Monthly Archives: February 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


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:


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 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.