Monthly Archives: August 2013

Going Green at the AGM!

To reduce its environmental footprint, the CoC Thunder Bay Chapter Steering Committee is working with EcoSuperior to make the September 10th AGM a Litter Free Green Event.  The Cardinal Room  at the CLE was chosen as the venue as it has a kitchen permitting the use of washable dishes, glasses, cutlery and water pitchers. The CLE is centrally located on a bus route and attendees are encouraged to walk, bike and carpool if possible. Bikes can be stored in the vestibule at the Cardinal Room`s entrance or inside at the back of the room. Almost all of the promotion and related information is being sent electronically and members of the Chapter Steering Committee will be wearing reusable name tags. Fair trade coffee and locally baked goodies will be offered for everyone`s enjoyment. In addition to conserving resources and reducing waste, attendees will be helping to build a healthier, more sustainable community and planet.
Green Planet

Upcoming AGM!

The Thunder Bay Council of Canadians will be holding its first Annual General Meeting Tuesday September 10th from 7-9 PM in the Cardinal Room on the CLE Grounds. Jim Foulds will be giving a presentation on “Making Democracy Work” with a focus on political activism at 7 PM. The meeting will follow at 8 PM with elections to fill executive positions. Delicious refreshments will be provided!

COC at the TBay Country Market

We will have an information booth set up at the Thunder Bay Country Market this Saturday, August 24th from 8 AM – 1 PM. Come by to check out our Blue Planet Committee’s “No to Bottled Water – Yes to Superior” displays, pick up handouts about bottled water and information on the Great Lakes Commons Initiative. We will also have COC membership forms if anyone wants to join the Council of Canadians (cash or cheque only). Mark-It on your calendar!

Thunder Bay Country Market

Rally a Success!

We had a successful rally today to save the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). The rally was held jointly with CUSP (whose concern was the Ring of Fire) in front of the Italian Cultural Centre where Minister Greg Rickford was attending a luncheon. The ELA are located in Minister Rickford’s riding.

Although negotiations on continuing operations of the ELA are close to completion, it appears that the Federal Government is holding up the process. The ELA will be forced to close in 2 weeks unless a deal is reached. We need to keep pressure on the Federal Government and Minister Rickford.

ELA Rally August 14 2013

Save the ELA Rally in front of the Italian Cultural Centre

ELA Rally Alert!

Greg Rickford , Minister of State for Science in the Harper Government, is speaking at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Italian Hall on Wednesday August 14th (Yes, that’s this Wed). We would like to join our friends at CUSP in a rally outside the Italian Hall on Algoma St .  CUSP will have signage concerning the Ring of Fire development and the environmental record of Cliffs, the mining company which is sponsoring this luncheon.  The Council of Canadians would like to have signage demanding answers about the negotiations with regard to the Experimental Lakes Area.

Where: Italian Hall, 132 Algoma S.
When: 11:00 AM

If you are able, please bring a sign asking for completion of the negotiations on the ELA.  If these negotiations are not completed by August 31st, the ELA will be forced to close for an unknown length of time. 

Aug 14 2013 ELA Rally Map

Location of the August 14th ELA Rally at the Italian Hall at 132 Algoma S. (Image from Google)

TBay COC to participate in the Great Lakes Mentorship Program

The Council of Canadian Thunder Bay Chapter was recently chosen to participate in the Freshwater Alliance‘s Great Lakes Mentorship Program as one of five community organizations in the Canadian Great Lakes Basin.  This four-month program is designed to strengthen the public engagement and communications efforts of grassroots and community-based organizations working on freshwater issues in the Great Lakes basin.
The Thunder Bay COC’s Blue Planet Committee will participate in this program starting September 2013. Janice Horgos, the Chair of the Blue Planet Committee, hopes the program will provide a platform to promote access to clean water as a human right and public ownership of water and waste-water services. “The Committee is particularly concerned that lack of safe clean water in many First Nations communities threatens human health and the environment,” explains Horgos. “A key goal will be to become a better ally to the First Nations by broadening our engagement and involvement by taking an environmental justice approach as we campaign for safe clean water for everyone.”
To date the Committee has launched a ‘No to Bottled Water – Yes to Superior‘ campaign
and is actively seeking like-minded groups and organizations to join its campaign.  The next meeting of the Blue Planet Committee will be on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 7-8:30pm at the Brodie Resource Library.  For more information about the project and how you can get involved, contact Janice at horgosj@yahoo.com. Click here for more information about the Council of Canadians Blue Planet and Blue Community Projects.
TBay CoC Blue Planet Info Booth at Lake Superior Day 2013

Thunder Bay Council of Canadian’s Blue Planet Info Booth at Lake Superior Day, July 21 2013