December Meeting: 2014 Health Accord

Calgary Chapter of The Council of Canadians 

Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Doors open at 7

Wickenden Hall – 1703 1st Street N.W.

Topic:  2014 Health Accord

  • Ø Health Care is a top issue of concerns for Canadians.  The 2004 Health Accord is up for renewal in 2014. 
  • Ø Canadians want the federal government working with the provinces and territories on healthcare s an immediate priority for the country
  • Ø The Canadian Health Coalition represents the views of over 87% of Canadians that want public solutions to Canada’s Health Care problems.

Presenter:  Ted Woynillowicz, the Council’s prairie regional representative, traveled to Ottawa to attend the Secure the Future of Medicare: A Call to Care to participate in the Canadian Health Coalition Strategy Session, the Training Session for Lobby, and the Secure the Future of Medicare Panel at the Chateau Laurier Hotel.   Individual meetings with MPs and Senators followed on the next day.

An overview of this 2-day event will be presented.  This will be followed by a discussion and a call for public participation to meet with local MPs and Senators to lobby for a new enhanced and expanded 10 year Health Accord that includes homecare, long-term care, palliative care and a comprehensive drug plan.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Open to the public.

Donations gratefully accepted.

Jeff Gailus presents Little Black Lies: The War on Truth in the Battle for the Tar Sands, October 4th 2011

Calgary Chapter of The Council of Canadians

Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, October 4, 2011

  7:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Doors open at 7

Unitarian Church – 1703 1st St. N.W.

Little Black Lies: The War on Truth in the Battle for the Tar Sands with special guest, author Jeff Gailus

Join Jeff Gailus as he explores the intersection of two of the most salient features of the early twenty-first century: the explosion of tar sands development and the ubiquity of hogwash. The two, he posits, are companions of sorts, each engaged in a symbiotic dance that allows them both to thrive—to the detriment of our moral and social well being.

This is a free public event. Members and guests welcome.

Donations gratefully accepted.

Contacts:

Mel Teghtmeyer meltec@shaw.ca  403 295 8123

Ted Woynillowicz  woynillt@telusplanet.net  403 286 9283


* Please note that the meeting was rescheduled to the first Tuesday of the month to accommodate the schedule of our guest presenter.

The Path to Food Sovereignty: September 20th, 2011

Guest Speaker: Chelsea Pratchett, activist and food enthusiast

Backgrounder:  Requests for new farmer’s markets are being turned down and dozens of empty spaces in current markets are a growing trend in Canada’s breadbasket provinces.   Increasingly, Canadian’s demand for local food markets has outpaced production.  So why the bare shelves in a rich agricultural land?

Chelsea will present a case study addressing current agricultural developments taking place elsewhere that focus on attainable solutions to this problem.

 

This is a free public event.  Members and guests welcome.

Donations gratefully accepted.

  7:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Doors open at 7

Unitarian Church – 1703 1st St. N.W.

Contacts:

Mel Teghtmeyer  meltec@shaw.ca  403 295 8123

Ted Woynillowicz  woynillt@telusplanet.net  403 286 9283

 

Meeting: The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, June 21, 2011

Guest Speaker: Glen Tjostheim, Senior Planner, Land Use Secretariat, Government of Alberta

The Government of Alberta has posted an online workbook available at http://www.landuse.alberta.ca for you to share your feedback on the South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council’s (RAC’s) advice on developing a regional plan for southern Alberta. We encourage you to participate in phase 2 of the regional planning process. The workbook will be available until December 19, 2011. Glen will present an update on:

The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan
addresses the following areas:
• water – develop options for improving source water protection and other means to protect watershed integrity;
• economic development – examine how the region should develop, aiming for the long-term success of the agriculture, energy, forestry, tourism industries and other economic opportunities;
• conservation – identify, conserve and restore landscapes valued for their water security, ecological function and biodiversity, considering development implications;
• recreation and tourism management – improve management of recreation use on public lands, identify locations of lands with high value for recreation and tourism; and,
• human development – examine development needs and healthy community objectives and consider the impacts to aboriginal communities.

The Council of Canadians – Calgary Chapter
Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, June 21, 2011
7:30 – 9:30p.m. Unitarian Church – 1703 – 1st Street N.W.
Doors open at 7. Members and Guests Welcome
(This free event is open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.)

Contacts:
Ted Woynillowicz woynillt@telusplanet.net 403 286 9283
Mel Teghtmeyer meltec@shaw.ca 403 295 8123

Application and Qualification Challenges faced by Canadian Immigrants: May 17, 2011

Join our conversation on the barriers and support services that new Canadian Immigrants and other workers deal with as they strive to become productive Canadian Citizens. Our guest presenters will outline and lead the discussion on the challenges that new entrants to the work- place are confronted with as they attempt to deal with a “system” to recognize their qualified skills, professions and unique situations.

Guest Speakers:
Dr. Ramesh C. Joshi, Ph.D, P.Eng.(Life Member)
Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, University of Calgary
Candace Martens, BSW, Community Outreach and Public Education Worker, Calgary Worker’s Resource Centre

The Council of Canadians – Calgary Chapter
Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, May 17, 2011
7:30 – 9:30p.m. Unitarian Church – 1703 – 1st Street N.W.
Doors open at 7. Members and Guests Welcome
(This free event is open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.)

Meeting Agenda:
• 7:30 – 7:40 – Announcements
• 7:40 – 9:15 – Presentation and Discussion

Contacts:
Ted Woynillowicz woynillt@telusplanet.net 403 286 9283
Mel Teghtmeyer meltec@shaw.ca 403 295 8123

Why CETA is bad for Canada: Maude Barlow & Paul Moist in Calgary, April 29 2011

A cross-Canada CETA tour organized by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow and CUPE president Paul Moist will be speaking across the country highlighting the dangers of this proposed deal and to say that Canadian communities are not for sale.

This tour will take place prior to the critical eighth round of CETA negotiations in Brussels this July 11-15, where offers on services are likely to take place. Just this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was committed to proceeding ‘full-throttle’ on CETA and on having the deal signed by January 1, 2012, just eight months from now.

The 6-city tour will go to:

  • Calgary – April 29
  • Montreal – May 24 (with CUPE Secretary-Treasurer Claude Genereux)
  • Toronto – May 26
  • Saskatoon – May 30
  • Halifax – June 28
  • St. John’s June 29

April 29: CALGARY, AB
7:30 p.m. Ballroom, Westin Calgary 320 4th Avenue SW

A free event featuring:

  • Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
  • Paul Moist, National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees

Canada and the European Union are negotiating a new Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which they hope to sign by the end of this year. But it would be more accurate to call it a privatization and deregulation pact. Under CETA, large multinational corporations could take over delivery of vital public services – like water and waste disposal – whether local governments like it or not. Local governments who choose to “buy local” or to exclude for-profit European corporations from bidding on public service contracts could have their right to do so overruled by an unaccountable trade tribunal for violating CETA.

Come learn more about the threat CETA poses to Canadian communities and how you can get involved in stopping it.

For more information on CETA visit:

Calgary Centre-North All Candidates Forum: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Calgary Centre-North All Candidates Forum!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

7:30 – 9:30pm

Wickenden Hall, Unitarian Church

1703 First St. NW Calgary, Alberta.