By Sherry Hillman

The City of Kawartha Lakes and Trent Lakes area now has its own Chapter of Canada’s largest citizens’ advocacy group: the Council of Canadians.

Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, mobilizing a network of 60 chapters across the country. Through campaigns the group advocates for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy.

Peter Raymond, Coordinator of the Kawartha-Highlands & Lakes (KHL) Chapter of Council of Canadians, explains the reasons for creating a local chapter, “We have a Climate Emergency, our democracy is under siege, and we have a federal election on the horizon. It’s time for action!”

Other founding members of the KHL Chapter are Ted Oakes, George Hewison, Sherry Hillman and John MacLennan.

Raymond says, “We believe a better Canada and a fairer world are possible. Together, we will turn that belief into action.”

For more information on the Council of Canadians, go to or email the KHL Chapter at