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Illegal Israeli workers

This is a site you should visit to see how Israel invades airports and shopping centres to deceive shoppers.

http://www.inminds.com/article.php?id=10497

Support the  Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Campaigns.  They are working!

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Aug 30 protest

PROTEST THE VIOLENCE IN GAZA
and THE BLOCKADE

NOON
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
AT THE BC LEGISLATURE GROUNDS


Show your support for a lasting peace and learn about BOYCOTT.


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CAIA Active Members Committee

Back to School

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I am writing to share information about an important event happening in our community on Tuesday September 2nd in the absence of a resolution to the current dispute between the provincial government and the teachers.

As a strong supporter of public education and the rights of working people, I intend to participate in this event with my daughter, who is scheduled to begin Grade 3 on September 2nd. I would encourage you to participate as well and invite other people you know to attend.

Together, we can advocate for a strong public education system and a fair settlement for...

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MEDIA RELEASE - "Christy's Classroom" to open on Legislature Lawn

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*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
"Christy's Classroom" to open on Legislature lawn on Tuesday if dispute with teachers not settled
Friday, August 29, 2014
VICTORIA—The Legislature Lawn is slated to be transformed into an outdoor "peoples' classroom" by students, parents, teachers and community members on Tuesday Sept 2nd if the BC government does not reach a settlement with the teachers first.
"Christy's Classroom" will open with the ringing of a school bell at 9AM on Tuesday, the day classes are scheduled to start in BC's public school system.
The classroom will include a morning assembly; classes in civics, history, environmental education, music and art; physical exercise and recess; the convening of students' council and parents' council meetings; and activity areas for younger children. All parents, students and community members are encouraged to participate.
"I believe it is important for the whole community to come out to Christy's Classroom," says Victoria parent Renay Maurice, who is helping organize the event. "Moms, dads, caregivers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, little kids and babies too are encouaged to attend. We owe it to our teachers, to the students, and to each other."
"By showing up on September 2nd ready to learn on the first day of school, we are demonstrating our concern for education in BC and holding the government accountable," says Maurice.
A wide array of community organizations and individuals have joined together for Christy's Classroom, including School District 61 trustees Diane McNally and Deborah Nohr, parent organizations Protect Public Education Now and Support BC Teachers, and the advocacy groups Raging Grannies and Social Environmental Alliance. Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour, is scheduled to address the morning assembly at Christy's Classroom, along with children and youth enrolled in public schools in the Greater Victoria area.
Deborah Nohr, trustee on the School District 61 Board of Education, points to the record of the Premier and her government as contributing to the current impasse with the teachers, and other deficiencies in BC's public education system.
"This government has removed over $300M from public education every year since 2002," Nohr says. "That funding had been lawfully negotiated through many years of teacher bargaining to target and support students' needs. This has resulted in many students experiencing the frustration of inadequate instruction and other essential learning supports."
All are welcome at Christy's Classroom, Tuesday September 2nd at 9AM at the BC Legislature.

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Call for Volunteers


Christy's Classroom on Sept. 2nd is looking for volunteers! A fun-filled, easy day!

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Christy's Classroom

Call for Volunteers!

In anticipation of Christy's Classroom on Tuesday, September 2nd, we are looking for volunteers who would graciously offer their time to help with things as set-up, take-down, orientation and general helping!

If this community-led event interests you, please contact Renay Maurice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the headline "Christy's Classroom Volunteering".

We'd love the offer!

And if you find the event interesting at all, please join!
 

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U.S. Thermal Coal in Surrey: The Fight Continues!

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Mount Polley Details Radio-BED - Ear To The Ground: Jacinda Mack

Jacinda Mack, a local Xatsull woman with extensive, on the ground knowledge of the mining industry and it's unsavoury and irresponsible practices, talks to Radio-BED from the site of the catastrophic Imperial Metals Mount Polley tailings spill where the Secwepemc have started an encampment and sacred fire to gather all people in defense of the land and the water.

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Photos: I Went to the Mount Polley Mine Spill Site

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imperial metals mount polley mine tailings pond breach in BC

It’s Monday, August 11th, and both my gumboots are dangerously sinking into the muck I’m trying to cross.

I took far too bold a step towards a sturdy log ahead as I’m trying to cross a sludge river left behind in the wake of the Mount Polly mine tailings pond breach.

Now I’m balanced precariously, one boot in front, one behind, and trying not to topple into the muck beneath that could contain high levels of arsenic, mercury, zinc, lead and selenium – all toxins and heavy metals stored in the breached tailings pond fed by the Imperial Metals gold and copper mine near Likely B.C.

It has been one week since the waste pond wall breached, sending an estimated 10 million cubic metres (or 10 billion litres) of waste water and 4.5 million cubic metres of sandy sludge into the Hazeltine Creek that feeds Quesnel Lake. (For comparison, the Kalamazoo oil spill in Michigan totaled an estimated 3.3 million litres).

A field of debris and dried sediment from the Imperial Metals tailings pond can be seen pouring out of what once was Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake. Photo by Farhan Umedaly, Vovo Productions

It’s at the convergence of the Hazeltine and Quesnel Lake that I now find myself, arms outstretched to maintain my balance, and sinking.

I finally manage to rock myself back far enough to regain balance on my back foot. I gently maneuver my front foot back and forth to relieve the suction around my boot. If I topple over I will plunge my bare hand into the sludge which, at this stage, contains an unknown mixture of chemical compounds known to cause cancer and birth defects. I didn’t know this until later, but even short-term exposure to selenium can cause respiratory problems like pulmonary edema or bronchial pneumonia.

A mud boulder sits in the deep sludge from the Mount Polley mine tailings pond. Photo by Carol Linnitt.

Like everyone else around here, I have imperfect knowledge of just what health effects to fear in the wake of the spill.

Maybe I should have worn that damn mask.

But that might have rubbed my guide, local carpenter Tate Patton, the wrong way.

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Protest Saturday, Aug. 30

STOP ISRAELI ATROCITIES AGAINST PALESTINIANS

END THE BLOCKADE OF GAZA - END THE OCCUPATION

 

PROTEST

12NOON, SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

AT THE LEGISLATURE GROUNDS

(Corner of Government & Belleville)


Organized by the Victoria Friends of Cuba & Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

Want to be ACTIVE ?

"STRATEGY MEETING FOR PALESTINE, WHAT CAN WE ALL DO TOGETHER TO END APARTHEID AND OCCUPATION?"

There will be a general meeting Sept. 1, Monday, at 7 pm for those who wish to become actively involved in the ongoing campaigns of CAIA such as BDS signage, banner hangings, advertisement creation, information table manning, etc.

If you are interested, email this address and ask to be told where the meeting is being held.

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CAIA Active Members Committee

IMPORTANT protest Aug. 30

At a meeting last night it was said, we only had 25 supporters at our protests against the Violence in Gaza. Lets prove them wrong again this Saturday as we rap up our protests while the present Ceasefire holds.  Come rain or shine do join us.

PROTEST THE VIOLENCE IN GAZA
and THE BLOCKADE

NOON
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
AT THE BC LEGISLATURE GROUNDS


Show your support for a lasting peace and learn about BOYCOTT.




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CAIA Active Members Committee

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upcoming events and request for volunteers

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Community and Parents in Support of BC Teachers!

~Victoria~


It's time to show our support for BC Teachers and public education!


September will be a time to stand up and be counted for our children and for the value of a publicly funded school system that respects the rights of unionized workers.


We will be organizing picket support to show the Liberal government that parents and community members stand beside the Greater Victoria Teachers' Association and the British Columbia Teachers Association.



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We still protest Aug. 30

If the following proves to be true, that there is a ceasefire yet again, we will still protest for a lasting true peace and actually open borders for Gaza.

Experience has taught us to be skeptical and work for all Palestinians, not just those in Gaza.

 http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/exclusive-gaza-ceasefire-terms-revealed-1064073378

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CAIA Active Members Committee

Protest Aug 30

PROTEST THE VIOLENCE IN GAZA
and THE BLOCKADE

NOON
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
AT THE BC LEGISLATURE GROUNDS


Show your support for a lasting peace and learn about BOYCOTT.


--
CAIA Active Members Committee

[Uvic-sustainability] News and Events for week of Aug 25th

NEWS

 

The new expanded UVic Transit Exchange is scheduled to open on time next Tuesday, just in time for back to school. Watch for signs redirecting riders to new stops for buses – the downtown buses will be located in the new exchange (#4, 7, 11, 14, & 15x) and all other buses in the old exchange (#12, 13, 16x, 39, 26, 51 & 76x). Services levels are improving on some routes as well, including increased late night service and trips for the Number 4. See Sustainability News for more info. The grand-opening event will be held on Thursday, Sept 4th at 10 am.

 

UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) and the university president got a chance to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen this weekend in Cambridge Bay, Nunavat.  The group toured ONC’s community-based Arctic ocean observatory and viewed the latest instrumentation...

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Holocaust survivors condemn Israel


Haaretz | Aug. 23, 2014

Holocaust survivors condemn Israel for 'Gaza massacre,' call for boycott


In response to Elie Wiesel advertisement comparing Hamas to Nazis, 327 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants publish New York Times ad accusing Israel of 'ongoing massacre of the Palestinian people.'

Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors have signed a letter, published as an advertisement in Saturday's New York Times, condemning "the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza" and calling for a complete boycott of Israel.

According to the letter, the condemnation was prompted by an advertisement written by Elie Wiesel and published in major news outlets worldwide, accusing Hamas of "child sacrifice" and comparing the group to the Nazis.

The letter, signed by 327 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors and sponsored by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, accuses Wiesel of "abuse of history" in order to justify Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip:

"Šwe are...

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August 30 protest

PROTEST THE VIOLENCE IN GAZA
and THE BLOCKADE

NOON
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
AT THE BC LEGISLATURE GROUNDS


Show your support for a lasting peace and learn about BOYCOTT.




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CAIA Active Members Committee

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