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Join us to end profit in long-term care

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Dear Paov,

Have you seen the latest report from the Office of the Seniors Advocate reviewing long-term care in BC? For-profit long-term care operators are making record profits while under-delivering care hours at alarming rates, and British Columbians – whether residents, family members of residents, or workers in long-term care homes - are paying for it.

Join us on October 31, 2023 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Zoom for our Campaign Call to hear directly from the BC Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie on her latest report.

Register Now!

We need British Columbians to mobilize a show of support for funding reform in long-term care. Minister of Health Adrian Dix has said the province is working on a new funding model, but for-profit companies will be lobbying hard to safeguard their publicly funded profits.

You can send a clear message: we support funding reform!

The current model incentivizes operators to spend less money on...

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How can we protect biodiversity?

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A Day of Action to remember

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People took to the streets for old-growth across BC


Hi Paov,

Last Thursday was a day to remember, with beautiful banners, energetic chants and stirring speeches outside more than 17 MLA offices across the province!

The United for Old Growth Day of Action was a huge success, earning headlines and sending members of the government back to the legislature this week with a clear message: keep your promises to protect ancient forests.

We worked with our friends at Elders for Ancient Trees, Stand.earth, Sierra Club BC and Wildsight to announce and promote the Day of Action. But the real credit belongs to the countless local organizers who stepped up to host rallies from Nelson to Comox to Surrey. To everyone who planned logistics, made banners and art, contacted local media and showed up to these demonstrations: thank you!

This fall was chosen for this Day of Action because September 11 marked three years since the release of the Old Growth Strategic Review, a landmark...

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We're at a tipping point

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Picture a place you love

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[evoz] Reminder: Cafe Simpatico - Friday, Sep 29

Central America Support Committee

presents
Cafe Simpatico
Friday, September 29, 2023
Paul Phillips Hall at Fernwood Community Association 1923 Fernwood Road Doors open at 7:00 PM: Program at 7:30 PM
Join us in September for the first Cafe of the fall season.
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Samuel Perez de Leon teaches economics, development, and Global affairs at Pearson College. Dr. Perez will tell us how his 30 year-old son, Samuel Perez Alvarez co-founded the tiny Semilla (Seed) party, which unexpectedly gained a clear majority in the election runoff on August 28th. Bernardo Arevelo de Leon, the son of Guatemala’s first democratically President Juan Jose Arevelo, defeated former First Lady Sandra Torres, to become President. He is the son of Guatemala's first elected President, Juan Jose Arevelo, a social democrat. Semilla’s stated aim of fighting corruption has led to official harassment - police raided their offices, and a judge tried to knock them off

the ballot. The U.S. and European countries are concerned because Semilla won’t be officially inaugurated until January 2024. Anything can happen during these months because the country is run by what is known as

“The Pacto De Corruptos’ (Covenant of the corrupt.) The recent assassination of Ecuadorian Presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, who was also campaigning against corruption...

Read more: [evoz] Reminder: Cafe Simpatico - Friday, Sep 29

Climate action can't wait

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Why environmentalism must support Land Back

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Changing the conservation conversation


Hi Paov,

Biodiversity and climate change are having a moment. Government leaders, celebrities and mainstream media are talking about conservation like never before for good reason. Our future on this planet is at stake.

While protecting lands and waters is a way to address the damage wrought by centuries of unsustainable development, it’s more importantly a chance to right the wrongs at the foundation of a country like Canada: colonialism and the theft of land from this continent's original inhabitants.

The Indigenous-led Land Back movement has emerged as a way for communities to envision and enact authority over their territories — authority in line with their laws, cultures and governance models that long predate this country, its provinces and territories.

Conservation efforts must support Land Back and call on our governments to put returning land to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities at the centre of efforts to protect nature.

Thanks to your support we published Changing Conservation:...

Read more: Why environmentalism must support Land Back

What does a better world look like?

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Check out our dreamy sketch of 2050


Hi Paov,

All over the world this weekend, communities are taking to the streets to demand a better world as part of the global March to End Fossil Fuels. After a summer of brutal climate disasters, it can be hard to picture victory — what that world actually looks like.

Last year, our staff put our heads together to come up with a vision of the world we’re working for. Over the summer, we worked with artist Katie Laronde from Drawing Change, who turned our conversation into this gorgeous illustration.

Now I’m happy to share it with you in graphic form.

If you’re anything like the rest of us, a little reminder that a better world is possible is necessary from time to time. Despite often bleak news about the biodiversity and climate crises, with enough of us working to take care of the planet and each other — we'll get there. Millions...

Read more: What does a better world look like?

[evoz] Reminder: Cafe Simpatico - Sep 29

Central America Support Committee

presents
Cafe Simpatico
Friday, September 29, 2023
Paul Phillips Hall at Fernwood Community Association 1923 Fernwood Road Doors open at 7:00 PM: Program at 7:30 PM
Join us in September for the first Cafe of the fall season.
The Guatemalan Electionimage.png

Samuel Perez de Leon teaches economics, development, and Global affairs at Pearson College. Dr. Perez will tell us how his 30 year-old son, Samuel Perez Alvarez co-founded the tiny Semilla (Seed) party, which unexpectedly gained a clear majority in the election runoff on August 28th. Bernardo Arevelo de Leon, the son of Guatemala’s first democratically President Juan Jose Arevelo, defeated former First Lady Sandra Torres, to become President. He is the son of Guatemala's first elected President, Juan Jose Arevelo, a social democrat. Semilla’s stated aim of fighting corruption has led to official harassment - police raided their offices, and a judge tried to knock them off

the ballot. The U.S. and European countries are concerned because Semilla won’t be officially inaugurated until January 2024. Anything can happen during these months because the country is run by what is known as

“The Pacto De Corruptos’ (Covenant of the corrupt.) The recent assassination of Ecuadorian Presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, who was also campaigning against corruption...

Read more: [evoz] Reminder: Cafe Simpatico - Sep 29

Missed three-year deadline on old-growth

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The BC NDP is still failing to protect irreplaceable forests


Hi Paov,

Three years ago today, I sent an email to our supporters full of hope for old-growth forests.

After years of insisting all was well in the woods, the BC government finally admitted there was a problem, releasing "A New Future For Old Forests." This report was the result of the Old Growth Strategic Review (OGSR), the largest independent assessment of forest policy in BC history. The report called status quo logging unsustainable and recommended a paradigm shift in the forests.

For First Nations, communities and organizations like the Wilderness Committee who’ve been fighting for old-growth forests for decades, this report was a vindication. A lot of work was needed, but the government finally made the commitments we needed it to.

In the three years since, the BC NDP hasn’t lived up to its word.

Join us for a day of action on Sept. 28!
...

Read more: Missed three-year deadline on old-growth

Lets be inspired by resilience

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Our 2024 Wild Canada calendar shouts it from the rooftops


Hi Paov,

We all need a little bit of inspiration these days.

From flooding in Nova Scotia to wildfire evacuations in Yellowknife and Kelowna and smoke filled skies everywhere in between and beyond, communities have to fight to survive.

Our 2024 Wild Canada Endangered Species and Spaces calendar is here to inspire us with astonishing examples of iconic, resilient species that fight to survive against the odds.

Order mine today!

The endangered southern resident killer whales that adorn the cover are down to a population of just over 70. Even with increased threats to their habitat and food source each year, a baby born this past June symbolizes their resilience. The last wild spotted owl in Canada, the threatened southern mountain caribou and endangered Williamson’s sapsucker inspire us as they persist despite decades of logging destroying their old forest homes.

These images of resilience are...

Read more: Lets be inspired by resilience

Nows the time to hit the streets for

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Two critical climate rallies across Canada


Hi Paov,

After a summer of brutal wildfires, it’s never been more important to show governments we need to stand up to Big Oil. It’s been a few years since the global community gathered en masse to demand climate justice from our governments. Let’s remind lawmakers they must use their power to limit this crisis.

All across Canada and around the world, people will hit the streets this September for the global march to end fossil fuels. We know climate disasters only get worse until we stop burning coal, oil and gas. Join us in Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto — or wherever you live!

See global map of actions


Global map of actions A snapshot of the global climate...

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Climate disasters hit home. Heres wh

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Your monthly update from the BC Health Coalition

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Your August 2023 monthly update from the
BC Health Coalition

UPDATE

The Privatization of our Healthcare System Will Lead to Worse Care and Longer Waits

The BC Health Coalition is extremely concerned that the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is embarking on a national consultation and cross-country townhall series that promote the tired debate of public-private health care. We're joining with allies across the country to push back and remind both the CMA and the public that the evidence is conclusive on this topic and the "debate" was settled in the 880-page Cambie ruling: private pay is not going to improve access, but lead to worse care and longer waits.

We're thankful to Canadian Doctors for Medicare for being an evidence-based voice within the medical profession. Take a look at some of their recent work:

♪ Just like that, were going on to

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Stop by and say hi when you get to the concert


Hi Paov,

Being invited by Bonnie Raitt as a preferred charity to join her on her Canadian tour is definitely something to talk about. We are so honoured.

Bonnie and the Wilderness Committee have been in the environmental movement since the 80s. We first met in the fight to save the old-growth forests of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island.



But that’s not all we both care about. We both believe in the absolute necessity of protecting biodiversity and species habitat. We both know stemming climate change means stopping fossil fuel expansion and is the only way we can ensure we have a planet to live on. We both respect the rights and title of the Indigenous Peoples who are the original stewards of the lands and waters we are working to protect so we must do that work together.

It’s hard not to worry about the state of the world...

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Last spotted owl old-growth habitat targeted for logging

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Federally mapped critical habitat must be protected to save them


Hi Paov,

I’ve just returned from several days in the spectacular old-growth forests mapped by the Canadian government as critical habitat for the near-extinct spotted owl. Some of these same forests have been designated by the BC government as old-growth priority deferral areas.

When I set out on my journey, I was buoyed by the thought that both levels of government had finally taken action to map out remaining old forest critical habitat. That has got to be a good thing, right?

But what I discovered in the Lower Mainland forested range of the spotted owl both shocked and disgusted me. Stand after stand of old forests identified by these maps have been recently mowed down and more are falling every day. It seems pretty clear to me that rather than helping to protect critical habitat, these maps are being used by logging companies to go after the last forest habitat.

Write my letter now!
Read more: Last spotted owl old-growth habitat targeted for logging

[evoz] Fundraiser for Cuba

BBQ Smokies on a Bun @ Fresko One World Café642 Yates St. Vic.
Saturday, Aug. 26 from 11Am till 4PM
Our Victoria Friends of Cuba committee will be selling Smokies on a Bun as a fundraiser for purchasing aid for our next delivery to Cuba.
Visit us and have a smokey.
Victoria Friends of Cuba

[evoz] Save the date: Cafe Simpatico - Sep 29

Central America Support Committee

presents
Cafe Simpatico
Friday, September 29, 2023
Paul Phillips Hall at Fernwood Community Association 1923 Fernwood Road Doors open at 7:00 PM: Program at 7:30 PM
Join us in September for the first Cafe of the fall season.
The Guatemalan Electionimage.png

Samuel Perez de Leon teaches economics, development, and Global affairs at Pearson College. Dr. Perez will tell us how his 30 year-old son, Samuel Perez Alvarez co-founded the tiny Semilla (Seed) party, which unexpectedly gained a clear majority in the election runoff on August 28th. Bernardo Arevelo de Leon, the son of Guatemala’s first democratically President Juan Jose Arevelo, defeated former First Lady Sandra Torres, to become President. He is the son of Guatemala's first elected President, Juan Jose Arevelo, a social democrat. Semilla’s stated aim of fighting corruption has led to official harassment - police raided their offices, and a judge tried to knock them off

the ballot. The U.S. and European countries are concerned because Semilla won’t be officially inaugurated until January 2024. Anything can happen during these months because the country is run by what is known as

“The Pacto De Corruptos’ (Covenant of the corrupt.) The recent assassination of Ecuadorian Presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, who was also campaigning against corruption...

Read more: [evoz] Save the date: Cafe Simpatico - Sep 29

[evoz] Victoria Friends of Cuba - Tribute To Fidel

Hi friends,This coming Thursday, Aug. 17 at 5pm in the Community Center of Cedar Shores at 75 Gorge Rd. West our committee will be commemorating and celebrating the life of Fidel, one of the most important leader of our time.
This event will start with a potluck supper (to bring a dish to share is incouraged). There will be a showing of a short documentary and there will be some live music.
We hope you, your friends and family can join us.
Look for the Cuban flag. Since parking is a bit tricky to find one of our committee member will be at the entrance to assist people in parking.
Victoria Friends of Cuba

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