Category Archives: Campaigns

CETA, FIPA & TTP: The New Face of Corporate Power

Saturday, May 25, 2013 @ 7pm
CHLY Global Headquarters, 25 Front St., Nanaimo

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Speakers: Stuart Trew, Trade Campaigner with the Council of Canadians and Brenda Sayers of the Hupacasath First Nation.

The Canadian Government has signed, is negotiating and seeking to ratify a variety of new corporate rights treaties. These free trade and investment deals, like NAFTA and the WTO, promote and lock in the rights of corporations to make a profit while undermining the ability of communities to make decisions in their own best interest. Every new deal takes the corporate agenda a step further, and they are virtually impossible to cancel once ratified.
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WIN! Nanaimo becomes a blue community!

By Brent Patterson

Yesterday, June Ross and Paul Manly of the Mid Island chapter of the Council of Canadians presented Nanaimo mayor John Ruttan with a ‘Blue Community’ certificate.


It was on March 26, 2012, that the Council of Canadians, Vancouver Island Water Watch, CUPE Local 410 and the Island Glass Artisans first approached Nanaimo city council to make the request that the city become a blue community. To become a blue community, a municipality must recognize water as a human right, ban the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events, and commit to promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.

Congratulations to the chapter and our allies who campaigned hard to win this designation, including overcoming opposition from Nestle Waters Canada as noted here,

Along with the certificate, the chapter presented city councillors with stainless steel water bottles with the logo, ‘Proud to be a Blue Community’. They told councillors that they should consider purchasing them and selling them at all their venues to go along with the water fill up stations – and that they would make a great tourist item!

The Council of Canadians is thrilled to be holding its next annual conference in Nanaimo – now a blue community! – on October 26-27, 2012.

For information on how to make your community a Blue Community, go to

Shout Out Against Mining Injustice Public Forum & Teach-In

Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver, BC
Friday June 1 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The Council of Canadians is pleased to announce we are hosting a major event in Vancouver on June 1st and 2nd, 2012. Shout Out Against Mining Injustice is a two-day international conference aimed at exposing the appalling environmental and human rights abuses of Canadian mining companies. Through workshops, panel discussions and strategy sessions, we will raise awareness, build resistance and strengthen our networks of solidarity.
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No Tanks Campaign – 2011 Activities

In 2011, the Mid Island Chapter concentrated on the No Tanks campaign against the shipping of tar sands crude oil in tankers from Vancouver, the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan piplene to Vancouver and the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker shipments from Kitamaat.

Here are some photos of the No Tanks action on Canada Day. And take a look at our video of the days events right here.

Please help us clean up our poor oil coated Ducky!


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