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Cambie Case: Remaining Closing Arguments Postponed

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Dear Paov

First off, a huge thank you to everyone who has read our emails, shared our posts, sent letters to the editor, donated to the Legal Defense Fund and supported all the work that has been done on fighting for public health care throughout this legal challenge.

Tomorrow, December 5th, Joe Arvay, our legal council, was to give our Closing Arguments, and the trial portion of this case was to be completed on Friday. However, yesterday we received word that the judge is unable to attend court for the rest of the week. Today, it was confirmed that the remaining days of the Closing Arguments won't be rescheduled until the new year.

In the meantime, over 225 Letters to Editor debunking Day were sent to newspapers across the country and we are now seeing them being published. Thank you to everyone who participated.

We will keep you posted, as soon as we know when we will be back in court.

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[evoz] The Condor & The Eagle Screening this Friday!

https://www.facebook.com/events/552978772201883/
Tickets (I imagine there will be tickets at the door also.) Film Trailer https://vimeo.com/359405536 VICTORIA – The award-winning climate crisis documentary “The Condor and The Eagle” will have its Victoria premiere at the University of Victoria’s First Peoples House on Dec. 6, telling the story of four Indigenous leaders on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Boreal forest deep into the heart of the Amazon to unite the peoples of North and South America.

· What: Victoria premiere of “The Condor and the Eagle” / launch of national Indigenous-led climate awakening campaign

· When: Friday, Dec. 6 – 7 p.m. (doors at 6:45 p.m.)

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Dear Friends of SJS,

Please join us this Friday for the Victoria premiere of climate crisis documentary and national campaign to amplify frontline Indigenous climate leadership. As Amazon rainforest burns and global youth climate movement gains momentum, “The Condor and the Eagle” documents urgent need for climate awakening through stories of Indigenous land defenders

VICTORIA – The award-winning climate crisis documentary “The Condor and The Eagle” will have its Victoria premiere at the University of Victoria’s First Peoples House on Dec. 6, telling the story of four Indigenous leaders on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Boreal forest deep into the heart of the Amazon to unite the peoples of North and South America.

• What: Victoria premiere of “The Condor and the Eagle” / launch of national Indigenous-led climate awakening campaign

• When: Friday, Dec. 6 – 7 p.m. (doors at 6:45 p.m.)

• Where: First Peoples House, University of Victoria, Victoria

• Who: 7 p.m. welcoming ceremony by Kathy LaFortune; film screening followed by speakers Bryan Parras (film protagonist) & Kati [XwisXwčaa] George-Jim

While the Amazon burns, the global youth climate movement gains momentum and the United Nations warns us we have one...

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Dec 14: A Peoples Paddle to Support Indigenous Legal Challenges to TMX


Peoples' Paddle for the Coast!

What: A community paddle in the Victoria Harbour to raise funds for First Nations who are challenging the Trans-Mountain Pipeline Expansion in Court
Where: Leaving from and returning to Banfield Park Dock, Victoria West
When: Saturday, Dec 14th, 10 am
Join & Share the Event on Facebook The election is over, and Trudeau is still promising to complete the government-owned Trans-Mountain pipeline without the consent of many First Nations. Construction is already underway on many parts of the route. In response, First Nations like the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Coldwater are taking the government to court to enforce their rights and protect our coast. These court cases may be our best shot of stopping this pipeline before it causes irreparable environmental damage.

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Short. Sharp. Strategic.

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New poll shows Cambie Corp does not represent the public

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Paov --

It's the final week of the Cambie case, and throughout this years long trial the corporate plaintiffs (Cambie et al) have claimed to represent the will of the public. However, a new poll conducted by Research Co. clearly shows that this could not be further from the truth.

90% of British Columbians agree that access to healthcare in the province should be based on need rather than ability to pay.

This ability to ensure healthcare is more responsive to a person’s medical needs than to the size of their chequing account, is being attacked in the constitutional challenge that will entered its final week of arguments today.

Let’s make it clear that the corporate plaintiffs don’t represent the public interest. Post these social media graphics with the hashtags #CambieCase #NotToDay

Health care based on need not ability to pay Most people support public health care For profit care would mostly help the wealthiest

To share these graphics,

[evoz] Andree Scott

Remembering Andree Scott

a summary of CASC tribute to Andree at Cafe Simpatico Nov. 29, 2019 follwed by a momeny silence

Andree Scott was dedicated member of CASC, a scholar, a sailor, teacher, tri-lingual aid worker but most of all she was a friend to many and much loved.

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Cambie Case Week 2 Update

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Dear Paov --

This week, lawyers for the Attorney General of BC (AGBC) and the Attorney General of Canada (AGC) began their closing arguments in defense of public health care.

Interesting points from the week include:

  • The defense emphasized local and international evidence that a private tier drains resources from the public system and adds pressure on the public system
    • In Australia, those with private insurance are treated faster in public hospitals than patients covered under the public health care system (42 day wait for public patients v. 20 days for private patients for elective surgeries). This is despite laws that say public and private patients are to be treated the same.
    • “testimony [from patients] included evidence of incidents in which patients who had paid for private treatment at Cambie experienced complications and had to be treated in the public system at public expense.”
  • The AGC and AGBC argued that the legal changes would make it possible for dual practicing doctors to subsidize their corporate profits with public dollars and demonstrated the significant financial motivations behind the corporate plaintiffs claim;

Kalmo Refugee Fundraiser Online Auction

For more info on how this fundraiser works see tinyurl.com/kalmofun
To view the auction items go to tinyurl.com/kalmobid
November 24th - December 7th
Find on Facebook at "Kalmo Refugee Fundraiser"
The Kalmo Refugee Support Group is raising money via an online auction to help a Somali refugee living on Lkwungen/WSÁNEĆ territories (aka victoria, bc) reunite with her family. For more info about Marwo & her family or to donate directly: https://kalmovictoriabc.wordpress.com
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Apply Now- Connect & Prepare



Do you live in a multi-unit apartment or condominium building? Are you interested in strengthening emergency preparedness and connections between your neighbours?

Become part of our unique program!
Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday, December 13th, 2019

Connect and Prepare

Call for Expressions of Interest for Apartments & Condominiums

Together, we are ready! We are looking for groups of neighbours living in the same apartment/condominium building within the City of Victoria to be part of an exciting program called "Connect and Prepare". Through a series of facilitated workshops, and with the support of micro-grants, program materials, and resource people, you and your neighbours will:

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Give the gift of solidarity

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[evoz] Regional Black Canadians Forum

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Help us debunk Day

NationBuilder r1 British Columbia Health Coalition

Paov --

With the Cambie Case getting so much coverage in recent weeks we need your help to counter the misinformation that is being spread.

With the support of right wing think tank the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) and allied columnists, CEO Brian Day has staged a dramatic PR campaign that has consistently distorted the intention and impact of the case. With the Cambie trial drawing to a close, it is now more important than ever to set the record straight and show our support for Universal Public Health Care.

Will you write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and help us debunk Day? It is important for the public to understand what is at stake and letters from individuals are...

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The Victoria office has found a new home!

The Victoria office has found a new home!

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Pull Together means business!

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Update from the first week of closing arguments

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Dear Paov

It’s hard to believe Cambie Corporation’s years long legal battle against public health care is finishing up.

This week, as the closing arguments started, we received incredible support both online and at the courthouse. Thank you to those of you who came to the press conference, took notes in court, checked in online, donated to fund our lawyers, commented and shared on social media and have been in this fight with us all the way along. We would not be here without you.

The plaintiffs were the first group able to present their arguments to the judge, one last time. All week we heard a rehash of Cambie Corp’s long winded testimony. Their legal team even tried to submit new evidence, although that isn’t allowed during the final weeks of court. Throughout, the lawyers continue to say this case is about solving wait times for patients, even though we know the laws they are trying to change relate, not to patient access to faster care, but to doctor profits.

By the end of the week, they:

Big news at the Wilderness Committee

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Celebrating environmental legal aid in BC

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[Sjsall] more events

Dear Friends of SJS,

Two other events I missed:

Nov. 21:

THE CITY TALKS

Fall 2019: Politics and the City

Organized by the UVic Committee for Urban Studies

Co-Sponsored by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography, Department of History, Department of Political Science, the School of Environmental Studies, and the Gustavson School of Business

November 21

The Politics of Racism and Urban Decline in the American Rust Belt

Jason Hackworth
Professor, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto

Jason Hackworth is a Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. His research focuses broadly on urban political economy within the North American context. Dr. Hackworth is the author of three books: The Neoliberal City (2007, Cornell University Press), Faith-Based (2012, University of Georgia Press), and Manufacturing Decline (2019, Columbia University Press).

Abstract

Despite the considerable overlap between the presence of non-white people and generalized population (and capital) flight in a variety of...

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