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Local Premiere of This Changes Everything to Showcase Climate Action

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When the documentary This Changes Everything premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year, its powerful messages of environmental justice and climate action made headlines across Canada and around the world. Now This Changes Everything will make its Comox Valley debut on Tues. Nov. 24 – 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre, Courtenay – presented by the Comox Valley Council of Canadians.

The film’s cross-country release has been timed to refresh the conversation and provoke dialogue as global political leaders prepare for the next and most critical round of United Nations’ negotiations on climate change. Directed by Canadian filmmaker Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein’s award-winning international bestseller This Changes Everything – the film is a potent call to action.

Interwoven with stories of frontline communities is Klein’s most controversial, hopeful and inspiring idea: that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform a failing economic system that benefits only a few, into one that’s sustainable for all peoples and the planet.

Filmed in nine countries over four years, This Changes Everything presents seven powerful portraits ranging from the Alberta Tar Sands to coal mine resistance in India and Beijing, to grandmothers in Greece protesting the arrival of a Canadian gold-processing complex.

With Klein serving as narrator and guide, the film connects carbon pollution in the atmosphere with the economic system that put it there, uncovering the ravages of unchecked capitalist “extractivism” and the grassroots initiatives that very bravely combat it. Resistance and opposition transform into empowerment and solutions as citizens have a profound — even revolutionary — impact on their society.

Join the Council of Canadians at Courtenay’s Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, on Tues. Nov. 24. Doors open 6:30pm, film begins at 7 pm. Seating is limited– admission is FREE. Donations will be collected on behalf of World Community and Raven Trust – No Site C Dam Defense.

Go vote! June 24 cross-country public forum comes to the Comox Valley

GoVote-monctonWith a fixed election date and the longest pre-election period in history, this fall’s federal election is promising to be the most watched ever. But with voter turnout on a nearly 30-year decline, especially among young voters, how will this translate into real change?
The Council of Canadians has teamed up with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Unifor, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and the Directors Guild of Canada to host a series of public forums across the country with one message: Go vote!
“This is a watershed election that could be a real fork in the road for Canadians,” said Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “After nine years of job losses, health care privatization, falling wages, environmental neglect, and austerity, it’s time for change. But that will only happen if we get out and vote for it.”
As part of the tour, Canadians are urged to take a Voter’s Pledge where they can commit to vote in the next election and encourage at least two others to do the same.
Speakers include:
• Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
• Jerry Dias, National President, Unifor
• Judy Rebick, Reporter, Activist and Feminist
• Brigette DePape, Youth Vote Campaigner, Council of Canadians
WHEN: Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay
Admission free—donations gratefully accepted

The public forum will be followed by a hands-on workshop on how to increase voter turnout in the Comox Valley.  Thursday, June 25, 7 PM, Comox Community Centre, 1855 Noel Ave, Comox.

Maude Barlow and the speakers are available for interviews.
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Comox Valley Council of Canadians Celebration to Mark Thirty years of CofC Activism

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Thursday June 18 7 pm at Creekside Commons.: Comox Valley Council of Canadians invites you to come to our AGM and join us in a Celebration of  30 Years of Activism with the Council of Canadians.

Learn about the many activities of our local Chapter. Discover a topic that interests you. Slide presentation to portray our activities over the past year.  Where do you think the Council should focus over the coming year?

Food, Drink, Door Prizes!

“Are We Being Sold Out – The Basics”

On March 26, over 60 people gathered to learn more about the corporate rights deals being negotiated by our government and how they will affect jobs, trade and the Canadian economy. Trade activist and current chair of the Comox Valley Council of Canadians prepared this backgrounder, which summarizes the deals currently being negotiated and highlights some of the concerns many Canadians have about them.

Being Sold Out Handout

Rally For Public Healthcare

march-31-ndo-healthcare_0On March 31, at events across the country, Canadians will be demanding that the Conservative government negotiate a new Health Care Accord which enforces the principles and provisions of the Canada Health Act and transfers sufficient health care funds to the provinces.

 The Campbell River and Comox Valley chapters of the Council of Canadians along with the BC Health Coalition will be holding a short rally to mark the expiry of Canada’s current Health Care Accord. Continue reading

Bottled Life: The Truth About Nestlé’s Business With Water

What price does Nestlé’, the world’s largest multinational bottled water company, pay for taking 265 million liters of fresh water every year from a well in Hope, BC? Nothing. Not one cent. Nestlé extracts BC drinking water for free, then sells it back to Canadians in a plastic bottle. What kind of arrangement is this, in a time when smart water management should be an economic and social cornerstone?

Find out more at a free documentary screening of Bottled Life: The Truth About Nestlé’s Business With Water on Tues. March 11, 7:30 pm at The Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College. The event is hosted by the North Island Students’ Union, the Comox Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians and Cinema Politica. Continue reading