Category Archives: Events

100% Possible Climate March

Sunday, Nov 29th at 1pm – Maffeo Sutton Park

Along with many organizations, MICOC will be active in this hugely global event under the banner: 100% Possible

Wear Green

All are invited to show up in your favourite shade of green…all over.


Think green! Green is the symbol of renewable energy, so dress in green:

  • clothing
  • posters
  • face paint

Anything and everything goes

Or dress up as the climate solution:

  • windmill
  • solar panel
  • electric car

Get creative!

Build a renewable energy float, paint some banners, or turn yourself into a walking piece of art.

“This is a peaceful, family friendly event to demonstrate to world leaders that we want a real climate action plan developed from the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.” 

Facebook Event hosted by Paul Manly

Choose Your Country & Go Vote Banner Rally

On October 9th for one hour from 4:30-5:30 the Harper or Canada? Initiative will join in concert with the Council of Canadians Go Vote! Drive to bring attention to the need for people to be active and prepared for the most important election in Canadian history.


Our ‘Spokes Car’ Flower will be at Pearson Bridge in full blossom and we will be handing out the CoC Voter’s Guide 2015 to all who stop by.


Come and join this high-vibe movement by smiling and waving at motorists along side us and put a bounce in your step by Choosing Canada.



Pearson Bridge/Comox intersection is where you want to be tomorrow Oct 9th at 4:30 and if it’s not on your route, take a detour, so you can honk, wave, thumbs up and smile for us.


GASLAND PART II – World Water Day Screening

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The Mid Island Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition and VIU Faculty Association Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee are pleased to present a free screening of GASLAND PART II in recognition of World Water Day.

In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level.

GASLAND PART II shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition GASLAND PART II looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy”.

WHAT: World Water Day screening of GASLAND PART II
WHEN: Friday March 21st, 7pm Free Admission
WHERE: Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Campus, Building 356, Room 109
Please note: On-campus parking is free after 8pm –

Sat. Nov. 16th TWO LOCAL EVENTS!

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RALLY: 11:30am at the Downtown Nanaimo Library (Diana Krall Plaza) has called for a national day of action on Saturday Nov. 16th to demonstrate the growing number of communities across this country taking action to stop reckless tar sands expansion and runaway climate change – people across Canada are coming together to “Defend our Climate and Defend our Communities.”

In BC we face unprecedented pipeline expansion and tanker traffic – we need to stand up and be heard! The Mid Island Chapter of the Council of Canadians has taken the lead in organizing our local Nanaimo event, in solidarity with organizers all across Canada.

RSVP for this event at or on Facebook.

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PRESENTATION: 1pm at VIU, Nanaimo Campus, Building 356, Room 109. By Donation

Do you have questions or concerns regarding genetically engineered (GE) foods and human health? The GE Foods and Human Health: A Canadian Speaker’s Tour seeks to provide the Canadian public with an opportunity to discuss their concerns around GE foods from a scientific and regulatory perspective.

The tour will feature a presentation by Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who, after a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, no longer supports GE technology. Dr. Vrain is intent on increasing public awareness about this growing issue and having the federal agencies in the US and Canada take notice.

Dr. Shiv Chopra, a former Health Canada senior scientific advisor who blew the whistle on bovine growth hormone (rBGH), several additional hormones, antibiotics, and various other products endangering public health, will accompany Dr. Vrain for most of the tour. His book, Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower, is an international best seller.

Co-presented by GE Free BC, Greenpeace Vancouver Local Group, GE Free Nanaimo and the Mid Island Chapter of the Council of Canadians.

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The Mid Island Chapter of the Council of Canadians and the Nanaimo Arts Council invite the community to join us for PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE: THE ART AND ACTIVISM OF CAROLE CONDÉ & KARL BEVERIDGE as part of Cinema Politica’s special screening series ARTDOX. This screening is free and open to the public. Donations welcome.

As the wealth divide and environmental crises grip public awareness, the world is finally catching up to the vision and ideas of two artist/activists who make work for social change. Inspired by their playful wit and visual innovations, PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE intimately captures Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge as they create provocative staged photographs about the environment, the rights of workers and the current global financial crisis.

“An absolute joy to watch” – Our Times

“Visually arresting” – Canadian Art

“Essential Viewing” – Toronto Star