Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization. The Victoria Chapter includes members in all of the municipalities in Greater Victoria (Capital Regional District) and surrounding areas. We are located on the traditional territories of several Coast Salish First Nations, including the Songhees, Esquimalt, Tsawout, Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tseycum, T’Sou-ke and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) First Nations, at the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the Saanich Peninsula.

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Thurs Feb 23 – Victoria chapter to screen ‘To the Ends of the Earth’

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter will be screening To the Ends of the Earth on Thurs Feb 23. The outreach highlights, “Panel members: Caitlyn Vernon (Sierra Club) Torrance Coste (Wilderness Committee) and David Lavallee (film director). Hosted by Sierra Club, Wilderness Committee and Council of Canadians. $7 advance, $10 at the door.” And Lavallee […]

Feb 14

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Thurs Feb 9 – Council of Canadians co-sponsors public forum on Site C dam

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter is co-sponsoring an upcoming public forum on the Site C dam. The outreach for the event notes, “Join us for what promises to be a fascinating and motivating evening on Thursday February 9, 7:30- 9:00 pm at UVic’s David Turpin Building, Room A120. It’s time to deeply examine the […]

Jan 25

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Rally & March Against the Trump Agenda

Rally & March in solidarity with people in the United States and around the planet who are refusing to let Donald Trump’s hateful agenda become normalized! 1pm Rally / 2 pm March, Sat Jan 21 at Centennial Square in Victoria BC. Before the march, from 1 to 2 pm, a Rally to Support Women’s March […]

Jan 10

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Wed Jan 25 – Blood of Extraction: book launch with author, Jeff Webber

Mining Justice Action Committee (MJAC), Council of Canadians Victoria Chapter, Central America Support Committee (CASC) & UVIC Social Justice Studies (SJS) present the Victoria launch of this important new book: The Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America – by Todd Gordon and Jeffrey Webber. Wednesday January 25th 7 pm—-9 pm. University of Victoria: […]

Dec 16

#StopKM Vigil co-organized by Victoria Council of Canadians Chapter

Rally Against Pipelines – Financial Support for Standing Rock

The Social Environmental Alliance is holding a rally in solidarity with the Standing Rock water defenders and against the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipline 5:30 Thursday December 1st. Chapter activists will be there with the Council of Canadians banner. If you can make it, please come and talk with us! Further info https://www.facebook.com/events/893229350814081/ Also, if […]

Dec 01

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Victoria among 13 chapters at #KMVigils to oppose Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline

Hundreds of people came out to the Victoria vigil to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline on Monday. Our chapter was involved in organizing the event, and paid for some of the materials. Thanks to everyone who showed up to our contribution to the #KMVigils! #StopKM! Below is the report from the Council of Canadians national […]

Nov 22

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Nov 21 Vigil to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Monday November 21st 4:30pm at Victoria City Hall on Douglas Street, and then spreading out and lighting up Douglas Street to illuminate our opposition to the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline. Enlighten Trudeau that Canadians are serious about meeting our Paris climate commitments. Please bring your candles or light, and your musical instruments & voices. […]

Nov 14

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Nov 29 – Bike Lanes and Beyond: Transportation & Climate Justice in Greater Victoria

Free Public Forum – Tuesday Nov. 29 7-8:30 pm Victoria Public Library Central Branch – 735 Broughton St Presented by Council of Canadians Victoria Chapter, the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition (GVCC) and the newly-formed Better Transit Alliance of Greater Victoria. We all know that transportation is one of the biggest sources of climate pollution, and […]

Nov 08

TPP Presentation

WIN! Saanich Council passes resolution opposing the TPP

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter has convinced Saanich Council to pass a resolution in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)! On September 3, Saanich News reported, “Following a presentation [by Ted Woynillowicz and Neil Mussell of the Victoria Chapter of the Council of Canadians] to Saanich council [on August 15], a motion was made […]

Oct 30

Speak Out Against Kinder Morgan’s Climate Crime – Tues Aug 23

Victoria: Speak Up About Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline & Tanker Plan! ‘Public town hall’ Tuesday August 23 4 – 8:30 PM Victoria BC, Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel (728 Humboldt Street) For six long years you’ve been waiting to have your say on the Kinder Morgan pipeline – and now is your chance! A federal panel is […]

Aug 19

Videos – Victoria chapter co-sponsors public forum on Site C dam

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter co-sponsored a public forum on the Site C dam on February 9. Panel of speakers included Dr. Harry Swain, Dr. Judith Sayers and John Gailus outlines in detail why the Site C Dam is a profoundly costly mistake and an environmental and economic white elephant. BC Government Imposed Strange […]

Victoria chapter calls for spending on public transit, not urban highway expansion

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter says all levels of government should shift money away from road projects that increase carbon pollution and spend those funds instead on public transit. In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, Victoria chapter activist Eric Doherty, who is also transportation planning consultant and a founding member of the Better Transit […]

Victoria chapter at massive anti-Kinder Morgan pipeline protest march

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter participated in a huge march against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline yesterday. The chapter’s banner can be seen in this 2-minute Facebook video. The Times Colonist reports, “Fuelled by anger and and a belief they had been betrayed, more than 1,000 protesters took to Victoria’s downtown streets Thursday […]

Chapter Activist writes on post-truth climate politics in BC

Council of Canadians Victoria Chapter member Eric Doherty recently published this op-ed, which touches on the transit and the McKenzie Interchange in Greater Victoria. If you have thoughts on the subject, please add a comment on the Georgia Straight website. Eric Doherty: It’s time to challenge post-truth climate politics in B.C. by Eric Doherty on […]

Victoria chapter at #NoDAPL solidarity rally

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter is at a solidarity rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline at this hour. The Facebook outreach for the gathering says, “Come out in solidarity with the Sacred Stone Camp in Standing Rock, ND. We ask individuals to come out with their drums, rattles, regalia, songs, prayers and voices to […]

Video: Leap Manifesto Event with Council of Canadians

On Oct 30, 2016 Leap Victoria, a new group dedicated to promoting and advancing dialogue about The Leap Manifesto, held their first public event. The provocative panel discussion featured Barbara Mitchell Pollock Co-Chair of the Council of Canadians Victoria Chapter. Moderator – Jessica Van der Veen – RAVEN Marvin Gandall – Leap Victoria Barbara Pollock […]

Victoria chapter attends electoral reform consultation with federal minister

By Brent Patterson The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter participated in a consultation on electoral reform with the Minister of Democratic Institutions last night. The Government of Canada website had noted, “October 27th, 2016 – Federal electoral reform community dialogue tour with Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef, 7:00PM – 9:00PM, Harbour Towers Hotel and […]

Saanich Council to hold Special Forum on TPP!

Ted Woynillowicz and Neil Mussell of the COC delivered a short presentation Monday on the concerns of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Council supported Coun. Colin Plant’s motion to have Woynillowicz and Mussell deliver a more thorough presentation, and question and answer period, at an upcoming special forum.

Indigenous women express concerns about MMIWG inquiry

The Trudeau government today announced the long-awaited inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). The inquiry will: be led by Marion Buller, British Columbia’s first female Indigenous judge, and four other commissioners; begin on September 1 and run until December 31, 2018; and cost $53.8 million. CBC has reported, “It will examine […]

Saskatchewan oil spill shows need for move away from fossil fuels

By Daniel Cayley-Daoust and Emma Lui, published in the Regina Leader-Post, July 29, 2016 As we write this, more than 200,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluents is flowing uncontrollably down the North Saskatchewan River. It has already forced three cities to close their drinking water intakes and is impacting First Nations in Treaty […]