Canadian Prison and Immigration Systems Panel – June 25th

June 23rd, 2017

State of Control:
Canadian Prison and Immigration Systems

Sunday June 25, 2:30-4:30PM

The Making-Box (43 Cork St. East, Guelph)


This panel discussion will explore the ways in which immigration and prison systems target racialized bodies as a perpetuation of white supremacy within state institutions. We’ll hear about the ways in which the State attacks the minds, bodies and freedom of people trapped in these systems. We’ll also learn how we can be part of support and solidarity efforts.

This event is free! Donations will be greatly appreciated and will go to Justice for Deepan. 

All welcome. The Making-Box is a physically accessible space.  Please note that there will not be food or snacks at this event. 

For more information please contact


– Deepan Budlakoti, who Canada made stateless
– Amar Wala, director of the documentary short film “Stateless”
– Yavar Hameed, member of Deepan’s legal team and Justice for Deepan
– Kimora Adetunji, who is married to an immigration detainee
– Yusuf Faqiri from Justice for Soli

The Justice for Soli movement is a group seeking justice for Soleiman Faqiri, who was killed by guards on December 15, 2016 while in custody at a correctional facility in Lindsay, Ontario. The Faqiri family are looking for answers and deserve to know how this could have happened to their beloved son and brother. Please join us in seeking justice for Soleiman.

The Justice for Deepan support group was formed in July 2013 to support Deepan Budlakoti in his quest to have his citizenship restored. Deepan Budlakoti is an Ottawa-born man who the Canadian government is trying to deport to India, a country where he has no family, has never lived and is not a citizen.

Stateless:  This documentary short from Amar Wala speaks to Deepan’s story. When a young Canadian finds himself threatened with deportation to a country he has never even visited, a team of human rights lawyers take on his precedent setting case.

Kimora Adetunji recently spoke at the Federal Court challenge to indefinite immigration detention, and has worked with the End Immigration Detention Network. She is married to a detainee being held in Toronto. For more information about immigration detention, which is not based on any criminal violations and can be indefinite:

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We’re on Twitter now! @GuelphCoc

June 23rd, 2017

Please find and follow us on Twitter. Stay up to date on local and national Council of Canadians activities. We are profile name coc guelph and you can tweet us here: @GuelphCoc.

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World Water Event – March 22nd

March 22nd, 2017

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At 4:00 pm today! Come stand on a bridge to be in our group photo then sign our petition to protect the other 99% of Canada's lakes and rivers.

When:    4:00 pm today
Where:  Marianne’s Park, 1765 Gordon St., Guelph, ON SE foot of the Gordon Street Bridge

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Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Feb.22

February 19th, 2017


Panel Discussion and Q&A

Learn how private public partnerships affect you.

A discussion panel followed by a Q&A session. Speakers are Rosario Marchese – Hydro One Privatization; Jeremy Thidodeau – Private Sector; and Natalie Mehra – Ontario Health Coalition.

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Guelph Hydro Open Houses – Jan. 17

January 8th, 2017

Do you have questions about the changes to Guelph Hydro?

Come out to City Hall on January 17th and get answers.

Open houses in Guelph

Tuesday, January 17
1:30-3:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Guelph City Hall
1 Carden Street, Guelph

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Rally to Protect Water – Latest Update

November 7th, 2016

Special Meeting Update: Thus far, the Council and audience have heard from several delegates, one of who was pro Nestlé taking water with the rest speaking against or representing government bodies which are required to remain balanced.

Stay tuned, Folks.

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Guelph Fundraiser – Standing Rock and Chippewa of the Thames

November 7th, 2016

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Rally to Protect Water – Nov. 7th – Update

November 7th, 2016

Nestlé has bused in their workers to pack the Council Chambers in a bid to prevent locals from being present.

Guelphites still put on a peaceful and loving protest outside and are sitting in the overflow room, watching the proceedings at the time of this posting.

Peaceful and loving protest outside City Hall.

A sizeable crowd gathered to hear speakers and performers.

Nestlé water taking protest sign. Just look at that statistic! And even in times of drought!

Further update to follow.

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Rally to Protect Water – November 7th at 6:00pm

November 6th, 2016

Water is Life. We must protect it from privatization and exploitation for profit.

In September, we gathered to support James Gordon’s motion for the City to take a stand against Nestle’s water-drawing in Aberfoyle in the upcoming EBR. Council decided to delay the decision and hold a Committee of the Whole special council meeting on water on Nov. 7th.

At this meeting, council will be hearing the voices of countless people in the community. Let’s support their voices even more by rallying outside City Hall and then packing council chambers again.

You are welcome to join us for a family-friendly gathering to honour and protect the water. Right now, our watershed is under siege by Nestle, who have permission from the provincial government to draw 4.7 million litres of water per day in the areas surrounding Guelph.

Please join us at City Hall for family friendly poems, songs, and speeches from local artists and change makers.
Please stay afterwards as we parade into City Hall to sit in council and show our support for the motion.

We, as concerned citizens of Guelph and self-appointed stewards of our groundwater resources for future generations, are gathering to show support for this important motion and to the idea that water is not for corporate profiteering, but local preservation. #WaterForLifeNotForProfit is a short and passionate rally for water before the council meeting on water happens.
This is a family-friendly event.

Water is life.

Guelph Rally to Protect Water

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Council of Canadians – Guelph AGM Tonight

October 25th, 2016

October 25, 2016

From 7 – 9 pm

Unitarian Congregation of Guelph

122 Harris St,. Guelph (corner of Harris and York Rd.)

- Welcome Francis Papillon AGM Chair & CoC Board member
- Minutes of the previous AGM Norah Chaloner co chair
- Report of the Activities of the Chapter Norah Chaloner co chair
and The Nestlé boycott
- Financial Report Francis Papillon Treasurer
- Election of Chapter board members
- Chippewa of the Thames Supreme Court of Canada appeal Paul Costello and guest
- Muslim Society of Guelph – needs helps to settle Syrian efugees Sara Sayeed
The Navigable Waters and Fisheries Acts
Protecting our lakes and rivers for all Canadian

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