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Oct
19
Wed
2016
Kitchener-Waterloo: A new Council of Canadians chapter @ Grand River Bridge Club
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Kitchener-Waterloo: A new chapter

Some Council of Canadians supporters in the Kitchener-Waterloo area would like to start up a new local chapter to tackle social justice issues related to the Council’s campaign areas of water, health care, trade, democracy and energy and climate justice.

We will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. to start this exciting process. Please join us to learn more about taking action with like-minded people who want to make a difference and have the energy and determination to make it happen! We will provide information on various ways you can participate in the chapter – from following the work online, joining a listserv to receive locally-relevant email bulletins, to becoming an active member of the campaigns and elected committees.

Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter Foundation Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Grand River Bridge Club, 330 Gage St., Unit 10, Kitchener ( Map )

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Join us!

Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend.

If you can’t make the meeting but are interested in knowing more about the chapter, please be in touch.

Mark Calzavara

Ontario-Quebec Regional Organizer

1-800-208-7156

mark@canadians.org

Mirrored from Kitchener-Waterloo: A new chapter | The Council of Canadians

Dec
10
Sat
2016
Rally Against Genocide in Rohingya @ Kitchener City Hall
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

From: RAC <raccontactinfo@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 7:48 AM
Subject: cordially invited to join a rally against GENOCIDE of Rohingya

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As you may be well aware the crisis for Rohingya in Rakhine/Arakan State of Burma is at its peak. Under the pretext of “Clearance Operations to drive out the militancy,” the crimes being committed against the Rohingya by the State is literally indescribable. As a result, thousands of houses are burned down; property, livestock, valuables are looted; hundreds of people are killed and hundreds women are systematically being raped and killed. While some managed to escape to Bangladesh, majority of whom are still alive, are living in absolute horror—not knowing when they will be snatched, raped and then slaughter before being disposed into mass-graves. Every family in KW area has lost their loved ones and affected very badly.

UNHCR recently, albeit belatedly, termed it as “ethnic cleansing.” Many researchers, academics, professional writers and seven Nobel Laureates around the world have called it as “Genocide.” However, no preventative measure has taken by any powerful country yet.

Although our Foreign Minister Mr. Dion recently expressed his deep concern for violence against Rohingya and urges full humanitarian access via his twitter account, any concrete steps to save lives is yet to be seen, from our government as well as from any other powerful government.

It is imperative that a swift action is needed in order to save some/most of remaining Rohingya. We feel that more public awareness is necessary to pressure the government to take concrete actions.

Therefore, Rohinyga Association of Canada is holding a peaceful demonstration at the following:

Place: Kitchener City Hall

Date/Time: Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

On behalf of Rohingya Association of Canada, I would like to request you to join us to show your support to our shaken-community members each of whom are impacted badly.

Your presence at our rally means a world of difference and a true solace for our affected community.

Although this is a short notice, we hope you’d join us.

We anticipate your presence at our rally.

Kind Regards,

Anwar Arkani <asarkani@gmail.com>

On behalf of Rohingya Community in KW area

May
3
Thu
2018
Ontario Health Coalition: Dr. John Lister — High-level briefing and Launch of K-W Health Coalition @ Elizabeth Room, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dr. Lister, a British health policy expert, is making a 10 city tour of Ontario from 1 to 14 May to talk about hospital overcrowding, cuts, P3s and privatization. The OHC says:

He is that rare thing, an academic, policy expert and social activist: Dr. John Lister is author of two international books on health care reform and founder of Health Campaigns Together which, on February 3, held a massive march of more than 200,000 people in London to save the British National Health Service from cuts and privatization. Dr. Lister is currently writing a book about P3 privatization in hospitals and its devastating impact on equitable public health care for all. We are pleased to host him in Canada for a series of media interviews and high-level briefings.

Dr. Lister will be in K-W on Thursday, 3 May, giving media interviews during the day and then at 6 p.m. will hold a “high-level briefing and launch of K-W Health Coalition”, in the Elizabeth Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen St N, Kitchener. The K-W Chapter of Council of Canadians are co-sponsoring his visit.


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15 Gervais Drive, Suite 201, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1Y8 tel: 416–441–2502 ohc@sympatico.ca www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca


Kitchener-Waterloo
Dr. John Lister, British health policy expert tours K-W to talk about hospital overcrowding, cuts, P3s and privatization
Crowd with picket signs


Date: Thursday, 3 May 2018
Time: 6:00pm
Place: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth Room, 54 Queen Street North.

High-level briefing and launch of K-W Health Coalition

Sponsored: By the Ontario Health Coalition and the K-W Council of Canadians

For more information please contact Edgar Godoy 416–441–2502 or ohc@sympatico.ca and K-W Chapter, Council of Canadians at kw.cofc@gmail.com

Ontario Health Coalition | Protecting publich healthcare for all The Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale
Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter


Jun
30
Sat
2018
Rally: Families Belong Together Kitchener Waterloo @ Carl Zehr Square, Kitchener City Hall
Jun 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Families belong together
The Trump administration is cruelly separating children from their families — but now the world is paying attention, and we won’t allow this to continue. Join this upcoming event and we’ll send a powerful message: Families belong together! Kitchener Waterloo families understand the importance of staying together!

Please bring homemade signs!!!

Families Belong Together Kitchener Waterloo | Facebook

Upcoming rallies in Canada vs Trump’s child separation, family detention policies

By Brent Patterson, Political Director of the Council of Canadians. @CBrentPatterson


More than 600 rallies will be taking place around the world – including in Canada – on Saturday June 30 as part of a day of action against US President Donald Trump’s child separation and family detention policies.

The Associated Press has reported, “The administration recently put into place a ‘zero tolerance’ policy in which all unlawful border crossings are referred for prosecution – a process that moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation. The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors were separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security.”

When public opposition mounted against this child separation policy, Trump signed an executive order enforcing family detentions.

The Huffington Post has reported, “Trump rolled out his alternative to systematic family separations at the border last week with a new plan: a massive increase of family detention. Rather than separating children and parents apprehended at the border, Trump signed an executive order on [June 20] that requires the Department of Homeland Security to detain families together and asks the military to make space available for detention facilities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with detaining migrants facing deportation, followed up [June 22] with a Request for Information asking contractors to submit proposals for the creation of 15,000 more family detention beds.”

The rallies in Canada vs Trump’s policies will also highlight:

1- Between the 1880s and 1996, 150,000 Indigenous children were separated from their families and sent to residential schools by the federal government. More than 6,000 children died at those schools. Pam Palmater has written, “Today, there are more Indigenous children in state care than during the residential school era. Nationally, there are 30-40,000 children in care and in some provinces, like Manitoba, Indigenous children represent 90 per cent of all kids in care.” Furthermore, CBC reports, “From the 1950s through the 1980s, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their families and communities placed with non-Indigenous families.”

2- The CBC has also reported, “Canada has also detained migrant children – and in some cases, has restricted access to their asylum-seeking parents – despite its stated policy to do whatever possible to avoid it. Last year, 151 minors were detained with their parents in Canadian immigration holding centres. The Canadian holding centres, which are off limits to the public, resemble medium-security prisons. They are surrounded by razor-wire fences and kept under surveillance by guards. There are three such facilities across Canada, in Vancouver, Toronto, and Laval, Que. In some provinces, asylum seekers are detained in prisons.”

3- Under the Canada-US Safe Third Country agreement (signed by Liberal prime minister Paul Martin and Republican president George W. Bush in 2002 and enacted in 2004), the United States is designated as a safe third country by Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The Globe and Mail explains, “That means virtually all asylum seekers attempting to enter Canada through a U.S. port of entry will be turned away.” Global News adds, “It is based on the assumption that the immigration systems in both countries are equally fair and robust in their consideration of such claims.” The Trudeau government is considering “modernizing”, not suspending the agreement.

To date, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not condemned Trump’s child detention policy, but on June 20 he commented on his child separation policy noting, “What’s going on in the United States is wrong. I can’t imagine what the families living through this are enduring. Obviously, this is not the way we do things in Canada.”

In Canada, there were be rallies in Niagara and Ottawa (on June 29), Edmonton, Guelph, Halifax, Hamilton, Kitchener, Lethbridge, London, Ottawa, St. Catharines, St. John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg (on June 30), and Toronto (on July 1). See details on these protests.

#FamiliesBelongTogether #EndFamilyDetention

Sep
10
Mon
2018
World Suicide Prevention Day @ Victoria Park Pavillion
Sep 10 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

World Suicide Prevention Day

Working Together to Prevents Suicide!

Monday, September 10, 2018
Victoria Park Pavilion, Kitchener
Free Community Butterfly Release

Information Fair and Presentations: 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Charity Barbeque: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Speakers: 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Butterfly Release: 6:00pm

Download the World Suicide Prevention Day event poster >

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 – WRSPC

Jan
8
Tue
2019
Local groups opposing #Bill66 at Waterloo Region Council @ Waterloo Region Administration Building
Jan 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 January 2019, local citizens’ groups will present delegations at three local municipal meetings:

  • 9:00am: Region of Waterloo Planning & Works committee meeting (delegate: Kevin Thomason)
    Waterloo Region Administration Building, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener Map 1
  • 6:30pm: Wellesley Township council meeting (delegate: Sam Nabi)
    Wellesley Township Hall, 4639 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements Map 2
  • 6:30pm: Woolwich Township council meeting (delegate: Bob Jonkman)
    Woolwich Township Hall, 24 Church Street West, Elmira Map 3

Schedule 10 of Ontario’s Bill 66 is damaging to the future development of our region. It allows for developments that don’t follow the laws that protect our water, agriculture, and community development plans (eg. Clean Water Act, Places to Grow, Municipal Official Plan).

Furthermore, no notice or public consultation is required for exemptions granted under Bill 66.

Hold The Line, in collaboration with dozens of local advocacy groups, are calling on local councils to reject Schedule 10 of Bill 66. We request that councils pass a resolution opposing Schedule 10, and committing to not use those provisions should they become law.

Sam Nabi, director of Hold The Line, is available for comment on this matter. You can reach him at sam@samnabi.com or +1–226–988–4137.

Local Voices Against Bill 66 with logos for: Waterloo Federation of Agriculture; Smart Growth Waterloo Region; Hold The Line; The Bluedot Movement; Grand River Environmental Network; Divest Waterloo; TriTAG.ca; APT Environment; Nith Valley Ecoboosters; Waterloo Region Health Coalition; Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region; KWPeace; The Council of Canadians


Hold The Line is a local non-profit made up of artists, community builders, sustainability advocates, and Waterloo Region enthusiasts. We support the farms, towns, and natural spaces that make up the Region’s countryside, and the vibrant and dense urban cores that complement them.

Local groups opposing #Bill66 at Wellesley Township Council @ Wellesley Township Hall
Jan 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 January 2019, local citizens’ groups will present delegations at three local municipal meetings:

  • 9:00am: Region of Waterloo Planning & Works committee meeting (delegate: Kevin Thomason)
    Waterloo Region Administration Building, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener Map 1
  • 6:30pm: Wellesley Township council meeting (delegate: Sam Nabi)
    Wellesley Township Hall, 4639 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements Map 2
  • 6:30pm: Woolwich Township council meeting (delegate: Bob Jonkman)
    Woolwich Township Hall, 24 Church Street West, Elmira Map 3

Schedule 10 of Ontario’s Bill 66 is damaging to the future development of our region. It allows for developments that don’t follow the laws that protect our water, agriculture, and community development plans (eg. Clean Water Act, Places to Grow, Municipal Official Plan).

Furthermore, no notice or public consultation is required for exemptions granted under Bill 66.

Hold The Line, in collaboration with dozens of local advocacy groups, are calling on local councils to reject Schedule 10 of Bill 66. We request that councils pass a resolution opposing Schedule 10, and committing to not use those provisions should they become law.

Sam Nabi, director of Hold The Line, is available for comment on this matter. You can reach him at sam@samnabi.com or +1–226–988–4137.

Local Voices Against Bill 66 with logos for: Waterloo Federation of Agriculture; Smart Growth Waterloo Region; Hold The Line; The Bluedot Movement; Grand River Environmental Network; Divest Waterloo; TriTAG.ca; APT Environment; Nith Valley Ecoboosters; Waterloo Region Health Coalition; Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region; KWPeace; The Council of Canadians


Hold The Line is a local non-profit made up of artists, community builders, sustainability advocates, and Waterloo Region enthusiasts. We support the farms, towns, and natural spaces that make up the Region’s countryside, and the vibrant and dense urban cores that complement them.

Local groups opposing #Bill66 at Woolwich Township Council @ Woolwich Township Hall
Jan 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 January 2019, local citizens’ groups will present delegations at three local municipal meetings:

  • 9:00am: Region of Waterloo Planning & Works committee meeting (delegate: Kevin Thomason)
    Waterloo Region Administration Building, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener Map 1
  • 6:30pm: Wellesley Township council meeting (delegate: Sam Nabi)
    Wellesley Township Hall, 4639 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements Map 2
  • 6:30pm: Woolwich Township council meeting (delegate: Bob Jonkman)
    Woolwich Township Hall, 24 Church Street West, Elmira Map 3

Schedule 10 of Ontario’s Bill 66 is damaging to the future development of our region. It allows for developments that don’t follow the laws that protect our water, agriculture, and community development plans (eg. Clean Water Act, Places to Grow, Municipal Official Plan).

Furthermore, no notice or public consultation is required for exemptions granted under Bill 66.

Hold The Line, in collaboration with dozens of local advocacy groups, are calling on local councils to reject Schedule 10 of Bill 66. We request that councils pass a resolution opposing Schedule 10, and committing to not use those provisions should they become law.

Sam Nabi, director of Hold The Line, is available for comment on this matter. You can reach him at sam@samnabi.com or +1–226–988–4137.

Local Voices Against Bill 66 with logos for: Waterloo Federation of Agriculture; Smart Growth Waterloo Region; Hold The Line; The Bluedot Movement; Grand River Environmental Network; Divest Waterloo; TriTAG.ca; APT Environment; Nith Valley Ecoboosters; Waterloo Region Health Coalition; Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region; KWPeace; The Council of Canadians


Hold The Line is a local non-profit made up of artists, community builders, sustainability advocates, and Waterloo Region enthusiasts. We support the farms, towns, and natural spaces that make up the Region’s countryside, and the vibrant and dense urban cores that complement them.

Jun
18
Tue
2019
Dr. Gordon Laxer — Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate @ Room 1408, Environment 3 (EV3), University of Waterloo
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale
Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter

Divest Waterloo

The KW Chapter of the Council of Canadians has joined with Divest Waterloo, UW’s IC3 (Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change) and Faculty of Environment to plan two events coming in June. Our goal is to engage participants more deeply on the climate emergency and to contribute to a Green New Deal for Canada, an action plan built from the grassroots. Similar events are happening now right across Canada. We invite you to participate and request that you help us to spread the invitation by sharing this with your friends and community members.

June 18, 2019 Lecture and panel discussion at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Gordon Laxer, political economist, founder of the Parkland Institute of Alberta and specialist in pipelines, energy and the environment will present the keynote, “Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate”. Following the lecture, Dr. Angela Carter, Assistant Professor, Political Science & Balsillie School of International Affairs Fellow, University of Waterloo, and Dr. John Peters, Associate Professor, Labour Studies, Laurentian University, will engage in discussion and Q&A. Please join us. Find more details and RSVP at Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate.

Other event: A just transition for Canada

Participants may attend both events or either one. Free.

Jim Stewart and Barbara Schumacher
Steering Committee
KW Chapter
Council of Canadians

Jun
19
Wed
2019
A just transition for Canada @ Elizabeth Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale
Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter

Divest Waterloo

The KW Chapter of the Council of Canadians has joined with Divest Waterloo, UW’s IC3 (Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change) and Faculty of Environment to plan two events coming in June. Our goal is to engage participants more deeply on the climate emergency and to contribute to a Green New Deal for Canada, an action plan built from the grassroots. Similar events are happening now right across Canada. We invite you to participate and request that you help us to spread the invitation by sharing this with your friends and community members.

June 19, 2019 Green New Deal Town Hall at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kitchener. Our theme is “A just transition for Canada”. Participants will contribute ideas for a future vision, which will be forwarded to Council of Canadians and incorporated into the national discussion. Please join us. Find more details and RSVP at Green New Deal Town Hall – Kitchener

Other event: Dr. Gordon Laxer — Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate

Participants may attend both events or either one. Free.

Jim Stewart and Barbara Schumacher
Steering Committee
KW Chapter
Council of Canadians

Aug
25
Sun
2019
Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day @ Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall
Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day

It is with great expectation that Rohingya Association of Canada writes to invite you to Kitchener City Hall for a second year Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day, which is on Sunday, August 25th from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

This event is to commemorate the mass killings, rapes and exodus of the Rohingya people, as well as the destruction of the Rohingya Nation and current state of survivors.

Given that most Rohingyas in Canada live in Kitchener and each has lost their loved ones in the tragedy and survivors are continuously suffering in the refugee camps in Bangladesh, we believe your gracious presence may console some of their grievances.

We look forward to hearing from you, and your presence there. Please share this among your network.

Kind Regards,
Anwar Arkani
+1-519-781-3800

Sayed Ahmed
+1-519-502-7225