Category Archives: Intiatives

In support of proportional representation? Sign this petition!

Those in support of electoral reform and proportional representation have the opportunity to sign this petition to the federal government:

Green Rights tour coming to Thunder Bay

On October 24 the Green Rights tour will be coming to Thunder Bay. For the last four years executive producer and host Silver Donald Cameron and his colleagues at have been working on a big multi-media project on environmental rights called GreenRights (

About the project: The right to breathe. The right to clean water. The right to wholesome food. Air, water, food – these are the sources of life. Without them, we die. And in most nations – more than 180 nations, in fact – citizens are legally entitled to these essential elements of life.
But not in Canada or the United States. And that’s what the Green Rights multi-media project is all about: the human right to a healthy environment, and Mother Nature’s right to be respected and protected. The citizenship of North Americans is hobbled because we don’t have these green rights. Canadians and Americans literally don’t know what they’re missing. So we’re telling the dramatic stories of how citizens use those rights in other countries – and are fighting for them here. Green rights are among humanity’s most powerful tools for protecting and repairing the natural world.

In October, Cameron will be promoting the film and book with his wife, Marjorie Simmons – and her new book – with a trans-continental tour by motorhome. The tour will stop at universities across and be financed by film screenings and guest lectures coupled with book sales.

In Thunder Bay, the tour will include an event or two on campus, potentially a book reading, followed by a screening in the evening.

Click here for more information on the Green Rights project.



Letters needed: B.C. coalition asking for support to save provincial medicare

A British Columbia coalition is asking for the Council of Canadians’ help to send letters to the editor in their local newspaper.  On September 6th, the Province’s medicare is being put on trial in British Columbia, yet most Canadians are unaware.

The British Columbia Health Coalition has a guide for writing a letter to the editor, found here:


A quick background:

Dr. Brian Day is attempting to dismantle the public health care system in the B.C. Supreme Court with a reckless constitutional challenge aimed at allowing for-profit, US-style delivery of medically necessary services. Dr. Day, better known as “Dr. Profit,” will be making his case starting September 6. Can you join us to defend the principles of universal, accessible and publicly funded health services that support all members of our community, not only those who can afford to pay for-profit fees?

Dr. Day owns the Cambie Surgery Centre, a for-profit clinic in Vancouver. His lawsuit tries to make the claim that government regulations that place limitations on private for-profit medical services are in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But, what Dr. Profit and other health privateers are up to isn’t about real solutions to health care challenges; what Dr. Day really cares about is making more profit for himself.

A court decision supporting the claim could open the door to privatized health care with private insurance companies and market-based pricing for medical services. Many people are familiar with this model, which is burdening U.S. residents with crippling medical bills and outrageously high insurance premiums.

Private clinics increase wait times because they entice doctors, nurses and other health care providers to work outside of the public system. Ultimately this puts pressure on governments to privatize health care. Let’s not let it happen.

Studies show for-profit clinics are less safe and offer poorer quality of care. The clinics also “cherry pick” patients with low risk conditions while leaving the public system to take care of patients with complicated and expensive health needs.

A 2012 audit conducted by the B.C. government found that in one month Dr. Day’s clinic had illegally billed patients nearly $500,000, including $66,734 in overlapping claims where Day billed both the patient and the province.

According to the coalition, the outcome of Dr Day’s court case will determine the future of medicare in B.C. and threatens medicare across Canada. He has launched an aggressive attack on the fundamental principle of our medicare: health care should be provided according to a patient’s need and not their ability to pay.

Participating in the federal postal service review: ideas and inspiration to make Canada Post the hub of our Next Economy

The Government of Canada is conducting a review of Canada Post and its services.  Until Fall 2016, anyone can participate in the review.

In response, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is offering ideas about how postal workers could be used in communities in its Delivering Community Power campaign. Click here to learn more about how Canada Post can be the hub of our Next Economy.

The CUPW proposals provide a way to keep permanent, well-paid jobs in our communities, to prevent privatization of a public service rather than expanding its usefulness, and to provide things like banking and bill paying options in small communities which may have lost their bank.  CoC National and the Leap Manifesto both support this initiative by the post office employees.

Canadians can also participate in consultations this fall in person and at any time can send comments to their Member of Parliament.


TAKE ACTION: Federal pipeline reviews need real change

In just a few easy steps you can tweet, call or email your Liberal MP with key demands for the Energy East pipeline review.
Visit the page and then click on the blue highlighted phrase, “We’ve launched a new action alert.”

Action Alert: Local chapter calls on Trudeau to stop pipeline reviews

The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter is calling on the Trudeau government to halt existing pipeline reviews, reported in the Chronicle Journal.

To keep pressure on the Trudeau government to stop the flawed pipeline reviews, please add your name to our Keep your promises, Liberals: Stop pipeline reviews action alert.

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