We currently have 66 volunteer chapters across the Canada. They are active on issues such as preventing local hospital closures and fighting to stop back-room trade deals from hurting their local economy. Chapters work at the national, provincial and municipal level with our allies and other chapters. They are funded and supported by the organization and representatives from every chapter are sent to our Annual General and Regional Meetings.
The chapters in Ontario will be very busy in 2010 stopping Dalton McGuinty and Steven Harper from selling out our common future. The Ontario government has announced that it is looking at the possibility of selling assets like the LCBO and the lottery corporation to make up for their budget deficit. That is never a good deal for taxpayers- remember when Mike Harris sold Highway 407 to private interests for a fraction of its value? We won't let that happen again!
The last few months have been very exciting for the Council of Canadians nationwide with major victories against the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) and against Dumpsite 41 where we helped the local community bring their 26 year battle to an end and protect water. The movement to ban bottled water sales in our municipal buildings, universities and high schools is really taking off in Ontario, with more than sixty bans in place in towns and cities across Canada - but the big water companies are fighting back. In some cities they are offering cash for recycling programs if the city cancels the ban on bottled water!!!
We continue to fight against the federal and provincial threats to our public health care system and to stop the free trade agenda from handcuffing our provincial and local economies. In fact, last fall Maude Barlow took the "Say bye to buy local" tour across the province to make sure that these secret deals were exposed for all to see. Maude and the CoC team were just in Copenhagen for COP15, working hard on our new climate justice campaign to ensure that we leave our children and grandkids a planet worth living on.
We have real momentum on our side and we are looking for people like you who want to take action for social justice. Come out on Wednesday January 13th, meet your neighbours who also want to make a difference and have your say about how we can solve these issues.
You are invited, no need to RSVP, but if you can that would be great. Non-members are welcome too. Bring a friend. Please join us!
Looking forward to seeing you! If you can't make the meeting but are interested in knowing more about the chapter, please be in touch.
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