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Shared responsibilities for a more just future

r1 Renewing commitments to reconciliation, climate justice & Indigenous law ...

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Day 28 of RCMP enforcement, 222 arrests and counting


We are honoured to do this work as guests on traditional territory of the Pacheedaht and Ditidaht First Nations. We work with utmost respect for the land and all its relations, human and nonhuman.
We're not standing down
Despite last week's announcement by the Province of British Columbia, which defers logging in key areas in Fairy Creek and the Central Walbran, the majority of what we've been defending is still on the chopping block. Because this announcement will convince many people that the fight is over, we need you now more than ever.

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Massive Old Growth Rally at BC Legislature tomorrow NOON



TODAY LAST STAND AT THE LEGISLATURE

#WORTHMORESTANDING

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Urge Victoria City Council members to take action on scrubbers




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Stand.earth

Hey PAOV,

Yesterday I had five minutes to present to the Victoria City Council about ocean dumping from exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) and I wanted to fill you in on how it went:

Victoria has made motions about scrubbers before and is definitely a council that cares about the ocean. It’s tricky to get into all the intricacies of scrubbers turning air pollution into acidic carcinogenic water pollution in the allotted five minutes you have to present to council but council members seemed receptive (especially after I shared the latest shocking report from ICCT on global discharges¹).

What we can do now is show them that this isn’t just a technical issue — real people who they are representing are deeply concerned.

Send an email to the Victory City Council and join me in calling on Victoria to pass a resolution demanding Transport Canada take action on dumping from vessels, including stopping the use of scrubbers.

SEND EMAIL

We’ve made it simple and drafted an email for you, but, adding a personal touch will show your City Council members that you’re serious about cleaning up ship dumping.

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[Sjsall] Job Posting - Final week - RHC Program Coordinator - Please share widely

Dear Friends of SJS,

See below for a job opening at the Rainbow Health Cooperative.

Regards, Margo

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Subject: Job Posting - Final week - RHC Program Coordinator - Please share widely

Hello folks

Our posting for our position of full time program coordinator closes next Thursday, Jun 17.
Would you please take a moment and circulate in your networks to those who might be interested.

Link to posting

RHC Program Coordinator – T'E Vine (tvine.ca)
Summary Description: The Rainbow Health Cooperative (RHC) Program Coordinator provides project management and implementation support for our gender wellness programs which consist of various externally funded programs around gender equality, HIV/AIDS, and intergenerational learning for trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary communities. This position is open to all with consideration for those who self-identify as a trans, Two-Spirit, or non-binary person..

Full-time: 35 hours per week, with availability to work occasionally on evenings and weekends

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Two small wins – much more needed

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Sign the pledge to support public health care!

NationBuilder r1

Paov --

The Cambie appeal hearings start next Monday, June 14th and will run throughout the week at the BC Court of Appeal. We need your help to show that support is strong for our public health care system.

Will you take a moment to sign and share the pledge to support public health care?

Click here to sign the pledge!

If you missed our webinar on the Cambie appeal, you can get caught up by watching the abridged recording, which is now up on our website. Click here to watch last week's webinar, "Defending public health care: the Cambie appeal".

A loss at the BC Court of Appeal would invalidate the historic victory at the BC Supreme Court affirming the importance of public health care. Signing the pledge shows you are standing up to defend public health care....

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From the fracking well to the LNG plant | WEBINAR

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[Sjsall] History Department Reaches Out

Dear Friends of SJS,

Please consider providing whatever support you can to this request from John Lutz (History, UVic)

Regards, Margo

As you may know, the History Department and friends have been working to bring the neediest of refugee families to Canada, starting in 2015 when the Syrian crisis really hit headlines. Since then we have had the great privilege of welcoming the Tarrach family from Syria, Tedros’ family from Eritrea, and Alaa and his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew from Sudan. All three families are making a life for themselves and their children in Canada and the Tarrachs are already Canadian citizens.

While our new friends are safe in Canada, unfortunately their families are not, and they are very worried for their safety. So now we are beginning a new phase to bring the most urgent cases of their family members to Canada and we need your help.

We have committed to Alaa and his family to help bring his sister to Canada from her place of exile in Egypt. Like Alaa, she fled Sudan because...

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Sign the pledge to support public health care!

NationBuilder r1

Paov --

Last week, we held a public webinar to mobilize our community around the appeal for the Cambie case, set to be heard on June 14th at the BC Court of Appeal. To continue building momentum, we have launched a pledge campaign to defend public healthcare.

Will you take a moment to sign and share the pledge to support public health care?

Click here to sign the pledge!

Paov, it remains as important as ever that we mobilize to keep wining on this case. Here's a reminder of the top 5 reasons why the victory last September was so important:

  • An expansion of private pay healthcare would not reduce waits in the public system. In fact it could make them worse.
  • Private pay healthcare undermines equitable access to care.

Fairy Creek Timeline - May 2021

May 31st
After a quiet weekend, the RCMP resumed arrests of blockaders near the Fairy Creek watershed just outside of Port Renfrew, B.C., on Monday. Over the weekend, protesters built out a series of blockades across forestry roads, designed to obstruct RCMP access to the Fairy Creek, Waterfall and Caycuse encampments, where arrests have been taking place over the past several weeks.The RCMP made arrests at a small blockade, Monday, made of a camper van parked horizontally across the road. The Narwhal witnessed three women, two who were chained to the van, undergo arrest as observers and fellow blockaders shouted messages of support from the surrounding trees. A total of six arrests were made Monday and four vehicles were towed. Since the RCMP began enforcing a court order to clear the injunction zone and allow logging in the watershed to resume, a total of 142 people have been arrested, including nine people who have been arrested more than once.Hundreds of supporters have come out to support what were originally small protest camps, signaling the high level of public concern for B.C.’s remaining old-growth as well as the safety of blockaders who are employing tactics to outfox the RCMP. Some 20 kilometres...

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Join us tomorrow for our Cambie Campaign Launch!

NationBuilder r1

Paov --

There's still time to register for tomorrow's webinar - "Defending public health care: the Cambie Trial". We'll be launching our public support campaign and building momentum leading up to the appeal hearings in the week of June 14. We need your help to show that support for public health care is strong and growing!

Join us tomorrow June 2nd at 10am PT. We will get you caught up on how you can do your part in the movement to defend Medicare.

Click here to register for the webinar

We encourage you to register even if you are not available for the webinar time. We will send a link to the webinar recording to everyone who registers.

You can help make this event a success by spreading the...

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Are my houseplants a climate menace?

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Let’s talk about peat 


Hi Paov,

We’ve all spent more time in our homes than we would’ve liked this last year. If you’re anything like me, having a house full of lush green leaves has made it a little more bearable.

So I was upset to find out my potting soil is actually pretty awful for the climate.

That’s because almost any soil you buy at hardware stores and garden centres contains peat moss, strip-mined from the boreal forest in northern Canada. Peat mining involves draining a wetland and scooping up the vegetation inside. But the moment it dries out, it starts releasing all the carbon it has stored for ten thousand years.

Peat mining has flown under the radar because nobody accounts for its full climate impacts. Can you help change that by signing our petition to the federal minister of environment and climate change?

SIGN NOW Peat is so carbon-rich that three per cent of the Earth's surface stores 30 per cent of carbon on land! Peat bogs are a really big deal! Provinces with peat mining don’t have the environmental laws necessary to properly assess their carbon pollution. But all the research suggests an enormous impact on the global climate. We need the federal government to step up and review the climate impacts of all proposals for new peat mines.

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson has the power to order the Impact Assessment Agency to review any project with adverse effects and public concern. Let’s show him we want him to take charge on peat.

Houseplants can live without peat but our climate can’t. For the climate,
Peter McCartney
Climate Campaigner
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The world you want to see

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You and the Cambie trial appeal

NationBuilder r1

Paov --

Over the years we have been involved with the Cambie case, we have seen that the battle in the court of public opinion is just as crucial as the one in the courtroom. We need your help to build public support.

Join us next Tuesday, June 2nd at 10am PT for the official launch of our public support campaign as we head back to court for the appeal. We will get you caught up on how you can do your part in the movement to defend Medicare.

Click here to register for the webinar

We encourage you to register even if you are not available for the webinar time. We will send a link to the webinar recording to everyone who registers.

Please note that due to...

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State of BC Health - May

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State of BC Health May 2021

Your monthly update from the BC Health Coalition

UPDATE BCHC continues advocacy on Pharmacare and paid sick days

BC Health Coalition members participated in the Canadian Health Coalition's Pharmacare lobby days. Big Pharma pays professionals to argue their side. We show up for our families, friends, colleagues and communities. People who lost their jobs or benefits due to COVID-19 need Pharmacare now more than ever. No coverage means avoidable suffering and pressure on our ERs.

Jagmeet Singh meets with BCHC members

The BC Health Coalition has also been supporting the BC Federation of Labour's calls for a made-in-BC plan for paid sick days for all workers. Read the full response to the BC Government's commitment of permanent, paid sick leave here.


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[Sjsall] Rally for Palestine and Socialist Studies Conference Programme

Dear Friends of SJS,

Rally for Palestine, Saturday, May 29, Noon, at the Legislative Assembly, Belleville St.

May 29-June 4:

Socialist Studies Conference Programme

Attached please find the programme for the May 29-June 4 free, open-access events: 2021 Society for Socialist Studies Conference Programme: Socialist Solidarities in Times of Crisis

Free, open-access "zoom" events from Saturday May 29-June 4th on:

-fossil capitalism

-Indigenous resurgence in the academy in a time of Trump and the pandemic

-climate justice

-corporate power

-engaging China from the left

Where registration is required, the event will be listed as beginning 30 minutes before the speaking time; those not participating as panellists will be held in a waiting room until the event begins.

Please note that as indicated, all times are Mountain Time -- be sure to convert to your own local time so as not to miss events.

These events participate in alternative-Congress, supporting the Black Canadian Studies Association boycott of Congress this year.

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[evoz] Cafe on Zoom reminder

Reminder

Café Simpatico by Zoom: 7 pm PDT Friday May 28

Climate Change Solidarity: How 30 Years of North-South Partnership is Helping Ometepe Coffee Cooperatives Weather the Storm

With Nedjo Rogers: Nedjo was an active member of CASC until he moved to Saltspring. He has lived and worked in several Latin American countries, including Nicaragua. Now he is active on Saltspring and involved in our cooperative coffee work.

Hear how coffee cooperatives on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, are weathering the combined effects of the climate change-driven coffee rust, hurricanes, economic crises, and the pandemic on the strength of 30 year old north-south solidarity partnerships.

Since the 1980s, coffee cooperatives on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua have worked in partnership with three organizations in the Pacific Northwest: Bosia on Bainbridge Island, WA; OGIFA on the Gulf Islands; and CASC in Victoria. The northern partners import the delicious organically cultivated and shade grown coffee, paying fair trade prices, and use the proceeds to fund solidarity projects on Ometepe and...

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