Beyond Banksters Book Tour

Beyond Banksters Book Tour
with author Joyce Nelson

As a part of a 7 city book tour on the pacific coast Joyce Nelson will be speaking about her book Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism (2016). Details for each stop are included below.

Joyce Nelson is an award winning writer and researcher who has published six books. In Beyond Banksters she examines the role corporations and private banks are working together to continue the privatization of public infrastructure and services. Politicians have supported this process through laws and regulations that benefit the global elite and their interests while at the same time undermining the ability of people to challenge these trends. Ideologically neo-liberalism has normalised the idea that there is no alternative to market fundamentalism, slashing regulation, the pursuit of profit and the enclosure of the public sphere. Nelson provides hope for resistance and highlights what means are available to people to challenge this “new feudalism”.

Please join us for this important event to understand the role that private banks are playing in our communities and their impact on our daily lives. The role of these banks is linked to the goals set out in international corporate rights agreements such as NAFTA and CETA as well as neoliberal ideology more generally that promotes the ability of corporations to exercise their power while undermining the power of communities and their democratic rights.

The events below are organized by local chapters of the Council of Canadians and sponsored by the Watershed Sentinel.

September 25th @ 7:00 pm
University of Victoria, David Turpin Building (DTB) A104
Co-sponsored by University of Victoria Social Justice Studies
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September 26th @ 7:00 pm
Mesachie Room, Island Savings Centre,
2687 James St., Duncan
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Comox Valley
September 27th @ 7:00 pm
Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College
2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay
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Powell River
September 28th @ 2:00 pm
Powell River Public Library
6975 Alberni St, Suite 100
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September 30th @ 7:00 pm
Ralph Fisher Auditorium at Richmond Hospital
7000 Westminster Highway
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October 2nd @ 7:00 pm
Sardis Library, 5819 Tyson Road
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October 3rd @ 7:00 pm
702 Bernard Ave (& Richter)
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Film Screening – “100 Short Stories”

“100 Short Stories”

Predatory capitalism, renewable energy, and the fight against fracking

68:30 min  |  2016

100 SHORT STORIES is the latest documentary from acclaimed Nova Scotian filmmaker Neal Livingston, and his first feature-length film. Neal will be in attendance to address the audience during the screening in Vancouver:

Friday June 9th, 7pm

Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia

Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms (lower level)

Screening is hosted by the Vancouver/Burnaby Chapter of the Council of Canadians

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With his filmmaker’s typical irreverence, Livingston interweaves tales of predatory capitalism, eco-activism, and contemporary life in Atlantic Canada, engaging in an offbeat and often humorous exploration of energy policy, governance, and regional culture, in a diaristic collage of entrepreneurship and environmentalism. The film presents a first-person account of a years long struggle to develop Black River Wind a renewable energy project, and overcoming an attempted hostile takeover. Meanwhile, the local citizens of Inverness County band together to defeat oil and gas drilling and fracking coming onto Cape Breton Island.

2017 Energy Award – Cinema Verde Film Festival (one of the Top 6 environmental film festivals in the USA), Official Selection at Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax) & Planet in Focus (Toronto).


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Vancouver-Burnaby chapter distributes 1100 leaflets on BC provincial election issues


The BC Legislative Building in Victoria

The Council of Canadians Vancouver/Burnaby chapter is encouraging people to vote for candidates who will create more jobs in sustainable ways, reduce poverty, tax fairly, increase climate justice, strengthen public health, restore BC Ferries as a crown corporation, and enhance democracy.

Chapter activist Penny Tilby tells us, “Over the past four weeks our chapter distributed 1100 leaflets outlining some of the key issues we want  people to consider in voting in our provincial election. On the whole the information was well received.”

Tilby highlights, “These were given out at a couple of all-candidate meetings in Burnaby, but the majority were distributed in the Vancouver community at transit hubs and malls. The aim was to reach as many of the general public as possible and not just the already politically interested people who come to meetings.”

The chapter’s leaflet says:
For a BC with more job opportunities, better social programs, higher income equality, and stronger democracy, please VOTE for the candidate who will –

1– Create more BC jobs by investing in ambitious climate action plans; revitalizing the forest industry; building affordable rental housing; hiring more teachers, nurses, childcare workers, and home care workers; and instituting a just transition strategy for retraining workers for jobs in a low-carbon, sustainable economy.

2– Reduce poverty by providing livable social assistance and disability benefits; introducing $10 per day childcare; increasing minimum wage to $15 per hour; and implementing the recommendations of Grand Chief Ed John’s report to improve conditions for Indigenous
children on- and off-reserve

3– Tax fairly to pay for needed programs by ensuring that corporations and wealthy citizens pay their share of the tax burden. Corporations and the wealthy benefit from infrastructure and subsidies, paid for by taxes, to support their businesses; their tax burden should be in line with the profits enjoyed.

4– Increase climate justice by developing sustainable energy initiatives, always in consultation with affected communities and recognizing Indigenous rights; implementing policy to reduce our dependence on oil, lower natural gas emissions, and decrease water pollution; and shrinking our carbon footprint – no new oil and LNG pipelines.

5– Strengthen public health by eliminating MSP premiums; pressing for a national public drug plan; increasing mental health services and home care services for seniors; and creating healthy living conditions for those living on-reserve.

6– Restore BC Ferries by returning it to crown corporation status so that it operates only in the public interest as an integral part of the public transit system and not as a ‘for-profit’ agency.

7– Enhance democracy by banning corporate and union donations to political parties and by passing anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) legislation to prevent corporations from launching frivolous law suits intended to silence and bankrupt activists.

The provincial election takes place on May 9.

The Council of Canadians is a non-partisan organization that endorses no political party, but rather is committed to building a peoples’ movement capable of holding any government accountable to the public interest.


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Public Safety video about the Kinder Morgan pipeline: “Only one bear in a hundred bites, but they don’t come in order”

Bob Bossin produced this thoroughly researched and hard hitting video on the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.


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May 27th day of action on pharmacare

May 27th day of action to call on Liberal MPs to push for pharmacare in caucus meetings

Can these Liberal MPs explain why their government hasn’t implemented pharmacare?

The Council of Canadians is mobilizing for a day of action in support of pharmacare on Saturday May 27.

While this poll shows that 91 per cent of Canadians want pharmacare, and this report notes that implementing it could save up to $14 billion dollars annually, Health Minister Jane Philpott stated last April that pharmacare is not part of her mandate, that it is too costly, and that it will not be introduced in this Parliament.

At the same time, the Trudeau government is pushing hard for the provisional application of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) that lengthens the patent protection for drugs and that researchers say will add between $850 million and $1.65 billion each year to our costs.

How is it that we can afford CETA but not pharmacare?

Earlier this year, CBC reported, “Canadian pays the second-highest drug prices in the world, after only people living in the United States.” The CBC has also highlighted, “Canada wasted $15 billion over the last five years on highly priced prescription drugs, in part because of questionable drug company sales tactics.”

And yet under pharmacare a new national agency that provides transparency and accountability in the process of determining what drugs are covered based on appropriateness, safety, value for money, and objective evidence-based medical reviews would save billions.

Canada is the only developed country with universal health care that doesn’t have some form of universal pharmacare. Big Pharma wants to keep it that way. We need a grassroots mobilization to pressure the Liberal government to change this.

The House of Commons will be in recess between May 20-28, with Members of Parliament back in their home riding and available to meet with their constituents. This will be a key time to meet with your Liberal MP before the House breaks for the summer (on June 9) and before the House reconvenes (on September 18) with its fall legislative agenda.

Let us work together to pressure Liberal MPs to make a national pharmacare program part of that fall legislative agenda.

To assist with this, the Council will be publishing a new report on pharmacare, producing an MP lobby guide, a myths vs. facts leaflet, and video, as well as commissioning a new poll to determine the level of support for pharmacare among Liberal voters.

In the meantime, you can join with the thousands who have already sent this letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Health Minister Jane Philpott calling on them to take immediate action on pharmacare.

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