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Apr 8 – Shiv Chopra TPP Tour

Speaking & Discussion Multi-Chapter Event

Keynote speaker, Shiv Chopra with guest speakers Paul Manly and Brenda Sayers, as moderated by Dirk Becker, will explain how the TPP affects you and answer questions afterward.

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  • When: April 8th at 7pm
  • Where: Bowen Park Auditorium, 500 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC
  • What: TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) & ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement)
  • Who: Dr. Shiv Chopra, Paul Manly, Brenda Sayers, Dirk Becker
  • Why: Canadians need to know how this trade agreement threat will affect them, because it’s not just about the BGH and our milk. It’s about taking control back from corporations in regards to our Sovereignty, Jobs, Health, Food, Environment & Transparency…all in our own back yards.

dr-shiv-chopra-4x3Dr. Shiv Chopra is a world renowned scientist whose credentials include a Ph.D. in microbiology.  He is the recipient of numerous academic awards, including a Fellowship of the World Health Organization.  Over the years, Dr. Chopra’s name has become synonymous with global food security.  Employed as a senior scientific advisor at the Canadian ministry of health (1969-2004), he refused to approve various harmful drugs for food-producing animals.  He endured disciplinary actions, spoke out publicly, testified at Senate committees, and won many federal court cases against the Government of Canada.

paulmanlyPaul Manly of Manly Media is a Nanaimo-based filmmaker, researcher and community organizer who has been studying the effects of investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in trade agreements for the past ten years.  ISDS provisions allow foreign corporations to sue governments in secretive tribunals for laws and policies that limit their profits, including health, safety, labour and environmental regulations and standards.

brendasayers-2Brenda Sayers is a Hupacasath First Nation member who led the fight against the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act.  Brenda earned a national reputation in the two-and-a-half year court battle to force Ottawa to overturn the contentious treaty.  It would allow China to sue Canada for any financial losses resulting from any environmental regulations enacted after FIPPA goes into law.

dirkbeckerDirk Becker of Transfarmation is a mid-island farmer, socio-political-environmental activist and local food advocate. He has run for civic and provincial government, is involved in many organizations including as a director of the Farmland Defense League of British Columbia. He is a founder of several organizations including the highly successful Bowen Road Farmers’ Market, Island Roots, and the Lantzville Farmers’ Market.

He and his partner, Nicole Shaw, yearly grow over 16,000 pounds of food on one acre, no-till, by hand, organically. They are also known for their 3.5 year legal battle in Lantzville in their efforts to decriminalize Urban Farming.

They now reside in Errington, on 15 acres where they recently planted over 70 fruit and nut trees and have fun herding their 150 ducks, chickens and geese.

Dirk is committed to life long learning and continues to shift his energy towards teaching young people how to grow food and self-sufficiency.


Eleanor White of Snuneymuxw First Nations

Itinerary – Apr 8th

9:30am – Shiv arrive at Pacific Gardens
10:00am? – Phil Harrison of Surrey-Langley-White Rock chapter arrive at Pacific Gardens
10:30am – Shiv to speak at VIU with Prof William’s Political Science class
Noon? – Either lunch at VIU or rest in room and early supper later
3:30pm? – Early supper at Lighthouse Bistro?
6:00pm – Event at Bowen Park Auditorium
9:00pm – Back to Pacific Gardens

Mar 29th Paul Manly on TPP – CHLY 101.7FM


CHLY-logoNotes from CHLY 101.7FM radio’s Suzanne Gregory on Changes and Marjorie Stewart’s interview with Paul Manly about the TPP and Shiv Chopra Tour event. It sounds like more and more people are really waking up to the huge scope of this bad TPP deal.

  1. Interpreting the TPP: a cunningly-crafted trade agreement designed by lawyers behind closed doors. 50% of the citizens don’t have an opinion on it, because they don’t know what it’s about.
  2. Paul Manly is participating in this speaking tour as a documentary film-maker.
  3. The TPP is not a ‘trade’ agreement; it is an agreement to protect corporations…and that’s where the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) comes in. Key terms: indirect expropriation. For example: Tobacco giant suing governments for wanting plain cigarette package wrapping.
  4. ISDS undermines government decisions by using their own tribunals and arbitrators. For example: the government of India lost to the US in their plans to work toward clean energy solutions.
  5. Privatization of public systems, such as water and waste water. Municipalities will not be able to favour local companies…and keep the money local.
  6. These are ‘benign’ corporations that we are addicted to their products every day. Hightower says the TPP is a corporate coup d’etat; a super-sized NAFTA.
  7. It’s also about paying corporations to NOT do something.
  8. Part of the TPP is about making the internet a policing service for copyright. Another part is corporate dominance in the area of prescription drugs…and their pressuring doctors to use only certain brands.
  9. BGH is injected into dairy cows causing extreme hormone disruption and torments them into producing more milk. They’re trying to put Canadians cows out of work…even the US sending milk solids for cheeses that can contain BGH…without labelling.
  10. Canada would be obligated to follow regulations by other countries, as controlled by corporations.
  11. The 40% of trade increase will NOT trickle down to the populace…it will take away a great deal from our economy…and our citizens.
  12. The only way the powers that be can win is to keep the people in the dark.
  13. Shopify CEO Lutke says the TPP is a BAD DEAL for his company.
  14. Send your message to decision-makers today: the TPP is not a good deal for Canada.

The podcast will be available soon here:

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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More information about GM/GMOs/GE Free


Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
 To promote food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada and around the world by facilitating, informing and organizing civil society action, researching, and providing information to government for policy development.


GE Free BC
Our Vision Statement:
GE-Free BC envisions a food-sovereign Canada where no Genetically Engineered life forms are created, patented, approved, bought, sold or traded. Where Canada is a leader in safe and sustainable agriculture and is known as a GE-Free Nation. Where Canada actively secures international agreements that preserve regional bio-diversity and promote food sovereignty. Where community based farmers have the right and ability to farm and save seed from year to year. This vision is aimed to protect the health and sustainability of communities, animals and ecosystems.


DOWNLOAD our print-at-home GM information flyer for distributing in your area. [PDF file 1.7MB]

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Oct. 12th March Against Monsanto


October 12th is one of the busiest grocery shopping days of the year and the Mid Island Council of Canadians will be leafleting at major grocery stores starting at 10am and then following the march from Country Club at noon. Our leaflets request that local grocery stores provide labelled shelf space for products that are GMO free so consumers can make informed decisions about what they feed themselves and their families. If you would like to join the leafleting action please contact Paul by email for details.


March and Rally Against  Monsanto in Nanaimo
Saturday, October 12th
Organized by GE Free Nanaimo – Facebook Event Page

This is part of a global call to action aimed at informing the public, calling into question long-term health risks of genetically modified foods (GMO’s and demanding that GMO products be labeled so that consumers can make informed decisions.

We are marching to protect our food supply, support local farms. protect our environment, promote organic solutions and protect our families health.

We are marching because we refuse to be Monsanto’s lab rats. We have a right to know what is in our food supply.

There are two routes
12:00 starting at Country Club Mall
(in front of Future Shop)
1:00 starting at the Aquatic Centre
Both marches meet at Maffeo Sutton Park for a 2pm Rally