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Join the actions for Jobs, Justice and the Climate on July 4 and 5!

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Mark your calendars -- July 4 and 5 are key dates to hit the streets for Jobs, Justice and the Climate.

On July 5, Toronto will host a Pan American Climate Summit and an Economic Summit. Politicians will face a choice: listen to corporate leaders from across the Americas gathering to advance an economic austerity agenda that is increasing inequality and causing a climate crisis felt disproportionately in the global south -- or listen to the people.

Thousands will take to the streets of downtown Toronto to March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate. If you're close to Toronto, you do not want to miss this moment: click here to RSVP today.

Read the call to action for the July 5 march which outlines a vision embracing social justice, protecting our land, water, climate and people. The march is supported by a number of partners including environmental and social justice groups, unions and student groups.

The Council of Canadians is encouraging our supporters to attend the Toronto march. The Toronto and York chapters are involved in the mobilization and our Ottawa office is helping support a bus from Ottawa. The Hamilton chapter is also involved in organizing a bus from Hamilton to the march and the Peterborough and Guelph chapters are helping coordinate carpooling.  

On July 4 there will be a national day of action for jobs, justice and the climate, as communities across the country stage actions to demand clean energy, not unnecessary tar sands expansion pipelines. Click here to find an action near you.

A number of Council of Canadians chapters are participating in July 4 events including:

  • Vancouver We > Tar Sands: Jobs, Justice and the Climate. Join us for action and art on Jobs, Justice and the Climate. Celebrate this coast with art, music and performance -- and rally to defend it! The events are family friendly and all are welcome. Saturday, July 4 at 1 p.m. Sunset Beach - Beach Avenue at Bute Street, Vancouver. Coast Salish Territories. To be held on unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. Facebook event
  • Kelowna Local Green Jobs not Fossil Fuel Jobs: Let's keep our young people in the community. 10 a.m. meet at the parking lot of 'Kal Lake Store,' 13904 Kalamalka Road, Vernon. Noon launch the flotilla at Kal Bean (west side) to Alexander's Pub for banners and drinks. More here
  • Nelson West Kootenay Paddles not Pipes. Noon Lakeside Park, for family-friendly community paddle in solidarity with people across Canada to say We are truly greater than the tar sands. More here
  • Edmonton A free concert for jobs, justice & the climate. Featuring The SADIES, the Awesome Hots, Mat Elias, Cayley Thomas and Mountain Soul. July 4 11:00-2:00 Alberta Legislature Building Band Shelter Facebook event
  • Winnipeg, Treaty One territory: Paddle, Pedal, protect the water, the land the climate Saturday July 4 10:00 Assiniboine Park Foot Bridge -- launch and parade. Oodena Circle, The Forks - Children's Activities, Concert and speakers 11:30 Facebook event
  • Peterborough We > Tar Sands. Community Rally for climate change action July 4, 1p.m. Confederation Square, George Street at McDonnel, more here
  • Fredericton We > Tar Sands - Jobs, Justice Climate Action. July 4 1 p.m. Provincial Legislature on Queen Street, marching to the walking bridge over the Saint John River (the Wolastoq) Facebook event
  • St. John's march We > Tar Sands. 12:00 Harbourside Park and Downtown, 92 Water St St John's NL More here 

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