting held on November 22, 2012, an enthusiastic group of Council of Canadian members and supporters voted to form a local chapter of the Council of Canadians. Several members volunteered to form an Interim Steering Committee to organize the chapter with a goal of working on national Council of Canadian issues and responding to local issues in our community. Click here to view the founding meeting presentation and learn more about the Council of Canadians.