Monthly Archives: December 2015

Petition calls for cancellation of all future patronage appointments

The Thunder Bay Chapter of Council of Canadians endorses a petition administered by LeadNow that calls for the cancellation of all future patronage appointments. It can be found here:

The Liberals vowed in the election to overhaul an appointment process that is now conducted behind closed doors and was sometimes mired in accusations of political patronage for government donors or failed candidates, according to The Toronto Star.

“Appointments will be open, transparent and merit-based and we will ensure gender parity and that more indigenous peoples and minority groups are reflected in positions of leadership,” said Olivier Duchesneau, deputy director of communications to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“This will apply government-wide to everything from the cabinet to the Supreme Court to boards of Crown corporations.”

Those concerns were renewed when the news website iPolitics reported on 49 appointments the previous Conservative government made earlier this year that didn’t take effect for weeks, months and in one case three-plus years after the Oct. 19 election.

Those 49 were among 98 the Conservative cabinet made on June 18 and 19, according to an accounting of the order-in-council appointments from the Ottawa Citizen.

According to “Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet quietly stacked government agencies and Crown corporations with dozens of “future appointments,” and early appointment renewals in the dying days of its regime, many of which were only scheduled to go into effect long after the Conservatives were defeated.”

The list of patronage appointments can be found at:

Save the date! Upcoming sessions for Community Think Tanks

Community Discussions upcoming!  The Thunder Bay chapter is hosting 3 of these, topics TBA, focused on making recommendations to all levels of government.  Come and help make the peoples’ voice heard!

The influence of large, often multi-national, corporations has had a significant cost to our democracy. Council of Canadians will be hosting community sessions to gain better insight into corporate tactics and how we can regain the power of the people.

FIRST SESSION: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016. Regular sessions to take place on the second Tuesday of every month.



Energy East song and dance: a statement about pipelines, trade deals, and corporate dominance

Hundreds attend climate walk, putting a local lens on a global issue

Thunder Bay —  Sunday’s climate walk drew an amazing local response, attracting 200 people who marched from Hillcrest Park to downtown Port Arthur for the screening of “This Changes Everything”, a film by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, based on the book by the same name authored by Naomi Klein.


“We are so pleased to have had such a great turnout here, and to be part of such a huge movement worldwide is so exciting.  This is a people’ s movement which our leaders cannot ignore: we hope that it will contribute to positive, clear and binding results at the COP21 in Paris,” said Ruth Cook, chair of the Thunder Bay Council of Canadians.



Across the world, Sunday’s Global Climate March broke records as the largest climate mobilization in history! From Sao Paulo to Sydney, 785,000 people shook the ground in over 2,300 events in 175 countries, united in one voice calling for a 100% clean energy future to save everything that we love. It was front page media worldwide, and the impact is already being felt at the summit in Paris.