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The power of Indigenous law in protecting nature

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Call for stories: Have you been extra-billed?

NationBuilder r1 Help us keep track of illegal extra-billing ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Hello Paov,

Have you, or someone you know, been extra-billed for health care services? Perhaps you were charged $25 as an administrative fee during your health care visit or pressured to pay thousands of dollars for a surgery.

We want to hear from you! Share your story with us today. We will keep your personal information confidential and commit never to share your responses without your prior consent.

Share your story

Extra-billing is when patients are either charged directly by their health care provider for services already covered by the Medical Services Plan or charged in addition to the amounts prescribed by the Medical Services Plan. This includes medically necessary diagnostic services such as MRI or CT scans. In other words, extra-billing means you are paying out of pocket for health care when your care card or personal health number should have covered the bill.

Despite it being unlawful, extra-billing by for-profit health care companies is pervasive...

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Welcome, Guests! Summer Camp is Open



An image of old wooden summer camp style signs that read

Unist'ot'en Camp is now accepting supporters for the summer, fall, and winter seasons!

We are currently welcoming new and returning supporters to join up for the group fun that is our

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Connecting the dots: CGL & RBCs corporate co


Connecting the dots: CGL & RBC’s corporate colonialism Yintah Access — April 4, 2023 Connecting the dots: Coastal GasLink & Royal Bank of Canada’s corporate colonialism Exactly one week before RBC’S a Gidimt'en Yintah Access

Connecting the dots: CGL & RBC’s corporate colonialism

Yintah Access — April 4, 2023


Connecting the dots: Coastal GasLink & Royal Bank of Canada’s corporate colonialism

Exactly one week before RBC’S annual shareholder meeting in Saskatoon, a large force of RCMP C-IRG raided a Gidimt’en village site and arrested five land and water defenders, mostly Indigenous women, including Chief Woos’ daughter.

On behalf of the RBC-financed Coastal GasLink pipeline, the raid accompanied a search warrant for theft under $5000 with no clear relation to the Gidimt’en village site. This comes weeks after the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) announced the initiation of “a systemic investigation into the activities and operations of the RCMP "E" Division Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG).”

As the primary financier of Coastal GasLink, RBC continues to fund projects in Canada and around the world that lack free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous peoples, and destroying lands from British Columbia, to Central America, East Africa and beyond.

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Updates from the Yintah


Spring Work Camp Updates, Summer Work Party announcement, and updates on the ongoing incursion from CGL

Summer Work Party and Updates on CGL Incursions

Summer Work Party Announcement

Unist'ot'en Camp SUMMER WORK PARTY AUG 14 - SEPT 4 WET'SUWET'EN TERRITORIES If you've always wanted to go, this is the time! CGL is trying...
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Your monthly update from the BC Health Coalition

State of BC Health r1 BC Health

Your July 2023 monthly update from the
BC Health Coalition

UPDATE

Landmark case spotlights problems of a profit-centred system

In a recent op-ed, BC Health Coalition Campaigner Noal Amir, health policy expert Andrew Longhurst, and associate professor of law Lorain Hardcastle discussed the Cambie Case and the increasing encroachment and impact of private, profit-centred health care. Although the 14-year legal saga has ended with the Supreme Court of Canada declining to hear the case, many provinces are ignoring evidence in this case indicating that a profit-centred system does not serve the public interest. Proponents of for-profit health care have mischaracterized the Charter challenge as the “right to private health care”. This framing ignores the history and facts of the case. There is no ban on privately paying for health care in Canada, and no federal or provincial legislation...

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Not one more mining disaster!

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Invoice due: Illegal extra-billing costs BC health care $23 million

NationBuilder r1 Call on the province to enforce the law against extra-billing ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Hello Paov --

British Columbians should not be paying out of pocket for medically necessary services already covered by MSP. And yet, in 2020-2021 alone, for-profit health care companies and providers broke the law, taking $23 million from BC residents by extra-billing them for health care services already covered by the public Medical Services Plan.

Of this, $17 million was extra-billing in diagnostic imaging such as MRIs or CT scans. Extra-billing in diagnostic imaging remains widespread as the BC government has not brought into effect provisions in the Medicare Protection Act (Section 18.1) that would protect British Columbians.

Patients are being unlawfully charged anywhere between $800 - $2000 for medically necessary MRI scans by private, for-profit imaging centres, which is more than three times the cost of a scan in the public system that would be at no charge to the patient. Add your voice to our provincial call for proactive enforcement of BC's laws on extra-billing so all British Columbians are protected.

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Is Canada still the cruise industrys

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Tell for-profit companies our health is not for your profit!

NationBuilder r1 BC must enforce the law against extra-billing to protect us all ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Hello Paov --

The health of British Columbians should not be for profit. But from 2016 to 2020, for-profit health corporations unlawfully extra-billed patients taking $83 million from their pockets.

Extra-billing is when patients are directly charged by their health care provider for services already paid for by BC’s Medical Services Plan, including MRI or CT scans. The extra charges could be as little as a $10 “tray-fee” or thousands of dollars for a private operating room. Extra-billing is illegal in BC.

Show your support for the BC government to enforce the law against extra-billing so all of us are protected. Add your voice to our petition below to let for-profit corporations know that our health is not for profit.

Add your voice

At the same time, BC was penalized by the federal government for these corporation’s unlawful actions by withholding Canada Health Transfer funds. These funds are...

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[Sjsall] Grounded Governance Course (Fall 2023) - ADMN 470/SJS 400A - Contemporary Topics in Administration & Studies in Social Justice

Dear colleagues,

Please circulate this course advertisement with your students! It is a unique course offered jointly through the School of Public Administration and Studies in Social Justice program, with opportunities for hybrid and experiential, community-engaged learning.

Students are welcome to contact me directly for more information.

Warmly,

Sarah

Dr. Sarah Marie Wiebe, PhD (she/her)
Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
A/Director Studies in Social Justice Program
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Big Oil is full of it

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For the love of fish

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Celebrate National Indigenous People's Day and support Indigenous communities

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Happy BC Seniors Week

NationBuilder r1 BC seniors are an important part of our communities but their MSP benefits are inadequate ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Hi Paov --

Have you had a chance to check out last week’s call to advocate for better MSP benefits for seniors in BC?

The Jewish Seniors Alliance has made it easy to join by sending a letter to your MLA.

Email Your MLA

BC seniors receive inadequate MSP benefits compared to seniors in other provinces in Canada. BC needs to do more. You can find more information about this issue in our previous email below.

Send a letter to your MLA to let them know BC seniors need better benefits.

Thanks for your support.

In solidarity,

Usman Mushtaq
Coordinator, BC Health Coalition
http://www.bchealthcoalition.ca/


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Paov --

This week marks BC Seniors week. While we recognize the many contributions BC seniors make to our communities, they receive inadequate MSP benefits compared to seniors in other provinces in Canada.

For a province that is wealthy and progressive,...

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Bumble bees and monarch butterflies need your help

Bumble bees and monarch butterflies need your help

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Spotted owl fight takes us to court, again!

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Happy BC Seniors Week

NationBuilder r1 BC seniors are an important part of our communities but their MSP benefits are inadequate ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

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Paov --

This week marks BC Seniors week. While we recognize the many contributions BC seniors make to our communities, they receive inadequate MSP benefits compared to seniors in other provinces in Canada.

For a province that is wealthy and progressive, this is unacceptable. BC seniors need better benefits.

Paov, will you join the call to advocate for better MSP benefits for seniors in BC? Send a letter to your MLA to let them know you support seniors accessing more extended health benefits.

Count Me In

The Office of the Seniors Advocate released a report, BC Seniors: Falling Further Behind, that compares extended benefits seniors receive across Canada. The report finds that BC doesn’t fund extended health benefits such as dental, eyeglasses, hearing aids or medical equipment like in other provinces and territories.

Instead, BC seniors are left to pay the total cost.

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Coastal GasLink is making a mess of Wetsuweten territory

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