Local Chapter AGM

All are welcome!


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: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-616

Chapter comments on Canadian Environmental Assessment Act review

From the Council of Canadians’ national website:

The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter has submitted written comments to the federal panel reviewing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Chapter activist Ruth Cook writes, “Social justice and environmental justice go hand-in-hand, and the TBay Council of Canadians believes strongly that these are two ideals worth striving for, and that should be reflected in the Act under discussion. Implicit in this statement is the recognition of our concomitant responsibility to make every effort to ensure that our social, political and legal processes, systems and institutions are directed and operated in such a way as to allow justice to be served. Recent political developments in various countries around the world underscore this as imperative.”

Cook then highlights the chapter’s support for five actions that have also been endorsed by 1500 scientists.  Click here to read more. 

The full comment submitted by our chapter can be viewed here: comments-to-the-special-review-panel-on-the-environmental-assessment-act

The review panel will report by January 31, 2017.

Rally for public inquiry into WSIB this Monday


12 noon- Monday, Dec. 12th

Where: MPP Michael Gravelle’s Office, 179 Algoma St S., Thunder Bay

Come and join us!

Please call the Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers’ Support Group at 622-8897 for more information

DEFERRED: Chapter to ask City Council to turn down Energy East Pipeline proposal

UPDATE: Discussion of the Energy East pipeline by local City Council has been deferred, potentially until February.

If you think that Mr. Trudeau’s announcements about Kinder Morgan and Line 3 are the last words on pipelines, think again!

We, here in Thunder Bay, are going back to City Council to ask them to vote against the Energy East Pipeline proposal – and we have a date – Monday December 12th.

 Our local coalition, made up of reps from Council of Canadians, Environment North, CUSP, Ontario Nature, and the LU Environmental Law Students ds Associations, will be giving another deputation and asking council to pass the resolution which was deferred from August last year.

 Click here to view background information about the Energy East issue.   Our deputation will be explaining all of the new information we have unearthed which supports our two main arguments – concern about spills/leaks and their effect on land, water and ecosystems, and climate change which will be much exaggerated by the emissions which will be put into our atmosphere by the expansion of Tar Sands which Energy East would demand.


You can help by:

  • calling or emailing your city councillor and the at-large councillors,
  • being in the audience at City Hall on Dec. 12th (6:30 pm)
  • writing a letter to the editor
  • talking to people about this issue – your mother-in-law, your cousin, your next-door-neighbour, your co-worker, or whoever else you can buttonhole.

Local chapter disappointed with federal government pipeline approval


November 29, 2016

For Immediate Release


The Thunder Bay Chapter of the Council of Canadians wishes to respond with grave disappointment to Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement today (November 29/16) of the approval of 2 pipeline projects in Canada.

When this government was elected, we, along with many other Canadians, regarded them with cautious optimism, waiting to see which of their many election promises they would keep.  Today, they have disappointed and angered us with the cabinet approval of the Kinder-Morgan pipeline proposal to carry bitumen from Alberta through Vancouver to the Pacific Ocean, and the approval of Line 3 which is a smaller pipeline to carry Alberta oil to Wisconsin in the USA.

During the election, Mr. Trudeau promised, among other things:

  1. A revamped National Energy Board and a renewed process for reviewing energy proposals.
  2. Climate leadership, to make Canada a climate-positive force in the world;
  3. A new, respectful alliance with indigenous people in Canada, respecting their rights to consultation.
  4. Development which would bring many more new jobs to Canada while guaranteeing Canadians’ health and safety and the environment.

With today’s announcement, Mr. Trudeau has broken every one of those promises.

To quote the youth who marched on Ottawa in October “Climate Leaders Do Not Build Pipelines”.  Since his election, Mr. Trudeau and his Environment and Climate Change Minister have repeatedly used “get our products to market’ almost as a mantra.  Many of us were unable to figure out how this fit with the climate leadership we had been promised both pre-election and in the signing of the Paris agreement.  These pipelines are only needed to allow production in the Tar Sands to expand.  They have sufficient pipeline capacity to carry present production to market now.  This expansion will unleash a whole tidal wave of carbon emissions on the world, in the production of, the shipping of, the refining of, and the burning of this extra amount of very carbon-heavy fossil fuel.

Many indigenous communities from all across the country and particularly in BC have expressed their opposition to pipeline development. This opposition continues to grow: there were more signatories today to the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion.

This does not look like a respectful new relationship with indigenous people.

There is a great deal of research which indicates that the investment of money in a green economy, from developing alternative energy sources to better insulating homes to protecting eco-systems, and so on.  Estimates are as high as 15 jobs in a green economy to 1 job in the fossil fuel industry for a comparable investment.  Green economy jobs nor only provide worthwhile employment, they protect the environment and the health and safety of the population.


We are extremely disappointed in these pipeline announcements today, and will continue to struggle against pipeline development and Tar Sands expansion in the days to come.

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Contacts: Ruth Cook



National Canadians’ coverage of local chapter Think Tank

A recent open forum hosted by the Thunder Bay CoC chapter caught the attention of the National Council of Canadians office.

The think tank session featured Dr. Charles Levkoe (Canadian Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University).

Chapter activist Ruth Cook tells us, “We had a great meeting, lots of good discussion and I think people learned a lot about food production and distribution, and corporate control of the whole system.” She adds, “There was lots of commitment to local and wild foods, to ensuring poorer people were ensured access to good food (gleaning programs, ‘grow a row for the food bank’, etc).”

Read the full story here.

Upcoming public meeting


For more information call the Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group: 622-8897