Left Coast Events - November 12 - 18th

Victoria Virtual Forum 2020: Bridging Divides in the Wake of a Global Pandemic.

12 Nov at 08:30 PST – 13 Nov at 17:00 PST
To Register, Visit: https://events.eply.com/2020VVFVIRTUAL VICTORIA FORUM 2020
Join the discussion at the Victoria Virtual Forum 2020 as you, along with a panel of distinguished facilitators, explore the social, economic, and environmental impacts of COVID-19 in Canada and around the World! You will work together to develop real, actionable solutions to the issues you have registered to explore. You can also sit back and simply absorb the fascinating discussions which unfolding around you. The Victoria Forum is a joint initiative between the Senate of Canada and the UVic Gustavson School of Business. To Register Visit:
https://victoriaforum.ca/2020-forum/Virtual Victoria Forum 2020 ThemeWe are dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and its widespread impact on our economies, our societies and our environment. The virus is exposing the limitations of existing institutions, structures and systems, and exacerbating many divides and vulnerabilities in Canada and around the world. Social and economic divisions are being widened through the differential impact of the pandemic on vulnerable populations. At the same... time, the pandemic also appears to be providing short-term relief to the environment through reduced emissions and consumption.The webinars and the Virtual Victoria Forum 2020 aim at understanding the long-term implications of the pandemic and developing solutions and responses to it. In so doing, they will also lay the groundwork for the Victoria Forum 2021 by applying the lenses of Turf, Trust and Truth to a broader range of economic, social and environmental divides.Impact of the pandemic on economic divides: The pandemic has had a major impact across the globe, and is deepening existing divides within and between economies, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable societies, enterprises and workers. Global supply chains have been disrupted, and in some instances may be permanently altered as the move to ‘build back better’ may seek to favour local or more diverse sourcing and supply chains. With a global recession looming and battered economies, protectionist instincts may prevail. The economy will recover, with some opportunities for new business models, but scores of small and medium enterprises — and some thought to be ‘too big to fail’ — may not survive.Impact of the pandemic on social divides: The pandemic is deepening social divides by fuelling populism, racial animosity, discrimination and suspicion of ‘the other’. Confinement and isolation measures are affecting day-to-day interactions, compounding domestic violence, and threatening the deeper social fabric, particularly in cities, despite uplifting examples of solidarity and collective resilience.Impact of the pandemic on environmental divides: The unexpected positive impact of the pandemic on the environment is noticeable in many regions of the world. Much of this environmental reprieve will likely be short-lived as economic activity resumes. The pandemic nonetheless offers avenues to ‘build back greener’, and has shown that impactful climate-related and environmental action is possible, albeit at a steep cost, and that our current course and environmental impact can be altered.


Millennia of Experience: Drawing on Indigenous Knowledge in Responding to COVID-19
Thursday, 12 November 2020 from 10:30 PST-12:00 PST
Please join Reconciling Ways of Knowing, as we visit the Victoria Forum on November 12 to share the fifth dialogue in our Online Forum series, “Millennia of Experience: Drawing on Indigenous Knowledge in Responding to COVID-19”REGISTER FREE AT https://www.eventbrite.ca/.../reconciling-ways-of-knowing...This dialogue will explore how collaboration between Indigenous knowledge and science can improve public health outcomes throughout Canada in the face of COVID-19. Preliminary reports from Indigenous Services Canada suggest that First Nations communities are experiencing 1/4 of the infection rate and 1/5 of the mortality rate from COVID-19 experienced by the general Canadian population. The session will explore how Indigenous Peoples have leveraged their millennia of experience enduring past pandemics to protect their people and foster their resilience in the face of new public health challenges.Speakers Elder Dr Dave Courchene, Jr, an Anishinaabe Elder and spiritual leader; Elder Katherine Whitecloud, a Dakota knowledge keeper and Indigenous health and wellness advocate; Miles Richardson, OC, a Haida political leader and negotiator focused on Nation-to-Nation relationships between Indigenous Peoples and Canada; Tom Swanky, JD, a historical researcher focused on the role of smallpox in the foundational relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Crown in British Columbia; and Dr Sabina Ijaz, a medical doctor who has built deep relationships in Indigenous communities, in dialogue with moderator Darrin Mah, JD, will discuss the history of what Indigenous Peoples have learned in responding to pandemics, how this informs their responses to COVID-19, and what can be learned more broadly within Canadian society and the global community from these lessons.REGISTER FREE AT https://www.eventbrite.ca/.../reconciling-ways-of-knowing...



Authoritarian Patriarchy and its Populism - Hung Lecture with Dr. Inderpal Grewal
Thursday at 19:30 PST
Register online: https://events.uvic.ca/.../date/20201112/event_id/51244
ABOUT THE TALKTheories of authoritarianism and populism are insufficient if they do not consider gender and sexuality in understanding authoritarian power. My paper examines forms of patriarchal and patrimonial power that remain central to producing the gendered conceptualizations of security and securitization we see today. While populisms are divergent in empire and postcolony, for instance in US and India, generated by grievances and disappointments of a waning empire on the one hand, and a failed modernization on the other, their authoritarian leaders are linked not just through similar modes of power and governance but also through shared technologies of security and protection.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERDr. Inderpal Grewal is Professor Emerita in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Yale University. She is the author of Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Cultures of Travel (Duke University Press, 1996), Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms (Duke University Press, 2005), and Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First century America (Duke University Press, 2017). With Caren Kaplan, she has written and edited Gender in a Transnational World: Introduction to Women’s Studies (McGraw Hill 2001, 2005) and Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational: Feminist Practices (University of Minnesota Press, 1994). With Victoria Bernal, she has edited Theorizing NGO’s: States, Feminism and Neoliberalism (Duke University Press, 2014). Currently she is working on projects addressing security regimes in the Global South, the resurgence of patriarchal authoritarian governments and anti-Muslim violence in India, and on masculinity and bureaucracy.

The Albert Hung lecture series is named in honour of Chinese entrepreneur Albert Hung Chao Hong who received an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from UVic in 2005. Dr. Hung believes in the importance of education and has funded the Hung lecture series at UVic’s Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) since 2007. The series provides an opportunity for a distinguished visitor to address a community audience on a topic of current public interest in the Asia-Pacific region


Diversity & Inclusion Symposium and Showcase
Nov 13th Friday from 08:00 PST-15:00 PST
EXCITING NEWS!We're happy to announce that we will be hosting the Diversity & Inclusion Symposium and Showcase on Nov. 13th!Come learn from industry leaders, such as Colin Druhan of Pride at Work Canada and Delofante Atkins of ZaraYah - More speakers to be announced in the coming weeks!CLICK the tickets link for details.We'd also like to thank our sponsors and exhibitors for their support:
- ADP (Sponsor)
- IC Thrive (Sponsor)
- Lee Hecht Harrison (Sponsor)
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (Exhibitor)
- Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (Exhibitor)
- Immigrant Employment Council of BC (Exhibitor)
- Neil Squire Society (Exhibitor)
- The Sinneave Family Foundation (Exhibitor)https://www.facebook.com/events/397955474566700


Post US Election: Change or Continuity in Global Affairs in Asia

Friday from 19:00 PST-20:30 PSTPublic · Hosted by Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, Canadian International Council Victoria and 2 others

What are the prospects for multilateralism with a second Trump or new Biden Administration? How will this next presidency engage in trade policy (e.g., US-China, regional trade agreements), impacts on Taiwan and East Asian regional politics, COVID-19, climate & energy, and security. Join our speakers to debrief on the US election results and the implications for US-Asia foreign policy over the next four years and beyond?
Wen-Chen Chang
Dean and Professor, National Chiao Tung University School of Law & Professor, National Taiwan University College of LawMelissa Low Yu Xing
Research Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute, currently pursuing her PhD studies part-time at the National University of Singapore’s Department of GeographyMichael Peil
Vice Dean and Associate Professor, Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, BhutanHugh Stephens
Principal, Trans-Pacific Connections, Vice-Chair of the Canadian Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC), Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary
Victor Ramraj
Professor, UVic Law & Director of the Centre for Asia Pacific InitiativesOliver Schmidtke
Professor, Depts. of Political Science & History & Director of the Centre for Global Studies
- UVic's Centre for Global Studies
- Canadian International Council (CIC), Victoria Branch

- UVic's Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives



International Concert Against the U.S. Blockade on Cuba!

Friday from 17:00 PST-19:00 PST
Featuring two hours of world-renowned musicians and poets from the U.S., Canada and Cuba!REGISTER HERE: http://www.us-cubanormalization.org/.../international.../FEATURING: EL SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO – Two-time Grammy Award winnersPABLO MENENDEZ AND MEZCLA – An incredible blend of Cuban music styles, jazz, afro, rock and salsaMONCADA – Energetic, revolutionary Rock and PopTELMARY – An outstanding female rapper representing Cuban women engaging with their timesALEXANDER ABREU – The best of Cuban TimbaSINTESIS – Some of the best of modern Cuban musicLOS MUNEQUITOS DE MATANZAS – leading Cuban Rumba bandORQUESTA DE CAMARA DE LA HABANA – Young Cuban classical musiciansNORMAN RAYMOND – Quebecois musician performing Cuban musicNANCY MOREJON – One of Cuba's finest poets - based at Casa de las AmericasJACK HIRSCHMAN – Former poet laureate of San FranciscoEL JONES – Spoken word artist, former poet laureate of Halifax, CanadaJANE BUNNETT – Acclaimed Jazz Musician from Toronto, CanadaREBEL DIAZ - BROTHERS RODSTARZ, G1 – Revolutionary rap from the South Bronx with Chilean rootsARTURO O'FARRILL – Composer, pianist and educator, who has won six Grammys for his Afro-Latin jazz, founder of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and the Afro Latin Jazz AllianceThis concert is part of the Weekend of Solidarity to End the U.S. Blockade on Cuba - to learn more about the other events visit: https://fb.me/e/1FxH82aO8Organized by:
The International U.S.-Cuba Normalization Conference Committee
http://www.us-cubanormalization.org/Co-Sponsored by Hothouse Global



Make 2021 the Year to End the Blockade of Cuba - Weekend of Online Actions
14 Nov at 11:00 PST – 15 Nov at 11:00 PST
Friday, November 13th Online Concert Cuban - US - Canadian artists open weekend of online actions
8 pm EST/5 pm PST
Twitch.TV/NNOCubaNov 14 - 15 registration:
https://bit.ly/34ZZVoCSaturday, November 14thSession 1 ~ 2:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am Pacific
After the U.S. Elections: For Normalization! Why We Must End the Blockade on Cuba!
José Ramón Cabañas — Cuba’s Ambassador to the United States
Josefina Vidal — Cuba’s Ambassador to Canada. Lead negotiator in talks with Barack Obama Administration leading to reestablishment of US-Cuba diplomatic relations
Nikki Ashton — is the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for the federal electoral district of Churchill—Keewatinook Aski in Manitoba, Canada. She is outspoken advocate against the blockade.Session 2 ~ 7:00 pm Eastern /4:00 pm Pacific
Saving Lives Campaign — Bringing Cuba’s Example to the U.S. and Canada During the Global Pandemic
Dr. Samira Addrey - graduate of ELAM and program coordinator for the ELAM scholarship program
Dr. Andy Coates - Physician in Albany NY on frontline of treating COVID-19 patients
Alicia Jrapko - Co-chair of the Cuba Nobel Prize Committee
Sunday, November 15th - Closing Session
2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific/7 pm UK/8 pm South Africa
Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta — Permanent Ambassador of Cuba to the United Nations
Fernando Gonzalez Llort — President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP); Cuban internationalist fighter in Angola 1987-1989; Cuban Five hero Broadening Cuba solidarity:
Tamara Hansen — Coordinator, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity With Cuba and Executive member of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC)
Gabriel Prawl — President, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Seattle Chapter. Leading organizer of an unprecedented work stoppage of ILWU members up and down the West Coast in solidarity with Black Lives Matter against police murder and brutality.
Aislinn Pulley — Black Lives Matter, Chicago
Brenda Lopez — Co-coordinator, Los Angeles, US Hands Off Cuba Committee. Participant, Recent Cubambiente International Conference in Havana.Travel to Cuba
Mayra Alonso - from Marazul Tours
Juanita Palacios-Sims - Cuban-American, Co-owner, Beyond Cuba Travel


Colombia: A Case Study of Animal Rights Activism in War Torn Countries
Saturday November 14th from 10:00 PST-11:30 PST
Long time activist Fernando Cuenca is giving a talk about how animal rights advocacy is shaped when performed in countries ravaged by war, in which he'll draw from his own experience growing up and co-founding an animal rights organization in Colombia. Fernando has lived in the US since 2003 and in Washington since 2008. He currently lives north of Seattle with his family, loves photography and the outdoors and is a proud human and cat papa.Register for this webinar here: http://actionnetwork.org/.../colombia-a-case-study-of…


November Wellbeing Sunday

Dear friends and member-owners of the Victoria Health Co-operative,
We are writing to invite you to our wellbeing session on Sunday, November 15th from 2:00pm-3:30pm in the Cook Street Village Activity Centre auditorium (380 Cook Street).
The purpose of the event is to provide a safe space to gather, connect and learn. The session will feature our community health educator presenting and answering questions on the joys of eating, followed by a group activity. We will also update you on the VHC’s new partnerships, plans, and upcoming programs. We invite you - practitioners, board members, member-owners, and friends of the VHC - to join us for the event!
Chairs will be set up to maintain social distancing. Masks are required while entering/exiting the building and hand sanitizer will be provided. Hot water will be available for those who wish to bring their own mugs and tea, etc.
Capacity is limited so please respond to this email or click this link to RSVP. We hope to see you there!
If you are unable to attend, please share your thoughts and questions with us by filling out our Feedback Survey at https://victoriahealthcooperative.com/feedback-survey/.
Thank you,Abi Michel and Courtney WiensHealth and Wellness Coordinators


BC Health Coalition 2020 Annual General Meeting

This is a friendly reminder that the BC Health Coalition is hosting our 2020 Annual General Meeting over Zoom on Monday November 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm. As a member, this is your opportunity to learn about the work we have been doing over the past year to protect universal public health care.

Please click on the button below to register for the AGM by Monday, November 9.

We encourage you to bring your lunch for a “Lunch & Learn” session on mental health and harm reduction, featuring Jonathan Morris, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association, as well as peer educators from Pivot Legal Society.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the AGM. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

We want to hear from you!

As a coalition, your membership ensures that together we represent the diversity of opinions and needs in B.C – and gives us the strength to take on the challenges ahead. As we keep working on our current priorities, we also want to hear what you think is the next important challenge for the BCHC to take on.

We’ve designed a two question survey to ask you what you think the BCHC should focus on next. Click on the button below to complete the survey.

Thank you for your 2020 Membership to the BC Health Coalition and your continuing support of universal public health care.

In Solidarity,

BC Health Coalition

P.S. If you haven't renewed your 2020 BCHC membership, now is definitely the time to do it. Please renew your membership by clicking HERE.


Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee Meeting
Monday, 16 November 2020 from 17:30 PST-18:30 PST
Chair: Kristina MacLean Toll-free number: (844) 259-7596Conference ID: 233045016https://www.facebook.com/events/710192639586622


The Three Rs: Realize, Recognize, & Reconciliation
16 Nov at 15:00 PST – 20 Nov at 16:30 PST
From the first contact with European invaders Indigenous reproductive systems, matrilineal, and multi-gendered ways have been systematically attacked with attempts to dismantle our traditions through over 500 years of on-going genocide. On November 16-20th from 6-7:30 PM EST we will host a different panel on topics related to Indigenous reproductive justice issues across the "Americas." Topics include Native 101 Who are Indigenous People?, theft of Indigenous children, Murdered and Missing Indigenous womxn, children, and Two Spirits, environmental justice, and our last panel will cover healthcare and disability justice. Go to our website for information on our speaker lineup and more! CrushingColonialism.org/CalendarWe are asking for a suggested donation of $75 for a non-profit ticket, $40 for an individual, and $20 for sliding scale ticket each event in order to offset our costs. However, no one will be turned away due to a lack of funds.Crushing Colonialism is committed to the full inclusion of our community members. Each panel will include American Sign Language, English and Spanish language live captioning, and a dedicated phone line for Spanish and English audio translation. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any disability or language accessibility needs you may have. Desde el primer contacto con los invasores Europeos, los sistemas reproductivos indígenas, y prácticas matrilineas y multigénero han sido atacadas con intenciones de desmantelar nuestras tradiciones a través de más de 500 años de constante genocidio.Del 16 al 20 de Noviembre de 6pm a 7:30pm presentaremos diferentes paneles en temas relacionados a la justicia reproductiva indígena a través de las supuestas Américas. Los temas incluyen Indígena 101 ¿Quiénes son les indígenas? Despojo de niñxs indígenas, Mujeres, Niñas y Personas Dos Espíritus Asesinadexs y Desaparecidxs, la justicia ambiental, y nuestro último panel cubrirá el tema de la justicia de discapacidades y servicios de salúd.Visite nuestro sitio de web para información sobre nuestro reparto de oradores y más! CrushingColonialism.org/CalendarPedimos una donación sugerida de $75 por boleto para organizaciones sin fines de lucro, $40 para individual, y $20 por boleto de escala variable por cada evento para compensar por nuestros costos. Sin embargo, nadie será rechazade por falta de fondos.Crushing Colonialism está comprometida a la inclusión total de nuestrxs miembros comunitarixs. Cada panel incluirá Lengua Gestuál Americana, subtítulos en vivo en Español e Inglés y una línea de teléfono dedicada a la traducción de audio para Español e Inglés. Por favor mándenos un correo a
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. por cualquier necesidad de accesibilidad de discapacidad o de lenguaje que tenga presente.


Virtual Training: The Art of Diversity and Inclusion
16 Nov at 13:00 PST – 18 Nov at 15:30 PST
We live in a time like no other. Fast-changing demographics and heightened awareness of the diversity that surrounds us creates challenges and opportunities for today’s workplace. As leaders of organizations in today’s world, creating inclusive spaces and places is critical. The Art of Diversity and Inclusion workshop will introduce leaders to the concepts of diversity and inclusion, providing concrete tools to move this important work forward in your organization.This virtual workshop will:◆Explore why diversity and inclusion work needs to be undertaken
◆Build awareness of common definitions
◆Provide context about the important elements leaders need to be thinking about and planning for
◆Introduce Inclusive Leadership practices
◆Explore mechanisms to move inclusion forward such as: Employee Resource Groups; diversity audits; nudges; organizational commitments
◆Provide suggested approaches to undertaking inclusion plansOver the course of two sessions, this engaging workshop will give leaders a place to begin, an opportunity to understand within your context, and ways to bring this work to life in your organization.

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